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robert stewart

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  1. Zoom has caused many concerns about hacking, spying, infiltration, etc. I recently used Go To Meeting for a group class, and that successfully broadcast a lady singing live, which everyone said was good quality. Good thing that a concertina cannot be hacked, only a computer good luck! Robert
  2. Should this short thread be amalgamated with the substantial thread on dating Lachenal's? That seems to be where it belongs. Perhaps a moderator could do this? best wishes, Robert
  3. Thank you Dowright! You also dated the year of my Edeophone English, a couple of months ago. I appreciate the help and expertise. Robert
  4. mea culpa, mistaking 2 for 6 in a serial number!. What year or approx year might an Edeophone duet with number 2880 have been made? Robert. (current confirming his birthday date in case he got that wrong )
  5. Many thanks for answering. Curious indeed: the number stamped on the metal scrollwork shows as 6880, and it appears again as 6880 inside the instrument. I wonder if this could be 688, in fact? I could not see a 4 anywhere. I just sent it off to Greg Jowaisas for some repair and restoration, so I cannot take any close up pics. In the attached picture you can just see the Number at the top of the scrollwork. Maybe some refined tech could sharpen it up...but I do not have the means to do this. But thank you again for the information and advice...very helpful...and mystifying. Robert
  6. Still hoping that Dowright can help with his expertise. Third try lucky? I recently bought a large metal ended Lachenal Edeophone Maccann duet system, with 9-fold bellows, 61 keys, but really 59 notes, as there is a duck quack and a whistle, so essential back in the day for variety entertainers. The serial number is 6880. While it is being restored, I am wondering what date it might have been made? best wishes, Robert
  7. Lachenal Edeophone, Maccann Duet, 61 keys, metal ends set in wooden frame with ebony veneers. number 2880 confirmed. What year might this be?
  8. I recently bought a 61 key Edeophone with metal ends, presumably a Duet. waiting for it to arrive next week. Would the serial number 2880 be correct for this? Many thanks, Robert
  9. Hmm....as a Scottish musician, I might surmise that he was an English comedian? But no...he was indeed English, as discussed on this forum (died 1953, came from Yorkshire) but he was also a skilled concertina player. So the next challenge is to discover how to play bagpipes that look like a mockery of a concertina? Robert
  10. Good to know that I am not a crazy paranoid musician...at least, I think that I'm not...perhaps.
  11. Is this a scam? It has appeared on Ebay (USA) with the typical "only selling via Buy it Now* text. Also...the description and pics look familiar, as they seem to appear from time to time? https://www.ebay.com/itm/WHEATSTONE-LACHENAL-ENGLISH-CONCERTINA/184200837300?hash=item2ae339b8b4:i:184200837300 Or am I just jaded and suspicious ? Robert
  12. It might be helpful to post some pictures. Then the experts here can give you more information. RJ
  13. So I would guess from your name that you Play early English dance music, usually at a Ford? Great quote! Thank you.
  14. As I posted the original question, with a link to "Humidipaks" (which I did not invent, and do not promote, though I am trying them out with my instruments), I would like to add a couple of further thoughts. Firstly, as I come from Scotland and lived for years in England (for shame), I can confirm that the climate is just as damp as it probably was in the heyday of concertina making. So at least 50% humidity would be normal for much of the year, though less indoors with heating. As heating in the 19th and early 20th was mainly by coal fires and stoves (dry) or gas (very moist), the concertina must be tolerant instrument. Here in West Virginia there are quite staggering daily variations in humidity, until summer when it is extremely high, or the dead of winter which is deadly dry. The 40-45% up/down action of these strange goopy breathy gel packs keeps the humidity from dropping low enough in the case to cause damage to a musical instrument. It helps, in other words, when they are inside a case with the lid shut, to keep a workable minimum for protection. As soon as the concertina is out and standing or playing, the instrument is breathing the ambient humidity or lack of it. The worst thing would probably be to have a concertina, in a case for a period of time, where the humidity was locked in and could not reduce. Rust, mould, rot. But if we practice every day..... best wishes, RJ
  15. Does anyone have experience using humidification gel packs for keeping a concertina stable? They are usually used for other wooden instruments (which also have, of course, metal parts). Typical example here: https://www.daddario.com/products/accessories/humidification/automatic-humidipak/ What is interesting with these is that they are supposedly to keep a stable humidity of 40-45% inside a case. If humidity is high they draw it in. If low, they emit some humidity. Here in the northern panhandle of West Virginia humidity rises high, then suddenly drops low, often within a very short time. Depends on....everything. Robert
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