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  1. Thinking of the concertina as a therapeutic assist. About 20 years ago I absorbed some mercury that had crept into an outdoor hot tub in a heavy rainstorm. The result was blinding headaches, loss of mobility, and so forth. As I began to recover, I found that reading street signs was erratic...they would read (to me) nothing like what they actually said. There were other bizarre symptoms....but you get the idea. However, I renewed my love for the English Concertina, which works with right and left hands in rapid alternation, and therefore stimulates left and right brain. After a couple of months of daily practice (not having played for some years), most road signs read correctly for me, my speech improved, and my concertina playing really benefited. Hooray for Sir Charles and Louis!
  2. Just out of interest, does anyone know who really has that Lachenal "stretch" tenor-treble, with the Wheatstone straps?
  3. I sent an Ebay message to the (supposed) seller of this item and of the uilleann pipes. The instruments do not appear in his/her listings when you go direct to them, only as the scam items. Maybe the seller can have the fake items taken down.
  4. https://www.ebay.com/itm/WHEATSTONE-LACHENAL-ENGLISH-CONCERTINA/312868472811?hash=item48d86a07eb:g:T9IAAOSwYjRd4p8r Is this a scam? An interesting tenor-treble, with a stretch shape. the seller seems to be accepting bids, but when you look at the full details, says "only accepting Buy It Now". The same seller has a set of uilleann pipes for sale...and surprise! the details are almost identical, with the same "only accepting BIN" even though the auction seems to be accepting bids (which would cancel out Buy It Now). Or am I paranoid?
  5. Thank you so much for the information! Yes, it has 56 keys. So 115 years (approx) old, and still playing. I can post some pics if anyone wants to to see the instrument. Just had the action overhauled and everything tuned by Concertina Connection which made a tremendous difference to the response and, interestingly, to both volume and tone quality. Should be good for another 100 years plus...still playing after I have departed. best wishes, Robert
  6. How about this instrument? : Lachenal Edeophone extended treble EC: number 42951. Has ebony or ebonized ends, metal keys, complex fretwork, fivefold bellows. Interestingly this instrument has an original (Wheatstone style) riveted action, not the Lachenal hook/lever action. Waiting in suspense....RJ
  7. I wonder if the "value" of this item is not as a modern tool, but as an antique special item from the historic Lachenal factory. This is probably the kind of tuning bellows, along with a test concertina, that the great Tommy Williams would have used when he was a freelance tuner for Lachenal, as described in his famous interview and recordings, where he says they told him his tuning was too good. While I would not pay $448 for it, especially with one reed plate missing, it is a genuine piece of concertina making history that might be worth bidding something for. RJ
  8. I also have had excellent communication with Wm Wakker at Concertina Connection. Right now they are working on 56 key Edeophone for me, and Wm advised that they have found it has an original Wheatstone riveted action already in place. There has been a good exchange of Q/A, with no mysterious delays...usually within 24 hrs. RJ
  9. I tried the Myers on string, wind, and reed instruments. Like others, I was not especially impressed. For most concertinas we have the "stereo" effect to consider if you are close-miking for playing in a session or band. You probably need two small mics, and if they are in really close such as directly on the instrument in some way, they may amplify action noise or specific (sometimes unwanted) overtones. For higher end concerts and recording , you can use two really good microphones set up at a small distance from either end...not too far. This requires rehearsal and careful sound engineering. You can also work with one really good mic set up in front of the concertina, and somewhat above it. The height can vary: for band work it probably needs to be right in front and close. Like a human listener standing or sitting in front of the player. This last option gives a very natural sound...ie what you actually hear if you are a nearby listener (but louder). Concertinas often have unusual acoustic properties, and can sometimes sound louder further off. Ultimately it depends on what you want, what you are using the instrument for. And, regrettably, what you are prepared to pay. There is a huge difference between the performance of average priced price mics and high end mics. Robert (RJ)
  10. Looks like my previous Ebay link, just posted, should work for everyone on the list. The instrument has certainly been played a lot, whoever may have played it. The inverted H looking like an N is distinctive. Are there any other comparative signatures?....the stage sig is certainly more florid, but with several similarities to the one in the auction. Variety Artistes often developed a florid signature for signing programs or autograph albums. My guess would be that the signature on the inside of the EC might be an owner's safety signature....proof of ownership? Presumably Honri did not repair instruments? RJ
  11. https://www.ebay.com/itm/C-WHEATSTONE-Co-1852-53-CONCERTINA-ENGLISH-48-BUTTON-SN-4126-LONDON/254323888867?hash=item3b36e292e3:g:GMgAAOSwb91dSzxj I think this should work.....
  12. eBay item number: 254323888867 is the Ebay number https://www.ebay.com/itm/C-WHEATSTONE-Co-1852-53-CONCERTINA-ENGLISH-48-BUTTON-SN-4126-LONDON/254323888867
  13. yes, I am aware of the sizable historic content on Honri. there are some great old short films of him playing a huge Duet, and also some dramatic movies in which he acted and played. I was thinking more of any research or document evidence regarding his signature. Many of the great Duet players also played, or started with, the English. RJ
  14. On Ebay today is an antique EC, Wheatstone, that appears to have the name Percy Honri in pencil on the inside. If this is a genuine signature, wasn't he one of the great concertina players? Any thoughts on research and proof?
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