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JackJ

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  1. Does anyone have any recent transaction experiences or inside information on concertina-spares.com? I placed a small order with them back in November, and haven't heard anything, including in response to a couple of follow-up emails I sent. It may well be due to spam folders, me missing a reply, or other typical snafus. I'm not writing this as a complaint about customer service, and my order wasn't anything I'm desperate for. Thanks for any insights, Jack
  2. Nice! I bought this same Nanuk case with the dividers. Like you, I found that the dividers took up too much room and sliced them open to remove some of the padding. But after starting on that route I decided I'd rather have the instrument blocked, so purchased some firm foam and soft fabric to customize the interior. The project went on the back burner a couple weeks ago when life got it the way, but I hope to finish it up this weekend. The key element is shaping some foam blocks to hold the bellows shut while only contacting the wooden ends and not the buttons. I do really like this case, but I wish it were just slightly larger so that I could slide a Zoom recorder and a metronome in spaces separate from the instrument. I considered the Pelican, but the Nanuk was cheaper. I went with silver color (more of an off white) but really like the blue you chose.
  3. Almost never needs tuning No strings to break or change Even more portable than a tenor ukulele Makes you more attractive to current or potential partners than any of the others Novelty factor: no one else you know plays one Noel Hill doesn't play dobro Mrs. Crotty never played ukulele
  4. Fascinating! There's mention of a foot treadle to inflate the bellows in one of the older posts in the thread, but I don't see any evidence of that for the model in the above videos. Are there maybe springs pushing the bellows up, and you counteract them by pushing down on the bar with your palms?
  5. This is indeed my intent. I've been using the Transcribe+ app for a while now to help me learn tunes by ear, and to slow down the parts that fly by too fast--usually the entire tune!. I do like having the dots to fall back on, but I'll mostly be using the CD's, plus the slow down software, to try to learn these tunes and these specific settings. The software also allows me to loop a section, or the entire tune, continuously, which is especially helpful when the recording is just one time through. For me, this book without the CD's wouldn't have much value.
  6. Following up on my own post, I've gone ahead and ordered the Morse ESB with d/d on the left thumb button. I often miss not having a press f# or draw e (in the same octave) on the left hand side, but Doug at the Button Box indicated that the thumb usually doesn't have the dexterity to get in on quick melody notes. Delivery is at least a couple months away, but looking forward to going low on the baritone.
  7. Following up on my own post for anyone else interested in this book: It is, as Gary says, just the tunes and nothing else. The 2 accompanying CDs do cover all the tunes, but just one time through on each. The dots are not completely accurate transcriptions--they include no double stops/chords, for example, and don't capture every ornament. But they're pretty close. Still, I'm glad to have this. The book has a lot of tunes I want to learn, including some I already play, but where it will be helpful to incorporate some of the phrasing/variations presented here. And unlike learning a tune from a fiddle or flute recording, here I get concertina-specific elements, played in a "pro" manner. I.e., not just a basic, unadorned version of the tune. Certainly not an essential purchase, and not one that would have done much for me when I was just beginning, but I think it will be helpful in my current intermediate phase. Once I've spent some time with it, I may want to see if I can pursue some lessons with the author.
  8. Thanks Richard! I have seen mention of Aogán offering online lessons, and may well pursue that. And in editing my post above to add a link to the book, I found a tune list on the Walton's site. (It's a popup image that I don't see a way to copy, otherwise I'd paste it here.) It includes a good number of tunes played at my local sessions that are not yet in my personal repertoire, so I'm going to pick it up, hoping for some concertina-specific insights. But would still love to hear any impressions from anyone who has used this particular book. Thanks!
  9. Hello, Has any looked at the book "110 Irish Concertina Tunes"? I can't find a tune list/table of contents for it anywhere, though it appears to widely available, both with and without CDs. I also don't see it listed in Gary's excellent list of books here on c.net. Some of the reviews mention it covers ornamentation, which I'm really hoping to learn more about, and would love to see applied to specific tunes. On the other hand, if the content is mostly generic versions of things I can find online or in my umpteen other Irish tune collections, I'll probably pass. Thanks for any insights!
  10. Hello! I'm seeking a copy of the "Anglo International" CD that was produced by several members here some years back. I'm guessing that new copies are long gone, but hoping someone might have an older copy that they'd be willing to part with. Please PM me if you've got one you could sell to me. Thanks! Jack
  11. Nice work! I love the mnemonic phrases, especially, and the diagram of duplicated notes is great to see laid out. I'm about two years in, and still have it on my list to learn the notes on the buttons at the extremities that I rarely get to, so I may be spending time with your learning aids. Here's hoping your new instrument arrives soon and lives up to your expectations!
  12. As mentioned above, Grey Larsen's primary concertina is a 40b Edeophone Anglo in D/A tuning. You can hear it here:
  13. Personalized instruction is a great thing, so I don't want to discourage you from finding a teacher. I believe there are several who are regular contributors here, and maybe some will follow up with you personally. But since you mention the Irish Tunes book, and if that's your primary interest, I'd encourage you to take a look at irishconcertinalessons.com and oaim.ie Both are subscription based online learning sites, and I've had great experiences with each of them. They're not direct substitutes for the feedback you'd get with one-on-one lessons, though. But since they have free samples, I'd encourage you to take a look.
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