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  1. Early on he says he plays a Wheatstone layout, but like Paul above I haven't gotten very far. I play Jeffries (more specifically the Carroll variation that has three C#s on the RH outside row), but I can't imagine it will make a lot of difference, and he may well go over both fingering options on specific tunes. I'm only on lesson 6 or 7, and I'm enjoying it so far, even though it's basic stuff, and I'm an intermediate player. Like Caitlin's irishconcertinalessons.com, you get closeups of both hands to help see the fingering. Caitlin walks you through the notes with a lot more repetition, which is helpful. But Jack, so far, talks more (so far) about technique, best practices, and things to avoid. I was surprised to see that on only the second or third tune presented, Jack gets into harmony/chord options. That's good from my perspective, as my own playing is limited in that area.
  2. On my new Carroll I followed a suggestion from Wally and got that pull E on the middle button on left hand outside row, where there's typically a D# (assuming an Anglo C/G). I haven't made a lot of use of it yet, but I'm glad it's there, and when I remember it, it has come in handy for a tune or two. Last year I spoke with Doug Creighton of The Button Box about customizing the left hand thumb button on their Morse ESB model. I thought a pull E and and push F# would be a great help, but he cautioned that my thumb probably doesn't have enough dexterity to get those notes out fluidly in an ITM context, so I went with a D/D (drone) instead. But you're absolutely right that we anglo players do give our right hand thumbs quite a workout, although I'm sure mine isn't as quick and precise as other digits. But maybe with enough practice....
  3. And here I was expecting the Sex Pistols! But I suspect that's not part of the official Platinum Jubilee repertoire.
  4. Carroll Concertinas has a few YouTube videos on common repairs/adjustments, one of which addresses this particular issue:
  5. Sorry, no experience with G/Ds, Jeffries, or Dippers. Hopefully some day! But last June I ordered a Carroll C/G "Small" and took delivery last month. As expected, it is a phenomenal instrument in every way. I own a Morse Ceili and a Morse ESB (baritone), both in C/G, as well as an old 20b Jones. The Ceili is quick, but the Carroll is noticeably quicker. I haven't weighed them, but the Morse instruments are known to be light, and if the Carroll is heavier, I haven't noticed. Wally was fantastic to work with as I explored a few minor customizations. I would love to own a top quality Jeffries, since they have such a wonderful, distinctive sound, and since they are so iconic. But the uncertainties of buying a vintage instrument have put me off. I could not be happier than to have instead acquired the Carroll. Eventually I'll get around to posting some pics and sound clips here.
  6. Lovely! Both the instrument and the tune. I would love to own one of these.
  7. Thanks for this! It's a favorite tune of mine at the moment, though I'm struggling a bit with keep the 3rd part flowing. Looking forward to giving the ornaments you've notated a go.
  8. Following up my original post here to say that my strap order from Concertina Spares arrived yesterday. I'm very happy with the quality of the straps, and the price. The order took over 3 months to get here and there was no communication from the vendor despite 3 or 4 attempts on my part to make contact after the order was placed. But since I was not in a hurry, this was a satisfactory transaction, though very slow.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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