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  1. Hi Mikael, I misunderstood and thought it was a donation to Salvation Army (SA), being sold by them. Until today I didn't know there were SA concertina bands, so I'm glad I learned something 😀. I did some google searching and found quite a bit of info on these bands, but didn't really see anything that would positively identify what brand this one is. Here's something on the timeline for transition from Anglo to English, and although they mention Lachenal (as Wolf and Daniel suggested), there's nothing definitive in the link I'm sharing...more just for general historical reading if you're interested. I hope you can have your restorer see it in person before deciding to buy, but I know that's not always possible. Anyway, I'm glad to hear you want to learn to play it, and I wish you the best of luck.
  2. Sorry, I don't know what it''s worth. I do think it's future value depends a lot on whether you're looking to restore and sell for a profit, or if you're buying/restoring it to play, or learn to play yourself. Either way, I don't imagine the Salvation Army would be out to overcharge someone on this, and if that happened, the surplus would go to a good cause I suppose.
  3. Yes, the language left me confused too, but now I think I get it. And your comments gave me the courage to go ahead and enable it. Thanks very much everyone!
  4. Thanks for posting this; it's awesome! Out on the Ocean is one of my favorite jigs of all time, and he plays it just beautifully. I kept trying to figure out if his concertina was green or if it was just an effect of the lighting.
  5. I was setting up my profile and saw that "The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users." It then has an option to enable something...the block, I guess. Can anyone help me to understand what this means? I kind of want to enable it just to see what happens, but maybe it's disabled for some good reason that I just don't understand.
  6. I like the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) a lot. The whole site is fascinating to browse, but in particular the scores and notated collections are great. The scores are interactive, in that it will play the tune for you (albeit in generic piano tones) while highlighting the notes on the score as they are played, and you can slow down the playback (lower the BPM) if needed. Tunes from a few of the sources that have been mentioned above are included, and there are quite a few sources that I've never heard of, but love to explore. Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1050 Reels and Jigs, Hornpipes, Clogs, Walk-arounds, Essences, Strathspeys, Highland Flings and Contra Dances, with Figures) is another great tune book that I don't think has been mentioned yet. It's from the 1880s, and as implied in the ridiculously long subtitle, not all of the tunes are Irish. Unlike many of the most cherished tune books though, this one is still widely available (Mel Bay has a facsimile edition that is relatively cheap). Many of the mammoth tunes are available as ITMA scores. Gary's list of sources is awesome, and endgrainguy mentioned irishtune.info, a site that I use daily as well. Here is the bibliography, listing sources that Alan Ng indexes on irishtune.info (many of them have already been mentioned by Gary above, but many others here are also worth a look). Here is a subset of the bibliography that Ng highlights as the "Best Session Tunebooks." Ng prefaces this bibliography with some words about the benefits of learning by ear rather than books. I usually need both to learn. One of the great things about Foinn Seisiun books (mentioned by Gary) is that you can get CDs with every tune in the books. There are now 4 volumes, and while I can't find the 4th volume on Comhaltas website, if you email or call them they do have it, and they can tell you about discounts for buying sets of 3 or 4 volumes with the CDs. I guess I should mention, I don't work for them, or Mel Bay, or Alan Ng, or ITMA! I don't disagree with anything that's been said about The Session so far in this thread, but I have to admit that I often go there first for convenience. I tend to compare with other sources later if I'm 'serious' about learning a tune, or if it is just not sounding right. My apologies for rambling on, and for resurrecting an oldish thread (not sure if that's bad form or not, but I am a newbie after all).
  7. The plumage on their hats is fabulous 🤩, but a little sad to see only one concertina among the nine youngsters.
  8. Very cool...thanks for sharing it! I bookmarked the site. PS - this reminded me of another 'labor of love' website, this one for Joe Cooley, with field recordings from the 1970's: https://joecooleytapes.org/
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