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    Playing guitar, irish music on b/c box, making ocarinas (21 years of experience), cycling.
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  1. Though I love this instrument immensely, I must reluctantly sell it, so here it is: An AC Norman C/G with 30 buttons and a Jeffries layout. Its a Homewood badged model, sold by Homewood Music who was a distributor for some time. The concertina is fast, bright and in great shape and air tight. Theres some very light spots of wear. The black stain has faded a bit where it rests on the leg, as well as the palm rests a bit, but all in all its in great condition. It sounds similar to a concertina-reed instrument, and is wonderfully balanced. Here's a link to a video as well, please forgive my playing: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19Ji9uNkD_MP35z91_8ztPgyoSxqPED4p/view?usp=drivesdk If youd like additional clips or photos, please feel free to ask. Price: $1400 Comes with a hardshell case. Shipping is not included. I'm in the Northeast USA and can also accommodate local pickup.
  2. Does anyone know how the Phoenix's reeds are mounted to the reed pan? If its wax, its possible the wax has slackened its grip on the accordion reed, which makes one note behave differently in my experience. You'll get an unstable sound that might even sputter or moan. You can see if the reed will wiggle if you can get your fingers on the plate and try shifting it around. If you notice movement, it will be time to re wax the reed in place. If the reeds are secured by screws, its an easier job to see if the reed plate is loose and just needs to be snugged up by adjusting the two screws that hold it in place. If you're experiencing environmental changes frequently, it's possible wax would de-bond from the reedplate in question or for the screws holding the plate in to slacken a bit. Ive had both happen (I live in New England, where the weather is always shifting)
  3. I'm fairly certain that he sold this on Facebook some months back and might have neglected to update the ad
  4. Ive experienced a similar sounding issue before. The wax had loosened its grip on a reed in such a way that you couldn't really tell very easily at a glance, but if you shifted the reed by hand you could see it move ever so slightly. The push reed worked ok, but when activating the pull reed the thing would warble and buzz or not work at all. The solution there was re melting the wax and bam, all good. I live in New England and winters are incredibly dry, to echo Don's statement, and it wreaks havoc on musical instruments. My current concertina has screws holding the reeds in and I have had to snug them up when it gets too dry in the house, much to my trepidation.
  5. Noel's first 'The Irish Concertina' record used to be on Spotify and Apple music, but when I went to find it a few months ago, it had vanished. All trace of it has gone from the internet it seems, even videos that were on youtube, mp3's from amazon, every streaming service. Poof! So I set out to find a physical copy of it to buy and managed to find one someone was selling on Discogs within the same state as me. I ordered 5 days ago and according to my tracking info it was delivered today, but after I saw the postman leave and checked my mail, it was not there. So its lost and Im back to square one, not a single copy available I can find anywhere. Does anyone have any leads? I love this record and taught myself concertina playing against this and its really frustrating not being able to find it. His documentary disappeared, the first and second albums disappeared... is it only a matter of time before the third one vanishes? (good thing I already own a copy of that record). Id appreciate any leads. If he was selling The Irish Concertina 1 in mp3 format Id have bought it by now, but its impossible to find physical and digital copies.
  6. I had one from that era and it was actually quite lovely. Dovetailed steel reeds in aluminum shoes and even though the action was their style of 'hook action' it was swift and smooth. I miss its tone but I'm an Anglo man at heart
  7. I own this instrument now and its an AC Norman standard through and through, down to the last detail. I wrote Andrew about it ahead of trading, just to be sure, and he explained the history of this branding at the time. Its a lovely fast (loud) player and no different from another Norman Id tried from a more recent year. It needed some adjustments when I recieved it but its a stellar machine now.
  8. I'm putting the feelers out there to see if any folks have a C/G (or c#/g# or d/a even) 30 button, or more, Wheatstone from the 40's through the 60's. I know its not everyone's favorite era, for sure, and some of them can be worse than others but Ive been missing the concertina reed sound and was especially fond of the aluminum shoe'd reeds of the lasts 50s wheatstone I owned. I'm looking for models with dovetail reeds, not crimped please. It would need to be responsive enough for irish trad. Theres a Bb model being offered up that mostly fits the bill, but I'm most interested in c/g and higher pitches predominantly. I currently own a nicely fast playing and loud AC Norman C/G with Jeffries layout, tipo a mano reeds, badged Homewood. I love the thing, especially love jeffries layouts, but in the end its louder than I'd like. Id like to trade and add cash on my end for the right box, but its not a rule. Thanks!
  9. I saw that too. The bellows were in a right state, but the initial price looked reasonable, until the bids started rising of course. I think that, considering the value and renown of a jeffries anglo instrument, there are people who will spend considerably on any jeffries instrument, even a duet. Theres always the possibility that whoever bought might have done so to convert the duet into an Anglo. Its certainly been done a number of times before.
  10. Wow, this is certainly very interesting (and rather odd!). Do you have a closer up shot of the reeds perhaps? I'm quite curious about their construction. It looks like the low reeds on the left end have traditional styled reeds (with a rivet in place of a clamp). Are they in a dovetail slot?
  11. A particular Suttner may be less, but its not a Steve Dickinson Wheatstone, just as a Jeffries isnt a Dipper. Its worth the money. Your comment seems to imply something negative about the value of this instrument
  12. I tried digging around for answers to this but couldn't come up with anything, so here we are. Ive been thinking about this a lot lately as my trad playing requires ever bit of air in the bellows to be efficiently used, so when there's a problem its usually quite noticeable. Ive noticed for a while now that the speed at which my bellows will close changes depending on the reeds, and while that would make logical sense between low reeds and high reeds (lows using more air to cycle, highs less) the most surprising and frustrating rate is that of the D''' (right hand, first row, third button push). The neighboring push reeds consume at a pretty consistent rate for what you'd expect, but for some odd reason that D''' and maybe the neighboring G''' cause the bellows to close at an alarming rate comparatively. Additionally confusing is the fact that the reed set is pretty good, volume balance and intializing/swing cycle speed are all pretty consistent with the rest, but I cannot for the life of me figure it out, so im ordering a few other reeds in to see if there's a difference. The fact that they're not valved makes me wonder, but ive not run into this issue before with non-valved reeds. I imagined that if a reed cycled at the appropriate rate (which it would need to in order to produce the desired pitch, no?) Perhaps there would be air loss, but I cant come up with enough logic in that concept to buy it. I feel like I'd read something about this in the past but I simply cant recall. I'll see if I can slap a video together soon for reference.
  13. My current concertina is equipped with some tipo a mano reeds (the brand of which I cannot detect) and I've had accordions with such reeds in the past as well and the sound and playing quality has always been very pleasant, but lately I've been curious about how potentially higher quality or varied profile reeds might affect the tone of my concertina, should I want to swap them out. I recalled seeing concertina reeds in the past that had a somewhat 'rounded' (the edges seem to be curved a bit) profile so I'd started looking into that and noticed that Salpa make A Mano reeds with flat OR rounded (Bombata) tongues. They also have brass reed plates. Would such a reed, a brass plate and rounded tongue, or just a rounded tongue alone, provide a slightly more concertina reed-like sound perhaps? And though I think that's probably unlikely, I do wonder what folks experience with such reeds has been. Have these been used in Hybrids before? Is the response faster or harmonic quality greater? Thoughts?
  14. When I was shopping for a hybrid a couple years back, I figured I'd asked the folks at mcneela for some shots of the internals so I could make up my mind about whether I'd opt for a swan or something else. I knew they were made in China and was concerned they'd have stamped metal action like a stagi or something of that ilk, but surprisingly they are riveted. The pads seem glued on and the reeds appear to be waxed. I preferred bolted on reeds for ease of serviceability and ultimately passed, but its a nice box all the same. Just for a bit of on topic, I love the OP's logo job. I think its brilliant and its a massive improvement over the original boring typeface. I appreciate added artistic detail.
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