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Joe G.

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    Playing fiddle tunes, folk and country music on anglo concertina, mandolin, and guitar; writing and publishing; letterpress printing; casting metal type for said printing.
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    Longview, WA

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  1. Just before the COVID pandemonium I was fitted for a pair of state-of-the-art hearing aids. I could hear my hair scratching on the piece behind my ears, and when I tried playing anything—concertina, mandolin, guitar—the sound was horrible. The audiologist said, "The world is full of sounds you haven't heard for a while." Like my hair scratching on the hearing aids, presumably. The hearing aids connected to my iPhone via an app, and I tried to use that to adjust the sound profile. It was just too frustrating, all around. It wasn't music alone that I found annoying, but that was the greatest disappointment, especially in the age of high fidelity earbuds. The hearing aids cost as much as a good Jeffries anglo, and they gave me no pleasure. I took them back. My hearing will have to be a lot worse before I endure that again.
  2. Try the classified ads on mandolincafe.com.
  3. I'm offering my 30 button Lachenal anglo #152418, with rosewood ends, bone buttons, apparently original six-fold bellows (a bit stained but otherwise in fine shape), refurbished in 2016 by Wim Wakker (mechanically restored, the wood French polished) and played very little since then. Asking $1950, PayPalled and shipped within the U.S., with a contribution made to concertina.net. Includes the case it was in when I first bought it from Lark in the Morning in the early 1980s.
  4. The only pic that came up for me was the ledger page, but I would like to see the rest of them.
  5. In the fall of 1993 I spent an afternoon with Chris Droney, interviewing him for Concertina & Squeezebox Magazine. He and his wife were very generous, and even though I'm sure I asked embarrassingly obvious questions, they both treated me as if I knew what I was doing. I'm afraid it's all been downhill from there.
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