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Lars

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    Love anything to do with Anglo concertina, Irish, Celtic, & World music! Favorite player is Chris Sherburn
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    Bonney Lake, Washington USA

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  1. I see this thread hasn't been active in awhile or maybe there's another? Anyway, haven't posted in awhile, I just spent almost a week with the Wakker Traveler. It's a very nice instrument, I'd agree with the other post about maybe larger buttons but I'm fairly tall and actually most concertinas don't quite fit. Very fast action, nice tone, soft to loud as you need. The sweet spot was right in between for me, maybe a touch on the lower volume side. The only 'traditional' reeded instrument I've played before is a Dipper and an English Wheatstone but only briefly. I was surprised that the difference in reed tone was not as pronounced as I'd expected as compared to the hybrids. I don't know enough about long scale, etc. reeds to understand. The most difference I noticed was on the high end. Construction-wise I found it very well made, I'm fairly decent at playing when practiced and it handled everything. No rattles whatsoever. The only thing I didn't like was the use of veneer on the frame but that's just personal. There was wear from playing on the shellac finish but for it to play as well as it did considering the amount of playing time its had is a testimony to its quality. The best concertina I've played so far. I'm glad they're moving to Washington as I'm here also and my son plays basketball for Gonzaga U in Spokane! Now if I could just get a little more overtime at work...... Lars
  2. SOLD! Thanks!
  3. Hi all, Frank Edgley has a young man on his main page playing a few tunes, anyone know which ones they are? I'd like to learn the first one.... Lars
  4. Yeah, if you go electronic then there are endless options of course but I rather have an acoustic instrument! Lars
  5. Not a stupid question, i don't know either. At lest you had the guts to ask. Alan Yes, they use the Sruti box with the feet. The way I want to have it done is with a foot bellows, sort of like a bass drum pedal so you could run the box without much thought or effort using either foot so there would be no interference with the knee you rest your instrument on. Lars
  6. Thanks for the links Stuart..! I'll PM you.....
  7. Hi Stuart, Well, actually I was thinking more of a modified, smaller harmonium type box with 2 reed banks (bass & male). Levers to select the notes, could possible even try to have a chamber for bagpipe drones? Probably stick with just harmonium reeds to start. I'd like to have some sort of pressure regulator so you could run the bellows in time without overfilling, things like that. It's just something I've wanted to do so I'll have one made and post the results late in the winter whenever it gets done. How does it work with the Sruti box and your feet? Don't the reeds get muffled? I've never actually played one before but have had lots of harmoniums, never got around to naming them though. Thanks for the input! Lars
  8. If you can't find him and it's a County Clare model then I'm more than happy to run to the courthouse and change my name.... Lars
  9. Hi all, Well, I've been lurking for awhile and its been a year or two since posting. When I got my first concertina I decided against a drone button because of the break in sound when playing. I heard of someone using a "Sruti box" from India as a drone and that gave me an idea to have a drone box designed and built in India using harmonium reeds, etc. I have a lot of experience in the past with importing and designing instruments from India. So my question is to everyone, what do you think of this idea? I was thinking it would be a handy thing to have especially for playing slow airs, etc. I'll at least make one of them, there may be features necessary that I haven't thought of so looking for opinions and this is the first place I thought of for that. Well? Lars
  10. While you're waiting for the one from Wim, I have a chinese box that 'works'. Got it from another forum member. Something to play while you wait, pm or email me if you're interested....$100 shipped (US). Lars
  11. There's a link to another video also through their website: http://www.vallelymusic.com/buille.htm Nice to see some 'new' things happening. I've been watching these and have decided that the overall mix would be enhanced if Niall was using an accordion reeded concertina? I'm serious here, watch/listen to the clips and think about it. I think their CD is a must have for me Lars
  12. Once you get to the site, enter 'Buille' in the search box then you'll see them otherwise you won't quite find them! Thanks for the link, had never seen Celtic Connections before! Lars
  13. Lars, do you mean Ab/Eb? That would make more sense. If she used the fingering that most folks use on a C/G to get it sounding in D (the key in O'Neill's Music of Ireland, where it's called Father Jack Walsh), then that fingering on an Ab/Eb would result in it sounding in Bb. That fingering on an A/E would have it sounding in B-natural. This Topic suggests it was her web site. My own comment in that thread seems to imply that the web site said the entire CD was recorded on a G/D. Lars' mention of the key he hears for Tatter Jack Walsh suggests otherwise, since played with the standard fingering on a G/D it would sound in the key of A, not Bb. I hope her web site is back up soon, so we can check what it actually says. Thanks everyone....I can almost swear that her recording is exactly 2 whole steps down from the G version, so maybe it's Eb? The Blackberry Blossom CD doesn't give you the instrument info like her first CD does... I'll check again after I get this valve glued back on my instrument If she's having hosting issues, I'd be happy to host her site as my hosting account has 3 spaces and only one is being used. No charge or strings....If any of you know her pass on the info. Lars
  14. Funny you should ask, I was wondering the same thing. In the instructional CD by John Williams (Learn to Play Irish Concertina), John suggests resting the middle of the bellows on your leg just behind the knee. I notice that he uses his right knee. However, I recently spoke with an American player/repairer who said that he has seen bellows quite worn from 'leg resting.' In the book by Bertram Levy (The Anglo Concertina Demystified), he suggests holding the instrument between the knees and waist with each concertina end somewhat over a leg, like this Holding2.BMP. Note that the bellows are then not resting on either leg and are allowed so move without any sort of friction against the body. I do agree, however, that whatever hold one uses, it should not hurt; pain is not a good sign. P.S. How does one add an attachment to an underlined word? This is a nice topic, I've been resting one end on my left knee like many do but I find myself having to stabilize my hand with my little finger on the right hand since it's in the air. It's not a big deal really, have tried different suggestions but the finger always wants to do that other wise it feels unstable on fast reels. So I may try having an end on each knee and see how that works, bellows on the leg is out of the question, I could see that becoming a wear issue. Lars
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