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JimmyG

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    Woodwork, engineering, music of all sorts, unusual instruments & oddities, vintage cars, good pubs! Classically trained (for my sins) but suitably disillusioned.
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  1. Reminds me of my favourite saxophone ensemble, the Nuclear Whales!
  2. Hi Inky - hope you find something that fits your needs! I've a second-hand Swan here (UK) in good nick I'd be happy to part with, however I don't know the extent of any import fees for a private sale. Good luck, and feel free to shoot me a private message for more details if you're after one. It's a decent box for the money.
  3. It would be great, if it's so airtight that the change in pressure caused it to pop!
  4. Graham is correct. The third of chord 3 is usually augmented which provides the relative V for chord vi, but don't know for sure in this case.
  5. Ja Ja Ding Dong next please 🙏
  6. Thank you for this absolute gift Gary
  7. No, it's not. But if anyone can make it one it's got to be you Simon. You were one of my concertina 'gateway drugs'!
  8. As a trained pianist and teacher, but admittedly amateur concertina player, the ergonomics of this don't make any sense to me at all. To use a piano layout effectively, two of the most most important things for fluid playing are the ability to 'tuck' the thumb under and to have freedom of wrist position. Neither of these are possible on a concertina with this layout. Perhaps this is why they never really took off, I suggest. Maybe they existed as a novel idea, so that those with a knowledge of being able to play a keyboard instrument were able to play rudimentary tunes. I'm open to disagreement and discussion!
  9. If you'd like to just test out what the proper software can do, I'd be totally happy to just take a random page, and shove it in to the program. See what you think. I genuinely think photoscore is pretty darn fantastic for what it is. Unless it's been written by someone with a neurological condition, or the scan quality is so poor that the ledger lines can't be seen, I bet it can transcribe it fairly well for you. Alongside the supervision and intervention of a trained musician. If successful, let me know and I can do the lot for you. God knows I need more to do in this current climate.
  10. Hi Tim, I've waited to see if anyone with more knowledge would reply but they haven't, yet. I have no idea how the usual tooling on bellows leather is done, or where they get their patterns or dies from. If you want a 'Jeffries' or similar style print embossed into your bellows leather I have no idea how to do that. Others might decide to throw more light on that. However... I do know that high-end bookbinders apply gold tooling to leather retroactively all the time. Often by hand. With proper care, I don't know any reason the local heat applied would cause any issues. If you want something beautiful and unique embossed in gold to add a bit of flair, there are definitely people who can do it for you. One person that comes straight to mind is Paul Delrue in Ruthin (Wales). I don't even know if you are in the UK. If you are, and are interested, DM me and I will put you in touch with him. He's a bit long in the tooth these days (he won't mind me saying) but is an artistic genius and craftsman. I'd be surprised if he didn't revel in the opportunity to do something a bit different.. Cheers
  11. Thanks for the clarification Jim. I'm sorry. I hope I didn't aggravate or annoy you, my intentions were merely out of curiosity. I certainly don't condone 'cancelling Shakespeare'!! 😅 I live just down the road from his old gaff (that means house here), and whilst I haven't come across his use of that word I am quite the fan. However, we don't live 500 years ago, we live now. You're not quite 500 years old are you, Jim? Words and their use can change in their meaning, and we choose them at our own peril whilst understanding how others may perceive us. Older I'd agree with. Widespread? No chance! Maybe it is in the U.S? Then again, I grew up in England. I appreciate the colloquialisms and vernacular I inherited is not going to reflect the rest of the english-speaking world. Perhaps if I was in the business of computer programming I would be more used to the casual use of the word. I do think the general understanding of that word is very different in all parts of the UK, than how you describe it. It is certainly widespread, and not limited to certain areas of London, or even England itself. I'm sort of surprised that it came into use as 'recently' as the 1970's, only 20 years before I was born. I've heard it plenty. I know if I mentioned around here I was going to a 'nonce meeting' I'd get funny looks at best, and a punch in the face at worst! All the best 😄
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