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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. Clear as mud, or is it just me? 😝 (Not your fault of course, Springy!) J
  2. In the main, an 'arrangement' is a piece of music that already exists, rewritten and rearranged to be comfortably playable by an instrument or group of instruments it was not originally written for. A concertina arrangement will fulfil a few different criteria depending on the type of instrument it is intended for. It will; - not have any notes beyond the playable range - not have conflicting, therefore unplayable note combinations (relevent to Anglo particularly) It should; - take advantage of the characteristics of the
  3. Thanks Stephen and Alex for pointing that out - it's a very important exception, and very relevant for small workshops. That sale never happened so I've no dog in this fight, but to clarify confusion, this was certainly a large VAT registered business (who should have known better?..)
  4. So, a UK made instrument should be offered to the EU sans local VAT? Makes sense. In this case the purchase price for the buyer would be lower than for a British one, and there would be little material difference in the end cost once Belgian VAT was paid. So why is everyone annoyed about it? 😜
  5. Yes, this is what I thought too. It wasn't, though. As the point of sale cost was the same for me, as it was for someone in ROI, I didn't think arguing the case with them would help me out. From the exchange: ------------------- ... I am worried that I might be be asked to pay a large customs duties or import VAT upon delivery, but I have found confusing and conflicting information and there is no incindication or mention of VAT on your website. Do you guys have any knowledge of this, or whether this might be the case? ... If there is a risk that this will ha
  6. Exactly what it's there for. That's all the help you get, I'm afraid! You'll get used to finding it quicker. Stick with it. No need to see them, you'll need to get used to 'surviving' with touch alone. In my experience it's even more confusing to use a mirror so I'd advise against that. Maybe you could superglue a rhinestone into the concave button? If your fingers are tough and guitar-hardened, try using your fingernail to differentiate them. Maybe someone else who plays accordions will have a better idea... Congrats on your new pur
  7. Don't all keys a fifth apart share exactly the same notes aside from 1 accidental?
  8. Hi Bill, my guess (and it's only a guess) is because the size of the whole box roughly correlates to the size of the bass. In addition, people see the range of the bass as a limiting factor in what kind of music they want to play. They tend to be categorised this way for convenience. It's immediately obvious from a picture to see the range of the RH keyboard... Less so with rows of many small buttons 😊👍 Jimmy
  9. [Opinion] Do you play the concertina? If not, and this is your first venture, get the swan. There are of course some other options out there which people may comment on.. You'll soon realise if it's an instrument you want to pursue. If it is, in a couple of years you'll want to upgrade to something really nice. Nicer than a phoenix. Save yourself $1000 (at least??) Jimmy
  10. Chromatic buttons have an extended range in the treble and some sound arguments for ergonomic advantage. Let's not pretend it's much more than that. No need to reinvent the wheel if you 'CBA' - the piano accordion is more than capable of most things. Very well too. There are plenty of virtuosi to listen to if that's in doubt. I know I'd be more inclined to start playing at my best, and more often, without two new systems to learn at the same time. I'm lazy and prefer making music. If you're intending to become a Bayan extraordinare, playing orchestral arran
  11. I'd say so! The RH will obviously do whatever you like. The LH is in a logical system of consecutive fifths, with a third root above, and below their major, minor, 7th, diminished. Any key you are in follows identical patterns. Perhaps pick up an inexpensive one and see how you get on with it? I rarely take out a full size 120 box unless I know what I'll be playing ventures into really distant keys or I need the extra range of the RH keyboard. The modern ones are heavy beasts. Depending on how far away from C you want to play, you can use this as a guide to work out how many bass bu
  12. I've tried to read through so much of this stuff that it has fried my brains. I still think it is clear as mud. For example, if I were to take an instrument from the UK to the EU I may be liable to pay VAT on it in both directions, but not if a carnet was paid for and issued. I cancelled an order from ROI a few weeks ago (not concertina related). I consulted with the retailer and they confirmed that, being above £135, I would have to pay VAT on its arrival to the tune of some £300 extra. Obviously that is a choice left to the buyer, but many of them are being taken by surprise.
  13. I've got a box with a full set of harmonium reeds here, including some pretty giant ones! If you (or anyone else) fancies a go with them, get in touch!
  14. With the risk of advocating electronic instruments.. something I wouldn't dare ordinarily do 😉.. I think the results organists manage to achieve with Hauptwerk software can be unbelievably good. I am sure it wouldn't take much to knock up a program which will take these midi inputs and pass them through a high-res sample bank rather than a synthesizer. More of a curiosity than a serious instrument, maybe, but it would be great to have some real sample sets of various real instruments to mess around with. They could even have multiple samples for the same note, taken at different v
  15. I have moved onto AC after playing piano accordion for years. It is a little odd, but like penta says your brain will adapt to the different instruments. It's a remarkable thing. I suspect you will have less of a problem getting your head around the diatonic-ness and more of muscle-memory tendency for the left hand wanting to control the bellows. A great many AC players tend to use their right hand to move the bellows and keep the left stationary. I haven't tried to fix this myself and I'm not convinced it matters much anyway. Jimmy
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