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  1. Last month my dad handed my mother divorce papers and walked out of the house with some of his clothes and bread-baking stuff (bowls, bread pans) and that's it. One of the many instruments he left behind is a nearly-new Moeck Flauto Rondo alto recorder. I believe it is made of maple wood. Since no one else in the family plays recorder, my mother wants to sell this. $225, shipping included.
  2. Perry, If you figure out how John does it, will you let me know?
  3. My favorite EC player was and is John Roberts. I dream of being able to accompany songs as well as he does...someday. 'Course, I think John also plays anglo...
  4. Wow. So no more 24-button Edgleys with metal ends. My Edgley is now a rarity! Cool!
  5. Purely an unscientific observation, Peter, based primarily on who is asked to teach at events (including their own) in the US.
  6. I have an Edgley 24-button. I primarily play Irish music (not well, and certainly not professionally!). I chose the 24-button model because, even for a female, I have smaller-than-average hands. It's easier for me to reach accidentals at the ends of the basic two rows than to continually reach for a third row. I believe (after having spoken with both Harold Herrington and Frank Edgley) that Irish Trad Music player Jacqueline McCarthy was the inspiration/consultant for the design because she, too, has small hands. But a majority of the top professional Irish Trad Music players are men, and have no need for the "condensed" layout. It then makes sense that they wouldn't buy a 24-button. But for me, it's the perfect design
  7. I'm too busy drooling over the pics to make this a long post. Wow. Just...wow.
  8. Public parks are good until it gets too hot or too cold. And definitely, practice rooms at your local university. My only time to practice is when my 3-year-old daughter is asleep -- which means I can't leave the property. Our new house is also very small. However, our main floor bathroom has the world's loudest exhaust fan -- you could not hear Armageddon when that thing is on. I may try to practice there -- if I can hear myself over the fan!
  9. Welcome aboard, Jen! We're glad you're here. Getting a Rochelle -- for now -- is an excellent plan. They're great little starter boxes.
  10. Each note has a note that's sharp in relation to it (the next key to the right on a piano keyboard, black or white) and a note that's flat in relation to it (the next key to the left on a piano keyboard, black or white). b means flat # means sharp So Bb means the note directly to the left of B on a piano keyboard.. Every piece of music, every song, every tune, is written in a key. The names of the keys are the same as the names of the notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G. The name of the key, for example the key of C, means that the scale (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti do) (go find a copy of The Sound of Music soundtrack and listen to "Do, a Deer") starts with a C note. Now, C is the only scale on a piano that can be played with no sharps or flats. So no little b's or little tic-tac-toe grids at the beginning of the written-down notes. C D E F G A B C The key of G starts on the note G. However, because of the notes' relation to each other, the basic scale is G A B C D E F# G There is also a key of Bb. That is the "home key" for clarinets and, therefore, most jazz music. Does this help?
  11. The seller could have at least used a more "vintage" bottle of Coke!
  12. Ah, a fellow Edgley player! I hope you'll love your Edgley as much as I love mine! DO post pictures when it comes! Welcome, Mark, to the friendliest corner of the Web
  13. As a kid, I tried piano lessons (for the longest -- 9 months), guitar lessons (plus twice as an adult. I just cannot grasp basic guitar concepts), french horn lessons (1 week), recorder lessons (ditto) and violin lessons (a month). Lest you think my parents coughed up a lot of cash for lessons and instruments, my father was the college band director -- and a very good recorder player. So lessons and instruments were basically free. But I grew up in a trad-geek hotbed. Concertinas were everywhere! (just not in my house) In 1983 I was a theater major in Baltimore, and we used a pearloid green Scholer as a prop for some show or other. I spent an inordinate amount of time in the tech theater major lounge trying to figure out a basic scale, much to the disgust of my fellow techies. In 1993 I bought a cheap little 20-button German anglo with flowers carved on it and DEEP GREEN bellows from House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, MD for an obscene amount of money (upwards of $300). Learned a couple of tunes, took one lesson from Wendy (she was a little...rough for a newbie, IMO) then ignored it for a couple years. Eventually let HMT sell it for me for a fraction of what I paid. Fast forward to August 2003. Decided to try concertina again. BEGGED my parents to give me an early Christmas present and buy my a Hohner from the Button Box. Literally played it to death in less than 6 months. Ordered my Edgley in January 2004, it arrived in July 2004 and I've been squeezing ever since!
  14. AWWWW!!! Beautiful pics!!!! I can't wait to hear the story. Jody, that limerick was really...I have no words!
  15. When two major events in the C-Net world happen on the same weekend, it's hard to prioritize. Hopefully, someone will post their review of NESI 2008 soon. But the more important issue is: Alison, tell us about the wedding!
  16. Other than typing the occasional "avast!" in my blog, I didn't do much Bad concertina player. No biscuit for me.
  17. oh you gotta have a name! or else me and clemmy will feel sad! i love my concertina. but i'm so crap! its kinda funny; i've been playing quite tricky fingerstyle ragtime and blues on the guitar, and now i'm back to london bridge is falling down!! My Edgley is "male" -- and named. The Merlin says, "hi."
  18. For sentimental reasons, "Off to California" has been a favorite for some time. It's also fun to play "Margaret's Waltz/Farewell to Devon" -- ditto.
  19. Happens to all of us I used to grip my handstraps so hard that the bit between my thumb and first finger would be absolutely raw. Eventually I figured out I wasn't going to drop it...
  20. I find it fascinating that so many Americans, often with no English background themselves, have adopted morris so enthusiastically (although enthusiasm is of course a very American trait). The average English person finds the morris very odd, and is deeply ashamed to be associated with it in any way. ... "Nah, the English don't dress up like that!" LOL! Love the story! If it helps, morris came to Berea via an Englishman: Frank Smith, a student of Cecil Sharp.
  21. Morris dancing was pretty big where I grew up (Berea, KY), so there were always concertinas and concertina players around. I was a morris dancer for a while, then got to an age where I started thinking, "you know, maybe it's time to be a morris musician instead." And I've never played for morris! I have always been fascinated with free reeds, and figured a concertina was easier to tote around by myself than an accordion. John Roberts was and continues to be a huge inspiration. I also cannot get the hang of playing guitar. I thought concertina would be a good song accompaniment instrument -- something I have yet to figure out how to do.
  22. For a multitude of reasons! Yay! Let's hear it for sane TSA employees! (although the bit about the ashes made me laugh)
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