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Robin Tims

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About Robin Tims

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    English and Anglo system Concertinas, Diatonic Melodeon, Piano Accordion. Most traditional acoustic music from UK, Ireland, and Continent including Playford, Morris, ITM and French dance.
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  1. Thanks for that Clive. Really helpful thought if not a very empathetic one. Maybe nurture will prove better than nature here.
  2. Hey I'm glad it is not just me then, as I suffer greatly from this and it is really holding me back on Anglo over nearly three years. I guess though it is not as bad as it once was. It creates a kind of tension which is hopeless, especially with ITM as air difficulties interfere greatly with phrasing, fluidity and rhythm. Sometimes when practising I just stop, put the Anglo down, and carry out some stretching, relaxing and breathing exercises before continuing, and it seems to help. Many many years ago I too recall having this problem with Melodeon and it eventually went away so I am hopeful. In the past I also played Chromatic Harmonica as well which has probably not helped (on English Concertina though, no problems at all). I have tried the remedies usually recommended e.g. singing a continuous note, or taking a steady breath in one direction, while playing a scale. Difficult to do, but without result really. Ah well, press on...
  3. My recent experience also, in exactly the same circumstances - Uk - inland Royal Mail next day - same concertina packing - last week or so. Rob
  4. Very many thanks Dowright. Initially I was a bit mystified by your reference to apparently superfluous serials 21287 and 24786 until I realised they exemplified that crossover period of instruments between 'Louis Lachenal' and 'Lachenal and Co'. Understood, thanks. Rob
  5. Hello Dowright, If of interest would you care to add to your excellent database: Lachenal Anglo 32b C/G . Very nicely restored by Andrew Norman Co, Shrewsbury UK Solid Rosewood ends. Bone buttons. 6 fold 'original' bellows. Steel reeds. Extra buttons are Whistle and Squeak. Weight: 1154g Reedpan Serial 23681 Bellows Serial 23296 Believed to date pre 1878 (Louis Lachenal) but 6 fold bellows may have been substituted for 5 fold in 1882 possibly during a repair. Plays very well. Any comment most welcome. Photo attached. Regards and thanks Rob
  6. Yes, as I expect you know, regulars all had this as an email too this morning, thanks Pianist. Disappointing isn't it, but the only sensible decision. A bit tough financially on tutors and local accommodation people as well as maybe Grinton Lodge itself. Rob
  7. In my own experience Tablets are increasingly putting in an appearance at sessions. Indeed I have now succumbed myself but my embarrassment is tempered by a plea of advanced years and less reliable memory, not laziness in learning tunes. The use of the excellent 'forScore' app facilitates extremely rapid tune finding (so long as you can recall the title !) and tunes can easily be organised in sequences regularly used. I also have typical individual 'Setlists' for local sessions eg 'Irish at .... ? pub' or ''English at ....? club' so that a tune 'aide-memoire' is provided for inspiration as well. Yes completely agree, it is a hindrance to good satisfying traditional session playing for all the reasons mentioned above, and I do feel uncomfortable about it....... but needs must, it's better (for me) than staying at home and luckily my fellow musicians are tolerant and kind. For all that increasing use of Tablets by many seems a sad thing. Rob
  8. Thanks Lizzye.. Website deems not to be updated with those details yet but guess that will happen soon. Rgds Rob
  9. ..... and purchased in October last year it looks like. However no indication of asking price here. These are delightful concertinas. Rob
  10. Another vote from me for the Caitlin courses online which show a lot of thought and work in effective presentation. An excellent resource for learning Irish music on C/G Anglo. Rob
  11. Yes Susan, I think she must be the Gold Standard for smiling. (Her playing is not so dusty either ! I am one of her many fans) Oops, sorry, we are talking about faces here and that excellent picture of Wolf. Rob
  12. So I am not the only one who finds it hard to smile while playing, even though feeling happy. A question of being relaxed I suppose, which I still find especially difficult with Anglo (less so with English or Melodeon). Looking afresh at our photos and videos of groups local to here, there really are an awful lot of frowning squeezers, including yours truly. Perhaps we should start a "Go on, smile darn you" campaign. Rob PS BTW smashing sketch, Wolf
  13. Oh John, that is really sad, unbelievable really. I am so sorry to hear. Robin
  14. Inspired by this thread I decided to make a 'bellows tight strap' myself for my Wolverton C/G so that 1. It could safely sit around home just waiting temptingly to be picked up and played and 2. Would more readily fit between the blocks in it's case and be easily lifted out. I used soft webbing with 50mm long Velcro pieces glued and stitched (by my wife Marj') into place per photos. No way a match for that terrific frame shown earlier, but still useful. Rob PS The Wolverton is just fantastic, love it. (well over two years old now and better than ever)
  15. Yes, Howard has it absolutely right. That was my experience too. After 20 years or so on D/G melodeon for Morris and English session (and English Concertina) I started 30b C/G Anglo, then, thinking a G/D Anglo might be easier I tried that too (a very nice used Edgely). Wrong, it just really muddied the water and became very confusing at such an early stage. I reluctantly let the G/D go again, and pressed on with C/G (mainly for Irish these days) which is going reasonably well. However, I really like Anglo ( a Wolverton) now, and often wish I had chosen that route all those years ago. Rob
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