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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 and Continent including Playford, Morris, and French dance.
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    Norfolk UK

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Oh John, that is really sad, unbelievable really. I am so sorry to hear. Robin
  5. 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)
  6. 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
  7. Booking ('Registration') is now available on the website: https://www.davetownsendmusic.com/music-workshops-classes/witney-supersqueeze-workshops/course-fees-booking/ Rob
  8. Thanks Greg for the quick reply. The Carroll video is very helpful and clear also confirming your own view. I might give it a go when I'm feeling brave enough to dismantle one end of my wife's much loved Anglo. Rob
  9. The push G reed on button C5 of my wife's metal ended 30b C/G Lachenal is intrusively louder than neighbouring notes. All other aspects are fine. Any ideas please about why, or of any reasonably simple remedies ? I tried a search with no success so apologies if this is an old topic. Thanks. Rob
  10. Ah yes, on the 'Pirate Songs' series and sounding very nice as you say, thanks for the tip. Gary mentioned on here somewhere not long ago that he was happily playing a Wolverton. I was surprised to see on his website that Jake is discontinuing further orders for the 'Standard' hybrid model, in C/G form anyway, though continuing with G/D's so long as he still has stocks of 'hybrid' reeds. That seems a bit sad given their many admirers, I certainly like mine a lot, but I guess he wants to concentrate on the 'Advanced' concertina reeded models and there are only so many hours in the day. How good to know that in the UK too, there are now a few really skilled and knowledgeable younger people following in the steps of eg Steve Dickinson, Colin and Rosalie Dipper, and others. Yes, your appropriate 'paying the piper' comment refers to an old and endless debate I fear............ sorry ... "Pass' ! 'best Rob
  11. Peter I cannot raise it either and I am a fan of both Cormac and Caitlin but NOT of Facebook ! Grrrr.... Rob
  12. Interesting thread. Good to hear from two more Wolverton players. I have had my Standard 30b C/G for just over two years and it plays better than ever. When I ordered it I had Jake fit his ergonomically profiled hand rests and I just checked the maximum height which is 1.125" or 28mm. This is very comfortable, and although I have the straps reasonably snug (not tight) I get good fingertip access to all the buttons. A friend of ours was so impressed she got her husband to prepare a dimensioned copy sketch to make a pair for her Jeffries. The idea of using U-shaped foam on traditional hand rests as a trial sounds a great idea though. On my wife's 30b Lachenal the height of the hand rest bars is 0.625" or 16mm and they are certainly not as comfortable for me, though she doesn't complain (and plays better than me !). Might persuade her to give the foam a try anyway. 'best Rob
  13. Scheduled this year for November 15th, 16th and 17th November. Initial Tutor details appeared yesterday on melnet: http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,24102.0.html Very enjoyable event usually but a bit thin on Anglo tutors this year. Rob
  14. Thanks Gary. Yes I do have your excellent Irish tunes book (along with '1-2-3' and 'Harmonic') but got hooked on the particular version of Parnell's that Bob Michel plays although there are not that many differences it's true. I do really like your button maps though, seriously useful in all your books. For ITM, knowing the notes is right and I have pretty much mastered that. The 'rainbows' are mainly an aide memoire as to choice where there are button options, the rest sort of crept in. Best Regards Rob PS Sorry Gary I find it was not your Irish tunes book where I found Parnell's March initially, so your kindly added new tab above is very helpful and interesting, thanks again. (BTW like you, I have a Wolverton Anglo C/G)
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