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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. Good idea, could also give your playing a lift and nicely separate the notes.......... (sorry) Rob
  2. Absolutely John. However having a squash strap doesn't mean the box sits all the time out in the breeze (only sometimes). It does also make it easy to pop it into it's case without the ends constantly dragging across the soft lining and roughing it up. My case is quite properly a pretty snug fit over the ends. Best' Rob
  3. My ever-loving made this for my Wolverton....works well. Just soft webbing with velcro fastening. Narrow enough to fit betwixt buttons and air lever. Overlapped folded back tab on the outer end to serve as a lift-off pull. Rob
  4. Yes Richard, me too, I asked Jake to fit his trigger design to my Wolverton when I bought it 3 years ago and it has always worked very well. I would imagine it is not at all a simple thing to retro fit to an existing instrument. Rob
  5. On the Video section section of this Forum 'Daddy Long Les' recently posted on YouTube an interesting review of his Jeffries Anglo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4debeQ-ZG6w&feature=youtu.be About 5.30 minutes in he mentions the same problem as discussed here regarding the difficulty of touching the Air Button with the side of the thumb. His professional approach to the problem was to send the strap bars back to the original restorer David Robertson (of this Parish) in Norwich UK. David duly slimmed down the thickness of the upper ends of both strap bars making it much easier to touch the side of the thumb on the Air Button (on the right) and the Drone Button (on the left). It was clearly very successful but I guess some purists might question a non-reversible alteration to the original construction of a vintage instrument (although it would not have worried me). Not a problem with OP Bill N's 'paddle' idea of course which is simply removable leaving no trace. Interesting that this thumb-reach difficulty arises so often on wrist strap bars constructed in this fashion, especially on Lachenals but seemingly on Jeffries' too. Did players have fatter thumbs in the late 1800's (or maybe younger thumb joints) ? Maybe that is how alternative designs came about. Rob
  6. Yay, I made one to Bill N's design, and it works a treat, thanks Bill. The problem arises (and it seems to be common one on old Lachenals) because the rebated upper end of the strap bar is still too high to allow the side of the thumb to readily reach the tip of the air button. Bill's modification is really good because in involves no dismantling or modifications to the concertina, and is also removable if required without a trace. Guess I was already a bit spoilt as my Wolverton had from the outset an air lever rather than a button, and which is still a delight to use, thanks Jake. Rob
  7. Thanks for that Clive. Really helpful thought if not a very empathetic one. Maybe nurture will prove better than nature here.
  8. 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...
  9. My recent experience also, in exactly the same circumstances - Uk - inland Royal Mail next day - same concertina packing - last week or so. Rob
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Thanks Lizzye.. Website deems not to be updated with those details yet but guess that will happen soon. Rgds Rob
  15. ..... and purchased in October last year it looks like. However no indication of asking price here. These are delightful concertinas. Rob
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