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    Playing English concertina since 1975 and Anglo since about 1991.<br /><br />Commissioned to write a play about Charles Wheatstone which was performed in the late 1990s.<br /><br />I use some of this material in My Friend Mr Wheatstone, which is one-man, costumed, entertainment for clubs and societies. It covers Wheatstone's life and includes the concertina.<br /><br />

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  1. Hello Chris Yes we are analysing the feedback and planning another soon. http://angloconcertinaplaygroup.org/
  2. Following the pattern of the successful Melodeon Playgroup we've decided to launch the Anglo Concertina Playgroup. An online series of accessible workshops for beginners. 25th October 2020 Basic concertina instruction: Playing along the rows Chords Playing across the rows http://angloconcertinaplaygroup.org/workshops
  3. Try a AKG 3000b. Large diagphram mike. I regularly use one of these to record a singer with a strong bass voice, with stunning results. Make sure you have a good pop-screen. Steve
  4. I had a similar problem recently recording an accordion. I was a recording a band with some loud and persistent instruments, so trying to avoid spillage I close miked the instruments using end-fire mics. This was using Rode NT3 - mid-price similar to AKG C1000s mentioned above. I prefer these mics to the AKG, they give a good sound, more signal and less noise. Everything sounded OK except the accordion, which sounded particularly rough on the right hand - the reeds really came over with a rasping quality, quite unlike the real thing. We tried a few things, but ended up backing
  5. Inspired by Reverend Ken and recordings of Kimber, I switched over from English to Anglo for morris about 15 years ago. Playing a 20 key Lachenal C/G. Since then I have bought a G/D and played a number of different 20/30/40 key instruments in between. From my experience, to get the brightness and speed required for the Kimber style it needs to be a C/G. A G/D has longer reeds on the G row - they are slower to react. Also there is a real benefit in playing a 20 key - it is physically lighter, and thus more easy to manipulate to get that animated style (unless you relly have
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