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Lester Bailey

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  1. I. like Mikefule, bought my concertina from Barleycorn in the exact same manner. I gave Chris a list of what I wanted, he selected a bunch that he thought fitted my spec and left me to play them. My wife says she knew which one I would buy from me first picking it up despite going round them all twice.
  2. I use ABC as it means I can carry my main ABC file with its 875 tunes on my phone and thus be able to show the manuscript, play a midi version of the tune or, in my case, play directly from the ABCs. The thought of carrying around sufficient paper to do this and not have the ability to search by name/key/time sig whilst sat in a pub makes ABC seem a good solution. Additionally there are around 690,000 tunes already transcribed (albeit with varying accuracy) available on the net and easily searched for.
  3. I have recorded my 500+ melodeon videos almost all using just a Lumix TZ series cameras with their built in mics, currently a TZ70. https://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.com/p/tune-index.html
  4. Not the case with your brand new Swallow but it is risky to take vintage boxes that use materials that are banned under CITES (tortoiseshell, ivory, some woods), this can end up with your box being confiscated and destroyed. https://www.musicinstrumentnews.co.uk/2018/06/08/government-dithers-over-fate-of-seized-cites-guitars/
  5. I use Newmoon Insurance they understand free reed instruments https://www.newmooninsurance.com/musical-instrument-insurance
  6. Whatever happens do not use beeswax, it will run everywhere and make a mess. You need proper reed wax. http://www.cgmmusical.co.uk/CGM_Musical_Services/Reed_Wax_Nails.html#1
  7. Feeling pleased with myself at having this tune learnt in D, go to a session to be told it should be played in C. I hate it when people say tunes 'should' be played in a particular key. Play it in what ever key you like the tune won't mind in the slightest. One caveat is for new learners who see a tune with one sharp and assume G when it's in Emin, OK if just playing the melody but really pants if they are playing chords as well.
  8. We have a slow and steady folk session on the second Sunday of each month at the Red Lion, Marsworth, Bucks, HP23 4LU - from 7:00 to 9:00. Fair few melodeons but at least one anglo and one English most months. https://www.facebook.com/groups/RedLionSteadySession/
  9. I alway look up on it as a delightful journey rather than a wade Sorry can't help with the tunes
  10. Charlie Marshall's your man, he can ship to the US and can supply small numbers of reed plates http://www.cgmmusical.co.uk/CGM_Musical_Services/Reed_Plates.html
  11. Take care using Bacon as the tunes are in the collected keys which, due to the dominance of D/G melodeons in morris, are not necessarily the keys that they are normally played in. ps Morris Side or Morris Team never Morris troupe
  12. My best guess is it an earworm from the C part of Trunkles Bledington http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/tune-251-trunkles-bledington.html
  13. This is just not true, for instance to day I have de-clubbed a Hohner Liliput Melodeon in Bb/Eb this entails change the gleichton reed that plays Bb/Bb to play Bb/C. This can be achieved by CAREFULLY filing the reed tip to thin the metal, moving a reed a whole tone is not for beginners but is eminently possible.
  14. D40s have accordion reeds and plastic valves and therefore don't suffer from leather valve problems. Could be a stray bit of wax sticking the valve down, a common enough problem. An accordion tech could cure this in minutes but it's probably worth asking them to set the reeds and tune them as well as in my experience of Hohner concertinas/melodeons/accordions these are somewhat random.
  15. Could be the bellows, gaskets, pads and a few other things as well. but as they only 'compress slightly and slowly' I wouldn't worry about it. Plus I would stop doing the 'sqeeze and no button pressed' as it does no good and could do harm.
  16. In the melodeon world we use left/right push pull nomenclature Example
  17. I don't tune concertinas but have done more than my fair share of melodeon/accordion reeds. I use these Vallorbe Saw Files 6" slim. I note in the original post SteveS talked about half round files this seems like a really bad idea as it would not allow the reed to be thinned across its whole profile. YMMV
  18. My only observation is that I would have mounted the reed holder 90 degrees around from where you mounted it. When tuning I always file along the length of the reed rather than across which seems to be the only direction available with your setup??
  19. A video of one of Semyon's Cherepashkas being inexpertly played by me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWNf9M-936I and much better played by the man himself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EMfIT-yqEQ
  20. It was Wheatstone that painted them as a special order for the Fair Four Sisters.
  21. "Melodeons"? Ooh, Lester! And if I remember correctly, those are decorated with gilt paint, not real gold plate. Yes? Nice, though. Oppps
  22. A newer shot of the Faire Four Sister's concertinas in the hands of Aldbury Morris Men
  23. I only ask because in the Tune/Theme of the Month postings on melodeon.net the posters use YouTube but here on concertina.net SoundCloud is the weapon of choice.
  24. Deleted cus I'm not sure I understood it let alone anyone else
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