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About Dirge

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  • Birthday 09/17/1957

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    I've decided (Jan '14) to back away from all this, or perhaps it backed away from me, but if you have a serious duet question feel free to pm me, and I'll reply when I notice it!

    Strictly Wheatstone ("Maccan") duet, which I came to from piano accordion and piano before that; I'm not particularly a folky, with ambitions to play all sorts of music. The repertoire goes from Tallis to the Beatles, although increasingly these days I'm leaning towards classical music.

    Three-wheeler sports cars as well; not at the same time. That's my 1934 Morgan in the picture, with Hawkes Bay (where I live) behind.

    Perhaps I'm drawn to any mechanical eccentricities, full stop!
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  1. Right I shall be back in Somerset in a week or so and would like to have another go at selling this. I have a forum member wanting to try it; she gets first go.
  2. Hallo folks; although I still have the 'box and want to sell it, doing so would be difficult at the moment as it is still in Wells and I am back in NZ. I've decided to leave it until next year. (If anyone is really desperate you'd better email me...)
  3. It's in Wells; but I'm on;ly there until sunday myself. I was going to leave it to deal with next year but if you can get over fairly fast pm me a phone no I'll ring you.
  4. Hallo Wolf; thanks for the good wishes. If anyone is interested in the concertina contact me through the website.
  5. Small at 6 3/4" across the flats but with 7 fold bellows and RH going down to middle C, so a really useful size and range, no. 3981 was fully rebuilt by Mike Acott last year for me but I did not really take to it (spoilt by a diet of aeolas!) so it's for sale for £1750. Donation to Cnet if it sells of course. It's still a bit stiff needing playing in, but ready to go and will benefit from being used regularly. It comes in a tin case made for a German thingy which does give it some pro tection. View/test run in Somerset, but don't leave it too long, it goes on ebay in a few days .
  6. I just happen to have a 71 key Wheatstone aeola available...it's the one I used for many of the recordings I posted here years ago, A special lightweight model, never properly played in since Richard Evans (of Kookaburrah, a duet player) painstakingly set it up. DURAL, not just aluminium, ends and frames and not corroding in any way whatsoever! 71s are the best for grown men. 81s are beasts to heave around for anyone. I've got one and have to admit I use it very little. 67s are perhaps better if you aren't so physically strong but you miss air capacity and the bottom Fs . VGC g
  7. If it were mine I'd play it until the alloy framed reeds cause trouble then worry about it. It may happen fairly soon but it may not, and even when one gives up it shouldn't damage anything else. Even then you'll still have the note the other way to finish the piece on.. Most repairers seem to have a store of spare reeds they can simply find replacements from. I'd do your basic recovery (as it sounds like this is part of the fun for you) then hand it over and let them find reeds and a spare button to match and tune it too. If you aim to play it yourself get the holes bushed as well,
  8. I agree. My appreciation of my 46-key Hayden (Wheatstone, sorry John) went up enormously after I spent some time playing the Wheatstone 82 key Hayden that showed up at the Button Box some years ago. I remember describing it (the switch back to my 46) as "like playing a jet engine." OK I think this piece of stupidity does it. Cnet has changed recently; it used to be a very broad church. Now it seems to be concerned purely with rather unimaginative folk music. I don't feel I have anything to offer, or anything to gain, so I'll go and sit in a darkened room for a while instead.
  9. Good that's all right then.
  10. 'Michael Sam Wild'. Usually a fairly lively member. Anyone seen him lately? Is he OK?
  11. 12.08 on the first of the first of 2014 here in NZ and I wish you all a most sincere happy new year. (Just to make those of you in the northern hemisphere sick, I'm still in shorts and T shirt)
  12. Very nice (and very slick!) Randy but it reminds me irresistably of an early John Wayne film; can't remember exactly which but I think the US cavalry are waiting for the injuns to wipe them out tomorrow or something; there's some 'calm before the storm' evening shots and, as I remember it, you must have been playing just like this in the background. (It was probably really a harmonica really but you know how the mind plays tricks)
  13. Thanks for the ineluctable opinion, good Sir Dirge! Blimey yes. I must get round to looking it up. Roughly it means that your opinion is made of stern stuff indeed with which nature itself cannot contend. Blimey again. My man, we are living in a world full of mystery, spectacle, and the unfathomable. Blimey, indeed... Gosh.
  14. That's all good stuff and your enthusiasm is great! Your beast's range may make the piano music frustrating, you'll have to move the bass up a lot. Don't dismiss kids' music. The convention for writing it seems to be that children don't have big reaches so the music stays closer to the middle of the keyboard. Although a lot of it is painful 'Faeries Dancing In A Ring' stuff it isn't all like that. I've done well from 'Classics for the Very Young' sort of books. Then don't forget to look at guitar and, it appears now, banjo music too, as well as any other chording instrument just in
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