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  1. Steve, I am stopping at Crottys pub next week (planes allowing), you will no doubt get your hands on it. The buttons are very tall and thin, and the best bit is the bushing board which is fastened onto the reedpan so you can take the lid off and the buttons stop where they are - a brilliant idea.
  2. Sorry, Steve, but I have an inset ended hybrid Jeffries 49 key with Crabb ends (Geoff Crabb verified these as very probably Crabb ends and Jeffries reeds), reconditioned/rebellowed by the Dippers. Messers Byrne, Prebble, Davis, Wayne et. al. are all familiar with this instrument and the Jeffries name stamp is the only oddity. I have photos on my digital camera which I will upload a.s.a.p.
  3. tap the buttons so you leave some gaps in the tune.
  4. I was sat next to Jody at Dungworth and we found an inch square piece of glass shaped like a lens. It wasn't out of anything he had in his camera case so we drew a blank there. The next day I noticed the hands on my watch had wrapped around each other. Guess where my watch-glass went?
  5. If any English concertina players want to "throw their box around", they should go to an Alistair Anderson workshop instead.
  6. We had a brilliant evening with Jody - don't miss him if you get chance to hear him. We played through some tunes from his book with him - really catchy stuff.
  7. Looking forward to meeting you at the fragrantly named Dungworth.
  8. I thought that most ITM anglo players (who don't follow the older styles of playing) try to emulate the Uillean Pipes with drones & regulator chords as well as the usual ornaments used by pipers.
  9. Get yourselves across to one of the Dungworth concertina nights where Northumbriana always features prominently.
  10. I want to hear John Kirkpatrick and Noel Hill playing togther, trying to outdo each other with ornaments. And wouldn't it have been great to hear William Kimber playing some ragtime?. For me, the "Chriss-ee-mass Day in the morn" line of The Holly & The Ivy was always the song I remember Ken Loveless by.
  11. If people would fill in the location on their profile, it would make it easier to get to find locals via concertina.net.
  12. I suppose they didn't have an ohm to go to? My fave bandname must be the The Flying Chaucers from Canterbury although the Sussex Pistols still must get the usual question "Is that johnny rotten?".
  13. I seem to remember this was the same firm (early-music shop spin-off?) that brought out a harpsichord kit in the 1970s. Which would take longer - concertina or harpsichord?
  14. I hope that was because they were playing 20 key boxes, not because they couldn't be bothered to use the c#. ;->
  15. Being a Righty (or Wrighty), I still have no problems playing tunes on left or right hand as I play in octaves where possible. We were discussing playing chords at Swaledale and whether playing chords in D was at the "extreme" on C/G as the chords were a bit "bare". I commented that to irish-style players, D seemed in the middle of the instrument and you have to practise playing some of the tune in the left hand and some in the right so it didn't really benefit lefties or righties. Irish-style players have to be ambisextrous.
  16. Yes, I think so - I will make sure we post a bit sooner.
  17. Just a reminder that we meet for pies and concertinas at the Royal Hotel, Dungworth nr Sheffield tonight 23rd. See you there.
  18. What an excellent weekend - it is great to catch up with friends old and new - I didn't exert myself too much, taking things very steadily (untill the Irish reels started). Well done to all the organisers - especially the short notice ones. I am determined to learn push and pull chords in D and F if it kills me (metaphorically).
  19. Here we go. Definition of an optimist - a banjo player with an answerphone. And my favorites - Q. What is the difference between a cow and an orchestra?. A. One's got horns at the front and an rs at the back. Q. What is the difference between a viola player and a seamstress? A. One tucks up frills. Q. And the difference between a drummer and a Radox bath. A. One bucks up the feet. Thats quite enough of that.
  20. What about the "wiring" of people who are interchangeable on both anglo and english? Geoff Wright Concertina player and Counter-tenor
  21. I am sure we all know session musos who (allegedly) play with their eyes open but are totally oblivious to the starting tempo and often to the fact that the rest of the room has changed tune. By all means, don't look at the box and practise in the dark, but do look up when other musicians are playing.
  22. Make sure the scales are in one bellows direction and don't neglect your chromatic scales either, Chris. We don't want your G# or F natural buttons feeling unloved. ;->
  23. Tongue in cheek of course - C/G and G/D are totally different instruments and I happen to prefer the timbre of a C/G cross-fingered than a G/D played up the rows (but thats only personal preference) plus I play octaves rather than chords. I do see too many non-chord playing G/D owners who stop playing if the session ventures outside their two keys (or even worse, swap to a C/G if the key changes to C). Time for some scales practise!.
  24. Many thanks for all your prayers, thoughts and concerns. Geoff is back home with avengence, taking everything at quarter speed (except concertina). I took badly with what I thought was heartburn during the psalm at Matins and (allegedly) carried on singing until the end of the service, despite being doubled-up. Hows that for dedication? Thanks to Dave Prebbles' red cross parcel of cds, I did not suffer box withdrawal symptoms too much and very much look forward to seeing many of you at Swaledale and Witney. Under Docs orders, everyone (especially DP) will be pleased to hear I am giving up my Morino accordion temporarily and may need to find a smaller (louder) model for the interim. Again, thanks to all the well-wishers.
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