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Christian Husmann

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  1. So, here is one answer from Germany.


    I play mainly "isolated" because the music I am currently interested in is absolutely suitable for being played in my living room.

    BUT, I have the opportunity to play with others if I want to. It´s not really a session type of thing - once a week I can join a dance lot if I want to and playing in an accordion orchestra there is at the moment the idea to realize a piece which is written for concertina and five accordions, let´s see. Where I live there was a bunch of people who played once a month in an Irish Pub but I´ve got no idea whether that still exists.


    Greetings from Germany


  2. I am glad you managed to get it all. In Firefox you can scroll with the up and down arrows after positioning the cursor in the page. And probably there was a problem viewing the website because I was updating the website and it was not available all the time.

    Thanks for watching and have fun with the tunes.



    One more information on that:

    I had that problem as well. I have a mouse with a scroll wheel in the middle. Using that scrolling down is easy, using the arrows didn´t help...




  3. Can anyone suggest the provenance of this Lachenal English:

    Buttons are flat top, and it came in an old-shape hexagonal wooden box.

    To me this suggests pre 1900.

    However, reed pans are both identified with serial number 54735, suggesting circa 1926.


    Could this be a case of new reed pans in an old body?


    And in addition I have another question:

    How common was it to have the metal part being attached to the machine with the end bolts? Another version of metal ends seems to be that the part is screwed to the end with another set of bolts.

    Might it be an instrument taken back to the factory for a change of the ends?


    Thanks and greetings


  4. If by seller in kilburn you mean the accordian shop dont bother. My experience with them was that they regard all melodians and concertinas as toys. There is a branch of Hobgoblin Music in central london, and another down at crawley where you will get much better advice and selection.


    I´ve been to the shop in Crawley and I thought it was ideal for trying out different types of instruments. They had a big range of concertinas in the shop and very patient people working there. It wasn´t a problem at all to pick up what I liked and to try everything out.



  5. Would it be worthwhile to build a simple mechanical setup to break in (play in) the reeds in a new concertina?


    Hm, no, I´d say. From what I know as well from other reeded instruments (especially new ones) it´s like having a new car that has to be treated properly with long lasting results. With the accordion I bought some time ago it was the same - it had to be "driven" at the beginning - same thing with a vintage concertina tuned before I bought it. Taking it out of the case for the first time I thought it wouldn´t be possible to play it softly. It was simply loud and harsh. With more and more playing this changed and is still changing. And it helps me as well to get to know the instrument better. It was and is worth the effort to play and play and play :)



  6. Looks like a lovely instrument, but is it kosher?

    A new seller, minimal information, just the one picture... I've asked for more pictures, but I wondered if anyone recognised it?


    Hm, well, the description says it is in a "fair condition". If you look at the top row there are already two buttons that stick out (and in) in an unfair way if you actually want to play that instrument. And that is only one side of that machine...



  7. Hi Everyone,


    So the two avenues which I was pursuing to find a "new" used Stagi to replace my stolen one both seem to have fallen through. So this is sort of a re-issue of my previous question. Anyone looking to sell their Stagi 48 key treble english, or know of someone selling one?? Its been killing me not having one.


    Thanks to anyone who replies,




    I had a Hohner treble concertina advertised here... might that one do the job?



  8. I don't know yet, but I'll find out when I get it. Can I tell by listening? Or will I need to open it...


    No, not necessarily. If you´ve heard a steel-reeded instrument before you will for sure hear a difference if it´s brass.

    Some instruments have a mixture of both...


    It´s an exciting time, isn´t it? I remember wainting for mine to arrive and it drove me insane :)




  9. Here is question number two:


    On one of the tutorial tapes I have, the teacher says never allow the bellows of the instrument to run on your pants leg because it will be worn out more quickly by this. He says to rest only the left wooden end of the instrument on your left pant leg. But my friendly local concertina pal says for sure balance the instrument on the leg, letting the bellows rest on your pants. She claims that if I use the technique on the tape, I will tire much more quickly and get cramped up. Is it possible both are right?


    Mike Nielsen


    Hello Mike!


    I do agree on Jim´s opinion that pls do whatever suits you best - there are lots of posibilities and I actually rest it with one wooden corner on the left leg. Don´t ask why I did it from the very beginning that way and every change is simply irritating me now (apart from standing that is). I have seen some concertinas (ECs) that had the wood rubbed away on one of the corners and that was the part which rested on the leg. So, bellows ok, but wood sufferd :rolleyes:


    all the best for a good start!


  10. Hello Christian,


    I would be glad to meet you at Proitze!


    I`m planing to teach some french tunes in the "English for beginners" workshop with the focus on how to make tunes sound good on our instrument.


    For the advanced english players I would like to show and discuss my idea of "melody plus bassline".

    (After talking to Chris and other Anglo players at Arran I thought a lot about how to make the English Concertina sound "bouncy").


    Allthough the event is "irish" and anybody interested in ITM will get all he wants, I believe the English players will concentrate on other stiles.




    Oh, that sounds very good ... I´ll think about it, maybe there is a chance to participate :D



  11. We will have a squeeze-in type meeting of concertina players at the Proitzer Mühle (Northern Germany) on the last weekend of september. At the same time there will be workshops held by Jens Kommnick, Angelika Berns and Siobhan Kennedy (Iontach) at the same location so good sessions are guaranteed.


    The flyer is in german, if you want informations in english contact me, please. The Proitzer Mühle can be reached easily by train from Hamburg or Berlin (or Lübeck /RyanAir).




    Hello there,


    I am going to post here, maybe it´s interesting for other members as well.


    What is meant by "english for beginners"?

    What are you planning in that one?


    Generally I am very interested but it´ll depend on the contense...




  12. Hello and thanks so far for this interesting thread...


    Well, this is always interesting to me because I do play both piano accordion and concertina and therefore I here often the reactions mentioned before.

    The concertina is "ooooooooh how niiiiiice" and the accordion is "oh! (pause pause pause) well, if you have to...".

    Sadly enough. And I think it is as mentioned before, the image of the accordion is simply wrong because a majority knows it as a loud folk instrument, used for polkas and waltzes - by geeks. If I watch accordion music on TV (and that´s pretty easy living in Germany) basically everything is done to maintain this image - not regarding that in music classes the kids are being educated in classical music - the way I learned this instrument.

    Oh, this is so said because the variety is mahousive and the first image the box is connected with is a geek playing a silly loud tune.


    So, here some links to save the reputation of that machine...


    sad greetings




  13. The instrument is in a very good condition - I am the first owner and bought it new about 15 years ago directly from the firm, or better from someone that worked for Hohner. Since than I had no difficulties with it, it´s airtight, being played with a second concertina good in tune and mechanically alright.


    Please leave me a note here or via PM - any offers are welcome.





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    Hi Christian just new to this, can you advise me if the instument is still available and a price as I have no idea of what they cost. I am a pensioner and would like to takeup this hobby to help keep my fingers moving as they are a bit athritic. I live in Sydney Australia would that be a problem ,hope to hear from you soon JoeG Thanks joegiffney@hotmail.com


    Hello Joe,


    a little pm is on it´s way ...




  14. The old Lachenal label was in bits and almost illegible, so if any kind Lachenal owner feels like taking a close up high definition photo of the label in their concertina and letting me have a copy I'd be most grateful. :)


    Oh, oh, oh, has anyone done that before? I´d like to have a labal as well so if this should work could you please let me know how it turned out?



  15. I saw this picture somewhere on an internet page in spanish language.

    I tried to dig into the web site where the photo was located. I found some interesting stuff, though no link leading to the photo. (The photo's there, but it seems that one needs to know the full URL to find it.)


    It seems the web site is Sardinian, not Spanish.


    Does anyone have an idea of the maker and the age?

    Either Wheatstone or Lachenal. I've seen either that instrument or its twin before; I just can't remember where. (Could it even have been discussed previously in these Forums?) I know that there is at least one entry in the Wheatstone ledgers of a "square" instrument.


    ...double reeds, octave tuned. Am I the only one?

    Well I really don´t know these types. If you know them, do you know whether the double reeds are in the same octave, or are they usually differing one octave?

    I'm pretty sure that Michael (m3838) was speaking of what sort of concertina he'd like to have, not features of the "square" concertina pictured, which I suspect is otherwise a standard single-reed design.


    However, Lachenal did make a few multi-reed, English-keyboard instruments. Do a Search on "accordeophone" to learn more.


    I really do find this interesting.

    Here is a picture of an accordeophone, source is the SSI site:


  16. Well, to save some time for the rest of the gang:



    Now that makes sence. I like it better than 6 sided.

    It's one step towards my dream concertina: 4 sided, English system, double reeds, octave tuned. Am I the only one?


    Well, I wouldn´t mind a slightly bigger type of concertina, same sound but with one or two registers to increase the number of notes available....



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