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    can´t see it ...




    I copied the link and pasted it on the browser. That worked. The text does not include any other information about the picture.




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



  2. by the way...


    Is the Concertina Connection working at the moment or is there a sort of *time off* I haven´t noticed?


    Some weeks ago I wrote an email to them having not received an answer yet...


    And there seems to be no way to know how or why. But if you don't get a reply to your email, I suggest trying again and/or trying another means of communication before blaming the other person or giving up.


    Hello Jim,


    no, no, I won´t blame someone and I won´t give up so easily either ;)

    I was just wondering whether they´re currently away or something like that.

    The box is playing so I the answer is not that urgent anyway...


    Thanks for the examples - as much as we rely on the computer these days there are still many

    things that are weird. Last week at work the computers (in a network) had a severe failure and suddenly my collegues and I realized that working was getting very difficult without them.




  3. Well, I did report my doubts and the reference to direct buying to Ebay. They did nothing. the item has apparently sold for $152.20 (=£77.43 UK pounds)


    - john Wild


    Which is absolutely ok for a box of this age and the state it might be in ...



  4. Hi you,


    you are looking for baffles, or better information about them. If you enter baffles in the search field you´ll get plenty of information about it because it´s been discussed a lot here.





    Hi folks


    I will likely be purchasing a metal ended Wheatstone this week, and a professional player gave me an interesting idea. He suggested putting "a mute of thin leather" inside to sweeten the tone. Have any of you tried this? If so, how were the results, and how did you do it?


    Hopefully, this instrument (a 1922 restored English concertina from the Button Box) won’t need any sweetening, but it would be neat to have this option if the sound is a bit punchy.


    Thanks and happy playing.

  5. That's certainly not Chris Algar. There is one other dealer who bids on ebay and frequently outbids Chris.


    Hello, just to make this clear: no, it´s not Chris Algar and I didn´t intend to make people think that I.


    To put things a little bit in perspective, I have a friend who is a violin maker. She asks for - and gets - about 5000 pounds a violin (the bow is extra and can cost rather a lot too). Hers are not the most expensive violins out there by a long way.




    I play the accordion as well and unfortunately I know some extremely high prices for instruments :(



  6. A little bird told me that a certain concertina dealer bids for concertinas on ebay that he has no intentions of buying and doesn't even want. Just to keep the prices high. This made my blood boil. Am i just being naive, or does it make anyone else cross?

    I would love a better machine but i haven't got a snowball's chance in hell when the dealers fix the price or have i? :angry: sorry i just wanted to blow off some steam :(


    Oh no problem, let the steam out...

    I do remember this very discussion not long ago. Concertina prices are high anyway and I actually can´t understand why people are still rising them up.

    But pls keep in mind that you can have a lot of trouble with these instruments offered at auctions.

    I once bought one and it was such a mess that I was lucky enough to be able to sell it to someone who actually had the skills of repairing it.

    As Dana said, the old ones are not always better.




  7. Hi


    I'm new here and new to the world of concertinas.

    It needs a key - any ideas?




    Hello Steve,


    some time ago I had a concertina with it´s original box and the key was missing as well. I took the lock out of the box (which went quickly) and went to an ordinary shop for shoe repairs and keys. If I remember correctly it took that man only a couple of minutes to examine the old lock and giving me the matching keys to it - that shouldn´t be any problem.



  8. Hallo Christian.


    I did not place a bid at the end. I think you will usually see no wood on the bellows, but leather and chamois leather. In the concertina's I have seen the bellows frames are not ebony or rosewood. Where small peaces of leather are missing near the ends, you may see a tape of linen (on which the leather is glued), and if that is gone you may see the (cheaper type of) wood of the frame. Maybe the same type of wood as the 6 corner blocks that hold the reed pan, or just spruce.


    Hello Marien,


    excuse me for that darft posting - I misinterpreted the (leather covered) bellows frames.

    Still I think, that the ends and rest don´t really match but as long as the buyer´s not a member here, it will remain a guess.




  9. Hm,


    I play the accordion as well having the opportunity to play melody as well with the left hand or to swap the whole thing (accompany right, melody left) - for me it doesn´t make any differency really.


    But as well with accordion players I heard that some would rate their left hand to be "better" than the right (if right handed).




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    Looks like he is not the only one to play that way:


    I guess whatever works. :unsure: Sounds like they are both successful :blink:



    Leo :rolleyes:



    Hermann Strack, the Dutch EC player I bought my EC from, holds his Tina in about the same tilted angle. And plays very good!!


    Dirk De Bleser


    No, no, it´s not at all a question of quality - I just wondered about the angle of the instrument being placed on the leg. I (and that´s how I hold it myself) just met people playing it horizontally not almost vertically :-)




  11. Another opinion on the ends:

    Am I the only one thinking these have been two different instruments before?

    Whereas the ends (action box and pad board) look pretty black (ebony or ebonized) the bellows frames look pretty much like another type of wood (rosewood?), don´t they?



  12. Hi

    sounds like a good idea to me. Anything that helps people play better and easier and have confidence in doing minor adjustments themselves can't be a bad thing





    and wouldn´t it be practical to have a type of forum section for that?

    Here are so many things collected and I think it would be a waste to not have them at least mentioned

    somewhere - general repair things not included, there is D. Elliotts book and searching the site here would give enough of results.

    But special things, like a "quick fix" of typical problems with a Jacki, Leo´s collection of videos...


    Might be worth a tought.


  13. but not because it was too big or too heavy, it was just too loud! :lol:


    I don´t get that - how could the instrument have been too loud?

    When I look at mine I notice that it must have (often) been played in a very loud way.

    Meaning I can play softly but the instrument seems to like louder playing.

    (Although I notice my attempts to being able to play it in a soft way seem to have at least some results now).


    May that be what you mean?




  14. Hello, I'm learning to play the chanter at the same time as learning the english concertina, a jackie.

    I play the tunes I'm learning on the chanter on the concertina.


    For example, Brown haired maiden, Scots wha hae and She moved through the fair. Although I can play the melody I would very much like to play the grace notes too, on the concertina.


    So how do I do it, is it possible to play the very same gracing as it's printed on the sheet music or should I just go for a sound alike.


    Do you have any links for youtube etc that I can hear or see a pipe tune being played on a concertina.






    Hello Gary,


    I can´t really answer your first question as I don´t know what the printed music looks like ;)


    Second one can be answered here.

    Leo produced a nice collection of videos on currently nine pages.



  15. Christian--


    This is an (American-made) Chemnitzer concertina.


    This is a bandoneon.


    This is a Carlsfelder concertina, though the seller calls it a "bandoneon concertina".


    I'm pretty sure that this is a bandonika, though the seller calls it a bandoneon.


    The difference is in the button layout.




    Ok, that helps!

    I´ve got one question left and than I will stop asking, promised.


    You mentioned the button layouts - is there as well a difference in pitch like on Anglos?


    Thanks and nice week-end


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