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Christian Husmann

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  1. Hello,


    my question is about original concertina music that can be found online.

    I do like the concertina as a folk instrument and I see the advantages of it´s use.

    But watching the amount of folk music that can be found is there possibly the chance

    to get some original music as well?

    how much does actually exist and is still available?


    Thanks and have a good week-end


  2. Nope. At 1:39 shows bellows movement, but his left hand fingers aren't on the keys. It appears there is no movement in his right hand either. At 2:14 shows a front on shot of both hands with no fingers on the keys. At 2:22 shows a closeup. At 2:56 there is a nice closeup of decorated bellows, but no finger movement. If there is any playing or singing in the video I'd be surprised. Prerecorded lipsync, and props gets my vote.



    Leo :P


    No, he´s just letting air through and more than that:

    what you can hear when that guy is supposed to be heard is the typical accordion (tremolo) sound and not a concertina.




  3. The tune "Fairhaired Boy" is here Tune


    The only Fairhaired lass I can find is the reel!





    That´s the one out of the book (ish) - although the notes only vary a little the whole tune is in C and not A as in your version. Only the gs are marked to be played as sharps...

  4. Can anyone confirm existence of a tune (Irish?) by this name in a JIG (6/8) setting, not the Reel (4/4) that I invariably turn up when I search for it on the net?


    Maybe I can. I had a look in a book called "The dance music of Ireland" - O´Neill´s that is.

    There is a tune called Fairhaired Boy.

    Might it be that one?



  5. My metal ended Wheatstone treble has an air release valve/lever on the right side above the keys and ahead of the thumb strap. But I recall having seen some concertinas without an obvious air release mechanism. How common or uncommon are air release valve/levers?


    Search this site by "bowing valve"




    the air valves being mentioned I have a question:

    I´ve got one on each side and from the instruments I´ve seen before the difference is that the one on the right side works on both push and pull - the left one only on the pull.

    Other instruments I have seen before had one working on pull and the other way round.

    So, how do they work normally?


    Thanks in advance


  6. Thanks so much for your input! I agree with the change in bellows direction, as that's the most challenging part for me at this point. I'm assuming that if I practice more slowly with most of my tunes, I'll be able to massage it until it becomes more transparent.


    Now that you mention it, I am noticing the legato-ness of that phrase, and it wasn't all so intentional. I've heard warnings that some players tend to mush their notes together too much on the EC, and after having some playing under my belt, I can understand how. One difficult thing about my box is that some notes fire much quickly than others, so it's a bit of a juggling act to compensate. :)


    No problem, you´re welcome.


    slowing down the speed is as well helpful - it´s only a little thing which will disappear soon.

    Yes, one tends to play legato because it gives a bit of security I suppose. On some tunes (I´ve got a wonderful lament which must be played legato, otherwise it would loose something, I guess) it does make sense but most of the time it´s unnecessary. And once you´ve practiced playing every note without being attached to the next one you can easily change that into a legato but it´s more difficult getting rid of the habit playing everything that way.





    I could if you want me to...


    Please do.. it's a free for all! :)


    Right than ;)


    First of all: Amazingly good for "only" one month of practice - I am really impressed. Having in mind how I started with waltzing matilda, very slowly :-)


    I have noticed two things:


    First thing: you can hear the change of bellows. The note when you change direction is a bit shorter, or not really in time - which makes the change obvious. It´s always the starting point with wind instruments, unfortunately. You can avoid this by "hiding" it, in a pause if possible or what is always good is if you can split up a tune into 2, 4, 6 bars - whatever - and really calculate when the best opportunity to change is.

    To calculate is maybe a bit too much, I would assume that you will get a feeling of when to change once you´ve done that.


    Second thing (and not at all important actually): is the B part legato? You play it differently from the first part, so is this intendet? If not I would avoid playing long legato parts. For some tunes it may be helpful for the melody but I avoid it as often as I can. Music is more transparent when all the notes have a little gap between them...

    But that´s personal like or dislike...


    So, keep on squeezing!

    It really sounds good!



  8. Hi everyone!


    I'm new to playing irish traditional music, as well as concertina, and I've been playing for about a month now. I've posted a link of my playing here in hopes that someone can give me some input. I want to improve, and make sure I nip any bad habits in the bud early on.


    Thanks in advance!


    I could if you want me to...

  9. Howdy:

    Don't want to point any fingers or make false accusations but I beleive we've seen this instrument before.

    If memory serves me well, I do not beleive it sold, but am not sure. Just want to alert any interested possible buyers that it has been offered before. Several months ago, me thinks.


    Wheatstone Baritone Concertina # 9436 (year: 1856)

    Restored and tuned, with original 6 fold bellows Item number: 220098884747




    If I'm wrong, my apologies to anyone I've insulted.


    Perry Werner


    Yes, I have seen this instrument several times at ebay Germany.

    With indentical pic it ended up at the concertina connection (why not) - and is again sold on the market.


    Well, maybe it´s a fab instrument....



  10. Hope someone can help.

    I'm looking for a top quality English treble or tenor/treble concertina.

    I'm thinking of an Aeola or Edeophone or something comparable (if you've got a spare Dipper hidden away for instance...), preferably metal ended. If it needs a bit of work to bring it to top condition that would be OK. It would need to be in the UK so I can examine/play it before decide.


    Any leads would be much appreciated.





    I bought my concertina from Chris Algar/ Barleycorn. Even before the internet I was told his name and reputation from friends in England and he´s worth it!

    I would and will choose him again if I´d be keen on another instrument.



  11. Well, and by the way, I was very dissapointed bying one at ebay´s some years ago that had a good description and turned out to be in desperate need of a lot of work. Not really what you want when it comes to an instrument you want to play.




  12. My online translator spits out the following text:

    " English concertina, of 1929 (written indoors), 48 keys rare, chromatic thing therefore very simple of use, buttons from ivory and ebony restored it has years at a refreshing tuner of Lyons, bellows in state, still undamaged, some small strip there absolutely to re-grant very nice room, used regularly as buffoon's instrument (personnel), it was up to an uncle in égalemment job it is sold on Marseilles, possible dispatch in security in colissimo paiment paypal"




    Well, still not convincing, I´d say.

    I watch the market since years at ebay´s and did as well read in these cnet forums a lot. I do trust peoples opinions here (well, most of them that is) and I know what I have seen on ebay during the years.

    You don´t know what you get - maybe the box is in very good condition maybe not. If it´s for decoration purpos - why not. For an instrument that shall last for quite some time and assuming you don´t want to spend a lot of money on getting it in playing mode, well, maybe not the best choice.



  13. This Concertina is offered on Ebay - I wonder what it is and well it might be really cheap because so little of the concertinists do speak french ... :ph34r:




    Well, and it´s got certainly a pair of very colourful bellows :)

    my french might need an update, I wonder what that means (and an online translation doesn´t help either)

    ébène restauré and quelques lamelle à réaccorder

    might the second one mean the bellows???


    I´d be very careful

  14. I just tried it and had no trouble. I just copied the URL from Christian's post and pasted it into my AOL browser. Then I tried to duplicate Robin's trick to see if I came up with a different URL. I went to google and typed ["concertina academy" "pauline de snoo"] (with the quotes but not the brackets) into the search box and the first link that came up was the same page, with the same URL. Here it is as a link:




    Thanks for the answers...

    The google version worked because I could go directly to some subpages without having to start with the original address.

    Maybe it´s an Internet Explorer problem, don´t know.




  15. Hello,


    I am sure this is not the correct forum to post it, but has any of you guys tried to open

    Pauline´s weg site (www.concertina-academy.com)?

    It loads properly but as soon as it says in the bottom line of the brower that it tries to open an mp3 file

    nothing else is working - not even the other sites that have already been opened...


    Anyone with the same problem?

    Or advise?




  16. Could someone tell me the best way to tune a concertna? Jerry


    Hello Jerry,


    especially owning an old instrument I would consider having it done by someone who knows.

    Causing damage to the reeds or the inside of the box can produce a far more expensive price

    for repairs than only having it tuned.

    I wouldn´d dare to touch mine...




  17. Hi there :)


    I am 16 and i dont have an concertina but i have thought of buying one

    so i find a nice black english concertina on e-bay and i contacted the seler and he said that he

    could save me this concertina until i can get enough money to buy it. :D

    The question is:

    Can i be sure that he will not sell me an concertina wich will fall apart when i play it. <_<


    Here is the link:




    I am thinking about selling my second instrument which I don´t need anymore.

    If you are interested just drop me a personal message and I´ll give you some details.




  18. post-3689-1173537124_thumb.jpgpost-3689-1173536962_thumb.jpgpost-3689-1173536989_thumb.jpgPicked this up in Germany on and antique hunt, we were required to purchase it along with other antiques we were wanting. Have only basic knowledge as to the history of this old music maker. It is coin operated and I have attached photos if anyone can help me with it's possible worth in todays market. Any other information would be appreciated, thanks...Eric




    don´t know whether you have a translation of the plate you´ve posted... it says


    "Any attempt to make the machine work apart from inserting a five Pfennig (formerly used) coin

    will be criminally prosecuted."


    Well, I hope my translation is understandable :)

  19. [ For example if somebody says on an anglo you´re allowed to play a tune very rhythmical because of the change of bellows - I´d do that as well.




    Statements about rhythm being naturally aided by bellows reversals tend to be made by people who don't play the Anglo.




    An practical use... :)


    So, I am not sure about the anglo but I would assume that it is easier to perform better bellows technique on both Duets and Englishes, not having to change direction because you have to.

    That ist what I´d consider an advantage for both types of instrument - having a bigger range of letting it breathe.



  20. But there are also those who find that the way their brains are connected up seems to be incompatible with a particular feature of one of the systems (e.g., needing to change bellows direction between musically adjacent notes on an anglo, or needing to change hands between musically adjacent notes on an Énglish). They tried one system and just couldn't get it to work, yet found no difficulty with another.

    I tend to agree with this. During a Workshop, I sat in the Button Box showroom and tried out Anglo, English, and Hayden Duet tinas. I could sort of play a scale on the Anglo, having played harmonica in junior high school. But no real idea how to make chords.


    I´ve got it the other way round. The diatonic system doesn´t seem to find it´s way into my brain. I´ve got an old Uhlig bandoneon, which (I think) should work like an anglo but I have tried anglos as well. What started off so easy on the EC was ever so hard on the anglo. I think as well it´s got something to do with the backround of having played diatonic instruments before, espacially as a child.

  21. A glorified English system then. Can't get on with English, so I'll stick to my Anglo. Get more exercise that way.

    Nonsense. FWIW, I can't "get on" with the English system either, but have been happily and successfully playing the Hayden duet system for 20 years.




    anglo vs duet vs english...


    I read very often that people "cant get on with the English system" - So, I am aware of the fact that simply a lot of anglo players do post here but still there remains the question why. Is it a question of preference to the music played on the instrument or a question of technique? Or?

    I play the English system and reading the posts here I do think that sometimes it´s only a matter of personal like. For example if somebody says on an anglo you´re allowed to play a tune very rhythmical because of the change of bellows - I´d do that as well. If a tune needs a lot of emphasis I´d change the bellows as well to make the music more lively instead of pulling to the end and than changing direction.


    So, is it just a matter of taste?




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