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About jlfinkels

  • Birthday 05/05/1957

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    Anglo concertina, Fiddle, Irish music.
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    Alpharetta, GA, USA

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  1. If you are interested in how it sounds, I've added a sound file here.
  2. I am in a position that requires me to sell my Edgley Professional model C/G Jeffries concertina, which I have had approximately 9 months and was purchased new from Frank. It has silver ends, black wood, a new Fallon case and is priced at $2400 USD. Sorry for the poor photo quality, but if you would like to see more images I can borrow a camera and post them. Please PM if interested. --jeff
  3. From "Dirty Linen #68": By all accounts, the flagship release of the Viva Voce series is the double cassette Michael Coleman 1891-1945 [Viva Voce 004], which contains 40 sides from the great Sligo fiddle master. This release was also expanded by Bradshaw into a set of two CDs, available from Gael-Linn records [Gael-Linn/Viva Voce CEFCD161]. The CD version contains eight more tracks and a more complete bibliography, and the sound on all tracks is differently remastered for digital media. I don't own the cassette, only the CD version, so I can't help much.
  4. John Fallon makes great custom cases. You can reach him at http://www.falloncases.com/.
  5. Rather than printed score, you can get ABC format of most any tune these days. There are many quality ABC format programs out there, most are free. On my Mac I use BarFly, which will take in ABC files and play them or output printed music. On Windows I've heard of folks using ABC Navigator and being pleased with the results. Not sure about Linux or others. I've played with OMR a few times but have never had much luck with the free programs. If you want to give it a go try OMeR. --jeff
  6. That area has actually been cleanup up quite a bit. They's even got a fancy eatin' place across the street called "Wendy's". When's the last time you were in Macon? If it's been 10 years or more you would be surprised by how far it's come.
  7. somewhat clunky animation Nice. Is it just me or does it creep anyone else out?
  8. I use an inexpensive Sony ICD digital voice recorder with an external mic to record lower quality stereo. It holds about 4 hours at a reasonable stereo setting. If I want a good quality stereo recording I use a Zoom H2 with the AC power supply. I purchased the Sony recorder for around $100 on sale a few years ago and the Zoom H2 was around $150 a few months back. There are a lot of choices out there but I wanted gadgets that were easy to use since I'm not particularly technically savvy. I asked a similar question here a while back and at the time those were the two that seemed to fit my needs.
  9. It is my pleasure to help. I had a similar thing happen a while back, but no idea why.
  10. Go to the "Options" pull-down on the right hand side and under display mode select "switch to standard". That should make it right as rain.
  11. I'll take a whack based on my limited experience... 1. I started with "Demystified" and it helped with finding the notes. I used http://www.tradlessons.com/ to learn a lot as well since it had tunes I'm familiar hearing at sessions. There's nothing like finding a live teacher though, even if it is just for a few hours to get you started. There are a lot of workshops and music camps available that I found very helpful. 2 & 3. As a carpal tunnel patient myself I know the problems all too well. I've had a few surgeries and had some problems playing, but spending some time with Bob Tedrow, Grannie Hambly and Fr. Charlie Coen helping me with setting up the straps correctly and learning to hold the concertina properly allowed me to avoid many problems I likely would have had otherwise. I can play with little to no pain these days thanks to their advice. 4. I own an Edgley C/G and love it, but I used to own a Tedrow G/D and it was a great instrument as well. I don't think you would be unhappy with either. I've played a Rochelle and wasn't particularly happy with the straps, but I've got pretty big hands so that is always a contributing factor. I think the Rochelle had good action, not near a Tedrow or Edgley, but for the money it seemed a good deal. I don't think you would go wrong getting one, especially if you can trade it up later. Regarding Jeffries vs Wheatstone, I personally have a Jeffries layout and like it better, but I would go with the recommendations of others much more knowledgeable than me. 5. I can't comment on 30-key vs others as I've only owned a 30-key. The one suggestion I make is if there is any way you can make it to a workshop or find someone to help you get started, even over the internet via webcam, it will be time well spent. The Anglo is a precocious little beastie and it is easy to get into bad habits, especially around button choices. The folks on this forum are extremely helpful and generous with their time, so you have a ready resource available to ask questions. As a further suggestion, listen to good players. Henk van Aalten has a great site with recordings of cnet members @ http://www.anglo-concertina.net/links.htm. There are many great CD's available from different sites e.g. the Button Box and others. And most importantly, have fun!
  12. As a relative beginner myself and having played a few of both, I suggest trying them if possible to find out what you prefer. If you can't do that, I recommend considering the Rochelle. You may want to consider purchasing one through a company such as the Button Box or from a someone like Bob Tedrow or Wim Wakker. If you decide to upgrade at a later time they may consider taking it back as trade on a new instrument, but talk to them first to make sure they are still doing that. Even if you purchase it from someone else, you should be able to sell it outright later. One point I'd like to make is I think it is a good idea starting on a C/G as every class I've been able to attend is based on that setup. You can move to a G/D or other later once you become proficient. --jeff
  13. Not sure, I'd entirely agree with that. Purpose of these is usually to separate 2 notes of the same pitch or to accentuate/ lift a note. e.g. suppose on an Anglo you had to play two G's on the LHS C row, you might separate them with a very quick C on the RHS C row. The cutting note, C in this case borrows a little time from the second G. But it doesn't have to be a C, it could be any convenient higher note going the same bellows direction. You shouldn't hear what pitch the cutting note is As to ornamentation in general, as my daughter would put it, 'it's those twiddly bits you put in'. Thanks for the correction. Now that I think about it more I believe you're right. A cut or tap can be a percussive ornament, it's more what we could call grace notes are melodic ornaments. When I was taught to play fiddle ornaments that separate two of the same notes, the cut/tap borrows from the end of the first note, not the beginning of the second. I find myself doing the ornament right before I'd do a bow change on the beat, not after the beat or right where I would do a bow change. Again, that's a fiddle explanation thing and I don't know how it would be done on a concertina but I sure want to learn. NHICS can't come too soon!
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