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  1. On the bright side, Andy, if you must use hide glue, animals are calm in an abattoir designed by Temple Grandin, so picture them instead.
  2. I'm wondering if you are exceeding the 5.8MB personal limit of uploads with your current file and need to clear some out to get this one uploaded.
  3. The microvox mikes attach using velcro strips, not using hammer drills, screws or lag bolts, Bob. The multi-mike setup could work. Here's one thread discussing the challenge of microphone placement.
  4. How about linking us to some sound samples of you soloing on each instrument, Chris?
  5. You could try out this software, m, and post a review of it.
  6. Because you've had your concertina "recently completely refurbished", david, I'll say it's the bushings causing both problems because they'd be sensitive to change in location temperature and humidity if they were snug. Before doing anything else, try burnishing them as Greg explained.
  7. Hey LDT On page 5 of his tutor, "The Irish Concertina", the excellent player Mick Bramich discloses that he has an air button installed on the left side of his concertina for the same reason that you've described---his difficulty in transition from button box to concertina. Send it to a skilled concertina technician and get it done. :-)
  8. I'd like to see the "Location" line restored if only to warn me when I need to consult "The Septic's Companion".
  9. You'll learn, Liz, that the tunes can move all around the three rows and that you should try playing each tune from varying starting points. "Out on the Ocean" in G can start on the G row, the C row or the third row. It could be played all on the G row, partly on the G row or hardly at all on the G row. The Williams video will clarify some of this but certainly not all of it. I started on Bramich's book, too. Good luck!
  10. Hey Rob The link to which Leo has referred you is located, oddly enough, on the "Links" page in the Henk van Aalten line. "Links" is located next to "Music" at the top of the home page. There is a lot of useful information available from links on that page.
  11. It's more of a "chance encounter" or "fortunate encounter" than a casual meeting. Maybe "Chance Waltz" or "Fortunate Waltz" would do it. Clouds fill the peaceful night sky But it is strange that your hand lies quietly within mine I, who searched an hour for the waltz melody floating through the air After the alarms had stilled and while the town slept To where I, a stranger, seem to have returned to my faraway home yet have found you and the melody in this room Where, though I apologize for completely forgetting how to dance We waltz in a darkened hall And may talk, sing and be friends, or not but still we waltz in the dark Until first light When, opening your gate I join my comrades on the march and I leave your little town.
  12. The 38-button model will offer more note choices but, more importantly, may quell the possibility of an obsessive and obstructive plunge into a dense tangle of regrets connected with missing extra notes ; however, Snorre, if you're like many of us you'll be fortunate indeed if you ever can play a 30-button model up to its potential. Good luck with it all! Your button-spacing query should go directly to Mr. Suttner.
  13. Quite a few fiddle tunes can be played on one of these that's set up like a one-row. Play western swing on it? It's not big enough to fend off incoming beer bottles.
  14. I think some people may find living with their musical shortcomings a whole lot easier when they define "skill" by using examples of classical virtuosi whose technical and expressive skills are unapproachable rather than by using examples of folk musicians whose same skills seem more accessible but are elusive and, blast it all, just shouldn't be!
  15. To me, Rich's life is an example of courage, determination and friendliness. Thanks, Rich, for helping me to make music. Adiós.
  16. Here's some interesting reading, Gerard, if what you're trying to do is get a sustained or drone note played through a midi. What follows is part of the correspondence. X:4249 T:Ungarescha C:anon. O:Hungary/Italy B:Giorgio Mainerio: Il primo libro de balli (1578) N:Repeats written out in full in the original R:Ungarescha Z:Transcribed by Frank Nordberg - http://www.musicaviva.com V:1 Up V:2 Down Merge M:C| L:1/4 Q:1/2=125 K:Gmix V:1 G{F}GAG|GD{G}DE/F/|G{D}GAG|D2{G/E/}D2::B{A}B{A}BA/B/| V:2 G,4-|G,4-|G,4-|G,4::G,4-| % V:1 cBAG|B{A}B{A}BA/B/|cBAc|BGAG/F/|G2{D}G2:| V:2 G,4-|G,4-|G,4-|G,4-|G,4:| Also, Gerard, some of the abc files in this thread may interest you by their complexity.
  17. Seeing that it was a Christmastime news story, Peter, I think the report may have been referring to the €40 threshold for gifts. That the same threshold is applied year round may speak to the diligence, training or generosity of the government employees involved.
  18. Although Chris's problem has long been solved this stuff may be useful for someone in the future, as long as it's not the distant future, because governments are involved. I've collected VAT info from three sites: for the UK from HMCE; for Ireland from Irish Revenue and Citizens Information.ie. Nowhere have I read that tax will vary whether goods are new or used when buying them online from a private individual in a non-EU country, so it would be best to believe tax payment will be required. Gift exemptions and value exemptions from tax vary in EU countries. I did read on the HMCE site that adjustments in the VAT for purchasing "antiques" is a possibility. The EU is a work in progress. In the USA commerce rules were made uniform in all regards among the states from the early days and perhaps this will occur in the EU eventually. Anyway, here are what seem to me very clear instructions from the UK and Ireland. I've referred to these when shipping overseas. UK info from HMCE Shopping on the Internet Shopping on Internet FAQs Irish Revenue info. Gifts and VAT Irish Government Citizens Information Service General VAT info
  19. This looks like the same one for sale in December 2008.
  20. Laitch

    Morse on ebay

    HEY! That was my Morse and I played it a lot. But contrary to what Rich thinks I don't have long fingernails. I work in forestry and have hardly any fingernails at all, in fact I'm satisfied just to have all my fingers considering the countless hours I've spent swinging chainsaws and peaveys. No, Rich, the problem I've had with my two Morses was with the finish. There's something in my chemistry that just erodes the finish and you can tell by looking at the palm rest where no fingernails make contact. Doug and I discussed having a metal escutcheon made for the button area but that wouldn't help the other parts so I decided to sell mine before I degraded them further. I'll get another Morse when there's a nickel-silver or stainless option I can afford. I had a great time playing both my Céilís and they worked well. Whoever buys this instrument will have one that's really broken in but not broke down. Lots of Irish tunes went through this one and a lot of fun was had by all!
  21. Hey pickinduck Go to the Concertina.net home page, click on "Register" at the top of the page, read the page that comes up then register there. The forums have a separate registration and you probably have registered here only.
  22. I think you might get your $100 back, gjm. New Stagi English concertinas backed with limited warranties sell for around 700 USD. You could advertise it in a straight forward way: "This is an entry-level, accordion-reeded, 48-button English-style concertina manufactured in Italy perhaps by a company known as Bastari. It is 48 years old, has not been played and appears to be in good condition." or you could pump it up thusly: "I am offering my Andreas Morelli concertina for sale. Although almost fifty years old it is in pristine condition. Among concertina aficionados little is known about Andreas Morelli. He possibly may have been either the manufacturer or the distributor of this instrument. The name of Andreas Morelli has been associated with fine violins of German manufacture and has such allure that modern instrument makers have used the name on instruments of questionable worth because of its past association with high quality. The Andreas Morelli English concertina is lightweight and infinitely more portable than a pipe organ or piano yet capable of playing wide-ranging music---classical to folk. Information about the English concertina can be found at http://www.concertina.com."
  23. To most native English language speakers, the adjective "world-class" means "at the highest level of skill in the category being considered" not "at the highest level of all categories of everything in the World". The category David was considering was "Anglo concertina players of traditional Irish music" not "all musicians in the World who play any type of instrument in any category of music." To a native English language speaker it is a less wordy way of saying "really, really, really, good at what he does" Use of the adjective "world-class" helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions by lessening wordiness-based exertion. Its usage should be understood and encouraged by all non-native speakers to help reduce global warming.
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