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  1. 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. :-)

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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 :lol: ; 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.

  5. 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! :lol:

  6. 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.






    B:Giorgio Mainerio: Il primo libro de balli (1578)

    N:Repeats written out in full in the original


    Z:Transcribed by Frank Nordberg - http://www.musicaviva.com

    V:1 Up

    V:2 Down Merge















    Also, Gerard, some of the abc files in this thread may interest you by their complexity.

  7. Around christmas there was a report on the news from the mail sorting centre in Mullingar where foreign packages arrive, in it it was stated that they taxed anything over €40, that seems to hold true from my experience even though above states anything over €22 is liable for taxes.

    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. :lol:

  8. 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.:lol:


    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

  9. Despite the extreme wear on the outside near the keys (the person must have played it a LOT and has long fingernails?)


    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. :lol:


    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!

  10. 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."



  11. The closer they get to "world class", the less of a traditional players they are.

    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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