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Alan Day

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    Anglo player,Currently playing with Will Fly Guitarist
    Showing English Setters
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    Horley Surrey England

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  1. These are lovely instruments. The things you have to consider is the condition, is it in modern pitch and what key is it in . finally how many buttons .These all affect the value of the instrument. Al
  2. I mentioned stick on condenser mikes and the first problem with them is that you get massive sound volumes from reeds close to the mike huge gasps of air if it is near to the air valve. The other thing is when playing an Anglo or Jeffries duet standing up, some of the valves are being baffled by the hand .(not confused). The English and other duets are held differently . Another theory. to a thought provoking subject. Al
  3. Interesting discussion I found that using two mikes, but with a large gap between the mikes and the bellows evened out the sound of the bellows at full stretch and closed. I did many experiments with condenser mikes .Inside the box ,taped to my hand ,screwed onto the face plate under my hand and the condenser mike on adjustable foot long spring arms ,similar to reading lamps. It did not work. Accordion reeds are usually in blocks on a plate and not equally spaced around the box as a standard construction concertina, it may be that there is more of an equal spread of sound with accordion reed construction. Only a guess Jim not a fact. Al
  4. I tried many systems and I came back to two stands with Shore Mikes set about 18 inches from the concertina to allow for bellows movement ,either sitting down or standing up.You cannot move around the stage, but that was the best for me. Al
  5. I always found that I had to turn up the base and take out the treble in large halls to create a better sound.Not really answering you question but worth a try. Al
  6. https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Bach%2C_Anna_Magdalena
  7. Very nice Tona is there any chance you could put this on the duet recordings page (and others) for the collection . Thanks Al
  8. These are wonderful instruments. Al
  9. Three tunes from Heather Minnion will be posted this week others to follow. Al
  10. I do not play much Irish Music but I have learnt from Kate and Mary the technique of bellows control for double and triple note playing. Al
  11. Good luck with these Steve ,I learnt to play the Anglo on a ten pound Hohner with large white buttons and moved to a better instrument when I was ready. An affordable concertina Anglo ,English and Duet systems at a reasonable price lends itself not only to beginners but to introducing the instrument to schools. Al
  12. Wes is changing that Jeff. Thanks for your support Dee. Al
  13. Please go to page one where all the duet recordings have been put together by Wes Williams The pages continue for your comments and recordings which will be added to the collection ,the first post on page one. My thanks to Wes for a lot of very hard work. I hope you enjoy the playing which can be downloaded free. Al
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