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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. The concertina player was the little model in front of the boat Geoff. Very difficult to see .Not sure what model it was.
  2. I wonder if any of you noticed the concertina playing owner of the model canal boat on last nights Antique Roadshow. Al
  3. In the Shadows Premier concertina Band.A cleaned up cylinder recording 16_In_the_Shadows.mp3
  4. Many players have this problem and it is usually the pull notes that are the difficult ones. It can be sorted by just choosing any button and practice push and pull one after the other until the they sound the same. The notes you require may all be on the push so find them on your concertina ,but you will eventually run out of air. The first method is the best but dedicate some time to it. Al
  5. I too had the pleasure of meeting Jim and his son Maurice after an ICA meeting in London. Maurice was then getting over Polio ,The duet he is playing in the picture kindly sent by Mark was sold at a Steam Rally in Sussex.The last that was heard of Maurice. His playing is available on the Duet Recordings page here .He never played again after his illness a sad loss to the concertina world. One of the finest players of the instrument I have heard Al
  6. Thanks very much for that comment .It is rather nice that it no longer costs me money. Al
  7. Many thanks for all your comments on this tutor. I have had messages of thanks Worldwide Initially I sent out free CDs, but it was costing me a fortune. This tutor was originally posted to a friend on this site and has been offered FOC ever since. It is really just a description of how I learnt the Anglo Concertina Thanks to Don Taylor for giving it a home.for anyone who wants a copy . Al
  8. I am happy for any of my tunes to be used for this book but I cannot offer them in written music format. Al
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
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