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  1. Alan Day's Concertina Tutor This may help and it is free of charge. Al
  2. Hallo Mark ,Nice to hear from you. He was a member of the Kensington Concertina Band and I am almost certain that the band is one of the tracks on young Maurice Harvey recordings on the Duet Section featured on this site. I think he had a very rare English Concertina. Al
  3. Tom Jukes, his history and his playing is featured on English International. A regular visitor to the ICA meetings in London. Al
  4. My Grandfather died (on my Dad's side) really early when my Dad was still a young lad, but he remembered that his Dad had a dance band that practiced up the stairs of his house in East London. My Grandfather played clarinet Saxophone and drums and I played Swanee Whistle in his little Dance band group at about the age of seven. I still have that whistle. My Mother and Father both played piano in our house in Clapham London. I played Violin at Junior School, Sung in the School choir and played Third Trumpet in a Glen Miller type band in my early twenties. I took up the concertina after following the Broadwood Morris Men for about a year when it was suggested that I join. Not wishing to dance I fell in love with the concertina and purchased a cheap Hohner CG. I later joined a number of bands one being "Rosbif" playing Traditional French Dance Music and one of our band members played bassoon. Al
  5. Thanks Geoff have a great Christmas. Al
  6. I have come across a number of concertinas at auction where the end, or ends have been taken off and then either the reed pan/s or ends replaced in the wrong position, thus making the instrument unplayable . This dramatically reduces the value of the instrument and the person who did it buys the concertina at a reduced rate. Or the purchaser gets an unplayable concertina with no idea what the problem is. I have come across this so many times it cannot be a coincidence . I have one in my possession at the moment purchased for me by my Sister from a person who initially got it from an auction.
  7. Are there any recordings of John Gerber playing Duet concertina ? It would be nice to include them on the duet recordings page. Many Thanks Al
  8. Nice to see you are OK Geoff. Keep safe Al
  9. A cut down safety pin is a good first aid repair kit if in case of emergency and sticking plaster( for cuts) trimmed to size can stick a pad back on again in an emergency. Al
  10. When you think that the majority of concertinas played were built between 1880 to 1930 it has taken the brass to age harden some considerable time to become brittle. Replacement springs were available up to about 1970 (when I was repairing) in packs sufficient to do a concertina by Hobgoblin Group and they were brass. My thoughts would be to leave well alone until one snaps and then consider replacing them but I do not expect problems in my lifetime. A word of warning that it is very easy ,due to the proximity of one spring to the next ,to get interference between one and another which causes action problems ,sticking or slow action buttons etc. A common fault I came across.
  11. Brass age hardens and this is the problem, the springs over many years have gone brittle,
  12. If you use brass wire for springs and the brass wire is too soft, a simple way of increasing the hardness is to lightly hammer along a length before you coil it . Al
  13. It may have lost part of the pad which lifts up the button and the pin jams in the hole. Al
  14. I would suggest that during her singing you do not want to add much if anything at all ,her voice is the most important part ,however there will be intervals in her singing ,or long held notes, this is where you can add introductions, or additions to your playing. Something for you and her to talk about as you are in a musical partnership. Al
  15. There is a huge market for small trackable devices ,not only for valuables but for children valuable items etc, Sadly what is available has not a World wide tracking system, perhaps linked to a satellite is maybe the future answer. I am reminded of a sign outside a building site in Battersea London near to where I lived that said "THIEFS WILL BE DEALT WITH" and I am sure if any of us find a thief that has stolen our concertina they will be !! Al
  16. https://youtu.be/aWc6GxTO-_Y David was actually spot on with his comments on my playing different versions of the tune each time ,but in this case it is intentional. Here is a slower version for Jake as promised. Al
  17. Thank you David for your comments . Certainly playing by ear gives you freedom that strictly to the written music does not give you. I used to play trumpet in a Glen Miller type band and could not play a note without the music in front of me. When I took up the concertina I realised that playing for Morris Dancing outside a pub ,possibly in a howling gale meant that playing to music would be a no go,so that is why I have always played by ear. Only twice on a special project ,playing Anglo to a Duet arrangement have I used sheet music ., but even then I memorised it after I learnt it. I am happy Jake to do a slow version of this tune and a guide where possible if that would help. I am flattered that you want to play it so do not hesitate to ask. Al
  18. Anglo International is a 3CD collection of players from around the World (Archives and New recordings). The aim of the collection was to demonstrate the versatility of the instrument. It has been much acclaimed and hopefully it reached it's objective. English International followed this one and sadly as Duet could not be released a huge compilation is available here as a free download ,with the help of Daniel and Wes Williams. I hope you enjoy it
  19. Because of the light weight and size of these concertinas they were referred to as Ladies Instruments . I had one of these to restore and tune years ago and I was very impressed with the sound . It was eventually sold to a lovely lady friend who followed the Broadwood Morris and was Director of a local brewery. So how could I resist not letting her buy it.
  20. Some old concertinas are fitted with comedy squeakers and whistles ,normally one on the push and one on the pull. Although these are interesting and amusing my preference has been to replace them with reeds. The sound quality is not as good as a dovetail fitted reed ,but the extra reed is far more useful than a rarely used comedy accessory. Is this your preference ? Al
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