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  1. Sorry to waste time and forum space; just playing with smilies, I'm not responding With appologies Thanks Leo
  2. I've only had my English concertina a few months. When I was deciding on the type of concertina I explained I couldn't make a harmonica work. (poor me always wrong direction for notes). For me English was a good choice. Sounds like an Anglo would be a good choice for you (lucky you). At least that seems to be the general idea in this forum. Different brains are wired differently. Friends who I've driven away at my attempts at tunes tell me that it sounds like a harmonica on sterhoids, and I don't need a lot of hot air to make "noise" on it. However some of my attempts are beginning to be somewhat recognisable. I found out my instrument has wandering keys. They don't stay under my fingers where I expect them to be. However they seem to be a little tamer now, but not much. Unfortunately not covered under warranty. Hope this helps. Play well Thanks Leo
  3. Couldn't find abc either. I'm kind of new looking up tunes so this is good practice for me. I did find .mid files here: http://www.mudcat.org/midi/midibrowseall.cfm And the words to one version here: http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=14447 Hope they are the correct version. There are .mid to abc utilities, however I don't use them. (yet) If the info I found is correct it was written by a blind fiddler named Jimmy McCurry who died in 1910: http://www.theoriginofdannyboy.com/ Maybe too much information but it was good practice for me Thanks Leo
  4. Am kinda new at this stuff, however you caught me looking up something else, and came accross this: BATTLE OF THE SOMME, THE. Scottish, Retreat March (9/8 time). D Major. Standard. AABB. This pipe tune, a retreat from Army Manual (Book 2) and composed by William Laurie (1882-1916) commemorates one of the greatest and most terrible battles of World War I. Jack Campin communicates that Laurie "just lived to see it become an immediate success before dying of his wounds a few months later.” “The retreat march is not necessarily a march time tune which would be marched to,” explains Stuart Eydmann; rather, “as often as not it was played as part of the evening ritual in military camps as day duties gave way to night ones. It was not linked to the military manoeuvre of retreating in or from battle but was linked to the idea of refuge and safety in the camp.” Gatherer (Gatherer’s Musicial Museum), 1987; pg. 20. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), Vol. 2, 1988; pg. 39. Front Hall FHR‑024, Fennig's All‑Star String Band ‑ "Fennigmania" (1981. Learned from the Albion Country Band). [links/notation removed] Hope it works Thanks Leo Edited to add where from
  5. I think they've heard you: http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-High-Grade-B...1QQcmdZViewItem And only $515 for the black option. In their "sellers other items" only $81.30 for shipping. http://cgi.ebay.com/High-Grade-Red-Pearl-M...1QQcmdZViewItem Or how about red for $482, and $93.82 for shipping I guess this would be a steal, considering it's their "high grade model". Could it be Mr/s. Morelli moved to China and opened up shop?? Thanks Leo
  6. WOW!! Whisper to compensate: Humbly appologise for shouting, but I think this deserves it! Thanks for the listen Leo
  7. I could be mistaken, but I think this one to be the top one for humor!!!! Note that it's a 2007 model, not a copy, and plays beyond perfection. I especially like his/her other sales too. http://cgi.ebay.com/New-2007-Blue-Anglo-St...1QQcmdZViewItem And only $322 buy it now. They deliver worldwide but I've no way to pay them Or no Thanks Leo
  8. Yes and I really enjoyed all the items sold. All won by the one lucky bidder to take a chance and bid on the items in the feedback page. So many items with only one bidder, I don't think the seller was worried. OOPS!! ADVANCED?? just found out I talk too much. I wish my playing ability would climb up to mediocre. Thanks Leo
  9. To All Thanks for saving my pocketbook. Browsing through all the posts in the buy/sell forum has enabled me to spot these for what they were. Ufortunately not concertina related, but another of my hobbies. It could have been costly for me if it were not for your previous efforts in identification ebay pitfalls. Again thanks for all your efforts you've save me a potentially costly mistake. Even a new old guy can learn new things. http://cgi.ebay.com/Questar-standard-3-5-T...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.com/Questar-Standard-3-5-T...1QQcmdZViewItem For now a breather in concertinas, maybe they are going after other fish in the sea. Thanks again Leo
  10. That's one of the ones that I found. Poor me for reading up on lots of previous subjects. Too much time on my hands. Thanks Leo
  11. An old topic I know but thats what promped me to look further. I didn't know there were so many concertina players, and characters in the movies. http://us.imdb.com/Find?select=Characters&for=concertina Somebody has more time than me for trivia facts. http://www.mediarare.com/MRFlmNts.html#abba 5 pages of references in movies. Mostly Accordions, but lots more concertinas than I knew about. I wonder how many there really are. One I can think of is in Walt Disney/Johnny Depp Pirate movie is a concertina in one of the scenes. Even though I think the movie predates the concertina invention by quite a few yrs. Thanks for looking at my "easily amused" observation Leo
  12. Not just you. me too; both posts thanks Leo
  13. Hadn't thought in that direction nor considered other types. Again depending on size. Thanks for the pointer that way. Leo
  14. Any ideas on where to get it? I've been looking at various online dealers, and can't find one of just the right dimensions. Being somewhat new here I'm probably limited in scope to what I can suggest, However I've dealt with Button Box and in my opinion find them first rate to deal with, and nice helpful people. I might bring up the price issue. Again I'm not familiar with a lot of concertina info. I like "chainyanker"s case. Looks nice for me in another application. I hope it's not patented or copyrighted. Anything here: http://buttonbox.com/cases.shtml ??? Other than this, a tubular or rectangular nylon gymnasium type bag, side zipper on the length, shoulder strap with my own padding might work depending on the shape of the instrument. Lots of different sizes and colors to choose from. And I can't imagine it to be too expensive, and easy to inspect going through security. If they ask tell them it's a squeeze box musical instrument, not concertina. They might think it's razor wire. I've read a previous discussion on soft/hard cases: http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=2133 with some other insight that might be helpful. Again I am thinking airline seats and comfort for travel. Thanks again for listening Good Luck Leo
  15. Finally a subject I'm familar with. Airline storage is at a premium on a good day. Depending on whether you are the first or the last on the airplane makes a big difference. About the only space guaranteed is the space under the seat in front of you where your feet go. That being so length of flight makes a big difference in comfort. The type of airplane even on a short trip can be restricted. Window seats have the least room. Sitting in an upright position, legs back for an hour cramps my legs. After takeoff it's possible to pull your bag back under your legs and put your feet where they should go over your bag, just rember to put it back for landing. The overhead on some smaller aircraft are only considered a coat and hat rack, therefore not much room guaranteed. Larger airplanes even though there is more space try thinking few hundred people fighting for more space for my stuff over my head. It's funny to watch. Now the suggestion: soft has more advantages in this application only for the slight give in the sides and padding for different configured seats. It will be taken care of by me and I'm very careful with my stuff. Chance of damage if I'm careful is slight. Can't speak for outside the airplane or type of trip, or other baggage, purse, suitcase etc., whether camping for a week when you get there, or hotel, or obligations on trip, which might make another difference or another suggestion. I would not want to check my instrument. I would prefer to carry it. I have more control over it. I believe there is a limit of 22 inches on the longest length of carry on baggage. You might want to check with the airline you are traveling on for more specifics. As a last resort, at one time you could purchase a seat for your instrument, ( have you ever seen a viola strapped into a seat. At one time it could be done, but I don't know about now after security restrictions.) Again soft padded in this application might be the way to go. Thanks for listening to my ramblings. I hope it helps. Leo
  16. Since my identification skill are still lacking. Would this be a steal?????????????????? or no http://cgi.ebay.com/WHEATSTONE-English-48-...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1 or would this be better??????????????????? http://cgi.ebay.com/Wheatstone-Concertina_...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1 Note:Ebay link say page under maintenance, may or may not work however it still works under my previous post under China scam. This topic is to add the still for bid pages running for a few more days, which I think are the original legitimate bids, just for comparison. Edited to add note Now i'm really confused Thanks Leo
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    A China Scam

    Since my identification skill are still lacking. Would this be a steal?????????????????? or no http://cgi.ebay.com/WHEATSTONE-English-48-...1QQcmdZViewItem or would this be better??????????????????? http://cgi.ebay.com/Wheatstone-Concertina_...1QQcmdZViewItem Thanks Leo
  18. Couldn't agree more! I was honored to be a guest and trolled around here looking for answers for a few months before I joined concertina.net and bought my Morse Albion, which I am very happy with. The Interest I have in the Frappr page is graphically: "does anybody live around me", and even though it has not been enabled (Place) was hoping to find a place to go to listen to music. (I guess a body would need the owners permission to put place name on the map). Also on this page is room for online chat if a person is so inclined. I remember reading some discussion here somewhere and some time ago about it. Again here is the only place to be. Friendly, patient with new people like me asking the same questions, they've heard countless times before and free with their suggestions. I'm grateful for their effort and knowledge and would not like to change that, just supplement. Thanks all for noticing my post and all the replies Leo SStilll cant spiell too gud
  19. A good use for an accordion????????????????? http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/accordion-itx/
  20. Search of Concertina Net found Frappr page info and looked it up. I don't believe it has been mentioned here since February. Since then the page has grown steadily to 99 place holders on the map. Interesting statistics of Anglo/English/other mix. Interesting to see if anybody lives close. Anybody have any experience with it both good or bad? Might be good way to use info instead of polls for some information? ? Here is the page http://www.frappr.com/concertinaplayers Thanks in advance for anyone's opinion Leo
  21. Not true. Pencil lead is a combination of graphite, clay and carbon black (lamp soot). I wonder if you use a pencil lead that's high in clay or carbon black content that you might eventually have binding issues under high humidity? At any rate, if you go for pencil lead, keep in mind the grade of pencil. The European grades are designated with H (for Hard, which is made that way by adding clay and firing it stiff), B (for Black, which is the added carbon), and F (for Fine, meaning that it can be sharpened well, probably a combination having a high clay and carbon content but less graphite). The higher the numbers the more the additive (an HHHHH or 5H lead has a *lot* of clay). Americans use numbers to designate grades with 1 being very black (high carbon) to #5 being moderately hard (high clay). The grade with the highest graphite content is probably a single B lead. If you want serious graphite in a lead try finding a "Dur-O-Lite" pencil with "mark sense" or "electrographic" leads - very high graphite content to record data on punchcards (graphite is an electrical condutor). Didn't know that! Thanks for the more in depth explaination. Wouldn't want to bind up my nice Morse English Concertina. Now if only I can only make the keys stay put and stop them from wandering from under my fingers.... Leo
  22. Perhaps instead of "solvent" I should have said "volatile liquid". Applying the liquid and graphite separately is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Forgot: Graphite is free. Sandpaper or file off the end of a pencil, mix with caution. Don't want to blow out a tube in those pre transistor antique concertinas Leo
  23. Thank you for noticing. Didn't think solvent would be good for the action, however you reminded me of making a solution. Isopropl alchohol (the rubbing kind) would suspend the graphite and would allow it to travel and evaporate with no residue. The mix: a drop of alchohol on a q tip swab and squirt on dry graphite works. Thanks again and hope it opens up other ideas that might work better Leo
  24. Without trying to second guess those that know more than me, (if it is a metal to metal squeak). In another hobby, in another industry we came accross a similar problem. Couldn't use liquid lubricant because of soft wood surrounding metal parts. We found a graphite based lube used for key/lock applications worked well. It went on dry. After a while we started to use a regular number 2 pencil and rubbed it onto the offending squeak and it went away. A pencil is also pure graphite. Now when we have a squeak, or the squeak comes back, we just "work it out with a pencil", and it don't cost much since the pencil lasts so long. The advantages: dry, no carrier, generally stays put, and if we got too much on the area we just blew it off and started over. After a few applications the graphite builds up and we didn't need to do it again, maybe 3 or 4 times. I think it bonds with the metal? The only detriment I can think of is if you get too much in your concertina, then it might mess up the electronics, since it's electrically conductive. ) Another pencil application we found useful is the eraser end is good for removing rust and polishing steel, (maybe reeds that start to discolor). It doesn't remove metal just polishes or burnishes. If we needed stronger polishing, we used an ink eraser charged with graphite (more abrasive). It created a nice polishing lap, then put the pieces back together, and no more squeak. Does anybody think this procedure would work in this application or not? Thanks for listening Leo csan't speil too good eever
  25. Finally concertina lan gage, clitches. and jar gone I unnerstan bein nue it's har to lern a nue lan gage. Try the difrnt dilekts. then try loggin inta da net after loadin da front paig an reed da replise. 'n I tought I cud only aspire t' "token igerant statis". Nice parody. Edited fer spelin n' puntchiatiun, n' gramr
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