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  1. No longer available as of Jan 22, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. I feel like a shunned step child. I've had my Tedrow C/G 30 button listed here for 3 weeks and not a single comment and only one request for photos. The need to sell has been magnified by a huge increase in property taxes. So I will lower my asking price again. $1300
  2. No longer available as of Jan 22, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. I bought this new from Bob Tedrow in October of 2006. It has some wear on the wood around the buttons, caused by my fingernails. Still plays good. I paid $2050 for it new, I think, not real sure. It has 6 folds in the bellows. Asking $1500. It includes a custom built case by Greg Jowaisas. PM me if you are interested and I'll take some pictures. Thanks. Posting this edit on Jan. 7th: I must apologize for my senility. After talking to Bob Tedrow, I need to amend the price that I paid for the instrument to $1850. I will lower the asking price to $1400, which with the hard case, I believe is a very good bargain. Links to Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xmk3byua95f4o6l/IMG_4780.JPG?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/nidabf77laurs3v/IMG_4784.JPG?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/k70sod3heilsy04/IMG_4788.JPG?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/c1lje2eoh9pf7qk/IMG_4794.JPG?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/d8pksk20s5qce6e/IMG_4792.JPG?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/icqikrjysqf6qnr/IMG_4782.JPG?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/vzlh6vi3h7hs06l/IMG_4790.JPG?dl=0
  3. I was wondering if anyone here has attended the Willie Clancy summer school in Miltown Malbay. My wife and I are going this year and I'm curious as to what to expect.
  4. This video was made 3 years ago. I have improved slightly, but not much. The audio was recorded using a Roland E09 and then dubbed into the video.
  5. Located in southeast Oklahoma, USA. Not the Zephyr. This is the Standard C/G 2006 model with 6 bellows folds. The newer Standards have a 7 folds bellows
  6. I rarely play these days. My wife needs a hip replacement and we will be low on income for several weeks, so I must sell this instrument along with a few others. I would have to check my records, but I think I bought this from Bob Tedrow in October of 2006. It recently developed what I call a ghost tone coming from right hand D on the pull(C row 2nd button), barely audible to me, but I'm nearly deaf. I have taken the end off and see nothing apparent. It has a very nice case made by Greg Jowaisas. I'm asking $1800 and I'll have Bob fix the ghost tone before shipping to you. I'll take some pics tonight and try to post them.
  7. A prudent persons foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. - Proverbs 27:12 Are you seriously implying I am a simpleton for making the suggestion I make and not seeing risk of crime in rural Scotland ? I'll not bother next time. The negativity here sometimes for a simple suggestion is very off-putting. Please accept my humble apology. I did not intend to ruffle any feathers. My point was that it would be prudent to be prepared. How would I know if you were a wise king or a simpleton?
  8. A prudent persons foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. - Proverbs 27:12
  9. Does Garage Band allow you to choose your compression ratio? If so, you might pick a higher kbps. Of course, this results in a larger file size. It sounds great to me. This is a definite indication of my extent of knowledge, ...I'm assuming you are playing an English box? It makes me want to invest in an EC.
  10. I can't remember ever struggling to find pure pleasure in playing any instrument. And I'm not so sure that it is skill, ...but rather innate. The emotional expression of a players music can be very much innate. Perhaps the "skill" is in the training of your hands and fingers to learn the muscle/motor skills to accomplish a pleasurable music expression. That's the way I see it. Just my opinion. But it's all fun and pleasurable to me.
  11. I’ve heard it called a “gig bag.” It’s just a soft-shell lunchbox that offers very little protection for a concertina. I guess it’s better than nothing, it keeps the dust from collecting. I always strap it in to the child’s seat in my car in case I have to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting one of those Geico squirrels. While visiting Carroll Concertinas I discovered that our very own Greg Jowaisas builds concertina cases. My new Jowaisas Case arrived Saturday, about 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Very nice, with optional strap attachment positions per my requested design. Lightweight, but rugged. I like it. Greg does good work. And this is totally unsolicited by Greg. Here are a couple of photos: Jowaisas Case Closed Jowaisas Case with Tedrow C/G
  12. My own perception is that the discussion has almost become hostile. I suggest adding a category to the poll: "Bordering hostility."
  13. Many analytical minds here. I'm way to simple to understand what most of you are talking about. I find no music boring. Some genres move my soul more that others, some make me want to dance. I attempt to play Irish Anglo becasue it's fun and the instrument feels good in my hands. It's also fun to watch egos puff up like a toad on this forum. You all amaze me.
  14. In the rich farmland of southeastern Oklahoma. My grandfather always insisted on planting his Irish potatoes on St. Patrick's Day in memory of his ancestors. Fair weather or not, sometimes in the mud, we planted potatoes on that day.
  15. I see there is a broad spectrum of ideas about this subject. Truth is, I've always been able to learn a little bit from every musician, from the masters to the beginning students. The style/method that I play on any instrument has been developed over time, and every tid-bit that others offered was either cast aside because I didn't like it, or I liked it so well that I adopted it. Music has never been a strict set of rules for me. I play classical guitar my way. I don't play a G chord the same as anybody else. Some of my fingers do not have the agility to play under a certain set of rules/standards. The concertina is a new challenge for me. If it feels right to play a high D on the inside row push or middle row pull, that's what I do. It just depends on the notes surrounding it, the phrase. I haven't had any formal musical training since I played trumpet as a boy. So, this is an opportunity to learn how Noel Hill does it. Do I want to play like Noel Hill? Not necessarily. I just want to improve. I'll never be a master/virtuoso, but I sure do get a kick out of sitting in the kitchen and cranking out a jig while the little woman is cooking supper. As I told Ross in a pm, this will be an extravagance for me, a fun vacation. Nobody will ever pay to hear me play, although many have offered to pay if I would quit playing. Perhaps Noel will feel the same way. Regardless, I know I will come away with some additional knowledge about this fun instrument. I do appreciate all of your comments and look forward to meeting those who will attend the Midwest NHICS this summer.
  16. Thanks, Henk. I thought there was something complicated about this, but I see that I'm already on the right path. I've been totally self taught and logic has been my guide for fingering. This eases my mind about going to the school. I appreciate your help. If I find the time, I'll try to write out a tune that I play and post it in like manner for your comparison.
  17. The cross row fingering that Noel Hill teaches is mentioned over and over here on the board. Can anyone explain this technique? I'm registered to attend the Midwest NHICS this summer and it would sure help if I didn't have to play "catch up" if I'm assigned to a group other than Beginner.
  18. I was wondering if some of you who have been to a Noel Hill Concertina School could give me an idea of what to expect for beginner, an intermediate, and an advanced player. I've been trying to play for the past 18 months, but have had no formal training. I would probably fit in the sub-category of "beginner with well-established bad habits." I have registered for the school south of Cincinnati this July and I'm looking forward to meeting some of you there. I play a Tedro Standard C/G Anglo. Gary McLarry in southeastern Oklahoma
  19. Thanks, Greg. That's very encouraging. I'm looking forward to seeing how this instrument is actually played. I have no idea what I'm doing. I just bought one and started teaching myself. I'm sure I have every bad habit in the book plus some.
  20. I've been in touch with Linda over the past few days through email. Sent my deposit check to register for the July 27 - Aug. 1 school in Erlanger, KY. This is a first for me. It took some courage to commit to being around so many people in one place at one time, especially knowing that they will hear my feeble attempts at playing the concertina. But, the desire to learn overcame the hermit in me.
  21. I must agree with Ennistraveler. Printed music is a great tool. I have stacks of music for different instruments and different styles. Time spent sight reading every day is well worth the effort. I don't have much of a library of recorded music, so I don't normally learn by listening. The style that develops is my own, acceptable to society or not. Decades ago I could memorize music in a very short time, just looking at the notation. I've never been able to break that habit and still memorize that way today. Although, I have to play a tune a hundred times before I can shut my eyes and see the notes. Oh how the memory fades. Can I play by ear? Certainly, but if I've seen the notation enough times before, I can't get that picture out of my mind as I play a tune. But, if you can't read music and learning by ear is your crutch, then good for you. You are still playing this fun instrument!
  22. As my fingers become more and more acquainted with where the notes are located on the Anglo concertina, which is the first challenge in leaning to play this unique instrument, I’m finding a new challenge in the bellows. The faster I’m able to play, the more I run into a problem with smoothly changing bellows direction. I’ve seen plenty of discussions on cross row fingering, but very little on bellows technique for Anglo. It seems to me that this is important for accenting the rhythm of the music and can really make a difference in just playing the notes, or playing music that makes you want to take your shoes off and dance. It’s challenging just in a seated position, I can imagine playing the Anglo standing, or dancing as I’ve seen Jody Kruskal’s moves on You Tube. I haven’t been successful in using the search function for related topics. Any hints or tips from you experienced players?
  23. Hey Chainyanker. Thanks for the reed tip. I didn't know that. I should be able to repair that myself.
  24. I was laying on my back in the floor with my left elbow against the wall for support. I use a CAD E-350 studio mic, a Mackie 1202 VLZ mixer, and a simple sound-blaster card in the computer. Software is Adobe Audition, which used to be Cool Edit Pro. I run a noise reduction on the track afterwards to take out computer fan noise and any internet connection noise that may pop in while recording. And then some reverb added to give it a little presence. Could probably do better with a good sound card, but would rather spend the money on musical instruments and other more fun toys. Using the mixer I'm able to add other tracks while listening to previously recorded tracks through headphones.
  25. I bought an old Lachenal 22 button Anglo early summer this year and practiced until one of the reeds cracked. One bad note sort of diminishes the desire to play the instrument. So I ordered a Tedrow Standard 30 button model. I've had my new Tedrow Concertina for nearly 2 months. It sure is easy to play, just fits my hands better than the Lachenal. Perhaps it would have been wiser to have the Lachenal repaired, but I just couldn't wait. It will eventually be repaired. I appreciate Frank Edgely's book, very helpful in my transition to a 30 button box. And I'm thankful for this site and especially the tunes that you guys have posted. The playing of Jim Lucas, although he is playing EC, has helped me tone down my hard aggressive method. I really have to work at not sounding like a bull in a china cabinet. Here's a clip I recorded Thanksgiving Day on the Tedrow. Slieve Russel_Blarney Pilgrim I have no idea how this is supposed to be played. Both tunes were in my whistle tunebook.
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