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About SteveS

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  • Birthday February 7

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    Nordic and English traditional music and song.
    I undertake concertina restorations.
    I play EC: Tenor-Treble Aeola, Baritone-Treble Aeola, Baritone Aeola, Bass.
  • Location
    High Wycombe, UK

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  1. I've seen bandoneon players do something similar on the draw of the bellows using gravity as a help. I put in a knee bounce myself on my EC TT when playing polskas - it helps get a pulse in the music, which is great for dancers.
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    Hi Barry - no I'm not longer living on Teesside - for the moment I'm in High Wycombe
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    Thornaby - my home town 😱
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    Nordic tunes

    It's been ages since my last posting on this thread. I've been busy learning loads of new tunes - I intend to post more over the coming weeks. Here's an alterrnative version of Enkronaspolskan - this one after the playing of Ole Bäckström - I prefer this verion of the tune.
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    Tricks To Cover Up Mistakes

    Keep playing - especially if you're playing for dancing when you can't stop - keep going. I once made a mistake in a rather nice polska I play - I liked the mistake so much, adding a bluesy feel to the tune, that I kept it in - but I'll only play it the last time through the tune for variation / novelty.
  6. Looking at the core wood again, my best guess is that it's walnut.
  7. So many nice veneers - hard to select a favourite. I also notice the Capital Crispin offer some veneers in 1.4mm thickness - this is a close to the thickness of the veneers used by concertina makers of old. I know I have some French Walnut Burr veneer some place - might be nice to use that. Coupled with a light blond shellac, should look great. It'll make this New Model look super. (As some of you may know I'm a fan of New Model concertinas.)
  8. Good Idea, Alex - I always keep bits of wood like this - it may one day come in handy - especially given the rarity / difficulty in obtaining / price of the wood. I'd thought to use a heat gun with a narrow nozzle to remove the veneers. How do other repairers here remove veneers?
  9. The core appears darker than sycamore - and the grain looks like it could be beech. Stripping the veneer from both sides is an option I'm prepared to consider - but as a last resort (trying to have an easy life ). I've found a source of some rather nice legal Indian rosewood - so I may go with something like that if I have to strip the veneers off both ends. Or maybe some other wood since I'll no longer be restricted to matching the current veneers.
  10. I have a rosewood ended Lachenal New Model EC I'm thinking to start repairing. One end is in pretty good shape - the other however is in a sorry state. It looks like the end has been subject to damp and the laminations have separated - and the outer veneer has split and has come away completely across about 40% of the end. I'm considering making new ends, or at the very least regluing the laminations and replacing the outer veneer with new veneer. But on inspection the wood(s) used in the ends appear to be stained. My main questions are - which types of wood have been used for: the core of the laminations? the outer veneer? To hazard a guess the inner core looks like beech or mahogany. But any ideas what the outer veneer might be? In the picture it's clear to see that the exposed edge moulding is a different colour to the core wood. It looks like a rosewood stained French polish has been used to finish the ends. The outer veneer doesn't look like rosewood to me - I've attached a pic of the reverse side of the veneer. I'd appreciate your thoughts.
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    Odd Layout

    This one came up at auction 2-3 weeks ago. It was listed as an Anglo.
  12. Thanks - a very useful chart!!
  13. Thanks for the useful discussion. For sometime I've been planning on tuning the 'tina I use for song accompaniment (the one in my avatar - a rather nice brass-reeded Aeola) to 1/5 comma MT - discussions like this support the feeling I have that for song accomaniment the sweeter chords will be beneficial. The only issue I have is where to centre the tuning. My singing is around C, G, D, F keys. Any thoughts?
  14. Oh I fancy a set of these
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    French Bagpipe + Concertina

    Wonderful!! Thanks for posting