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SteveS

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  1. The English is great for Nordic music - much of the fiddle repertoire goes well on the EC. Myself I use a TT Aeola and play many different varieties of polska, as well as Finnish waltzes (and the odd Finnish tango). If you're into Nordic music, take a look at the Nordic Tunes thread.
  2. I've just landed after a trip abroad - I always say to the security person that I have a small accordion in my bag - 1 time in 5 or so it'll be examined by hand (and I've even held a mini concert a few times ? over the years).
  3. Having done a bit of research, I'm thinking these mics might be good: Shure SM57 for the 'tina Røde NT1-A for vocals Does anyone have experience of these mics?
  4. I’ve been offered a gig at a festival next year - a concert and playing for dance. Although it’s a year away there is plenty of preparation to do. I want to learn a number of new songs, and add some new tunes. The festival organisers have asked for a demo recording. I’m thinking to do this myself. I have some good audio recording and editing software, but lack experience in mics for both concertina (and other instruments) and voice. Any suggestions of suitable hardware is appreciated. Another option is to use the services of a studio - any recommendations?
  5. Thanks for this. Such a large variety of instruments they offered. I'd love to acquire a portable Wheatstone harmonium ?
  6. I wasn't aware that Wheatstone also made harmoniums - thanks for that info. My bass also has gills underneath - though maybe these are a later addition. I don't have access to the bass right now, but I believe it to be a 44 key C bass. It's unplayable and needs restoration, but the reeds look to be in good condition.
  7. I recently acquired a Wheatstone single action bass for restoration - I estimate from around 1850 - havent yet found the serial number. Looking at the reeds yesterday I noticed that they had French note names impressed into the reed frames, along with the usual C, C# etc. All reeds are square edged, and are screwed to the reed pan as is common with large reeds in bass concertinas. Set me wondering if these could be French-made harmonium reeds?
  8. 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.
  9. Hi Barry - no I'm not longer living on Teesside - for the moment I'm in High Wycombe
  10. 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. edit: Enkronaspolskan efter Omas Per a better variant in my opinion that the one I previously posted. 
  11. 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.
  12. Looking at the core wood again, my best guess is that it's walnut.
  13. 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.)
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. This one came up at auction 2-3 weeks ago. It was listed as an Anglo.
  18. 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?
  19. I agree with Geoff - recording ones own playing is enlightening and useful - listen critically to your recording, and even get a second opinion (by posting here, or on Sound Cloud with a link posted here to your recording).
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