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  1. Actually my Wheatstone bass has a low F where the G# should be.
  2. FWIW I also have a Wheatstone G bass with massive resonance tubes. I once tried writing out arrangements for my TT using the treble and bass staves - it confused the hell out of me. I quickly reverted back to using just the treble stave with ledger lines for the tenor parts.
  3. Alternatively you might want to finish to a shiny gloss rather than a waxed sheen. In this case you will polish the layers of shellac with a cloth rubber with a little methylated spirits. This is my preferred finish.
  4. Larger reed organ reeds do indeed have a shape similar to this - although from my experience I'd say that this drawing is an exaggeration for illustrative purposes only.
  5. Very nice restoration. How does it play?
  6. There are many great tunes to be found in the Northumbrian Bagpipe repertoire. Good tunes to start with might by Winster Gallop, Salmon Tails Up The Water, Jamie Allen. Many great tunes in the Northumbrian Pipers Tune Book.
  7. Thanks - what a story. I'm glad that it was eventually restored.
  8. Does anyone know whatever happened to this instrument? I'm curious to know if anyone here bought it and whether the 'tina was ever restored.
  9. I may have asked this before in an earlier thread, but any recommendations for felt suppliers? Thanks Edit: - here's the link - https://www.woolfeltcompany.co.uk/ 1.5mm poly felt
  10. Yes, punch into the ends of the fibres of the punch wood block. Also, as the article say, use a mallet not a hammer to strike the cutter.
  11. Is your wad punch sharp enough? How is your wooden block setup? Set your punch and wood block so that you're punching parallel with the grain of the wood, this way you're punching along the wood fibres and it'll preserve the sharp edge of your wad punch for longer.
  12. Wow, Alex, those buttons are beautiful. How did you cut the glass rod? How did you polish the ends of the buttons?
  13. Thanks Jody for bringing JamKazam to the attention of CNet. I've been looking for a suitable medium for setting up practice sessions with my favourite musos. I'll take a look at JamKazam. It seems though that the JamBlaster accessory is required to play.
  14. Jim Thanks for the message. So sorry about your sister, her friends, and especially for her friend that died. We're doing fine, thanks for asking. We've been in quarantine for 17 days now. This for me is an opportunity to knuckle down to some of my concertina projects. Now even more stringent quarantine rules have been introduced in Italy, so we can't go out at all, only to the supermarket (where btw there are stringent rules about masks, gloves, and distance from others). Everyone - keep safe and observe social distancing rules (keep at least 2 metres/7 feet apart) - and stay home!!
  15. Has anyone seen this? An Aeola TT, fully restored, for £7000. Discuss.
  16. I'm having to close 2 sets of doors between my practice space and my nearest and dearest - repeating the same phrases over and over, making mistakes in the same places each time though a passage, can be annoying. I'm also working on some harmonium accompaniment, so I'm playing back recordings of tunes, sometimes recordings of my playing, to which I'm trying to jam along.
  17. The whole of Italy is now in lockdown, initially until 3 April. The province of Asti, where we live, was put into lockdown on Sunday morning. We have supplies and some good wines in store. And I have plenty of great tunes to learn - so I'd better get on with them. One of things I'm looking to do is work more on rhythmic, chordal and harmony accompaniment to songs and Nordic folk tunes during this lockdown period. Plus there are other tunes that I'm sharing with a fiddler friend - we're planning to have regular Skype sessions and tune swaps. Shame I haven't got my workshop here - it's still in storage in UK - I have plenty of restoration jobs to get on with. #IoRestoACasa
  18. I suggest sell it here unrestored, and it get into the hands of an enthusiast. Music shop will take a hefty cut in commission, and may not be able to correctly assess its value. An auction house might get a good price for it (depending on who is in the room at the time) and will take a huge sellers premium (20-33% being typical of the hammer price). Alternatively, get it restored and learn to play yourself, and have fun.
  19. I'm looking for a source of felt material for making my own pads - can anyone recommend a supplier? Cheers
  20. I have only ever seen one concertina in Bb - I missed out on it at auction about 8 years ago.
  21. Thanks Susanne, for the great suggestions. I've been learning Italian, and I'm at the stage where if people speak slowly enough I can understand. My spoken Italian is still a little slow, but with practice should improve. I may put a posting on FB on the concertina chats. I'll post in Italian and English. Steve PS maybe I should start a FB group for concertina players in Italy ?
  22. I've had no issues with mine - I've had it for more than 1 year and its been fine.
  23. I prefer a dedicated recorder - the sound quality is usually much better than using an iPhone. I use a Roland R-07 for recordings in sessions, workshops, and on-stage. After recording, I move all my sound files to my laptop (which does a differential backup every day to mitigate data loss).
  24. Is this a sudden flatting of the pitch? Or has it been like that for some time?
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