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  1. Ishtar, I was just reading the "Emphasis on the EC" thread, where someone confessed to not knowing what a crotchet is I've now lived longer in Germany than in my native Northern Ireland, and can converse about anything that interests me equally well in both languages. That includes music and organology. The slightly irritating difference between German and English note names (H=B, B=Bb) has been mentioned, but what I had to learn was the durations: crotchet = Viertelnote, quaver = Achtelnote, etc. Having learnt this, I was suddenly able to undersand American musicians, because "Viertelnote" translates literally as "quarter note" and "Achtelnote" as "eighth note". Coming from an English-speaking background, I'd have thought the crotchet would be a "whole note", because we usually count time in crotchets, of which brieves and semibrieves are multiples, and quavers and semiquavers are fractions By the way, the German note names H and B made it possible for J.S. Bach to spell his name in musical notation. B-A-C-H would be B flat-A-C-B in English - like most neat ideas, it loses something in translation Cheers, John When I was setting out with music I went to great pains to learn the names of the durations of notes. When I lived in Sweden it came as a relief to find out that notes, like in German, are named after their durations - this made much more sense to me. I seldom use the English names for notes nowadays, preferring to stick with the names of their durations. Steve BTW (oops off topic) anyone else play a Norwegian zither ("harpeleik" in Norwegian or "cittra" in Swedish)?
  2. In Germany and and Nordic region the following notes cause confusion H (this is B on the 'tina) B (this is Bb) Es (this is Eb) So the C scale is CDEFGAHC When I first started playing my Norwegian chord zither, the names of the chords on the instrument caused me no end of confusion. Steve
  3. Hi y'all Does anyone have a Dickinson Wheastone EC? If so any possibility that you can post pictures? Would be nice to see how they look. Thanks Steve
  4. Not hand in hook? Aaarh, matey! (To start an off-topic tangent, may I ask what kind of parrot?) Talk like a pirate day was the other week.
  5. Anyone got a tenor-treble (or tenor) EC for sale? Playable, tuned to concert pitch. If so please send me a PM. Thanks Steve
  6. Hi Theo I'm a big fan of Scandi music, dance & song - can you post details of the venue. I won't be able to make tonight though - is this a regular session? Steve
  7. Hi All Due to unforeseen work commitments (I bought my ticket months ago) I now have a full season ticket for this years Towersey Village Festival that I'll not be able to use. It includes camping on Site 2. I have the ticket for sale on eBay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...E:IT&ih=009 at a price less than a ticket at the gate (if there are any still available since the festival usually sells out). - there's usually plenty of great squeezing and dancing at this festival. Steve
  8. Here is a 67 key Wheatstone McCann duet on eBay http://cgi.ebay.com/Concertina-Wheatstone_...Q2em118Q2el1247 Steve
  9. Hi guys Any chance you can post fingering charts for your respective F and Eb boxes? I've been thinking about a tenor box for ages for song accompaniment. Thanks Steve
  10. Looks like a scam to me - pictures are identical to those in the recent eBay listing. Some of the description is a cut and paste. Steve
  11. I'd have thought the $6,100 price it went for originally was about right, but that deal didn't go through for some reason. However, with its newly established links with Gregory and Boris Matusewitch, somebody might possibly consider it worth more... And don't forget for UK buyers there's a substantial shipping charge, with customs duty & VAT (equivalent to around 25% of purchase price) on top of the final price paid. Steve
  12. 67 key McCann duet on eBay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Wheatstone-Concertin...1QQcmdZViewItem Steve
  13. The customs duty is a few percent - I expect someone will be able to give the numbers... the stinger is 17.5% VAT on top of that. (Does VAT get charged on vinatge concertinas or just new ones?) The amount of customs duty is dependent on the country from which the goods are imported. VAT is chargeable on the total of customs duty, shipping expenses, import agents fees (usually the courier), and value of the goods (understating the value of goods may result in their forfeiture). I believe VAT is not payable on vintage items over 100 years old (documentary evidence may be required). Steve
  14. Pauline Excellent video - very helpful - thanks. Steve
  15. And what my wife says I play: "constant screamer" - mmm Steve
  16. Here is a link to site with info about average wages in 1920 - colliers around £4 0s 12d and pottery workers £2 8s 6d. Average wages are only one part of the story though - what was the overall cost of living at the time? A £17 concertina was a significant investment, and £26 top instruments would probably be beyond the reach of most workers. There is some historical evidence though to suggest that music shops and even musical instrument manufacturers offered loan repayment terms to enable instruments to be bought by people of more modest means - not unlike say those car purchase loan schemes offered by motor manufacturers and dealers today. Steve
  17. One thing no one has mentioned is how best to machine the rebate around the edges of the concertina action box. David, got any tips on how this might be done? Steve
  18. What are the opinions of the repairers in the forum regarding tuning down brass reeds on an Aeola from old pitch to modern concert pitch? Will brass reeds tolerate this amount of retuning? Any effect on their long-term performance? Thanks Steve
  19. I have a treble EC with raised ebony ends - the ends are all smashed and I'm thinking about replacing them. Does any one have any experience of making new ends - specifically: How to create laminated ends with a veneer of my choice. How best to create the raised ends. How to cut the flat edge chamfer around the rim of the action box (where the bolts are). How best to mark out the ends for fretting. How to align the new ends for drilling with the original action. How to remove old veneer from the outside edges of the action box. Thanks Steve
  20. And don't forget the import duties and VAT you'll pay when importing from US.
  21. The ledger states the model is a 6E A look at this link http://www.concertina.com/pricelists/wheat...t-All-c1956.pdf will reveal that a 6E is indeed a 48 key tenor-treble. Steve
  22. Google worked just fine. Thanks all. Steve
  23. and God Jul och Gott Nytt År!! Steve
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