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  1. That was what I thought until I said so in this thread. The next post, though, pointed out that the British Pathé film of the Wheatstone factory (which I did watch, but I didn't notice this bit) showed how it was needed for the routing machine that made the reed slots.
  2. The Button Box lists a Wheatstone Mayfair on its Instruments In Stock page--I believe that, like the Stagi, it has accordion reeds mounted in reed blocks and, I'd expect, better bellows (others no doubt could tell you much more about Mayfairs than I can). Joshua
  3. It's worth having a look at the Button Box's Instruments In Stock page. It looks like they have a 30-button C/G Stagi; they also have Rochelles new and used, which I have heard are better instruments at a much lower price. Not having tried either for more than a brief tune, I can offer no opinion on the accuracy of that comparison.
  4. However,I should like to know if Jeff normally plays his duet while sitting up a tree? Is this an obligatory form of practice? I think he's trying to branch out! Sometimes, we all have a desire to be leafed alone. I've just twigged, you're all barking. The root of the issue is that I need to get trunk more often. Well, ya wood, woodn't ya! It all depends on where your playing stems from!! Chris Is anyone else getting board with this? I wonder how long before someone calls the copse on yew. Too much silo vision lurching in the background! Nope, sorry ... you totally lost me on that one, Don't understand that phrase at all. I think he meant the larch. The Larch. THE. LARCH. Number one...
  5. This is about accordions, not concertinas (and the accordions aren't melodeons), but it's definitely interesting.
  6. Theo, on inspection of the images on the nice big monitor they give me at work, I believe that serial number is 2448.
  7. However,I should like to know if Jeff normally plays his duet while sitting up a tree? Is this an obligatory form of practice? I think he's trying to branch out! Sometimes, we all have a desire to be leafed alone. I've just twigged, you're all barking. The root of the issue is that I need to get trunk more often. Well, ya wood, woodn't ya! It all depends on where your playing stems from!! Chris Is anyone else getting board with this?
  8. At the Harvest Ale in western Massachusetts, October 2010...
  9. ...which indeed it is. VJJB has a "Ceili Band" concertina, which I don't recall running across before but which may be a Chinese-made, German-pattern 20-button instrument. I tried googling "ceili band concertina" to confirm my hunch, but unsurprisingly those terms return lots of pages for ceilidh bands...
  10. I 'd imagine Jodrell Bank would have about the highest speed connection available...
  11. I'll be driving out in the morning--I'll send you a PM. Joshua thanks Joshua I appreciate that very much I will need to be there about 20 - 30 minutes before the workshop begins. Is that too early for you? Bertram It shouldn't be a problem. I sent you a PM earlier--we can work out details through that, or email if that's more convenient (I'll send you another PM with my email address in it).
  12. I'll be driving out in the morning--I'll send you a PM. Joshua
  13. I'm going (my initial belief that I couldn't turned out to be incorrect), but coming from the opposite direction...echoing David's question: anyone want to share a ride from Boston and its environs? Joshua Mackay-Smith
  14. It's there so you can hook your finger through it and pull the reed pan out. There may be some reason it's impractical to put it there on hybrid concertinas like the Tedrow (and my Morse); the Crabb and the Wakker (and my Wheatstone) have traditional reeds. Others with wider experience will know if there are examples of hybrids with the hole and/or traditionally-reeded instruments without it...
  15. See this thread. Short answer: yes it is, and it's already been removed.
  16. Sorry you cant make it - Appreciate if you could spread the word. thanks Bertram The word is spread--and I may be able to make the one at the Button Box after all. Here's hoping.
  17. I have heard before of Thomas Hardy playing the concertina. This was, interestingly enough, during the 2008 Christmas Revels production in Cambridge, MA, which was inspired by Hardy's "Under the Greenwood Tree." The Mellstock Band was part of the production, but I don't recall whether it was Dave Townsend or someone else who mentioned Hardy in connection with the instrument.
  18. There's a member of c.net by the same name as the seller (djangojessie). Perhaps she (?) will show up and give us further details, though it looks like she hasn't been here since July. jdms
  19. The first thing we (or those who have far more expertise than I) will need is photographs: both ends, a side view or two, and (if you're feeling brave, since it involves removing the ends) of the reed pans. Also, whereabouts are you? There might be someone near you who'd be willing to take an in-person look.
  20. ...and in case you're thinking "well, dagnabbit, I said it was a Hohner in the subhead, why's he rabbiting on about Stagis?" I believe some Hohner concertinas are in fact re-badged Stagis. The numbers: 48 buttons, 96 reeds, no idea what 8L means. It might indicate its range; if not, there's nothing here to tell us whether it's a baritone or a tenor. Too late anyway, if it's this one. Unless, of course, you're the winning bidder... jdms
  21. There is, it seems, A Thing happening in Somerville, MA, on September 17th. All I know is what the Facebook event page says: Dunno whether I'll be going--we expect to have a two-week-old (give or take a week) baby at that point--but it looks like it could be a good day. Joshua Mackay-Smith
  22. "Rosin Up Your Bow" (or "The Good in Living"), by Steven Sellors. jdms
  23. ...which has since appeared on Anglo International, done by John Kirkpatrick. jdms
  24. Here's an interesting thing... jdms
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