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  1. Resurrecting this thread for a similar problem: I've had a button break across the hole for the lever on my 1953 Wheatstone Aeola. It's a seldom-used button, so its loss doesn't affect my playing, but that also makes it a bit surprising that it did break...there's another visible crack in the plastic, so I'm thinking I ought to inspect all the buttons to see if any of the others are about to let go. It could be that I'll need to replace not one but several buttons.

     

    So: Concertina Spares is a proven source, but overseas (I'm in the Boston area). I have an email in to Doug Creighton at the Button Box, but in case he doesn't have anything handy, does anyone have any notions for a source of replacement buttons that I can get with only domestic shipping charges?

     

    Joshua Mackay-Smith

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    By the way thanks again for the ride to Amherst. Hope you got a lot out of the workshop Have you tried any of the tunes?

     

    Bertram

     

    You're most welcome. I'm still adjusting my practice routine, such as it is, to the presence of a baby in the house, so I've had little opportunity to implement what I learned in the workshop and what awaits me in your book. The direction in which it all pointed looks very promising indeed, though, and I expect great things.

  3. I don't think the Central hole in the reedpan has any specific tone controling use, perhaps it is just there for the convenience of putting your thumb in, so as to lift the Pan out of the bellows.

     

    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.

  4. Gorgeous portrait. All color coordinated.

    Beautiful!!!!

     

    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. And the suggested date of manufacture of 1870 is much too early. The Macann system was patented in 1884 so it must have been made between then and the mid 1930s when Lachenal went out of business. The serial number 8448 strongly suggests that its from near the end of that period.

     

     

    Theo, on inspection of the images on the nice big monitor they give me at work, I believe that serial number is 2448.

  6. Gorgeous portrait. All color coordinated.

    Beautiful!!!!

     

    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?

  7. I'm kind of a novice with concertinas, so I don't mind showing my ignorance -- I thought the Morse "Ceili" model concertina was a 30 button.

     

    ...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...

  8. Need I ride from boston. Is there anyone in boston going to the workshop that could give me a ride on Saturday morning March 3?

    thanks

     

    Bertram

     

    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).

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  11. ...the seller doesn't seem to be aware that they're unusual.

     

    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

  12. 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.

  13. ...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

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