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  1. Hi Ross, Having played this Concertina for a few years, I have never had any problem with the ergonomics, despite having long fingers myself. As I pointed out above too, being a player of Wheatstone Aeola English Concertinas too, I am well used to this shape, which may well be why I prefer this design. Visually, for me at least, the raised ends are much more appealing & i have never found this design to be a problem. In fact, if there was actually an ergonomic problem with this design, I'd be very surprised if Suttner wouldn't have heard about it by now, researched it carefully & discontinued this option for his metal & wooden ended instruments. Cheers, Dick
  2. Hi Rod, As someone who has played Aeola Wheatstones for a number of years, I simply prefer that shape over flat ends, on any Concertina. Some wooden flat-ended Concertinas to me sometimes look almost concave, which I know is just an optical illusion, but when given the option, I'd always go for raised ends. Cheers, Dick
  3. Just posted! Suttner A2: C/G Jeffries type Anglo Concertina with raised ebony ends! Cheers, Dick
  4. Very kind of you to say so. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Cheers, Dick
  5. Hi, Thought some folks here might like to check out 3 wee videos I took last night. They are of my friend Sam playing Northumbrian Pipes along with myself playing my 62 key Baritone / Treble English. #1 ~ Wild Rose #2 ~ Salmon Tails #3 ~ Leaving Lismore Cheers, Dick
  6. Sorry maki, I'd only just met Alan & didn't want to be rude by suggesting I record us, or him, playing. However, I will make a point of recording us playing something together on them, when he's over next year. Cheers, Dick
  7. I was lucky enough to meet up with Alan Jones from Scotland, last weekend in Limavady, Co. Derry. He was over playing as a guest, with his band Haggerdash, at the Roe Valley Folk Festival. Anyway, on the 2nd day I took over my 1923 62 key Wheatstone Aeola Baritone / Treble English Concertina & I got a rare chance to play it alongside that of Alan Jones, who plays a 64 key instrument. It was lovely to see these two beauties side by side. ... See photos below. Cheers, Dick
  8. Due to financial constraints I am reluctantly having to sell my treasured old Jeffries Concertina. It was first bought on the 26th of June 1899, by one Albert Canacott {1881 to 1956}, new from Mr Charles Jeffries & signed by himself ..... & I actually have the receipt! When Albert died, in 1956, it passed down to his son, who you can see on the right, in this old photo. It cost Albert the princely sum of £7 & 7 Shillings, although on the day he actually only laid down £2 & 2 Shillings. However, the only other time this Concertina ever actually changed hands for money then, was in 2010, when I bought it from Albert's Grandson. Neither Albert's son, nor his Grandson, ever learned to play this instrument, so it has only ever had two 'playing' owners. As it is in old pitch too, I haven't actually played it very often in the past 4 years, so there's a lot of life left in this old dog. As well as Albert's Receipt, signed by Charles Jeffries himself, I have his little old Concertina Book, which contains detailed drawings of all the notes & how to play a number of scales, which is fascinating to see. Sadly, Albert's whole company was killed in a Mustard Gas attack, during the first World War & as they were clearing away the bodies, they actually found Albert, still alive under a pile of bodies! Can you imagine how that must have felt, being the only survivor! Needless to say, he always had trouble with his lungs after that, but still managed to reach the ripe old age of 75! To give you an idea of just how gorgeous the reeds sound, here are a couple of videos of me playing this Concertina. Reels, Polkas & a selection of tunes myself & a few friends played for a TV show, set in our local session pub. Two Reels: Set of Polkas: Rathlin Air, Turfahun Barndance, Kate marie & Rathlin Reel: I have posted some photographs below to give an idea of the condition of this instrument. The original case, receipt & Albert's old book will of course be included in the sale. As I have said, its present pitch is between present day G/D & Ab/Eb, so it could be lightly tuned either way. As the reeds are in their original state, they will undoubtedly be in excellent condition for such a re-tune & so will still maintain that gorgeous tone that you only get with a quality vintage instrument like this. The bellows are also original & I have just never had the heart to replace those, especially as it plays so well, as it is, but if this Concertina is going to be played seriously, following a re-tune, then new bellows would be required. Other than that it is in excellent shape for an instrument that is now about 115 years old. For the lucky buyer, this will probably be a once in a lifetime opportunity to get their hands on such an exquisite instrument, with those gorgeous Jeffries Reeds in original condition, not whittled away to thin, pale, weak & wasted versions of their former selves, as is the case with so many old Jeffries out there today, that have sadly suffered a number of re-tunes over the years. So, I would ask anyone who is seriously interested in this instrument, to contact me privately for more information & I will be happy to discuss the finer details with them. The photos posted below are relatively small, but larger ones can be sent by eMail to anyone who is seriously interested. I would prefer to sell this instrument in Ireland, as I have no intention of posting it. In any case, I would like to meet the new owner in person, which would also give them an opportunity to actually check this Concertina out for themselves. As is the custom, I am offering this instrument to the Concertina family of players here, but if a buyer is not forthcoming I will, of course then post it for sale by auction, on eBay. Please enjoy checking out the photos below. Cheers, Dick * * * * * * * * * * Now here are a few photos of this lovely Concertina. #1 - The receipt, dated 26th of June 1899 & signed by Charles Jeffries himself: #2 - The Concertina with its original case: #3 - Right Hand End: #4 - Right Hand End: #5 - Right Hand Reeds: a #6 - Right Hand Reeds: b #7 - Left Hand End: #8 - Left Hand End Reeds: a: #9 - Left Hand End Reeds: b: #10 - C Jeffries stamp on both ends: #11 - The Jeffries by Candle Light: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
  9. I heard this gorgeous tune for the first time, just last week, at our wee session in Ballymoney Co. Antrim & straight away I knew I just had to learn it. I'm playing it here on my Wheatstone Baritone / Treble English Concertina, Fiddle, Mandolin & Whistle. A Waltz for Kylin Cheers, Dick P.S. That Session has been going now for 3 years, so I just posted this video, using Waltz for Kylin as the soundtrack, showing photos taken during our sessions, so far. As you'll see, we've had a good variety of instruments over the years. Scotch Nights in Ma~Kellys ~ the 1st 3 years!
  10. Did anyone else see the Wheatstone on Flog It tonight? It made £2,200 ~ anyone here the lucky new owner? Flog It ~ 18:27 Cheers, Dick
  11. Well I can assure you, Ceemonster, that it won't get a minute to gather any dust in its new home. Cheers, Dick
  12. Never fear Snorre, it was snapped up by an excellent musician & I'd be very surprised indeed, if it doesn't feature highly in a future CD by this great player. Cheers, Dick
  13. For the record, this terrific Concertina was reserved within 5 mins of me posting the details on the Irish Concertina page on Facebook & snapped up, within 24 hours! It has now found an excellent home in Dublin, where it will be well played & looked after by an expert musician. Cheers, Dick
  14. This Concertina has been sold! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I believe this to be a late C19th / early C20th instrument. It was one of a collection belonging to the late Chris Chipchase & although he had a number of Jeffries, this was his favourite. It is a beautiful looking instrument, very loud & very easily played with the characteristic bark of a quality Jeffries Concertina. The reeds are all in tune & the bellows are only a few years old & are like new. To hear this Concertina in action, visit my site: Concertina Tunes from North Antrim: http://angloconcertina.podbean.com/ I would prefer to sell this instrument in Ireland, as I do not wish to send this it by post. However, although I live on the North Coast, I am willing to travel to meet the lucky buyer ~ half-way. I bought this lovely Concertina about two years ago, but for the past year, due to a muscle problem in my left arm, I have been unable to play more than a couple of tunes, on Concertina or Fiddle, at any gig or session. Despite Physio. this problem refuses to get any better, so rather than just gathering dust here, I have reluctantly decided to let this one go on to a new home, where it will receive much more deserved playing attention than I can or will be able to give it. A few members here will perhaps remember this instrument, including anyone who bought any of the other Chris Chipchase Concertinas & anyone who knows me, or has bumped into me. It owes me £4,000 & I have no desire to make any profit on it, I only wish it to go to a good home. I won't be putting it on eBay, so the first genuine matching offer will secure this fine Concertina. Cheers, Dick
  15. Spot on Malcolm, that was them alright. Thanks. Dick
  16. Last weekend, I was rather surprised to find this Morris Team in Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh. To be honest, I was surprised to find ANY Morris team in Ireland! For more photos from this great wee festival, check out their Facebook page. Cheers, Dick
  17. I had thought that, just maybe, our short lived group, The Sons of Usnach, might have been the first to use Scottish Smallpipes & Concertina in their line up, but it turns out that The Clutha beat us by some 6 years. Anyway, here's a photo of us, back in 10983, running through a few tunes before the big gig, in the back garden of my Gardener's Cottage at Inverallan, Grantown on Spey. We are L to R: Duncan Dyker {Fiddle}, Ruairidh Morrison {Flute}, Dick Glasgow {Concertina, Banjo & Mandola}, Hamish Moore {Scottish Smallpipes} & Sabine Glasgow {Harp}. Here we are on stage at the Dingwall Folk Festival, 1983. I could be wrong, but I don't think that little guy on the front row, was our only audience that day! Cheers, Dick
  18. From so many years of playing in very cramped conditions, in the corner of tiny Pubs, Irish Concertina & Box players have been forced to develop this technique of using very little air in their bellows! You will also notice that Fiddlers tend to point their Fiddles towards the floor. This is to save space as well, but also means that they are able to stab the Flute player on their left, with their Bow, because he or she is probably dripping saliva all over their left trouser leg. Cheers, Dick
  19. Promo Videos for Suttner that's on eBay right now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt8MyqEnQNg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKUSRtNliZ8 Cheers, Dick
  20. My lips are sealed Chris I think though, the good old days of Top of the Pops, showed that it's clearly a lot harder to mime playing, than to simply play the instrument, at least if you want it to look convincing. Back then I think the Drummers were the only ones who pulled it off. Cheers, Dick
  21. Just for the record, the Sheet Music is now up, on The Session, for this tune. Sheet Music: Maurice Duncan's trip to Ballycastle Incidentally, following a couple of requests from fellow musicians, I posted another video of this tune, over on Vimeo, this time featuring video clips of me actually playing the instruments. Vimeo Video: Maurice Duncan's trip to Ballycastle Cheers, Dick
  22. Just for you Michael, I've posted that other version with more Concertina in the mix! See above! Cheers, Dick
  23. Glad you like it Michael. I'll see if I can rustle up another version, featuring the Concertina in a slightly higher profile. Cheers, Dick
  24. We had Oban Fiddler Maurice Duncan over here last week for a wee holiday & we all enjoyed his playing so much, that I was inspired to write this wee 4 part March in honour of his visit. On the video I'm playing my Wheatstone Baritone Treble plus Nyckelharpa & Mandolin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MucLxeRT6FQ Cheers, Dick
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