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Marcus

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  1. I'm in Bermuda? Fancy a visit?!
  2. Actually Jake - Willie van Wyk does not charge what some of the other makers charge for his concertinas. The South African makers can make you a real concertina for almost half what the other makers will charge you for a similar instrument. With import duty etc I paid just shy of $2800.
  3. Hi All - I have an 8 sided 40 button Willie van Wyk C/G anglo. It has traditional steel concertina reeds in brass shoes. 8 fold bellows with metal ends. Hook and spring action. It has a solid case. It was built in November last year. Is there anyone who would be interested in a trade for a G/D anglo? Ideally it would be a Morse Ceili but I would consider other instruments of similar quality. I have a Clover in C/G which I intent on playing when I want to play C/G but I'd like a G/D for the type of music I want to play. PM me if interested - this is a chance to acquire a "real" concertina made by one of the top South African makers without any waiting.
  4. Can anyone get this link to work?
  5. Piet was playing a Koot Brits Anglo. It's a 12 sided 40 button "Edeophone" Anglo.
  6. I've got mine coming - really looking forward to delving into it!
  7. It says it was composed by Tim O'Leary and dedicated to Mandy Murray. I guess I'll have to try to figure it out.
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpIKrHEYuvY
  9. And then the South African style with Piet Visser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_bW63U9R-k
  10. And for something different Padraig Rynne http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6usF6cClosw
  11. Watch Alan Day taming his bellows! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbOuqW2Xkyc
  12. I think that as far as bellow work goes there is a vast array of variations in style. I know the Irish players seem to barely move the bellows and this suits the style of music. The English style players tend to use much more exaggerated bellows movements to give the tunes more punch. The South African players are the best with the bellows shaking. Also - it depends on the instrument. Some of the new instruments are just more "air-efficient" than the older ones. Accordion reeds are very efficient - some concertina reeds are not as efficient and require more bellows. If you have an instrument with more bellows folds it can be more difficult to keep the bellows as controlled! At least that's my experience so far. On the Anglo-International CD there is a player who uses a four fold bellows which would be easy to control but short on air for some people. It's an interesting topic.
  13. Does anyone have the dots for the tune "Mandy Murray's" from the Anglo-International CD - great tune!
  14. Ah - but I know they've done it before!!
  15. I think If I was offered the right amount for the Willie van Wyk I would then order a Ceili in G/D -possibly with an additional drone button on the left thumb and an extra bellows fold to give a little more air for those deeper notes. Maybe I'll strike it rich and be able to have both!
  16. It occurs to me that rather than acquiring a C/G with more buttons I would have been better off picking up a G/D with the same amount! This is a wonderful instrument with real concertina reeds - steel in brass shoes. Eight fold bellows - metal ends. Hook and spring action that is responsive and quiet. If interested please PM me - I will not be listing this concertina anywhere else. I would keep this concertina, my Cover and my Stagi if I could justify the purchase of another concertina in G/D!
  17. Any chance of some pictures of the reed pans and action on these new Heritage models? I'd love to see and hear one of these!
  18. Here's a little rough recording of Princess Royal on my new 40 button Willie van Wyk Anglo. Needs work but it was fun! http://youtu.be/ctlg-Yuj8Mo
  19. I do search regularly for Konsertina and Boeremusiek. It was suggested a while ago and it reaped rewards!
  20. Hi Dirge - I was looking for the dots also. It seems that a great many of the tunes are available in a tablature sort of diagram. You learn the tune through listening and copying the rhythm using the buttons indicated on the diagram. I wasn't so sure about it - coming from a classical background it seemed odd but it makes committing the tune to memory easier. Ben Otto has been a great guide into the world of Boer Konsertina.
  21. I just purchased a wonderful 40 button Willie van Wyk C/G. It is a classic Wheatstone layout. I plan on learning some Boer tunes along with the English and Old Timey stuff I learn from Jody Kruskal.
  22. I love Boer style concertina music. The tradition in South Africa seems to be really strong. They use techniques that we don't see in other styles. The waltzes they play are some of the most beautiful I've heard. I particularly enjoy this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wcmkm5MevI Amazing playing!
  23. Looks like a great time - I really hope to be there next year. It's been a tough year for me.
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