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Marcus

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  1. After swapping a few reeds around I have a result! It's a little rough (like my playing!) but it feels great to have built it myself. There's loads of adjustments to make and it can only get better. How do we post audio within the forum?
  2. That's really good to know Ken! And it explains the fact that I couldn't force anything that even resembled a tune out of my instrument!
  3. So I finished assembling the instrument and now the real work begins! I'm sure that a couple - if not all the reeds are in upside down! At least it sounds that way! I only had one drone note which was very surprising but it's a bit breathy at the moment. I'm sure there will be plenty of tweaking going on over the next few weeks and months.
  4. Placed my order too - looking forward to hearing the Australian and South African recordings the most!
  5. I'll bet you are Ben! It's a beautiful instrument and Koot certainly does it justice!
  6. So the very first fancy bend I was attempting ended in disaster and I have a snapped lever! Hopefully spares will be on their way soon!
  7. Looks very much the same as mine! I used Danish Oil. Installed the chamois gaskets and reed pans. Riveted the levers to the posts and am about to start assembling the action. I think my rivets may be a little too tight, so adjustment may be necessary. Laying out the levers on the action board is proving to be quite the puzzle! I am in awe of the craftsmen who turn out the beautiful instruments we play! I'm sure mine won't be quite the same quality!
  8. I agree - Mick Bramich's book and cd are great. I also found Frank Edgely's book to be a really good introduction. John William's DVD was really good also.
  9. More recently I've been listening to a lot of Boer concertina. There's some great stuff on YouTube and some wonderful recordings by Danie Grey on iTunes.
  10. I love Mary Macnamara for her gentle flowing style and recently Jack Talty and Cormac Begley's duet album. I listen to William Kimber for his crisp rhythm. I really enjoy Michael O'Raghallaigh's heavily chorded Irish style - the best use of chords in Irish Trad! Recently iVe been listening to a lot of old time fiddle and banjo, probably due to Jody's influence. Spires and Boden have some great tunes with real bounce.
  11. Does anyone know if this recording is available digitally?
  12. One more question! How much ink did you end up using?
  13. "Yoda-like wisdom"! LOL That's exactly the kind of information I was looking for! It's tempting because the kit is expensive to over think each step of the process and the light hearted way you've approached it is really eye opening! I will endevour to lighten up! I'd love to see a photo of the color you achieved with the ink.
  14. Did you use water proof india ink? Which brand was it? I'm going to have to order some so I might as well go with tried an tested! Were you worried about warping of the wood due to the water content of the ink? Did you stain the ends before assembling the instrument? Sorry for all the questions - just new to finishing wood and I REALLY don't want to screw it up!
  15. Any concertina related visitors are welcome in Bermuda! I'm sure I could find somewhere to put you up!
  16. How about a picture? How did you apply the india ink? Are you going to wax it to finish it off?
  17. Very nice David! Two very talented players!
  18. Don't forget your dues for International Concertina Association membership. If you're not a member you should consider it. Well worth the nominal fee to support a group which actively promotes concertina playing in all forms. http://www.concertina.org/ica/
  19. So I began assembling my Clover kit last night. No it wasn't a drunken idea after an evening of revelry! I've been taking pictures at every step and will post these once I've formatted them for the web. It certainly makes you appreciate the skill of the craftsmen who build our wonderful instruments from scratch. Gluing preformed pieces is proving to be enough of a challenge for me with my limited DIY skills! I can't imagine forming all the pieces and designing the instrument itself! It's a great New Year project and hopefully the end result will be musical! Happy New Year to you all!
  20. I hope we all have a healthy and prosperous New Year. Let's hope we all get a little better and if not we enjoy the noise we make all the more!
  21. Merry Christmas to all the squeezers! All the best for the new year!
  22. I'll be contacting you regarding staining the ends of my Clover kit! It's maple/sycamore and I'm no carpenter!
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