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About McIsog

  • Birthday 02/02/1962

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    Sailing, fishing, biking, time with my family and of course music
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    Evanston, Il USA

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  1. Morris dance tunes- what else? That is funny...
  2. Lep, Last time I checked the local instrument tool supply they were out of stock of concertina lever crimpers and rivets. ;-) So here is what I did to fix the broken lever on a Jonesy I have: Bought some bronze flat guage strips from a local artists supply; Cut them to length spec; measured, marked and drilled them where the rivet should go; used a small piece of hard bronze wire; held the wire in a vice while I hammered one end flat; removed the wire from the vice and sanded it smooth; cut the rivet to be to length; sanded again; assembled the mess; set it up on a small anvil and hammered the open end of the rivet. Hammer too hard and the lever won't lever. I bought the hammer and anvil at the same artist supply I got the bronze parts from. The drill I used was just a Dremel tool set up in a small $40 Dremel tool drill press/jig (nb - 20 yeara old price). Have fun, go slow, budget enough material for a practice rivet kit or 2, it was easy! Dan
  3. Ed, Is it the same size as a Dipper Clare? And was that an Auction or Set Price sale? Dan
  4. LDT, Forget wisdom, your design is cool. Life is short. Have some fun and Go for it! Dan
  5. M, Here don't you really mean 'tinkerer' as in the noun usage of the word tinker? Also defined here.. If Lisa wants to sell her concertina for a mere $275 by all means let her do it. This thread was started in the Buy & Sell section of the forum wasn't it? Good luck Lisa, Dan
  6. Tom, Buy an old lachenal with Brass reeds. (Or a Jeffries with Brass reeds for that matter). Then you don't have to worry about your reeds rusting. Dan
  7. If my car is an unnecessary luxury - how am I supposed to get around? And why is it different for the yanks? Hey Woody, It is different for the (us Yanks because you have efficient, fast, modern rail systems. We let ours go. But our corridors are vastly larger than yours... So it cost us a bit more to keep them up. Instead of maintaining rail - we chose to build the Interstate system - Eisenhower. Our dense national highway system. Some cities maintain large metro rail systems (Chicago, NY, San Francisco). But those are really few. I take the L every day to work on Chicago. Fast, inexpensive and predictably unpredictable. Dan
  8. m, Great photos! (even if they are not yours) Dan http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/2095/marketstreetau6.jpg Good and orderly public transportation in San Francisco. Who needs a car? http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/9613/ch...o19098bely9.jpg not so orderly, but still, who needs a car?
  9. God talk about pushing buttons - OK OK OK Quality has nothing to do with it either!!! That should add another 22 posts to this thread - LOL! Sorry, this was meant as a reply to a PM from topic starter. Probably doesn't belong here. Please pardon my newbie enthusiasm (and technical ineptitude) Hey thanks for the update - No Problem - and nothing personal, its all in a days fun.
  10. Scott, Perhaps you could post a sound file - some scales and a tune or 2 either up to a post here or on YouTube? It might help to get people hearing it. Dan
  11. God talk about pushing buttons - OK OK OK Quality has nothing to do with it either!!! That should add another 22 posts to this thread - LOL!
  12. Vintage instruments have vintage parts. And IMHO - they may lack the speed, tightness and sensitivity of a new (built in the last 20 years) instrument. I have a whole pile of concertinas 1/2 new 1/2 old and what the old ones have in honk the new ones beat them out in tightness and sensitivity. My favorite 'new' instrument is the Tedrow Zephyr. Its the size of a Jeffries 30 key, very loud, very sensitive and fast.
  13. Bob, A friend of mine builds them. He lives in the Chicago area. Everyone around here buys them. Check out his website: Mike Quinlan Drums Best build quality. He lays up the shells himself. Tell him Cusick sent you. Oh and he made a Square Concertina. Gave it to me to finish. I'll post some pics - eventually. He made it years ago - Dan
  14. The upper concertina has some color, finish and condition differences between the various pieces of wood used in it. Almost like the top piece of fretwork was replaced by a 'new' piece of rosewood which has not yet aged to the darkness of the rest of the piece. In the lower photo the condition, color and finish of the materials look consistent. Even if it Is a Jeffries - looks to me like the fretwork has been replaced.
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