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ScottC

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    I play fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and a dozen or so other obscure instruments in a Bluegrass/Old Time/Celtic/Folk band called The Delivery Boys. I'm working on adding the anglo concertina to the band. Just started learning to play a year ago but am making good progress since I traded in my clunky starter box on one of Frank Edgley's machines.<br><br>I also build mandolins, guitars, and fiddles in my spare time, with a thought toward making this a retirement business some day.
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  1. Can someone post the names of the tunes he's playing? I know they're alll common session tunes and I've heard them many times before, but my mind is like a steel trap... rusted shut.
  2. John, It looks like some blushing has occurred around the screw holes. That happens when moisture or humidity gets into or beneath the clear lacquer (or polyurethane, I'm not sure which Stagi uses). Unless she took it apart and kept it in the bathroom, I doubt anything the previous owner did caused this, it's more likely a manufacturing defect. I started out with a Stagi, and while it didn't have this particular defect, it had plenty of others indicative of relatively poor manufacture. It served well enough to get me to my next instrument though. If it's a lacquer finish, blushing is relatively easy for any luthier to fix, just spray on another coat with a little retarder in it and it will go away an reseal the edges around the screw holes. Poly is harder to fix. I doubt if it's worth the trouble to mess with it. Scott
  3. What a hoot! I routinely see the same rant on violin and mandolin boards, except there the $8000 that's being lamented for a Jeffries is just a small downpayment on a decent hand-made instrument. How about Lloyd Loar mandolins, $100K and up, and a good number of them are locked in humidity controlled cabinets by collectors and are NEVER played.
  4. I am also only an hour out of Lansing, so I would attend if I didn't have a conflict with the date.
  5. "Off to California" learnt on a 20 button Stagi, all on one row, not knowing any better. When I played this in front of an accomplished player, he remarked, "well, that's one way to play it." I've since relearned it on 3 rows. Much better that way.
  6. Mine's a cartoon I drew of a concertina-playing oppossum dangling from a tree branch.
  7. Ah, My last post was beaten by Mr. Morse's discussion, which answers most of my questions.
  8. Follow up question: If a reed were to be removed from it's plate or frame and handed to an expert, could he tell if it was an accordion reed or concertina reed? There are an infinite number of ways to produce a given note with a reed by varying the length, width, thickness, contour, elastic modulus, and density of the reed material. Are accordion reeds typically larger and thicker?
  9. "........ 6) Mounted on reed plate vs. mounted on reed frame ........ 7) Individual mounting vs. 2 or more per plate " OK, but again, this is the mounting method, not the reeds themselves. From all I've heard, and consistent with Frank's post, it seems to me that the major discriminator is whether the reed was made by an accordion reed maker. Perhaps it's not so much the reed that gives the concertina the distinctive "barking" sound as it is the design of the instrument and the way the reeds are implemented?
  10. I own one of Frank's concertinas and have been very impressed with its tone, volume, and playability. That having been said, can someone enlighten me on the exact difference between an accordion reed and a concertina reed? It seems to me there are only 5 variables that can differentiate the two, to wit: 1) Dimensions of the reed 2) Shape of the reed 3) Material 4) Heat treatment 5) Method of mounting to the reed plate Seems that any other difference would be in the reed plate or pan rather than the reed itself. Am I off track?
  11. I'm one of those lucky people who kill wristwatches just by wearing them. I don't rust them, they just stop running, or sometimes run backwards, or two seconds forward, one second back. Happens every time, although only with mechanical watches. Must be an excess of animal magnetism. I have no effect on quartz crystals, thank goodness. So far I've not noticed any untoward effects on the concertina mechanism. If it suddenly starts playing backwards, I'll let everyone know.
  12. Apparently someone has a stock of new concertinas made in Africa and is offering several for sale on eBay. See link below: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...3718060010&rd=1
  13. Jim, Long delay, I've been on vacation. Our Grey is hand raised, 14 months old and fearfully smart. He almost always associates phrases correctly, even anticipates things that are about to happen. For instance, if I go to the refrigerator, he does a perfect imitation of a soda can opening, at 7:15 every morning he starts saying "bye bye, be good" because he knows that's when I leave for work. But he doesn't do it on weekends. How does he know what day it is? He orders the dogs around and chastizes them and he LOVES to join in with the band during rehearsals. He knows and asks for many different kinds of food and if you give him something other than what he demands, (different things on different days) he usually tosses it. I think there's a slight chance he may be spoiled.
  14. 1) Building F-5 mandolins, guitars, fiddles, and furniture 2) Trying to find time to practice the instrument collection: Fiddle, viola, mandolin, banjolin, concertina, B/C accordion, guitar, bass, bouzouki, uke, puerto rican cuatro (it has 10 strings, why is it called a cuatro?), and other assorted oddball instruments. 3) Being the sound and recording man for our band. 4) trying to manage 3 little dogs and a grey parrot with a bigger vocabulary than me. The parrot loves to join in band rehearsals, imitating the instruments. When we banish him for failure to keep proper time and key, he sulks for days. Used to play on a traveling tennis team, but gave it up due to demolished ankles and shoulder. A mile wide and an inch deep, that's me.
  15. check out the freebie acrobat session sets at this link: Paddy O'Brien's Sets
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