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    Play English Concertina in a Ceili band and the Baltimore Open Band for contra-dancing. Trying to learn the fiddle.
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  1. I play mostly ITM on the EC in Baltimore, Maryland. I yam what I yam. Mike
  2. If you are into contra dance tunes a lot of which have some concertina in them ( and they are fun to listen to) check out this link http://www.contracast.com/
  3. I'm at lunch so I can't read all of the replies carefully so these folks may have already been mentioned and they are Edel Fox (anglo ITM), Rachel Hall of Simple Gifts (EC, world music) and Sarah Graves (EC, various genres). They may not be full time but they do earn some money from their playing.
  4. Martin Quinn (button accordion) and Angelina Carberry (banjo) are having workshops in Baltimore Md from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on July 26th, 2009 before their concert that evening. Martin said he would welcome concertinas to his workshop. These folks are very good Traditional Irish Musicians. For information about the workshops or concert go to http://jpatricksallstars.com for more information.
  5. I had a wonderful time last year, but this year I am afraid I am workbound. I will try again next year. Hope everyone as a great time. Mike
  6. Just thinking….while reading about all the wonderful instruments that the Cnet group own and play, I noticed that many of the birth dates of these instruments put them harms way through two world wars. Watching the latest documentaries of WW II, the loss of life and property is almost beyond comprehension for me. In many ways these instruments are the survivors both musically and physically. While watching the California forest fires I wondered which items I would grab from my house if I had only 5 minutes to evacuate. Two of my concertinas are about 100 years old and it amazes me to see how well they work even after a hundred years, with many more years to go. Mike
  7. I also enjoyed the music and meeting new people ( especially the C-netters). I think the moose song would make a sailor blush! Ken Coles, thank you for making my decision for me. I was going to buy the fiddle at the end of the weekend if no one else did. The way I look at repairs on a fiddle is that the repairs prove that folks in the past have deemed the fiddle worth repairing. That is a good thing. Now you can come to all the Joanie Blanton fiddle weekends in Harpers Ferry. The trip home was interesting, I avoided the detour but while listening to my new CDs I head east on the turnpike instead of west where the next exit was 26 miles away. I don't make emergency u-turns on the turnpike since the ez-pass could go into its "does not compute" mode and charge me for the whole turnpike or make me a fugitive once I exit the turnpike heading in the wrong directiion. What would I answer to the state policeman if he asked me if there was anything dangerous in those square cases in the back seat. Mike
  8. Robin, it will be good to see you again! Unfortunately, since Irish Arts Week in 2005 I have probably added more to my waistline then my repertoire. It will be fun to meet a bunch of new folks also. Mike
  9. I'll be there for the first time and I am looking forward to it. Mike
  10. For what it is worth, my Lachenal New Model EC has a lot of sea time from when I was in the Merchant Marine in the 1980s. I actually bought it in NYC while looking for a ship. I called every music store in the City that I could find and only one shop (Accordian-O-Rama) had a vintage concertina. But with only 16 to 24 crew (all working 12-16 hr days) on a large blue water ship, playing any kind of music is pretty much a solo affair. Size was a main factor for taking a concertina to sea. In my cabin I would play it inside a sweat shirt or pillow cases to keep from waking any of the watch standers. Once in a while I would go up inside the focsule to play but the trip up forward at night could be risky and I was always worryed that the mate on watch on the bridge might hear some of my musical ramblings and mistake them for some nautical emergency.
  11. I agree with Jim, I have all the volume I need on the Microvox. You could make sure that the 9V battery in the box that the two mics plug into is fresh. I am not sure if I get plugged into mixer board through a preamp since I don't handle the sound system but that might be something to check out also. Good Luck
  12. Before you mic your concertina I would suggest recording yourself from the opposite side of the room. I know when I sit across from other concertina players it is amazing how loud they can be. Folks tell me they can hear me fine even though I don't think any sound is getting out at all. I do like the idea of putting the micro-vox mics on small arms, I should try that with mine and reduce some of the mechanical noise. Geoff, if you do go with the micro-vox, small arms that can be moved in or out to each side of the concertina should give you a method of volume control without touching the control box. Mike
  13. Robin, the site looks good. I can see how it could really get huge. Your timing may be just right. Glad to see your back home. Mike
  14. Just a thought, many say that the birth of the Anglo as a ITM instrument came from the fact that the Irish musicans could not afford the English system so they settled for the cheaper Anglo. Using that logic I guess pretty soon the English Concertina will become a major ITM instrument since none of the Irish musicans can afford an Anglo. Mike
  15. The raised ends are found on the "New Model" which is considered a high end Lachenal produced before the Edeophone became the next high end model. At least I think that is the time line. Miike
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