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  1. Thanks for finishing this.  Beautiful, start to finish.  More beautiful with multiple hearings.  I hope you'll go slightly mad over new projects to come.

     

    I enjoyed the contrasting versions you provided.  They are so different (dynamically) that I suggest different titles are needed:  For the first, as you have it, "The Light in the Darkness"; for the second (churchy), "The Darkness in the Light."

     

    Thanks, again!

  2. I am a newbie with a Wheatstone Maccann duet.  I've started this journey with Rutterford.  By the time I completed the 6th exercise, I was beginning to feel comfortable with the fingers being more or less attached to specific rows of buttons.  But then in exercise 7, "Preliminary exercises for the independent working of each hand" suddenly the fingers were no longer attached to a specific row, but shift: for instance, left hand finger 4 playing a bass clef "C" and then shifting to finger 3 for the "G" in the same row of buttons.  I was disappointed at having to do this, but, like the good Borg I am, I will adapt!  

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  3. I'm days away from age 71.  I've just taken up concertina (Maccann duet) and bandoneón and guitar.  I  am hoping that by age 90 I'll find the time to add arch-lute and pipe organ to my schedule.  But until then, I anticipate no problems asking questions here ... or anywhere else.  Musicians are kind.  Good luck!

  4. Thanks for the suggestion.  Maybe ... in the dead of winter ... when the garden and the house are no longer beckoning for my attention ... and ice sheets the ground so that the dogs would rather stay inside ... I might find the time for such a project.  Lots of great recordings here!

  5. Thanks, of course, for this wonderful resource.  Selections seem to be playable one-at-a-time as you click each link.  Is there any way to download these and place them on a disc so that multiple pieces may be listened to without the need to sit at one's computer?

  6. Thanks, everyone.  Thanks to Mr. Yagi and Mr. Crossland, County Clare is on now its way to Adamstown, MD.

     

    And thanks, JimR,  for the alert to Gary Coover's videos -- lots to listen to and enjoy!  Would be nice if he were playing a Maccann duet instead of an Anglo.  I have to say that as I've gotten deeper and deeper into the Br'ar rabbit of Concertinatopia, it seems that the most popular instrument is an Anglo ... more books, more recordings, more players.  I could be wrong about this as I haven't explored the German or Italian neighborhoods yet. 

     

    Joe Bartl 

  7. Takayuki YAGI, I would love to  buy the 6-CD Clare set as well as "Masters of the Concertina" but in order to checkout you have to login to your account.  When I try to establish an account I always end up getting a "403" error: "cannot connect to this site on this server".

     

    Any solutioon to offer?

  8. Thanks, Don  Taylor.  Neither in on US Amazon.  I've ordered from Amazon UK.  These look great!

     

    Joe Bartl

     

    Edit: Oh, right!  I should have noted in my previous message that "Amazon" refers only to US Amazon.  Didn't think of searching UK Amazon (duh!).

  9. Thanks, folks.

     

    I’m listening to Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Leveret, and Dapper’s Delight on Spotify and will likely make some purchases.

     

    Ralph Jordan’s “Eloise” is being sent to me by the very generous Geoff Wooff.

     

    I’ve ordered a copy of Tommy Williams’ “Springtime in Battersea” from discogs.

     

    Haven’t found any Percy Honri recordings (though there may be some 78s?) … however, there are videos on YouTube.

     

    Will explore what I can find of John Watcham (Book only on Amazon, nothing on Spotify, 4 videos of music from his book on YouTube, seems to play on a number of albums on discogs, through he doesn’t seem to be front and center on any of them), John Kirkpatrick (lots of recordings on Amazon and Spotify), Brian Peters (seem to be many albums on discogs), Andy Turner (“Love Death and the Cossack” on Bandcamp, “Songs Of Thomas Hardy's Wessex” on discogs, “audinarymusic “ on Soundcloud, many Magpie Lane albums on Spotify and Amazon), Jody Kruskal (albums on Amazon and Spotify).

     

    Ordered Patterson Jordan Dipper’s “Flat Earth” from discogs.

     

    Thanks for all of the great suggestions!

     

    Joe Bartl

  10. JimR, I've located music by all three and will enjoy (and learn) from all of them. Thanks.

     

    Maccannic, Thanks for the suggestion.  Ralph Jordan and "Eloise" seem to be entirely unavailable on the web.  I found Jordan's defunct site where the album is listed, but it is, well, defunct.  I'll keep an eye out but doubt I'll find an opportunity to hear this.  But thanks.

     

    Joe Bartl

  11. I'm a concertina "newbie", a category I expect to inhabit for at least a couple of years.  I recently came across a couple of wonderful LPs of Bertram Levy playing an anglo concertina.  I'm wondering if folks could suggest other concertina-centric LPs or CDs (hopefully findable for sale on discogs)?  While my own path is along MacCann lines, I'm open to all concertina albums.  Thanks!

     

    Joe Bartl

  12. In the case that this may be of use to someone, here is what I’ve found.  Most important is a blog article by someone named “Alessandro”:  http://lavozdelbandoneon.blogspot.com/p/bandoneon-4-tassonomia.html.  There is an English translation here: https://www.besodetango.com/wp-content/uploads/how_to_identify_an_old_bandoneon.pdf.

     

    According to this article, my bandoneón, model name “Cardenal”, was made by the firm of Ernst Louis Arnold (ELA, 1864-1959) in Germany for export to Argentina.  The model is described in the article as “Medionacar ‘Jugendstil’ second type”, which is to say that it has a medium amount of mother-of-pearl and is the second of the Art Nouveau styles.  Year built?  I would have to see the inside of the soundboards for a date stamp … but I’m not willing to go there.  From what I can make out in the article, this was likely built during the 1930s, possibly 1939 and possibly for Hohner.

     

    I’ve also found on YouTube a series of beginner lessons by Brett Lemley called “Learn Bandoneon” (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC__dMWj9WtGQwNtE7dXZKzQ).  He uses the Ambros method.  I’m hoping this will be a good place to start.  Sadly, it will be a long haul before I can play a tune.

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  13. Thanks, David Barnert, for the good advice.  I enjoyed David Cornell's voice and personality on the video.  I especially appreciated your added remark comparing an English to a violin and a Duet to a piano -- a succinct way of saying what I had concluded about these.  So, yes, despite the anticipatory screams from my bank account, I've decided on a duet: I'm looking at two Lachenals (MacCann) I've found online, one with 62 keys ("fully restored") and the other with 63 keys (1916 edeophone, "plays well").  I'm waiting to hear back from the owners.

     

    Thanks, Richard Mellish, for the sage advice to try out various instruments before deciding.  As I live in semi-rural (we are turning into a suburb) western Maryland, there is little opportunity to try various concertinas.  Having decided on a duet, I would love to be able to try the different duet systems (MacCann, Jeffries, Hayden, Crane) but that seems utterly impossible.  It seems MacCann is the most popular and so that is what I am aiming at.

     

    Meanwhile, I've dragged out an old bandeneón purchased many years ago and almost immediately put in the closet because I found it too daunting: 71 buttons, like an Anglo each button has a different note for opening or closing, and with the notes in no discernible order.  Though I have started pushing and pulling, it will be years before I can get a tune out of this thing.  I am counting on a duet concertina to be much easier. 

     

    Thanks, again, for taking the time to respond to my request for advice.

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