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    Chatty concertinist

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    Folk Music, and Baroque Music. Developing keyboards for Concertinas and Melodeons that enable ordinary folk, who (like myself) are not virtuosos; to play easily in a multitude of different keys on the same instrument.
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    South-west of England

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  1. You should get in touch with the - International Concertina Association - (ICA), they have a web site . Most of their members are English Concertina players, who are mostly classical rather than folk orientated players. When I first started playing concertina, in the sixties, (Anglo, coming from Melodeon), I asked Father Kenneth Loveless, (the then President of the ICA); who I knew through meetings of Morris Ring, EFDSS courses, and Sidmouth Festival; about the ICA, should I join ? However he told me that practically all the members were classical music reading English Concertina players, and as an ear playing Anglo player, I might not have much in common with them. It wasn't until many years later when I had taken up a duet concertina, that I finally joined the ICA. I am not decrying the ICA who are now much more open to all different kinds of music, and have many more Anglo and Duet players than they ever used to, but I think that you (McDouglas) might enjoy the meetings or weekends of one their associated groups. Inventor. P.S. On playing at the Albert Hall:- At the Tango Concert, the penultimate night of this seasons Albert Hall Proms, I was disappointed that the Bandoneon players were practically drowned out by the totally unneeded full orchestra behind them. Inventor.
  2. Corrected spelling of Harry Geuns, Found his website from "concertina makers" on concertina.net. Inventor.
  3. Harry Geuns recently (probably about a year ago) offered to make a batch of Hayden Squares. He also makes Chemnitzers. He needed about ten people to sign up to buy one. About five or six showed an interest, but not enough. It will be on this web site somewhere if you wanted to follow it up. It took me 20 years to sell the first batch of Bastari Squares. I would be 100 by then. My mother made it to 95, but I doubt it if I make it that far !
  4. Unfortunately there are security issues surrounding the whereabouts of valuable instruments. No matter how much you might insure an instrument for, you may still end up at the bottom of a seven plus year waiting list for a replacement. Inventor.
  5. Made by Robin Scard. 1 offs by H Crabb & sons (the very first), Nicoli of Moscow, Marcus of Wales, Connor, and recently a small one by Alex Holden; I hope he will make more. There were also conversions made by Neville Crabb, and Dana Johnson. I attempted a conversion, years ago when I very first had the idea, but didn't end up with a playable instrument. I Have written about this instrument several times. Inventor.
  6. My instrument goes up to an A (same as the top note of a full sized piano-accordion, 3 semitones below to top note of a 48 button standard treble English concertina). The amber bellows metal button concertina goes up to the G a tone below mine, and only down to a G (the same as the bottom note of a baritone English concertina). Inventor.
  7. The black and white are not for my benefit, as I had previously played instruments with all the same colored buttons. They were to clearly show how the key of C sat on the instrument. Then to demonstrate that by moving to the right you added sharps (and lost the farthest leftmost white buttons), or by moving to the left you added flats (and lost the farthest rightmost white buttons). Inventor.
  8. The instrument is similar to the one shown. but with a few more buttons. These buttons are black and white like the keys on a piano, so that I could easily show people how the system worked. Inventor.
  9. I am playing the concertina pictured. The reeds are real concertina reeds, lowest is an F a tone below the G mentioned. Tune is Speaking Waltz, which I learned from a Peter Kennedy recording of the Donegal fiddler John Docherty. Sorry about the bad ending. Inventor.
  10. That looks like a really really good selection of buttons. Will have to find out what iPhones and iPads are ! Inventor.
  11. Yes this is a double reeded instrument (octaves), accordion reeds. This instrument is discussed elsewhere on concertina.net. I had a batch of them made by Bastari in Italy. Inventor.
  12. Simple answer is "no". I am not very good at electronic things. However I have seen many people sitting in front of me with recorders at WCCP concertina weekends, so there must be many recordings of my live performances somewhere. One particular recording that I remember from a time when I was at my best on on my 68 button instrument, was a 4 part harmony of the first part of Handel's "Overture to the Royal Fireworks". Inventor.
  13. inventor

    Advice, please.

    Have a good look at Alex Holden's metal capped button making on his website. The next to last cap size looked good to me, but maybe I am being greedy ! He does mention the possibility of just one extra tool to finish up at 6.35 mm. The 6.25" size across the "flats" is a really nice size for a concertina; anything much larger than 8" can be a problem. Steve Dickenson fitted 46 buttons onto the 6.25" size instrument, which is just about the minimum needed for a really useful Hayden duet. Inventor.
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    Advice, please.

    Regarding button size: I can only recommend, but obviously cannot control what makers and manufactures actually produce. As pointed out even for my personal instrument, 6mm was as big as Colin was willing to go. Button Box do do large (but not flat top) buttons; and Concertina Connection do do flat top (but normal size) buttons. Makers are set up with tooling to produce buttons in quantity, and duet concertinas are just a small sideline to their main production of English and/or Anglo concertinas. Steve Dickenson has tooling to make the small hemispherical metal top buttons, inherited from the original Wheatstone factory. I don't personally like these: however when he offered to make me a complete batch of 10; I naturally jumped at the chance. This led me to more experimentation on the size and shape of the buttons. With the Elise that is the standard button size for all the concertinas that Concertina Connection have made in China. Inventor.
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    Advice, please.

    I have absolutely no difficulty playing BOTH fourths and fifths with one finger. On my larger (68 button) Hayden duet I can play every fourth AND every fifth interval that falls within the compass of the instrument, with only one finger. The rows of buttons are closer together (9mm), than the usual column concertina distance (11mm). On this instrument I have large (6mm) flat top buttons, the centers of which are 12mm diagonally away from the buttons that are both a fourth or a fifth higher and lower. Most standard column concertinas have smaller buttons (usually 4mm); so all in all the span is about the same. I am sorry to be so pedantic; but I did an awful lot of work to arrive at the optimum sizes distances and angles, for my type of concertina. Inventor.