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About richard

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 02/12/1956

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    Painting & Drawing, Concertina, Irish Music, Working with people with dementia
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    San Francisco, California, USA

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  1. Hi I have been careful to make sure my hands are dry after "sanitizing" them before I pick up a concertina. I am concerned about damaging the finish on the wood or metal. Am I being over protective? Has anyone else had a problem, or concern? Richard
  2. Michael Eskin who I believe is on this forum created the concertina app for ipad etc. His app has concertina samples so maybe he could offer some help.
  3. Hi I am saw this Wheatstone English concertina sell on ebay. Though I am not an expert I thought such an instrument must be a very very early model and would have a much higher value at auction because of it's historical significance, rarity, and all the other qualities it probably possesses. Would someone with more information comment on the results of this auction. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Concertina-musical-instrument-c-wheatstone-regent-039-s-street-london-squeeze-box-/203295832804?ul_noapp=true&nma=true&si=k5ADKgpX4c9mIQadV3FGrvYS
  4. Hi I never thought that Michael was trying to undermine the efforts of the seller, or that he did undermine anything. I think there is the potential on this type of forum for contributors to unfairly negatively influence a potential sale for the person posting the ad. If I had a question about the quality or pricing I think a private message, in this context is more appropriate. Richard
  5. I have heard that Cage's music is much better than it sounds.
  6. Hello Please pardon my flinty-ness. I appreciate everyone's enthusiasm and curiosity. The main point is that when someone is trying to sell something I feel asking them to rationalize the price and explain themselves in general works against the purpose of that specific type of posting. I have been in that position. A discussion on the topic of pricing of instruments and comparative qualities of different makes and vintages is an interesting topic and I believe should be made in as an independent posting, so not to complicate or even undermine someone's atte
  7. Hi I am startled at clueless responses to for sale ads that offer comments on prices especially, but also on other notions that might be a reflection on the writer's inner dialogue but offer nothing of interest or use to the topic, and in this case reveal the writers lack of knowledge and/or experience with the subject. If everyone who saw a for sale ad and felt it is necessary to chime in on the thread to inform the world that they would not buy this item with all the reasons why, it would get pretty ridiculous and tiresome. I often think of an old Irish s
  8. Hi Mike (if you see this) You have an impressive group of "tortoise" shell instruments. Do they all share any particular quality of sound, playability or anything that distinguishes them, rather than just being beautiful and exotic (and unfortunate for the tortoises)? Thanks, Richard
  9. Hi I think "click" was the wrong onomatopoeic word to describe the sound that I attribute to a valve problem. What happens is that when I put soft pressure to play the note (on the push), as the pressure gradually increases there is a change and the volume gets just a little bit increased. When playing normally it is probably something no one else notices but I do. Thanks to all for the advice. Richard
  10. Hi Will a bad valve make a reed sound out of tune? I know I have a valve that needs replacing. I can hear the note have a slight "click" as I play it. I'm pretty sure it is the valve. But that same note seems a bit off compared to the same note while played on a different button in a different direction. Could a bad valve affect the tuneing, as I have heard? Thanks, Richard
  11. Hi I recommend John Williams. He is a renown musician and I believe he is taking on online students. I believe he is a member here. I'll double check and if not I message you privately with more info. Richard
  12. Hi FYI.... I seemed to have found a material that is working for my purpose. My mini concertina came with straps that are a thicker, stiffer leather which wasn't working well to "grip" the back of my hands. I just cut some straps using a much thinner, more flexible leather with the nappy suede on the other side. The key I think is two things: 1. The thinner suede has more surface contact with the skin on the back of my hand. 2. The thin softer suede has a certain stretch to it so that keeps the pressure, holding it to my skin with the help of the suede's nap
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