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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. Hiya I've been playing a great concertina that has a wonderful sound, great reeds and in need of no improvement. The problem I want to believe is me... The reeds of this instrument take more strength to push and pull the sound from than my main instrument. I am assuming if I strengthen and build up the muscles that I use to push and pull my ability to get some music out of the challenging instrument will improve. Does anyone have any experience with strengthening exercises for concertina playing? I assume it is the pectoral, lats etc.....? I can imagine a lot can be achieved using rubber band exercises.? Any stories, thoughts or ideas? Thanks, Richard
  2. Hello I am looking for a nice sounding nice playing and nice looking 20 button or more Anglo for an elderly lady friend of mine who is very enthusiastic to get her hands on her own concertina. She has a limited budget and I am guiding her towards finding a concertina. Anyone? Thanks, Richard
  3. This is a beautiful sturdy, custom made miniature concertina case. It is covered in a very supple soft leather. I have to call it luxurious. The latch is magnetic. It is very light weight. It is in good condition with hardly a blemish.. The interior is a very soft suede-like material. It is not blocked, as can be seen in the photo, so it can be blocked to fit a new instrument. One of the inset hinges is a bit loose but the lid still holds on well. It should be easy to stabilize. The photographs are not exactly the true colors. The color of the dark leather is a very dark brown (almost black), and the contrasting handle and latch are a light brown. DIMENSIONS: Exterior: height 4.75" length 7.75" depth 5 7/8" Interior: height 4 7/16" length 7 1/16" depth 5 1/16" $75.00 (or best offer) plus shipping
  4. Hi I have a wooden ended Lachenal which has some small cracks that go all the way through from the front to the back. They are stable and seem pretty solid and not too fragile. What are some (easy) ways to stabilize the small cracks? Would a drop of crazy glue for example penetrate and function as a strengthener for this type of crack? Or...what else. It is on a part of the end that might receive a finger tap sometimes. Thanks, Richard
  5. Excellent...Thanks
  6. Hi Does anyone have a high res. digital image of a Lachenal label that would be displayed in the cartouche (oval) on the ends of an instrument. I am acquiring an instrument that needs one and I'd like to try fiddling around with the image to make it look authentic and glue it in. Thanks, Richard
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    C#/G# Carroll price reduced

    Hi Folks This concertina has been sold. Thanks
  8. Hi Am I unusual in thinking that people should think twice about adding gratuitous and off topic commentary to certain types of conversations here. I am referring to a for sale announcement that I currently have here on C.net that has inspired people to contribute to the "conversation" with various notions about pricing for concertinas and whether to buy new or not new instruments etc. I think if people want to contribute their spontaneous insights and ruminations concerning the topic of buying/selling in general it should be in a new thread. Richard
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    Carroll C#/G# Anglo concertina (small model)

    Hi Doug Someone may not pay more for even a 6 year old instrument. But... I believe a 6 year old instrument is on its way to improving with time and being played. Rather than a car, for example, which is in its best condition when purchased new with 0 miles, and the value diminishes from that point. And... I believe there is a value to getting an instrument (assuming you want it) without waiting approximately 12-15 months for the newly ordered one. Richard
  10. Hello folks I have decided to downsize a bit and am offering this fantastic quick playing and rich sounding superb instrument. It is #131 that was made for me and delivered after a 3 year wait in 2013. It is a 30 button Anglo concertina in the keys of C#/G# with amboyna ends and plain black 6 fold bellows. The current Carroll Concertina website description: Our Small instrument is 5 5/8" across the flats of the endplates and is available in either the Wheatstone or Art Deco endplate patterns. The base price on our 30 button (plus air) Small instrument is US $6250.00. Our small instrument plays a little faster than our standard model but also requires a little more bellows movement to achieve the same air pressure required to drive the reeds. This does not mean that it is harder to play - it is actually easier to get the notes to sound, but it does run out of air quicker than our standard model. It is ideal for single note, fast Irish music but is not the best choice if you need the instrument for significant accompaniment work. If you primarily play fast Irish music with the occasional chord here and there, and you don't have large hands, you will probably prefer this instrument over our Standard model. I am asking $4,500.00 (obo) plus shipping This includes a very sturdy standard style case (home made) Carroll C#G# beeswing a hp.mp3
  11. Hi I am curious if there any concertina players here who have had to deal with Carpel Tunnel syndrome. I seem to have been diagonosed with it as I successfully recover from a repaired index finger extensor tendon repair. My symptoms are a numbness/pain on my left hand. I am now considering the Carpel Tunnel release surgical procedure which seems to be very successful usually. Any other personal stories? Thanks, Richard
  12. Hello In this article about a photographer's photographic documentation of old Jews,(many Holocaust survivors) in Miami Beach Fla. I found this cool photo of folks playing music in public. Notice the old gentleman with the English concertina. Here is a link to the article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6792139/Unearthed-pictures-capture-elderly-Jewish-community-Palm-Beach.html RG
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    In praise of a good hard case

    old saying... "A hard case is good to find"
  14. Hi Folks Yes I recently did damage to my index finger extensor tendon. I will be having a repair this week. I am trying ever so hard to be hopeful and not despondent! Any encouraging personal experiences out there?? Thanks, Richard
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    20-Year Anniversary of Concertina.net

    Congratulations Paul! Concertina.net has helped me so much. Lots of information, fun and mucho sexy concertinas. Richard