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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 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Hi Why elasticity? Something we all must ask ourselves eventually. Because of the scale of my miniature Lachenal the straps rest along the back of my hand, more toward the wrist. They tend to slip down towards my fingers and I loose the leverage I need. I have tried some golf product to make the backside of the strap have more traction and stick so it doesn't move while playing. That hasn't been satisfactory. I just have a hair-brain notion that a stretchy material might be something to try. Richard
  7. Hi I am investigating methods for getting better control of my miniature concertina which already has leather straps. I am wondering if there is a stretchable material that could be utilized for straps. I need something that has bit of "holding on to" quality (stretchability) to help stabilize the instrument better than the leather straps. Does anyone have specific suggestions of materials for this purpose? Thanks, RIchard
  8. I think I would be hired not to play over zoom!
  9. Hi Jim


    Richard here.


    I am curious about the Edeophone Anglos.

    Would you mind sharing with me what yours was like. I know they must be very pretty. How was the sound and playability? 






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    2. Mark Davies

      Mark Davies

      I play a 40 Key Lachenal Edeophone Anglo with metal ends in the keys of G#/D#. It was purchased by me from Bonham's in London some years ago. It is the only genuine Lachenal  Edeophone Anglo I have ever seen. Its in a Lachenal leather case containing the usual Lachenal  label. The right hand end contains the words " Edeophone Anglo Lachenal & Co London WC"in the usual cartouche while the left hand is engraved with the number "1860" It is not one of the batch that was subsequently acquired and marketed by Wheatstones. I showed it to Stephen Chambers in Ireland some time back.I will try to post some photographs.


    3. richard


      I'd love to see a photo or two.





    4. Mark Davies
  10. I found a very cool, charming and delightful 19th cen. British Silhouette work. I suppose the player is using an Edeophone? Is it saying something of the class system as well? https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/hegarty-fine-art-and-antiques-auctioneers/catalogue-id-srheg10019/lot-d51735b0-c0b3-4f04-9cf1-aba700dbbebc?utm_source=auction-alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=auction-alert&utm_content=lot-image-link Richard
  11. Hi Is there a vender of concertina parts who sell very very light springs? I have one spring that I have tried to ease the pressure on but it doesn't seem to have much room to improve. Richard
  12. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Bernie+Geraghty
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