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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. I think I would be hired not to play over zoom!
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Bernie+Geraghty
  11. Hi Dave My Lachenal miniature is 3.75 across the flats. It isn't the smallest mini but it is very versatile and useful. With an air button. It has 22 buttons and I can play a large portion of my normal repertoire on it because of the range. It is in D/A and has the equivalent of the C# on the right and the G# on the left. It is also fitted with (easily removable) straps and handles. Randy Merris included it in his paper on miniature concertinas. I love playing it, and the sound it makes. It does improve my air usage skills because of the limited bellow capacity. Richard
  12. Hi The hard wooden case keeps the bellows compressed. It couldn't be any smaller. The other bags are for temporarily carrying the mini around at my work with old folks and people with dementia.Having a light weight bag that protects the instrument enough is useful for carrying the instrument around and having it ready at hand to put a smile on someone's face, Richard
  13. Hi I find this concertina (and button box) performance astounding and supremely delightful. I think Liam O'brien is really getting at and expressing so much of the wonderful qualities and character of what a concertina can do. I really admire his fluency and musicality.
  14. Hi I love your efforts. I have been obsessed with making containers, bags and receptacles for my miniature Lachenal since I got it last July. It is for practical reasons but also seems a bit like a concertina related obsession that I can't explain, but makes me more of a mystery to my wife. Richard
  15. Hi I think having 30 tunes under your belt is the good time to set a new goal of polishing those tunes to your strict aesthetic musical standards. Really working and focusing on individual tunes in all aspects of playing it better will then be reflected on all the other tunes you play and hope to play. imho The repertoire will get bigger organically over time as you discover tunes you want to feel between your hands. Richard
  16. And when substances are removed from the reeds wouldn't they sing a slightly different frequency of sound? RG
  17. Hi When I saw this item on ebay I felt a twinge of deja vu. https://www.ebay.com/itm/183-Brass-Reeds-Beckwith-Pump-Organ-Antique-Used-Parts-Crafts-Upcycle-Repurpose/153703236444?hash=item23c96d435c:g:VdAAAOSwe2ZduLDI:sc:USPSPriority!94121!US!-1 Richard
  18. From what I know I would say it is good to have 1/4 inch of daylight between your palm and the handle when you pull your hand away from the handle. That would be with average size hands. I know a player with very large gorilla hands and he has a lot more. You would want all your fingers to easily access the respective buttons that they are assigned to push, on all 3 rows, especially your pinkies on the outer lying buttons of each side. Richard
  19. That is a stupendous performance on your video and you get a lot of music out of that concertina. Richard
  20. Hi Linda I'm sorry for your loss. There are a few variations on the arrangement and specific notes someone might have on their concertina. Especially a Dipper which originally was custom made to the customers request. Attached is my own layout chart for my Dipper. You can start with the chart sitting in front of a piano with the concertina and check out and match each note up to the piano notes. You could share a photo or two of your husbands concertina to maybe get more information, and because people here love to see concertinas. Richard
  21. I have a 22 button metal ended Lachenal (miniature) in D/A, and it has a very lovely tone and the pitch does not feel shrill. I have recently tried a C/G piccolo .......Now, that was shrill like an angry baby. I'd love to hear Barleycorn's D/A for myself. Richard
  22. Hi Susanne May I say I feel you are over thinking this decision. Noel is one of the great concertina players and has also been truly devoted to teaching people of all ages all these years. His love, respect and knowledge for the deep roots of Irish traditional music, styles and past players is vast. To study with him is a great opportunity for a concertina player of any level. I have been in Noel's workshops (and lots of other teacher's) and of course he offers instruction in the manner and approach that he knows. But his system or approach is really based
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