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  1. 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
  2. Congratulations Paul! Concertina.net has helped me so much. Lots of information, fun and mucho sexy concertinas. Richard
  3. A Bandoneon is a concertina. I hope you find yours.
  4. Hello I seeking to locate and possibly purchase a semi-miniature Anglo concertina by makers Lachenal, Wheatstone, or Jeffries. I would consider 26 buttons to 30+ buttons. I am thinking of instruments that are 5" or less from flat to flat. Thanks, Richard
  5. Hi I would have to say after attending many Noel Hills workshops that not only are novices/beginners accommodated they will experience positive encouragement and validation. Starting off with Noel's approach and strategies will give a person a great and useful start on playing Irish music on the concertina, no matter what scales or systems one later evolves towards. In other words a beginner starting off with Noel will be at a great advantage. Richard
  6. That is a very cool and sweet sounding instrument. Here is a photo of my (semi) mini Lachenal 26 button. It plays great and sounds very nice but from the recording yours sounds better. Richard
  7. Hi Could you describe this instrument more please. Is it possible that you meant to write Bb/F, instead of B/F#? Thanks, Richard
  8. Hello I am familiar with this software company and have some of their useful apps which I like. What probably happened is you downloaded one of their apps and didn't notice a checkbox that allowed you to not accept more of their software with the one you were deliberately downloading? Is that possible? Richard
  9. I found a definitely possibly (1950s) concertina sighting. These might be some lovely ladies of Clare, and there could be two concertinas in there!? Happy new year. Richard
  10. Hello Here is a cool photo of Keith Moon (drummer of the Who) playing what seems to be some sort of Anglo concertina. It seems to be covered in Mother of Toilet Seat. I have cropped out the topless women surrounding him at the party or event. Here is a link to see the original photo FYI. https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/900_wide/public/media/keith-moon-nipples-danny-fields-billboard-2014-650x430.jpg Richard
  11. Hello I apologize if this has been discussed before(I couldn't find such a discussion) but what is the mechanics of how concertina reeds go out of tune? The idea doesn't make sense to me. If a reed is in tune when leaving the original shop how does it get to the state where it needs metal (mass) removed from it in order to sound the same frequency it originally did? What is wrong with me? Richard
  12. Hello Folks I want to offer my unsolicited public appreciation to Greg Jowaisas for the skilled and effective work he did on my Dipper Clare concertina. My concertina is just about 10 years old now and for the past couple of years has been on it's way towards needing a tuning. Lately I could really hear the problem with my own tin ears. I sent him my concertina and he not only tuned up my instrument taking with great care and respect with the Colin Dipper reeds, but also checked the setting of all my reeds, and changed all the valves. I can really hear and feel the difference and improvement on my wonderful Dipper concertina which I thought couldn't be improved more. Thanks to Greg! Richard
  13. This is a Fabulous Glamorous golden bag (leather?)That I found and intended to turn into a fun concertina case, but I don’t have the time or skill level to do it properly so I would like to pass it on. Included are cut-to-fit cardboard tubes with a fitted wood bottom and top that give the bag the strength it needs to protect an instrument. It is ready to go but the interior, I think, could use some finishing/padding to make it complete. It seems to be large enough to fit most regular size concertinas. The external measurements are approx. 8” diameter and 8” height. (In the U.S) $40.00 including shipping
  14. Hello How do we know that it is time for a tuning? I want my instrument to be in tune but I don't want to have scraping and filing done on reeds that need to last many lifetimes. My Dipper is almost 10 years old...are new instruments expected to need a tuning at some point like an automobiles 50,000 mile tune up? Richard
  15. Hello Folks I just finished another week (my 13th) attending one of Noel Hill's (North American) concertina workshops. I attend the west coast version near Portland, Oregon. I just wanted to share what a remarkable experience it was and how invaluable it has been for me by enhancing my skill level, musicality, and taking me deeper into the heart of Irish music. Noel does not hold back sharing his technique and artistic wisdom towards helping his students/friends move forward in their individual journeys with the Anglo concertina. The atmosphere in Noel's workshops is one of generosity, patience, love for the music, and a lot of good humor and laughter. The opportunity to hear Noel play both in classes and especially in a concert for his students is always a stunning experience that knocks me on the floor emotionally, and inspires me in my own musical journey. I have been attending Noel's workshops for many years because it is an opportunity, that as long as I am able, I must seize! Obviously I am recommending studying with Noel for anyone who is passionate, interested,or just beginning to explore playing Irish music on the concertina. Studying with Noel as a real beginner is an especially wonderful and smart way to start off by benefiting from Noel's particular and long tested technical approach, no matter what direction each player may take later on in their music making. Here is a link to his website with information about Noel and his workshops. It should soon have updated dates and locations for Noel's 2017 workshop schedules in the USA and in Ireland. http://www.noelhill.com/ Richard
  16. Hello One of our members put a link to a video which is one of over 100 on youtube from the TG4 program "Hup". They are very well done capture a bit of ambiance as well as music. There are two Noel Hill (with Tony Linanne and Alec Finn) as well as other concertina players available. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl2k7KJFINjm3MiSAYTxFTA
  17. Hi Roy Is there a possibility of posting a sound file of this interesting instrument? Richard
  18. Hi folks For those interested in any recordings that Mary MacNamara releases she has a new Cd with her daughter Sorcha on fiddle, and others. "The Lady's Cup of Tea" here is a link to her website shop: http://marymacnamara.net/shop.html Richard
  19. Hello From my experience most Edgleys should be play as "fast" as many traditional and high quality concertinas. Its the accordion reeds that distinguish them from the traditional instruments. Although I understand that Frank Edgley does make instruments with concertina reeds now. I would think a Suttner would be in the general price range of many other makes of wonderful traditional concertinas, vintage and more recently made. A nice older Lachenal could be a good choice and be less pricey. Perhaps an adjustment to the spring pressure to lighten it up would help. Maybe Frank Edgley could do that for you. Practice can help to speed up ornaments and facilitate articulateness and subtlety. Richard
  20. Hey Here I am in Guatemala, hiding my concertina face.
  21. Hello The cat in my photo Ruth Goldberg, so far isn't put off by the noise of the concertina. But my dear departed cat would sit sleeping in a chair directly in front of me for hours while I played without offense. Richard
  22. Hello friends Please don't hate me or send me off to Coventry for posting this endearing photo of our new adopted 9 year old kitty who finds comfort wherever she can. Richard
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