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  1. Hello I know people remove rust from steel reeds in the process of restoration but is there a level of rusting and a length of time after which the rust will ruin or compromise the quality of the reed? Thanks, Richard
  2. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Colin-Dipper-G-D-Anglo-Concertina-/251181958065?pt=UK_MusicalInstr_Keyboard_RL&hash=item3a7b9c83b1
  3. Hi Dirge Unfortunately your book of music won't be maximally useful to me. I appreciate the thought. I just did a minimal research and new minidiscs are available. This machine is not really obsolete or anachronistic. I would consider some form of folk art, papier mache, ukulele, cotton Hawaiian shirts, art books, concertinas....etc. Thanks folks, Richard
  4. Hello Since nobody seems interested in putting out cash for this working but obsolete technology I would be interested to trade This minidisc recorder for something interesting/musical/whatever. Let's be creative. Richard
  5. Hello Daniel, I think your verbal descriptions are good and useful. For Irish traditional music, in Fintan Vallely's "Irish Traditional Music" which is like an encyclopedia there is a section on the concertina that breaks down the different styles according to counties. It is interesting to read about it but I think the best way to learn about styles and the music is to listen. I think the question is best answered in aural form. Richard
  6. Hello Aogan

    My name is Richard, I live in San Francisco. I picked up somewhere that you do skype lessons. Is that so? If it is I might be interested. I am not sure if my internet connection is fast enough but I could find out. How do you arrange this sort of arrangement and what are the details?



  7. Hi Wally I wish I could be there. Have a great time at Marydale. Richard
  8. Hello friends Thanks for your advice. After many attempts I have finally fixed the problem. Which means I got the button and spring working as they were before I screwed it up. I still want to lighten the pressure a bit more but sometimes pleasure is the absence of pain.I'll leave it as it is for now. I ended up bending around the top hooked part of the spring and also the bottom part that lies on against the board so the hook wouldn't be up against the button and so the spring wouldn't interfere with the pivot. And, no hard feelings about all the short-arm comments. Thanks Richard
  9. Hello I think Wally Carroll stated on his website that they are making 6 sided (modern, padded) cases and that they might be available for order, not just for your new Carroll instrument. Richar
  10. Hi Malcolm I am not a beginner either so what does that make me? FLUSTERED... I didn't mean to insult amateurs it's just that I left the situation worse than when I found it. I think the spring is caught up on the rivet part. But I just thought I'd fish around for useful general advice about the short arms. They are tricky. Thanks, Richard
  11. Hello I am trying to lighten the pressure on a button with a very short arm. I only made it worse, it doesn't close now and the reed is a constant sound. And I didn't even lessen the spring pressure. I am such an amateur. Does anybody have advice for working with a very short arm? Thanks, Richard
  12. FOR SALE: SONY MINIDISC RECORDER. PRICE: $65.00 PLUS S&H ....or MAKE ME AN OFFER This is a Walkman NET MD WALKMAN MZ-N707 TYPE-R MDLP It is working perfectly. It is about 9 years old and makes very nice quality recordings of live music or whatever. It was very lightly used once every year at NHICS. It is no longer compatible with my computer operating system so I had to replace it with a digital recorder. I have used this for recording music lessons and it has been a great tool. More information @ http://www.epinions.com/specs/Blank_Media-All-Sony_MZ-N707_MZ-N707 ALSO INCLUDES: • REMOTE CORD • USB CORD • AC ADAPTOR • HOLDER WITH CORD SOCKET • USER GUIDE BOOK PLEATHER "CASE" Please contact me by personal message... Thanks!
  13. Hello Hi, I just uploaded my latest you tube effort. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for listening, Richard
  14. Hi Steven What I do. 1. Listen to a recording of a tune I like and want to learn, many many times. It is going well when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't stop the tune from swimming in my head. 2. Using "amazing slow downer" software I learn first the a part,then the b part. I do this phrase by phrase. As I am learning how to play it on the Anglo concertina I am figuring out the best fingering (which notes..to push or to pull). I guess you don't have that step! 3. Once I know how to play the notes, and know how the tune should sound I very patiently play it over and over again until the playing is in my fingers. Over time you might move towards getting it up to speed. 4. Over time I hope the tune can turn into music in my hands.Playing along with the original recording is helpful. Richard
  15. Hi I don't think your concertina is what would be referred to as vintage. Vintage usually refers to instruments with concertina reeds. The main makers were Wheatstone, Jefferies,Lachenal, Crabb, and few others. Some Wheatstones were made into the 1960's which could be called vintage. It sounds like a good starter instrument. I hope you were implying your spent much less than $400.00 for your Rigoletto. That will get you to good start. Richard
  16. Hi If you want the best "deal" I think you are looking at this potential acquisition from the wrong perspective. Any reputable merchant should give you good value in general as opposed to a bum deal. I think the best way for anyone looking for a good value is to know what you are looking for as in knowing what type,and maker, and from what manufacturing period, is the one you want. As someone new to concertinas educating yourself about concertinas and what would be the optimal instrument for you (with your budget), seems a much more important priority than getting a few dollars off the asking price of something that happens to be available at that moment. If you know what you want (that can sometimes take years) then you will be fortunate and grateful to eventually find it.Whether you pay a bit more or a bit less will seem not so important if you have an instrument you love and you understand why you love it. My own experience is a good example. For my first real concertina I asked the dealer for a Wheatstone, and he had one. But I didn't understand enough to ask for or look for a Wheatstone of a specific period of manufacture. I got an instrument I liked very much. But in retrospect I realized how green and naive I was about the instruments. Richard
  17. Hi I don't have too many and each one is bit different in size and,spring pressure,and reed playing character. I find moving from one to another and having to adjust to each one helpful to my playing in general. Richard
  18. Hello As I have played longer and improved I have gradually had my spring pressure made as light as a skilled crafts person can get it(while still keeping the pad from leaking air). I think that is optimal. Your fingers learn to just kiss the buttons, and not have to use more muscle force to "press". I think it is optimal with the lightest pressure. "Speed of response" I believe is a different issue. Isn't that determined by the quality of the reed and the way it is set up in the shoe? "Speed of response" I believe is how quickly the reed responds (making sound) to the smallest amount of air pressure.So the better reed the sooner it will start to sing when air moves passed it. That is why better instruments with better reeds can be played with a greater dynamic range because they will sing with even the softest(smallest)amount of air pressure. Please correct me someone. Richard
  19. Hello I have bought a few concertinas from England through international bank transfers. Everyone looses money probably with all methods of transaction through wild exchange rates, fees, and whatever they want to do to you. With a bank transfer there are a few numbers you need to supply to the buyer. One is your bank account number, and I think there are 2 or more other code numbers that your bank can give you. You give these numbers to your buyer and he/she makes an international transfer from his bank to your account. Maybe paypal is cheaper (or not) when all is said and done. When purchasing or selling the money is sent first, cleared, then the instrument is shipped. Richard
  20. Hello My theoretical thinking in this line of thought is that: Once the button has been depressed to the point that the pad has lifted, any further movement down until the button stops is wasted movement and wasted time. I am not in search of some secret or short cut path towards mastery, skill, or playing faster than good music demands. I think the goal should be to be able to hit the buttons and have enough control and "touch" to kiss the button and not have it travel more than is needed. Although I asked my teacher and he (as I recall) implied that he presses the buttons down till they stop. Richard
  21. Hello I am wondering if having a shorter button travel distance helps or hinders playing on an Anglo and/or English concertina. Part of me thinks having all the buttons set to travel half the distance that is normally set would increase the potential speed of playing. Does anyone have experience with this sort of arrangement? Thanks, Richard
  22. Hello Geoffrey Thanks for all your worthy advice and the diagrams are a big help too. It seems so simple. I'm on my way home to try it. Richard
  23. Hello I have problem with a spring which insists on being parallel with the action arm, and not perpendicular to it. The real issue is that the arm is very short and the spring end, where it is wound into a circle, is touching the pad, and the spring is also rubbing on the rivet. I put a little pin into the board to prevent the spring from touching the pad. But isn't there a better way to prevent this problem? Thanks, Richard
  24. Hello Compacting the felt bushing inside the hole worked. Now I have another problem with the spring swinging parallel to the arm which is very short. The spring contacts the pad and rubs on the rivet. I will post this as a new posting. Thanks, Richard
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