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  1. Hello I am cleaning out my accumulation of instructional books. For the Bertam Levy book + 2 CDs (barely touched) I would like $15 plus $5 for shipping. For the others I will accept a total of $7.50 each (shipping included) Please contact me through Cnet message. Thanks, richard
  2. Hello I have just returned from a great trip to Ireland and I want to recommend a wonderful CD I found of Young musicians from East Clare who have been students with the great Mary Mac Namara who is a very influential musician and teacher there. "The album is a fundraiser for music exchanges with young musicians from other countries" "Unfolding" Young Music From East Clare http://www.custysmusic.com/product-info.php?pid737.html Thanks, Richard
  3. Hello I am selling the wonderful sturdy professional concertina case that came with my fantastic Carroll concertina. This is a very good looking and tough case, and in like-new condition. These were designed and made for Carroll Concertinas and as everything that comes from Wally it is superb. It is in a hexagonal shape which makes a lot of sense for an Anglo concertina. It has 2 front latches and two strong hinges. It shuts very tightly. I am selling this because It is externally very big for my small Carroll concertina, and I'd like to acquire a case that just fits the concertina to make it easier to transport.This case's interior is custom fitted for the smaller model and interior padding can be adjusted to hold a bigger concertina. The external dimensions: 7.5 inches tall 8.25 inches deep 9.5 inches wide It seems the interior has some base padding to which supplements are added so the smaller size instrument will fit snugly. The supplemental padding seems like it can be removed easily. Here are the approximate measurements of the interior with just the base padding. This should give you and idea of what will fit with the base padding. I can give you the interior measurements without any padding on request. Interior dimensions with base padding.(approximately) 6.5 inches high 7 inches deep 8.5 inches wide $200.00 plus shipping Please contact me through Concertina.net Thanks, Richard
  4. Hello I need to water proof a fabric so when I glue it to a surface the glue will not penetrate and discolor and alter the fabric. I imagine this is done when installing the lining of a concertina case, I am not making a case, but I thought someone here might have a hint on a product or method to do this. I thought maybe some sort of suede waterproofing product? Thanks, Richard
  5. Hello Two points: As concertina nuts we should be more understanding, AND it looks delicious! Richard
  6. Hi Here is my 26 button Lachenal "mini". It is 5.25" across the flats. The brochure you linked to, Jim,lists a 26 button smaller instrument as 5.5" accross the flats. I believe this one is from around 1900. It is very light and It really plays easily and is quick. The tone is sweet but I would say not quite as subtle as other concertinas I have played. It is a neat little box.
  7. Hi I have had some issues that arose after I was playing at a strange posture, I believe, and they eventually went away. One small recommendation: If you put your hands through the hand straps and the instrument is resting directly flat "bottom" side on the thigh.....well, then roll the concertina forward just a bit,so it is resting on the "point". You will see this will straighten out your wrists just a bit but creates more of a straight line for your tendons and carpal bits and all those parts that make your fingers work. This can't be bad in the LOONG run? Richard
  8. Hi I Know many Irish players use C# G# tuning. I am wondering why players choose this tuning? Does it go well with standard fiddle tuning? It would go well with C#/G# accordion. I imagine the reeds might play a bit faster than with C/G tuning? Any notions? Thanks, Richard
  9. Calling attention to this exciting news was NOT an invitation for a display of punmanship from our clever members!
  10. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/origami-condoms_n_3020314.html It seems to be a 5 fold model.
  11. These events are a lot of fun. Unfortunatley I work on Saturdays. Have a great time. Richard
  12. Hello I made a bid on this instrument (low) and after the sale ended I got an email from ebay saying to cease all actions, payments etc.!! Richard
  13. Congratulations to Frank! The Heritage concertina sounds fantastic! I will look forward to taking one for a test drive. Richard
  14. Hello This is a great clip of the Anglo, and Stan laurel. It seems that he isn't really playing the instrument in real time. BUT, I remember a few years ago on Ebay an English concertina was for sale that was said to be his. There was talk that he did play! Richard
  15. Hi Amy Welcome. I am in SF. There isn't a true concertina repair person in our area. For real work I have sent concertina to the Button Box in Massachusetts or Greg Jowaisas in Kentucky. I recommend both. There is an accordion shop/repair person in Oakland named Smythe who might agree to work on it. Call him and see, and see how long it would take. For your instrument I would consider the cost to ship it away and repair versus the monetary value of the instrument too. But your problem sounds like it could only need a simple tweak that you could do yourself.You might be able to see what is interfering with the pad or arm.It sounds like you have a minor mechanical adjustment to make to fix your problem and you can probably do it yourself, once you overcome your hesitancy about messing around inside your concertina. Good luck, Richard
  16. Hi Greg Much good health and good times to you and your wife. The closest thing I have to a pitchfork is one chopstick..so don't panic. Richard
  17. 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
  18. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Colin-Dipper-G-D-Anglo-Concertina-/251181958065?pt=UK_MusicalInstr_Keyboard_RL&hash=item3a7b9c83b1
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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?



  23. Hi Wally I wish I could be there. Have a great time at Marydale. Richard
  24. 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
  25. 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
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