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  1. I would second Jack Hayward. Their rates seem competitive and a recent claim for shattered ends on a dropped concertina was handled with speed and no quibble. We have multi instrument, PA and 3rd party liability with them for a very good premium.
  2. I have sold two concertinas this year through this site and it went well each time.
  3. Christoph, Unfortunately it was sold some time ago. I Hope you find one elswhere. Dick.
  4. He said trad reeds and bellows. That is despite what looks like a printed set of bellows in the article. Coming soon, perhaps. Dick.
  5. That sounds very good. So..... what would it cost as a production-run instrument? If it comes out at a reasonable price it would be a very good starter instrument and would make the concertina much more accessible. I don't doubt that this method could be used for any type of concertina and could revolutionise the instrument by allowing easy experimentation with many variables. Dick.
  6. With his wealth I would have expected a better tina.
  7. I am on holiday at present but will do some experimenting when I get home and will report on the results. Set ups to be tested will be two spaced condenser mics, a singe mic located centrally above the bellows and also a single placed centrally in front of the bellows. This latter placing should help with the feedback problem as the monitors will be in a null point to the mic. When placed overhead and pointing down the monitors are on the edge on the pickup range of the mic with the attendant danger of feedback loops. The mics will be the previously mentioned Rode M2s.
  8. It could be that the Microvox has an omni-directional pick-up pattern so take sound from the monitors and the room, as well as the instrument, which tends towards a feedback loop. Mics like the KSM 137 have a cardiod pick-uk pattern which helps to reject any sound source except the instrument.They are also better quality than the Microvox which will also help with feedback rejection. In general quality (not cheap) mics will give better fidelity and easier set-up. An example of a bad mic is the tie-clip mic frequently used as a low cost guitar mic; they are a nightmare. If the gain is raised enough to get sufficient volume the feedback is horrendous. I have been doing sound for acoustic gigs for 30 years and my experience is that quality mics will give much better sound and be easier to work with. Having said that I have not yet experimented with amplifying the concertina but am currently looking at using two end-addressed small condenser mics on a T bar, one addressing each end of the concertina. By using good, sensitive units the gain does not have to be too high (which helps combat feedback) and the mics do not have to be so close that action and bellows noise become a problem. Before I get the small condensers I might try the Rode M2 stage condenser vocal mics that I have as their tight pick-up pattern and good sensitivity may well be a good indication of the suitability of pencil mics such as the Rode NT5s. Because the sound source moves as the bellows open and close any mic that needs close micing will suffer from volume variations. A good condenser mic, by virtue of its greater sensitivity, will allow the mic to be further away so reducing the perceived volume changes and even out the sound. An answer to the insufficient monitor volume, which leads to feedback when raised, is to use hard-wired in-ear monitoring. They are not as convenient as wireless units but are much cheaper and by eliminating the open monitor speaker they remove one of the feedback sources. Dick.
  9. The concertina now has a new home doon sooth. Dick.
  10. Currently I have what looks to be a firm offer so the 'tina is off the market. I will let you know if it becomes available again although I am worried about shipping to USA due to horror stories about CItes and Customs. Dick.
  11. Dowright estimates 1919.
  12. Hi Everyone, I have a Lachenal ebony-ended New Model Treble for sale. It was bought about seven years ago from David Robertson after tuning and a full overhaul and and has been little used since then. The tone is mellow, well suited to singing and though the action is fast enough for quick tunes it would not hold its own in a loud session. It is in very tidy condition with steel reeds, 5 fold bellows, concert pitch and original leather case. I am selling as it has been superseded by an Edeophone and an Aeola TT. If you are near Aberdeen (Scotland) feel free to come and try. £1550 plus shipping. Dick.
  13. Hi RJ, I also have a 56 key Edeophone extended treble and it is 6.5 ins across the flats. I expect that this will be the standard size. How are you getting on with yours? Mine is about the best concertina I have owned and very versatile; soft enough to sing with but with plenty of punch for a session. My aim now is to find a tenor treble Edeophone. I saw one in Cornwall recently and it was a beauty. Unfortunately the owner would not part with it. Dick.
  14. Another dating query. Edeophone extended treble, ebony ends, steel reeds, 5 fold bellows, sn 39825. New Model, ebony ends, steel reeds, 5 fold bellows, sn 57494. Many thanks Dick.
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