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  1. DickT

    Dating A Lachenal From The Serial Number

    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.
  2. First advertised by Mikefule in February I bought this concertina to see how I could get on with a Hayden Duet. Unfortunately the result is the same as when I tried a Crane some 45 years ago so it is now back on the market. Still in perfect condition and very little played it was originally owned by an elderly gent who liked trying out different instruments; I bought it from his estate. As it is still pristine I am asking the same £280 that I paid for it. A soft case is included and the customary fee will be paid to the site. I would prefer to sell in UK, Ireland or Europe; I would expect that shipping and taxes would make it too expensive elsewhere.
  3. Coffee goes better with folk music than beer!? Wunks, have you been to a session in a good British pub where the real ale flows freely? Having a pint or two with the music is essential to my concept of folk music. You just cannot roar out a belting chorus on a cup of coffee. To the original question; here in Scotland, in the Aberdeenshire area, over the last 10-15 years we have had a gradual resurgence of loosely folk sessions but mainly with an older age group. We were at a club in Aberdeen recently where I estimated that the aggregate of the ages of the 20 or so people there was about 1400 years. However the style of music and performance has changed in our local session. Now there is a move away from more traditional material to songs on the edge of the folk definition and bordering on pop which are read from song sheets or tablets.(An aside: When I started out in folk clubs in the late 60's they were in dingy rooms lit by the gentle glow of candle light. They are still in drab rooms but now the pale blue glow of tablets predominates). Recently I even heard two songs from Les Miserables at another local club. I could go on about our preconceptions of the repertoire enjoyed by our ancestors but I suspect that this broader range of materiel is nearer to what might have been sung of yore but it is not to my tastes. Notice the thread drift? When I was in the States 30 years ago it was very difficult to find any folk-style music and during each two month tour I suffered acute withdrawal symptoms. I cannot comment on the current scene. Dick.
  4. I was playing today and started listening to the difference between the pad noise on my Edeophone 56 key ET and my Aeola TT. The edeo has a much sharper and louder pad slap. Both 'tinas have been relatively recently re-padded so I was wondering what might cause the difference in sound. Any ideas anyone? Dick.
  5. DickT

    Hornpipe and polka rhythms?

    Try The Steamboat as reel, it goes very well.
  6. DickT

    Hornpipe and polka rhythms?

    To my mind the difference between a polka and a hornpipe is in the phrasing. A hornpipe goes tum-te-tum-te with strong 1 and 3 but 3 is slightly less than 1, all played as a 4 note phrase. Triplets tend to put a bit of a 1-2 feel in but triplet 1 is still stronger than 3. A polka has a strong 1-2 feel to it with the first note of each tied pair having equal weight in the bar. When written the hornpipe has blocks of 4 tied notes (usually) emphasising the 4 note phrasing as against the polka's tied pairs. A reel has a more running feel to it going 1234-5678 with 5 being slightly subservient to 1.
  7. DickT

    New to English Concertina

    Hi Stu, English concertina is fine for what you want. I play trad tunes and songs and find EC great for this. The thing to watch for when playing tunes is that you attack the notes quickly and also take your finger off sharply so that the notes are clear and well separated. Not doing this tends to smear the melody and then the tune lacks definition; this is what gets EC a bad name when players do not take care. I second mdarnton's recommendation of Alistair Andersons workshop. Dick.
  8. DickT

    Playing along with Guitar

    Hi Bob, A capo is used as an easy key change device. In the case you quote the guitarist has changed the key from D to E (up 2 frets) but, for their own convenience, is still able to use D chords. For following on a concertina you need to read the chords played and mentally transpose. The problem for an anglo is the increasing difficulty in accessing keys away from the home keys, even the EC gets difficult with more sharps and flats (for me anyway). I will be down in Penzance in Dec if you would like to talk about this more. Dick.
  9. A Spanish friend is having a go at EC and would like to find players in Madrid when she goes home next year. Does anyone know if there are any? Dick.
  10. Hi Remster, Try Steve Dickinson, he is in Stowmarket and trades under the Wheatstone and Co name. He does a very good job, is meticulous and has an encyclopedic knowledge of concertinas. I know that he repairs Wheatstones but you would need to ask if he does other makes. For contact details do a web search for C Wheatstone and Co. Dick.
  11. Poor bellows control with a lack of phrasing to suit the tune is a major fault of many EC players and is the main reason why EC is not respected as a tunes instrument, as opposed to the anglo. There is no reason why the bellows cannot be worked more like an anglo to give the tunes lift. I now pay much more attention to bellows phrasing but it has taken me a long time to break the suck til full, push til empty habit. I have found that fanning at bellows reversals is especially important to get crisp notes; linear reversals, especially at full stretch or empty, rob you of all control of articulation. Dick.
  12. DickT

    Astounding Thought

    I think I'll stick to English!
  13. If Dave is regularly seeing 'tinas modified like this it would seem that players want this feature. It may be orthodoxy that you should finish a piece with the bellows closed but I have certainly never been able to achieve this and find the removal of a never-used reed the solution to closing the bellows without an unseemly squawk. I have no qualms in doing this to make the 'tina play as I want but I do keep the reeds in the case against future need. I do wonder how many players ever use this Bb; can we have a straw poll? I don't think I have ever played above the C below this, it's squeaky bat territory.
  14. Just to clear this up; it's my concertina and for years I have removed these reeds on my instruments to create a breather button. I have never needed this note so it does not limit my playing. I keep the reeds so that they can be re-installed by a new owner. Alex, please keep it as it is.
  15. I've had one roll but not off the edge.
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