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  1. The Morse is nice but the Lachenal is brighter and more open.
  2. Nice to hear an English playing Irish; it does not have to be an anglo. Say hello to Roger from me. As a very young lad, showing much talent, he played for our Rapper side in Yeovil back in the late sixties in the days when I bought a 38 key Jeffries for £25 and sold it to someone in Chingford Morris fo £50. Had I but known! Dick (Richard) Trickey.
  3. Terry, I have recently used FedEx, the Post Office and Hermes in UK and to Germany . No problems with any of these although the PO is the most expensive by far. Insurance is always a problem with the PO limit being £2500 and some doubt whether they would honour a claim for an antique instrument. Theo Gibb says that he uses a major parcel carrier (I cannot remember which) and has not had a loss over many years. FedEx and Hermes have good online facilities for booking and label printing and have local drop-off points in most towns and a lot of villages. Dick.
  4. In the past I have used a craft knife to connect the holes to make a slot for infinitely variable adjustment.
  5. Here are the other two files PS All recordings were flat with no EQ. Stereo NT5.mp3 Stereo M2.mp3
  6. Following a query about concertina mics posted last Summer I offered to do some tests and post the results. I have finally got around to sorting out and compressing the audio that I made last December. The tracks were simultaneously recorded playing an Edeophone into four mic arrays :- Single SM57; single Rode M2; stereo Rode M2 and stereo Rode NT5. The tune was recorded 3 times in one take, first was close miked, next at about 1.5 feet and finally about 3 feet. The gain was set the same for each array as was the output volume. I did not make any effort to stand rigidly still but neither did I move around a great deal. The recording was direct into Cubase with no PA so they are not a live stage feedback test. However, the better the volume from a mic or array in a given situation the less likelihood of feedback when live. When I have time I will do live tests with the same setup. Due to upload limits there are only two files with this post, the other two will follow. Dick. M2.mp3 Concertina SM57.mp3
  7. When I were a lad in the 60s dots/word were streng verboten and our venues were lit by the warm, gentle glow of candles. Now it seems nearly universal that printed material and electronic devices are used and the venues glow with a blue tinge. My preference is to learn from dots (I have a rotten ear) but only perform in public from memory. I do not think it is possible to give a proper rendition, especially of a song, if your nose is stuck to a hard copy of some sort. Expression, phrasing and entertainment value are lost. Unfortunately I have upset some performers at our local session by asking them to actually learn some songs by heart. One answer was " I am too busy to learn stuff ". To my mind not bothering to learn material is disrespectful of your audience, and that applies even in a session, and is just self-indulgent. I could go on but that too would be self-indulgent. However, the worst that I saw was a lass singing to iphone backing including a long instrumental break. Back to the OP. Unfortunately, yes, yes and it depends on the session.
  8. 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.
  9. I have sold two concertinas this year through this site and it went well each time.
  10. Christoph, Unfortunately it was sold some time ago. I Hope you find one elswhere. Dick.
  11. He said trad reeds and bellows. That is despite what looks like a printed set of bellows in the article. Coming soon, perhaps. Dick.
  12. 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.
  13. With his wealth I would have expected a better tina.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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