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  1. Again, I could not resist this one: Anglo baffles me too, that's why I play EC.
  2. Paul, I agree with you on lazy EC playing. It is partly due to button articulation and partly poor bellows control. My tendency of old was to pull to bellows full then squeeze to empty which lead to unphrased and weak bellows reversals that were very audible. I now try to reverse at the end of phrases and to fan the bellows, even if I have used linear movement up to that point. The fanning softens the change and masks the reversal. It's not yet perfect as I am battling 35yrs of bad practice. Two of our professional Scottish EC players, Wendy Stewart and Frances Wilkins, both seem to use v
  3. The consensus on here might well be neither. You already know that you like anglo concertina so you do not need a cheap one to see if it suits you. The money spent on either of these could go towards a better instrument that will play better, sound better and last longer, both in terms of durability and how long you will enjoy playing it before needing an upgrade. I am an English system player and have no direct experience of either of these tinas but I did have a CC Elise to try out a Duet system. Duet was not for me so it was sold on this site. The Elise was very basic in bellows and action
  4. Hi Clive, I have had aids for a few years now to correct high end loss due to exposure to industrial noise. The first ones were not very good for playing music (they were horrible!) so they went back and I upgraded to a Widex model. These are not perfect in general social situations (so have not helped for conversation) but work very well for music by putting in much of the detail that I was missing. They are still a bit too toppy so will need some more adjustment. With the these aids I can now again get a mix that is acceptable to others whereas before I was putting in too much to
  5. Maarten, As a professional player in another field you will know that a cheap instrument will hold you back. A good vintage concertina will be much better to play; it will sound better and will feel better. A vintage concertina bought from a good source at a fair price will hold its value so your risk of financial loss would be a lot less should you not keep it up. My advice is always to spend as much as you can afford and avoid cheap learners instruments at all costs. Do not be frightened of old concertinas, mine are 97 and 120 years old; how old are Strads?
  6. 429 is perhaps the last three numbers of his full service number, it was (is still?) common to use only the last three digits. I was Trickey 267.
  7. In Aberdeen (Scotland) they are known as Scaffies, which is derived from scavenger, the old name for refuse collectors. It is not gender specific although gender is implied by the make up of the workforce. Had that term been in use these songs might never have been written. Dick.
  8. Couldn't resist this. Is that soft play indoors or on the swings outside? Max age 5yrs?
  9. Hi Diss, I have avoided single note triplets for decades but now have come to the realisation that I just have to master them. For the low F# I use rmr as you do but do not have problems with the rest getting in the way. I practise alternating fingers at a slow speed but the pattern breaks down as I speed up and I frequently go back to trying to use a single finger which leads to a loss of rhythm. Pre-planning is also essential to maintain phrasing but it is another thing that goes as the speed rises. As an aside, last year I was introducing a concert pianist to EC and mentioned the nee
  10. The Morse is nice but the Lachenal is brighter and more open.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. In the past I have used a craft knife to connect the holes to make a slot for infinitely variable adjustment.
  14. Here are the other two files PS All recordings were flat with no EQ. Stereo NT5.mp3 Stereo M2.mp3
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