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Clive Thorne

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  1. Dave, Sorry if it sounded like I was teaching grandmother etc. I didn't mean to.
  2. Dave, not on a concertina, but I've found that old petroleum based glue can often be removed with more petrol. Probably best put your fag out first!
  3. Jim, I hadn't even thought about movement in the bellows themselves, but as you say I'd expect that to be almost ignorable.
  4. Dave, I thought I read somewhere (but I can't remeber where) that musical intruments (vintage ones anyway) might now be except from CITES. Can anyone confirn or otherwise? Clive.
  5. Fixed microphones are fine if you don't want to move around while playing. If you are playing standing up then I guess that even a small move from side to side will affect the balance. If you are sitting down then they are probably fine. However they have the advantage that you can move away from them if you want to! My wife plays saxophones and has used clip-ons in the past (Seinhessere 608 I think). Great until they stop working, which seems to be just over a year. She went through two and is now back on a stand mounted mic.
  6. Not an irish player, but your left thumb would only be for that one button, so the dexterity required would only be up & down, wouldn't it?
  7. I believe that the main active ingredient is citric acid.
  8. When using it on car parts any black generally wipes or washes off fairly easily if you do t as soon as it comes out of the solution, but getting in to wipe the rear side of a reed might be difficult. You might try one of those fibre glass pen things, or the brass version. The problem with the fibre glass ones is that they leave a dust behind, so you'd need to clean them out thoroughly afterwards.
  9. Yes. To my eye most of the gasketing inboard of the chamber ends is redundant, from a sealing point of view anyway.
  10. I don't do it for exercise!! good greif no. I do it because it's comfortable. It has been known fro my wife to find me asleep still strapped in, so so speak.
  11. I used to have my straps quite snug, originally on the basis it kept the instrument body under control, and never really questioned it. However I have been having lessons from John Kirkpatrick for over a year now and one of the the first things he suggested was that I loosen my straps a bit, and wow, what a difference in being able to reach the buttons, especially for chords on the left hand and the outliers on the right hand (36 Key) (it takes a bit of getting used to, but over the last year I have progressively loosened my straps and the left hand one is now at its maximum. One downside, or rather something that takes some getting used to, is that the concertina will sit slightly differently according to it's attitude. I often practise lying flat on my back, with my forearms vertical. When I stand up (with the forearms horizontal) the concertina wants to tip forward, and so its relative position to the hands changes slightly. Playing standing with the forearms vertically up does not have this problem. I hardly ever play ith in on my knee, so can't comment on that.
  12. I thinks it's just because more often than not that button under the left thumb is the same both ways, and so it's often refered to as the drone button even when it isn't.
  13. My "Drone" (C/G Instrument) is C on the pull and a Bb on the push. I mostly use the C to get a Low F chord now & then. The Bb can give you an inversion of Bb on the push (it's a 36 key), a Gm on the push and, of course, a C7 (should you be into that sort of thing). I can get a drone effect by swapping between the pull C and the push C on the C row (with push and pull Gs etc), but it takes some work to get the push/pull transition reliably smooth (not there yet), and (for me) it all falls to pieces if the tune ventures onto the left hand!
  14. Edited to remove facetious (Sp?) remark which I originally thought was funny, but then decided it wasn't.
  15. Much closer to the dissapointment than the bargain I suspect.
  16. Jake, just curious as to what has changed with the nickel Silver formulation over the years? My 1890s (ish) Jeffries/Crabb has nickel silver ends and has never shown any discolouration. Can you still get "Old Style" NS?`
  17. I didn't realise that Simon Thoumire was so small.
  18. Don't believe you. I think it's so you know which way round to hold it.😁
  19. I'm not even sure that it would affect a wind instrument as long as the air pressure and temperature was normal.
  20. I basically rest spare fingers on top of the buttons. Sometimes the button I'm likely to play soon, sometimes not.
  21. As a fairly basic anglo player I would say learn the tune so that you can whistle it and then simply learn your way around the instrument, and the required basic chord shapes. Ie play it by ear. It's what an anglo excels at.
  22. I didn't mean bin the whole instrument, just the reeds, - but I can see how my post wasn't clear on that.
  23. In pure terms of cleaning it up my experience is that The Bilt Hamber product would have done a better job (not that that would help the reed any). Would it be worth getting it re-reeded, or would it be best just to bin it and go straight to brass or aluminium shoes?
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