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  1. Gen, nicely played! And not just one video, but a playlist of 30. The perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit during a very trying year. Gary
  2. Hi Carl, If you're looking for instruction books, Pirate Songs for Concertina and Sailor Songs for Concertina will get you over 150 nautical songs and tunes, and if you have a 20-button instrument Sea Songs for 20-button Anglo Concertina has 96 tunes extracted from the other two books. These books have easy tablature for Anglo, but also have the melodies in standard musical notation with chord symbols so they would work for any other instrument or type of concertina. Gary
  3. There are no photos of the insides, but there's a good chance it has "popsicle-stick" levers on a metal axle, gang-mounted reeds on long lead plates, and the bellows might even be paper and not leather. It looks very similar to a 30-button German Anglo I bought several years ago (and was I ever surprised when I opened it up!). Gary
  4. Thanks to all for your helpful input and comments. I've added the new ones in, and hopefully made all the links active for the free downloads. There are some books that are obviously/unfortunately missing from this list: Bertram Levy's The Anglo Concertina Demystified will soon be available again, as will Dan Worrall's The Anglo Concertina Music of William Kimber. I reached out to Richard Carlin about his history-filled English Concertina book, but at the present time he is not interested in reprinting it. Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is working on a very impressive Angl
  5. For those looking for concertina instruction, here is a master list of all known concertina instruction and tune books currently available in paperbacks, downloads, ebooks, DVDs and websites offering instruction, for all types of concertina. This list is intended to be as inclusive as possible and will be updated as new information and new books become available. Over 250 tutors for the various types of concertina have been published since 1840, and well over 60 are still available today by direct online download, hardcopy paperback from online and brick & mortar specialist ret
  6. Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages, so Simon is right - you learn to work with what you have. The books are geared for the Wheatstone/Lachenal accidentals since that's what I have, and also since that's the system on probably 99% of all the 30-button Anglos out there, especially the lower priced instruments. I deliberately adapted John Watcham's 39-button button Jeffries tunes to the more-accessible 30-button Wheatstone/Lachenal system, but some of the things that were frustrating were the lack of a high d' on the pull on the right, and any push F#'s. For Adrian
  7. It's twinned with the middle C in the middle of the left side, plus the C# just above. It's driving me a little crazy since I'm used to that button providing air for better bellows changes. At least the other buttons are identical to my JD50 except for two outliers I don't use much anyway. The 8 extra buttons are 4 deeper bass notes and 4 more overlap, plus that one weird C/C#. Gary
  8. This 59-button Jeffries Brothers Duet should probably be called a 59-1/2 button duet since the air valve button on the right side is actually a factory-original diatonic button playing C/C#. Since all duets (Maccann, Crane/Triumph, Jeffries, Hayden, etc.) play the same note pushing or pulling, just wondering if anyone has ever come across one with any added diatonic notes? I did the math, and that makes this one 1.7% Anglo! Gary
  9. All the duet concertinas have very distinctive button layouts except for the Jeffries Duet, which can look exactly like a large 50+ button Anglo. Gary
  10. It sounds like the reed tongue is hitting the side of the reed frame. If you take it out and look through it maybe you'll see the tongue is a bit skewed and out of alignment, or maybe even hits the side if you push on the tongue. It's possible to use a thin brass shim to give it a very wee shove to get it back in alignment, but "very carefully" is the operative word here - it usually doesn't take much at all. Gary
  11. I vote for the slower tempo - makes the tune much more stately and grand! G
  12. Hi Gregor, it sounds quite presentable already! My only suggestion would be occasional short runs in octaves or thirds just to give some variations from the block chords. Gary
  13. No need to switch from EC to Anglo - they're just different tools for different results. I thoroughly enjoy playing both and wouldn't give up either one! (But then again, I also play Jeffries Duet so obviously my judgment is somewhat suspect...) Gary
  14. Perhaps the attached file might help, from The Jeffries Duet Tutor, with strange hybrid ABC/standard notation. You won't have the low F, and I haven't checked this on my EC to see how well it fits, but maybe it will be something you can work from. And... not to further confuse things, but here's what this arrangement sounds like on Anglo: A lovely tune, one of my absolute favorites! Gary In-the-Bleak-Midwinter-JD.pdf
  15. Here's the layout of the smallest-known Jeffries Duet, 27 buttons, home key of C. It has the chords you're looking for, and if you expand it to 30-buttons I would highly recommend the low F, G, A, for the oompahs. It would be nice to have the high d' and e' too if there is room. Gary JD-27-layout.pdf
  16. Looks like this is a fairly high-quality Chemnitzer-style concertina, once very popular for playing polka music in north central USA in places like Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota, etc. Lots of good information in the FAQ section of the Cicero website, also music and instruction info can be found here: https://concertinamusic.com/ Gary
  17. Perhaps a converted Jeffries Duet (almost identical button layout to my 50-button JD), or perhaps originally an Anglo from about that same time period. There has been some discussion about Jeffries using the same end plates for both. Looks like his "in/out" is reversed - or else it's some strange backwards Anglo! Gary
  18. I'm not sure where the sound comes out, but here's a video of an early version of the instrument. '
  19. Here's a quick mp3 of my 35-button double-action stretched-hexagon black Lachenal bass EC. The instrument's range starts at middle C and goes down 2-1/2 octaves. You feel the bottom notes as much as you hear them. Awesome sound! Gary Bass Concertina 2.mp3
  20. A higher handrest of 1" is probably the easiest and cheapest way of making the buttons more accessible for larger hands. I've done this with all my Anglos and Duets and it works wonders. As others have noted, a larger instrument will be heavier and that's not necessarily a good thing. As for arthritis, the Anglo is probably the best instrument for that condition (which I have a severe case of) since the range of motion and finger bending is much less than other instruments, and being diatonic you get the added efficiency of two notes for one button. Gary
  21. The nice thing about YYYYMMDD is that in a spreadsheet or file listing everything can be easily sorted chronologically by year, whereas with MMDDYYYY everything sorts by month and the years are scrambled.
  22. "The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from..."
  23. I think you'll appreciate the logic of the EC, coming from piano, but the vertical "crossed fingering" of scales will drive you nuts until you get used to it. The Frank Butler book (available as a download at concertina.com) will help immensely. A lot of English folkies have successfully accompanied their singing with EC, check out Louis Killen, Tony Rose, Alf Edwards, etc. Gary
  24. Bonjour Didie - the Tricolor playlist I've put together - 98 videos so far - can be found on the "angloconc" channel on YouTube. Yuka mostly plays fiddle, but there are some with concertina. Also, some very tasteful piano accordion from Hirofumi (and nice guitar work from Koji). Gary
  25. And you've found a video of Koji, Yuka and Hirofumi (Tricolor) playing it live - thanks so much for finding this! I will add an updated QR code to Anglo 1-2-3 to reference this video. They are such nice folks and really talented, with an amazing feel for the music. Their website: https://tricolor-web.com/ I don't know who Sakiel02 is who has posted this on YouTube, but if you have any doubt about the Irish music scene in Japan he/she has done a fantastic job documenting it by posting hundreds of videos of various live performances over the past several years. I've also
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