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  1. I vote for the slower tempo - makes the tune much more stately and grand! G
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. I'm not sure where the sound comes out, but here's a video of an early version of the instrument. '
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. "The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from..."
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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 added this to a Tricolor playlist on YouTube that now has almost a hundred videos if you want to hear more. Gary
  16. Ok, it looks like Stephen was right on this one - the good folks at the auction house have sent me a photo of the left side, with this comment: "most keys play a different note on pulling and pushing". Obviously an unusual one-of-a-kind instrument that sure looks like a Jeffries Duet but apparently isn't - hope whoever gets this lets us know the layout. Gary
  17. I have been in contact with Graham, who graciously allowed me to include SoundCloud excerpts of John Watcham's playing from Anglo International via scannable QR codes in The Anglo Concertina Music of John Watcham. And yes, I suggested he look into some of the print-on-demand or download-on-demand services for this recording as well as for English and Duet International. He has all the digital files, so it's just a matter of him having the interest and taking the time to find the best way to make them available for download. His initial impression is the market is pretty much played out, but if there were an easy way to set up download sales I think he could be convinced to give it a try. Gary
  18. Sorry for any confusion, I corrected the serial number of the Wheatstone instrument in the photo to #30740. It was built on Oct 1925 and listed as "A.G. Duet N.P. R.E." in the ledgers and is obviously a Jeffries Duet with nickel plated raised ends. I think the story of a later conversion is incorrect since it appears to have been a duet from the beginning. Wheatstone #30374 is owned by Greg Jowaisas and it is definitely a 61-button Jeffries Duet that was listed in the ledgers as "A.G. Duet N.P. R.E. Octo", Nov 1924. Based on other Jeffries Duets built by Wheatstone, I'm pretty sure they called the Jeffries Duet system an "A.G. Duet", in the same way they never used the word "Maccann" - don't give the competitors any advantage! Looks like Wheatstone only made 10 Jeffries Duets total between 1922 and 1930. There are a couple of other ledger listings that might be Jeffries Duets, but there is no way to know without seeing the actual instruments. Gavin Davenport once owned an unusual Anglo that had a lower row of drone notes, and it was listed as a 50-button "A.G. Octo Black", #30998, in April 1926, but was never a duet. I'll throw a bid at this Lachenal, and if successful I'll let you all know. Here is what the Lachenal looks like. Gary
  19. My guess is Jeffries Duet, based on 68-button Wheatstone #30740, although this is the only 5-row one I've ever seen (see attached photo). I'd be curious to see the left side of this Lachenal (the Wheatstone only has 4 rows on the left side). In talking with Chris Algar while writing the Jeffries Duet Tutor, he said to his knowledge Lachenal had never made a Jeffries Duet, "but everything turns up eventually". Perhaps this it? Gary
  20. So it looks like the original owner only played along a single row at a time, but wanted to play in those 4 different keys. It will be interesting to see what sort of unusual chords and tunes you can play across these very strange rows! Gary
  21. It will be interesting to see if the OP can eventually adapt harmonic-style Anglo arrangements to EC, since the two instruments are laid out so fundamentally different. Bass note and chord accompaniments are super easy on Anglo, but on EC will be cause for much finger jumping and leaping about between the two sides as well as up and down each side. When I first met Jim Lucas back in 1979, he was working on playing EC so it sounded like an Anglo - a very daunting task, especially with all the jumps and the forced bellows changes to mimic the push-pull dynamics. Instead, I would highly recommend the Butler book for learning EC, and then work on which harmonies make sense with the EC's layout - simple thirds and fifths typically work quite well, listen to folks like Louis Killen, Tony Rose, Alf Edwards, etc. Gary
  22. Yes, it's a huge problem with Anglo tablature often being so erratic. I've been "collecting" the various methods I run across and there are at least 20 that have been proposed. Most of the early 1800's tutors were fairly consistent in their numbering systems (1-10 on both sides), but in the last 50 years there have been several folks who thought they could improve on that, coming up with some really difficult (and sometimes really bizarre) numbering and notation systems in the process. As for indicators of bellows direction, well, that has been all over the place since the get-go. I show nothing for push, and draw a simple overhead line for notes and phrases on the draw. But I must say I'm sorely tempted to use "P" for push and "P" for pull! Gary
  23. Anybody familiar with the brilliant Japanese rock band SCANDAL? I don't think I'll ever be a cute Japanese girl, but I'm pretty sure I can make one of their tunes fit the 30-button Anglo in Em. Gary
  24. The good news is that Cohen is currently working on a most excellent Anglo tutor, and yes, he does include several examples of how to do counterpoint accompaniment. With luck, the book will be available in time for Christmas. Gary
  25. These can potentially be really good instruments - I have a 56-button Rosewood with flat-topped buttons from this period that I wouldn't trade for anything. Gary
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