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About Ken_Coles

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    I need to paste in my comments from the old part of Concertina.net! Short version: I've played anglo since 1992, English since 2001. Mostly Italian boxes, Lachenals, a Morse, and a Kensington. One of the people behind the curtain at Concertina.net.
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  1. Fascinating! Looks to my un-expert eye like some or most are in the Maccann duet layout - even one of the large square concertinas? I for one would like to hear more about the career of a cross-over musician, if indeed he played that system and was recognized by the folks at the hall of fame. Some of these instruments may indeed be valuable, compared to what you might be expecting. Ken
  2. Threads merged in Teaching and Learning. Ken
  3. It's been tried before. I recall a post back in the usegroup days (so, at least 25 years ago) where someone had a B (accidental row)/C/G made, and it may even have been a Suttner in my hazy recollection. I have no idea what the owner thought of it (or who it was, sorry). Ken
  4. Let me just invite the poster ("Marc") to start a new thread in buy and sell - much easier than me disassembling a current thread. Thanks. Ken
  5. As Peter notes, it looks like we already have this topic going here in Concertina History, so I'm closing this thread and refer anyone interested to the existing discussion. Ken
  6. And I started out with the straps too loose, which soon gave me carpal tunnel inflammation. Then I arrived at something very like Tradewinds Ted's position, being very diligent to keep my wrists straight and not flexed. That keeps me out of trouble. Many people aren't even prone to this condition, but a few of us are. I am one of the folks to raise my handrests using foam insulation made for water pipes (I came up with this twenty years ago). The story is here. The one change is that I now use them with the wider part at the bottom (farthest from my thumb). Good luck, pay attention when your body tells you it isn't comfortable. Ken
  7. No worries, folks will find this thread now. Keeping track of replies in two threads can be distracting. For something like this, I think folks who know Mark are likely to check here. Ken
  8. There is a parallel thread on this topic here, so I'm closing this thread and directing interested persons there. Ken
  9. I see you had a duplicate thread in construction and repair. In most cases we discourage this (Paul does have to buy the server space for this site). I've closed that thread and directed persons here. Hoping that Mark is better soon. Ken
  10. What model concertina do you have? Some of them are known for stiff bellows. Welcome to the madness! Ken
  11. The collection on CD "Anglo International" would give you a good sampling. New copies are sold out IIRC, but you may find a set somewhere if you look. Ken
  12. Vintage A/E instruments are rare, but not unheard of - I know of two rosewood-ended Lachenals. Seems to me I've heard of Jeffries in that tuning also, but others who know better will chime in here I'm sure. Ken
  13. The Button Box repair shop have a box or two of Lachenal reeds - give Doug a call. Ken
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