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  1. Love the title of the clip in the middle of the page: "Scatter the Mud on Concertina." [Don't try this at home, folks! 😎 ] Seriously, good to have more models available. Ken
  2. I recall humor at the time the Jack baritone appeared as a follow-on to the Jackie treble: That Wim would introduce a bass model and call it the "Ja." It was a joke, of course. Ken
  3. If I had an instrument from a family member I'd be strongly tempted to hang onto it until I could afford to fix it and play it. But that's just me, and the pile of various instruments in my house shows I'm not very practical. 8o) Ken
  4. Unless I'm missing something here, a Crane is neither an anglo or an English-system concertina as most of use think of them. It is a duet, and has its own way of playing. You might edit the title of this thread to change "anglo" to "duet" which may help attract the duet experts to chime in and advise you. Ken
  5. I have experience with a slightly earlier Wheatstone anglo (33xxx IIRC), hook action, mahogany ends. It had "Linota" stamped on the handle. This may be less significant than in the earlier concertinas; my impression is that all anglos got this label in the 1930s at Wheatstone. That said, it was a reasonably nice instrument if not quite up to the level of the "golden age." Our real experts will no doubt know more and whether I have the right impression. Ken
  6. I don't know if this is still true, but some years ago I was told in both the button accordion and violin worlds that Germany has pretty lax labeling laws. An instrument could be made in another country (violin in Romania, accordion in China), have some finish work done in Germany, and be marked "made in Germany." Rebadging is common all over the world these days (and maybe always was). These may nevertheless be serviceable instruments wherever they are put together, but it is an interesting question. A decade ago Nirschl imported brass instruments from China and India and did quality control in Germany before marketing to US and elsewhere. The US importer (a flute manufacturer IIRC) only sold them for a couple of years. I've played a couple of their (french) horns and they were excellent instruments at a very competitive price. They were marked "Germany" with no mention of Asian manufacture. Ken
  7. This spammer is all over - a bunch of similar auctions appear for several orchestral instruments I follow (relics of my ancient musical past). Ken
  8. Advice to keep humidity low is ironic in my case! One Lachenal I have, another modern, UK-built concertina, and my uilleann pipe reeds all refuse to cooperate in the winter here in the US because I can't get the humidity up to 40% without extreme measures (yes, I know the tricks and am trying new ones, that discussion if needed perhaps best in a separate thread). Maybe we need to do a big instrument swap? 8o) My instruments need to be in the damp ol' British Isles where they were designed. Count your blessings if you get to live in the right humidity. Ken
  9. Fun. One loves concertina because it is a "loud instrument!" 😄 And good to hear folks like Warren Fahey are "passing it on." Ken
  10. Posting photos directly on C.net is very limited to keep the use of server space down - we do have to pay for it. We have many hundreds of members so a few hundred KB of space per user for files is what we can allow for free. If you have posted other photos or files in the past your quota is likely used up. Maybe someone here can coach you on using remote hosting sites - many do it on a regular basis. Good luck with the sale, they sound like nice instruments. Ken
  11. Really good quality concertinas (mid-level hybrids and up), outside of the Irish/CCE market, I'm guessing maybe one or two hundred per year. Cheap and cheerful (Chinese/Italian) - lots more, just a few of which may land in the hands of folks who really follow the learning path and become players. I can recall us doing these same estimates twenty years ago...There certainly are a few more makers now. Guess I'm getting old! 8o) Ken
  12. Simon, Jim B. may comment, but IMO the experience of tune of the month here was that the concertina has a much, much smaller community than mandolin (or guitar or fiddle) players. That made it hard to sustain on a regular basis. After Jim went to some trouble to find several candidate tunes, his poll to choose one would only get a few votes, and just a handful of people would post recorded versions. I'm guilty myself of procrastinating my own contributions - my free time comes in chunks now and then and not on a regular basis, and I tend to work on a tune quite a while before I'm comfortable sharing it, especially if I'm trying to do more than a simple melody line. That forum (Tune of the Month) is still here as an archive and has many fine tunes in it that you can explore. I still play several of them myself. We've found other ways to share here - the posting of videos by members is quite active, in my view. Have fun with it whatever you do. Ken
  13. The late Stan Rogers wrote this song (published in "Songs from Fogarty's Cove" unfortunately OOP) and with his group performed it without accompaniment (a capella) in the recordings I have. Having heard it that way (and having attempted to sing it once or twice myself) I can't imagine how to play along with it, but no doubt it can be done. For me it is meant to be a capella (as is "Northwest Passage") - that is in the soul of the song. Many of Stan's songs (I believe it was Pete Seeger? who called Stan the "Woody Guthrie of Canada) were published in the out of print book I mentioned above. His recordings have mostly been reissued. See stanrogers.net or maybe try Mudcat for more ideas/info. The best known spoof is "The Last of Garnet's Homemade Beer." Garnet Rogers is Stan's brother. IIRC Ian Robb wrote those words. Ken
  14. Hi Zach, I don't have anything to sell right now, but I am not far from Pittsburgh if you even need some concertina-company. Maybe once it is warm enough to meet in the park. Have fun. Ken
  15. What part of the world are you in? Ken
  16. Maybe an expert will chime in (I've seen Dana record this way, for example) but my understanding is that using crossed microphones lets you record in two directions but without the phasing issues you can get from separated microphones. It is common in classical recording settings I've witnessed or been part of. Ken
  17. Wow, this discussion makes my head spin. I thought of the US tax laws as complicated (as I contemplate how to calculate mine after a financially unusual year), but I won't complain about it now. Best of luck across the pond, and be safe. Ken
  18. Rick, Well, you are in the midst of a lot of music. The Boston Irish scene can be intense and at a high level. I've dabbled Irish on anglo for quite a few years. Fifteen years ago I lived in Leominster for one year but never ventured to a Boston session. I went to Amherst and vicinity (an hour's drive the other way), where folks like the late Rich Morse had a welcoming and laid-back scene. Ideally, everyone has a place; I guess that was mine. Welcome to the madness. Ken
  19. Wow, Thank you for sharing the full story. Music coming through the family is great. Ken
  20. I think of ozone (a gas, O3) as something you generate on the spot (from O2 in the air, e.g. by an arcing spark). It is so reactive that it isn't something I would want to ship. Maybe I'm out of the loop here. There are lots of home remedies for removing odors; I'm sure we'll get some more here. Maybe try some activated charcoal? (my contribution to the list of ideas 8o) Ken
  21. Seth, I too recall one or two people here who were convinced that a-mano were audibly superior, at least for their own playing. They may turn up and respond. Ken
  22. If you hover over Ciaran's name at the upper left of his post, one choice in the box that appears is "Message." You can use that to get started. Have fun, some folks here like those early English concertinas. Ken
  23. Just speculating, but the comment may refer to the duties/VAT that make American goods rather more expensive in the UK.
  24. You probably won't want to ship it off, but Bob Snope at the Button Box in Massachusetts put nice wrist straps on my Lachenal EC. Owing to various injuiries over the years I need them all the time to play EC (which I don't do as much as anglo, but enjoy nonetheless). He just put some of their inserts that hold a threaded screw into the end frames and then cut and attached the straps. Ken PS Edited to add: If you call they might be able to send you the parts and talk you through doing it yourself, if you are reasonably handy with a drill and have the proper sized bits.
  25. If my memory is not fooling me, this is the same concertina Paddy played in the class he and I both took from Fr. Charlie Coen at the Swannanoa summer classes in about 2000. It sounded good to me then! Ken
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