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Ken_Coles

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  1. One way to keep to instrument history is to move any new comments to the history or construction/repair forums and consider this matter finished here. And go back to playing whatever we have. Thanks. Ken
  2. As Stephen Chambers posted years ago, this seems to be a tradition passed on by trial and error and by oral tradition. I'm not aware of any plans. Long ago I got to spend a week working with Larry Miller learning some basic repairs and tuning. He shared all sorts of useful information (how to make sliders for the stops that don't bind but also don't get too loose, etc.) that he had gathered or learned the hard way. Copying an existing instrument seems to be part of that tradition, but my impression is that getting a decent, very good instrument takes a while. Marc Savoy has the story of how he taught himself on his website (or at least it used to be there, try the wayback machine if it is no longer posted). Ken
  3. How wonderful! Thanks for pointing this out. Ken
  4. Gary has been working with us at C.net on this project for some time and has put a lot of effort into drafting and revising the list. I want to be the first to thank him for this effort. I have more of these books than I would have guessed, and got to check a few details for him. I will pin this thread and Gary plans to update it, similar to the way Daniel Hersh maintains the "Current Makes of Concertina" list in the General Discussion forum. Ken
  5. Ciaran, Welcome! General messages about your business from time to time are fine - we've had them over recent years from other makers/dealers (I think of Edgley, the late Rich Morse, Bob Tedrow, Wim Wakker, various repairers in North America, the UK, and Europe). And several makers and repairers often talk shop here. And of course if you ever _do_ want to advertise, talk to the master, Paul Schwartz - his rates are very reasonable, and it helps pay for the server space. Ken
  6. After two decades, I've learned even more about concertinas than I knew before - thanks Stephen. Ken
  7. Stephen, So is this (the one farther down the page) the same model as the 30-key wizard? Ken
  8. Many of the old articles were removed years ago. You could try a wayback machine search. Ken
  9. A very old survey, by yours truly, from the days of static pages on concertina.net: Known keys survey I should add that since I wrote that article, reports of German diatonic concertinas in E/B have turned up. Ken
  10. This brings to mind a story, though I apologize for going off-topic. Years ago I took a workshop on Cajun music with Larry Miller. He told me how he found old hayrakes and had a blacksmith friend make the tines into triangles. He said he was most impressed with customers who tried several to find the sound they wanted. A few years later in Eunice, Louisiana, at the small museum of Cajun music there, they had some Larry Miller triangles in the sales counter, so I started trying them as Larry had directed. This turned out to annoy the docent (the widow of a prominent Cajun accordionist of years past), who could not fathom why I needed to play so many of them! Admittedly they are rather loud. I still have the triangle I picked out and it is a good one. As for reed steel, I defer to the experts here. Ken
  11. He had to miss NESI starting in 2001 IIRC. For some years after that he lent his bass English (to Rachel Hall) for the concertina band, and it seems to me the last time I recall it being there was more recent than 2009. But my recollection is hazy at best. Rachel Hall might know more. Ken
  12. If one has been to the Swaledale Squeeze, would some of these tunes have been played at the Saturday dance? I remember having a good time there. Ken
  13. In my particular web browser at the upper right of the Concertina.net title bar, there is a small envelope a little to the left of my user name. Click on that and it takes me to the message page. You'll need the name of the member(s) you are writing to. Ken
  14. Interesting. Wonder if anglos and duets are next? Ken
  15. Here is a link to an article by the late Geo Salley on repairing a Stagi. Ken
  16. We had at least part of this for years...it was the respective Buyer's Guides for Anglo (later I did one for English), also a page on Learning, tutors, etc. Paul finally pulled the plug on the static pages as they required constant maintenance (prices and suppliers have changed a lot in the last quarter century) and he got complaints about out-of-date details. We do have a pinned thread on current makes of concertina (pinned at top of General Discussion, thanks to Daniel Hersh for endless editing on that). A similar list of current tutors (for one system or all?) might make sense if someone volunteers to do similar editing. But note the approach in Daniel's thread - he edits the first post to have all the information. Otherwise you end up with scores of posts to read through, which may not be easier than having to search the entire forum system. As for "anglo, english, or duet?" you might as well set up a guide to choosing diet/abode/spiritual beliefs/you name it. I can't improve on the terse and useful approach of the concertina faq, maintained by our friend Chris Timson, and which we trust still turns up in web searches, at www.concertina.info Ken
  17. So today we passed around a 20-key C/G Stagi (double reeded) anglo (I bought it in 1996), an older (maybe Bastari?) 30-key G/D anglo, a Morse Ceili C/G 30-key anglo, a Lachenal Paragon treble English, and a Conc. Connection Elise Hayden. My idea of a sampling. 😎 Also got to see a beautiful park I hadn't visited before. Ken
  18. I'm setting up a hands-on trial of a bunch of instruments for tomorrow; I'm sure you'll hear a report after that. Ken
  19. Well, my wife started in on lesson 1 today as a refresher course for her occasional anglo playing and it suits her! It strikes me as sensibly structured so far. Remember, as with any recorded instruction to stop and review frequently, and get one lesson down before going on to get the most out of it (I'll confess she did sneak a peek at lesson 2). (Apologies if you're a seasoned music student and don't need to hear such advice, but some others reading this might find that a helpful strategy). Ken
  20. Hi Emily, I'm an hour from Pittsburgh and have some instruments (not all of them anglos) you could try, if getting your hands on them would help you sort out what you're after. I do get down there (once again) on occasion. Ken
  21. I don't know about those; I'd venture a guess that the survival rate of cheap concertinas from Germany was rather low compared to the number produced there. For the English-made brands, you'd need an idea of how many are in use or still extant now. Interesting question. Maybe Dowright can comment. Ken
  22. This post is entirely appropriate! (and amazing) A number of us have a "basket case" we hope to fix someday and you add inspiration. Ken
  23. My apologies for misunderstanding. There are coded diagram of anglo layouts by octave...let me see if I can find one online...both copies that I knew of on C.net are no longer linked...back in a bit. Ken Edited to add: The color charts by Marc Lamb have vanished. The concertina faq chart gives notes but not octaves. OK, I'll upload a copy from an online archive. 20 key is the bottom 2 of the 3 rows. C2 is Middle C and A2 is A440.
  24. There are diagrams mapping the EC buttons to the notes of the scale. There is even a shortcut for EC (thanks, Mr. Wheatstone) where notes on lines of the staff are on one hand and notes in spaces are on the other. One of the EC players here will post the diagram for you, I'm sure. There are also the concertina apps for iPad by Michael Eskin, which would let you practice (and map out notes for yourself) if you have an iPad. Ken (AC player)
  25. Erik, You can start a new thread with this here in buy and sell - you'll get a lot of interest. Ken
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