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  1. I guess that never occurred to me because there is no pygidium/tail. Ken (works across the hall from a trilobite paleontologist!)
  2. I'm guessing there's a whole big world of alternate notation systems out there. I am, after years on many instruments, thoroughly indoctrinated to the traditional system, but that doesn't mean there aren't good alternatives to consider out there (he said, typing on a QWERTY keyboard, another system folks have tried to reform/replace for over a century). It would interesting to see a piece side by side in traditional notation and the system you are exploring. Ken
  3. Try some other leather - scraps are not hard to come by if you try craft stores, etc. You can cut it, punch holes in it, and so on as needed. After having my first "real" concertina provoke carpal tunnel inflammation, I have little patience with discomfort caused by instruments and alter whatever I have to to fix it. Don't hesitate to experiment, good luck. Ken
  4. Everyone does, or did. Somewhere (not in Geo Salley's article, I just checked) someone described taking a piece of thin plywood and drilling the button hole pattern in it and using it to line up the buttons before putting the end on, like racking up balls for a game of pool/snooker whatever it is called where you are. Maybe it was in one of the 22,000 archived threads here! Ken
  5. Yes, it is amazing how the outside looks the same as later W-15s but the inside is completely different. That old article of mine was part of the newbies like me (I was one once!) rediscovering what the long-timers knew or remembered. Did the demand for this better design just not justify the expense of manufacture, leading to the internal design we saw in later years (and still see), I wonder? Ken
  6. He is also supportive in other ways. Once I was visiting a fellow concertinist in Chicago. Tom took me to an Irish session and lent me one of his instruments. He had also taken lessons from John Williams and told me Williams would likely be there. He did appear, and seeing two of us already playing concertina, tactfully played button accordion. I suspect he was trying not to show us up. When work schedules required us both to pack and leave we saw he was getting out his concertina so we waited near the doorway of the venue for a tune or two before departing so we could hear some playing much better than ours! Ken
  7. Years ago someone on the newsgroup (remember that, old-timers?) posted a story about a visit to Italy where these are/were made. The name of the town (where accordions are the main product IIRC) escapes me right now. Before Stagi it was the Bastari factory, and my distinct impression is that it is, and was, one factory and all the other names are just badges added later. Honestly, these are nothing to get excited about - if you think it would look cool on a shelf in your house maybe you need one. I knew someone who kept one out as a decoy for burglars after someone broke in and took his two Lachenals. Me, I don't need any more instruments that I don't play (a sign of age I'm sure). Of course, like more anglo players than will admit it, I started on an Italian box because the alternatives before hybrids or Rochelles appeared cost about as much as a decent piano, and I had sticker shock like most newbies. Noel Hill played my first Stagi once - like lightning - and handed it back, saying "I started out on one like that. I wrecked it!" Daniel is right about price - I'd consider myself lucky to sell a 20-b Italian instrument in a private sale for 75$ US. Ken
  8. I'm an anglo player and thus really just a beginner-level player on EC, but I tried a Holmwood years ago and it was clearly a very nice instrument and seemed quite responsive (not that I could give it a workout). Ken
  9. Yes, over the years I've seen a number of these. 15 years ago the ButtonBox had one that Doug showed me. I tried it; a typical Italian instrument and pleasant enough if not meant for rapid or demanding play, and with the typical rubber-sleeve button attachment. That's about what they go for if they are in good playing condition. Ken
  10. I'm a paid subscriber to Physics Today, and yes, not all their content is up free. Johanna Miller is one of their regular editors/writers. I wonder if she has ever checked in here? Physics Today had a cover story on free reed instruments in 2011: https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.3563819 Ken
  11. I was similarly reticent with Colin over some years around the turn of the century with my order. It does seem that making noise helps with him; I know some other makers prefer to be left in peace. He was avoiding the internet back then I'm told, knowing it would eat time otherwise spent building instruments. Ken
  12. I was wondering about the sound exit myself but assumed it must be obvious since it hadn't com up. Thanks for enlightening us. Ken
  13. Paddy Fahey, I'm told, was once asked why he didn't name his tunes. His reply was that with his current naming system everyone easily remembers who wrote the tunes! Ken
  14. Jeff Warner has an ebony- or ebonized-ended Edeophone baritone. About 16 years ago I remember him giving it to Ken Sweeney to repair some broken fretwork. On a later trip to New Hampshire I saw Jeff playing it after the repairs were done. Ken had fixed it so you couldn't even see where the damage had been. A very nice box. Ken
  15. That (Tom Lewis) may be the one I recall hearing about. One of these days we'll get back over there and try some of these things, (boats and music). Ken
  16. Some years ago, some musician (anyone here know who?) offered canal boat tours, stopping for libations and music over a number of days. They retired from that business, which left my wife and I sad, as we had just learned about it and would have loved to come across the pond to do such a trip (and I am no boat handler!). Anyone care to revive it all? ? Ken
  17. And I'm afraid radioboy (Howie L.) is now playing with the angels and can no longer help us. He is remembered here on Squeezer's Green. By the way, the North East Squeeze-In is a great event, if you aren't familiar with it and anywhere near the northeastern U.S. Ken
  18. If Jim is a lazy concertina player, there's no hope for me! PS I removed your several more duplicate posts, where I presume were accidental! Ken
  19. I recall Richard's house, surrounded by forest (and birds and animals), from my visit in 2006 (a trip on which I also met Rod and a number of other members here). Our wishes for a quick recovery (if that's what we should call it) for those affected by all these events. Ken
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
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