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  1. Hello - I have a question on musical notation for the English Concertina (although it could equally apply to Anglo & Duet). Is there a generally accepted standard of musical notation to indicate bellows direction? (Text takes up too much space and is too busy) The reason I ask is that I recently delivered a couple of sessions at the Swaledale Squeeze and was asked how (or whether) I could write out what I actually do on a particular tune. One thing that became apparent is that in one place I consistently use a pull note in a particular way to achieve softer note articulation on a
  2. ah ha - Definitely spent too long writing my reply There you have it in Matt's own words! R
  3. Well now - there's a story to that piece ... Cuckold is a very old tune and has many different sets of variations - mostly stemming from Border piping and Northumbrian piping traditions. The baseline version for many years was that in the Peacock tuneback - of which there are numerous facsimilies (such as here: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/musicfiles/manuscripts/peacock.pdf). A chap by the name of Matt Seattle has done an extraordinary amount of work to recover old forgotten music & manuscripts and make it available in various forms. His musical journey has lead him to the Border
  4. Hello - A lot of Billy's tunes work really well on the concertina. If you're playing English Concertina, some of the more arpeggio'd tunes with successive 3rd jumps can prove interesting. As far as the other books the NPS have on offer, they all contain good box tunes. - Book 1, lots of 'standards' and a few that have dropped out of currency. Some classic variation sets - Books 2 & 3 have less well known tunes but there's some absolute gems in there and you get some modern compositions (#1 was compiled 80 odd years ago!) - Charlton Memorial ... has some excellent tunes, particula
  5. Concertina is now Sold (via forum) - thank you!
  6. For Sale: Wheatstone Aeola Treble, #27864 48 keys, 6 fold bellows, steel reeds, brass mounts, concert pitch, lovely tone, original leather case Original manufacture: May 8th, 1919 (http://www.horniman.info/DKNSARC/SD01/PAGES/D1P1150S.HTM) Refubished: 2009 by that nice Mr Gibb @ theboxplace - incl pads, valves, thumbstraps & retuning The concertina came to me from a lady who was sorting out her grandfathers effects - the only history I have is "he'd had it all his life" - but I doubt that was from new. You can see in the photos that the fretwork has slots for bowing levers. There is
  7. PM'd - I don't know if Alistair plays two or four parts on the DVD but the fourth part owes much to Adrian Schofield's interpretation of the garbled recordings. If you want more Billy Pigg tunes, try the Billy Pigg book: http://www.northumbrianpipers.org.uk/index.php?page=Book-Store-One A lot of them go well on (English) concertina since Billy used a lot of arpeggios but some of the third jumps can get a little mechanical. Also take a look at the Old Drove Road - the same thematic structure gets re-used in at least 4 tunes. cheers Rob
  8. Oh my word .. I shouldn't be surprised by what appears on the internet any more. Apparently I was on the telly on Sunday, they reshowed "The Glass Virgin", a Catherine Cookson film from ~1992 .. and then someone pointed out it's also available on youtube. For your delectation and to make sure that someone other than my granny has seen it - part 8/10 - tunes at ~1:15 & ~1:55. There's even a concertina close-up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28RTGSAdDjI If I recall correctly the actors couldn't dance and that they played the wrong track based on the spec I also had to sacrifice my
  9. Now sold thanks to that lovely Theo Gibb of The Box Place. cheers Rob
  10. He was also a (quite small) caterpillar ... He was this big: [------------------] ...
  11. I had a similar thought 3 or 4 years ago .. I've only had 2nd hand reports and none from players I know well. Wim had just moved or was moving out to the states. I couldn't find a way to try an instrument before ordering. The import duty ultimately made the instrument unaffordable and I stopped pursuing that option (Sorry Wim). I spoke to Colin Dipper - he was not very keen as he had masses of work and was concentrating on making Anglos. He also held the opinion that the supply of older quality EC was strong enough to mean the new cost differential would be very high. I got the impressio
  12. Hello Simon - I think I know which box you mean ... On mine there were multiple sources of action noise which I've found on a similar box over the years: When depressing the button there is the sound of your finger hitting the button, can't do much about this except modifying playing style If the hole bushing is dead you get a click or a scrape from lateral movement (renew bushing - really helps) There can be a noise of the button engaging with the lever end (new bushing in key) When releasing the key, lateral movement of the key can make a small noise again You do get rattle
  13. Now with added sound! Oh and contact details - PM thru C.Net or rob.say@milecastle27.co.uk sound moved: http://milecastle27.co.uk/rob/2011/06/boyd-english-concertina-for-sale/ cheers Rob
  14. Hello - the time has come to part with this lovely instrument - I've a Wheatstone Boyd in need of an expensive rebuild! 56 key extended treble Lachenal concertina - made for the retailer Harry Boyd of Newcastle. These concertinas were made to a high specification and are very bright with good response - also easily identifiable through the 'H Boyd' in the fretwork design on the RHS. It's number 39851 which puts it somewhere around 1900. Concert pitch, raised metal ends, bowing valves (air in & out), five fold bellows, light action (standard Lachenal hook), original(?) wood case.
  15. Morning - yes there have been several I believe. I recall a story about a concertina player in Hexham who used to play having lost a limb in the Great War (or maybe 39-45?). The concertina only had a single functioning end. I don't know what system it was or whether the instrument was taken up before or after the injury. cheers Rob
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