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Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

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About Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 07/14/1990

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    Morris dancing, playing music and concertina construction
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    Wolverton, Milton Keynes

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  1. Good idea. I have also sent a letter to his neighbours either side, I hope he is ok.
  2. I am trying to locate Mr Robert Hogben, a customer of mine and I am having trouble. Does anyone on here know him? He isn't answering calls or emails. Nice fellow. Keeps bees. If anyone has any news please could they let me know. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe
  3. Wolverton Concertinas have some merchandise to give away totally free. Your chance to acquire a beautiful hand pulled linocut by Karen Carter and a limited edition mug. We have two of each to give away so two people will be selected randomly to win both a mug and a linocut print. All entrants will receive a complimentary Wolverton Concertinas sticker. To enter simply send your name and postal address to chloe.e.metcalfe@gmail.com subject:prize draw. Contact info will only be used to facilitate the draw. The two winners will be chosen at random. Date of draw 10th of January 2021. Best wishes to you all
  4. Thank you for posting the video, I really enjoyed hearing that. I was not really able to get much of a tune out of it - being an anglo player.
  5. I used to do this when learning the melodeon years ago. At some point the need to breathe at the same time went away. Its a hilarious idea really.
  6. Ok I am actually quite curious now, what is this concertina?
  7. what model of concertina was it off? Was it one of the mahogany ended ones? I have heard it suggested that on those instruments they just pressed out the frames and didn't bother fettling, flattening or squaring up the slots at all on the more basic mahogany instruments. You do have to flat them off on the bottom at least when they are pressed out, its done that way in the Wheatstone workshop to this very day.
  8. keep it up, the key is just to keep practising, then maybe find somewhere you can play with others like a session or just with some friends. learning and getting better at music is something that can continue to be rewarding probably for your entire life ...!
  9. First came the isolation, then came the depravity, then came THE Grand Northern. A lot of the music me and chloe learn is geared towards being able to play with others. This is a tune we learned just because we liked it - it is from the slip jigs and waltzes fiddlers tune book. We hope you enjoy it too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2KEtUM32WA&fbclid=IwAR3AVdchdsrM4ZrxCsFZEkj1L-pn1aRDn8FRCCQ0WiM-AkT2kCQqMytOrm0
  10. Thank you for sharing this experience. This is quite interesting that you did not get as much extra air as you expected. I have played instruments with loads of folds and it seemed as if the bellows move faster somehow when played, so that you ran out of air faster somehow despite having more length. I believed the problem was that the reeds were not very efficient or something like that, though maybe there is something else going on here (perhaps relating to the volume of air and the resulting pressure? I am no physicist and have no way of working out why this would be). I never tried playing say a 7 fold bellows then the same instrument having been converted to 11. I was told by a very well respected maker that there is no point going above 7, though I have made eight fold sets and found that quite good, but not totally essential (with anglo anyway) as you can always find another way of playing a piece of music to get around any problem of running out of air. But this is all relating to playing an anglo and specifically in the English style. I have never learned the duet and am quite fascinated by it. Given your experiences, what do you think would be the optimum number of folds for your duet playing? Best wishes Jake
  11. loved the orange in bloom video by the way, that 1/5th comma sounds great. Good luck with the sale.
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