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Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

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  1. Hello concertina players


    Recently I wanted to make some recordings to demonstrate my new concertina designs being played and thought it would be nice to record Cohen playing as he is a musician who I admire. Kindly he offered to help. We made two recordings, the two concertinas played are a C/G Anglo and a G/D Anglo, both made with concertina reeds.


    Look here to learn more about these instruments: 


    look here to learn more about cohen and his music: 



    Have a pleasant April

    Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Wolverton Concertinas





  2. wow I havent seen flame polishing on acetal before, I have seen it done on clear acrylic though. 


    If fast cut is a bit pricey you might get a decent result with brasso on a soft cloth and polishing it by hand in the lathe - though I cant be sure. It will probably be slower than the fast cut, but you probably have a can in the cupboard somewhere! :) 

  3. use fast cut plus and cotton wool, run the lathe pretty darn fast and hold the cotton wool (dipped in fast cut) against the button, works well in general but its a bit slow. A quicker non lathe approach is to use a high speed polishing mop mounted on a bench grinder motor and a fine polishing compound on the mop (the same sort of thing you might use to polish a bit of brass). Rotate the button slowly while polishing - this approach is quicker but potentially easier to polish away bits of the button unevenly as its a bit aggressive, if you use the latter technique be careful as you do it but it can be made to work well. 

  4. you will probably get a lot from going to some local sessions, hopefully there might be an american one in Brighton. Probably there will be English and Irish sessions, its a great way to get inspiration for tunes and playing techniques. If you ever get the chance to see Brighton morris men dance they have a very good anglo player.

  5. "as good as or better" is a bit hard to define as peoples tastes are quite different, beyond a certain level of quality its sort of like art appreciation and it really depends what you play and what sort of feel and sound you want. 


    In my opinion - without being too specific there are currently some makers producing instruments above and beyond what the first wave of makers made and I am very fond of these instruments. But someone else might very well say "oh well that is over the top how good does it need to be?". 

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  6. Things have been somewhat busy at Wolverton concertinas.


    I am now offering a new design which is built around concertina reeds, the reeds are hand made in my workshop. This design comes with 31 buttons as standard but up to 34 are possible, currently C/G or G/D only. There is a display model so people are welcome to come and have a go if they wish.


    The new more advanced model is based on Victorian instruments, both in look and construction -  It is very much a hand made instrument. The design is not a copy of any one historical instrument but rather an amalgamation of the most desirable features from the existing historic instruments which I have studied. I have also added some features of my own – most notably the unique pattern of the hand-cut end-plates. I have put some images below, there are also some new recordings and more information about this model on my website:






    A big thank you to the people who helped me develop this, you know who you are.





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  7. The A# on the Left hand side should be A#3, always I would say. As for the C/E - that is one which there is variation on, sometimes it is E/C and sometimes the other way round apparently. I do E/C on my instruments though the reed could easily be flipped. There is not tooo much of an advantage either way with the C/E or E/C in my experience - It is rather a seldom used note.  If you ever play pop goes the weasel in G it makes for a comic "pop" in the weasel, I think that is all I ever used it for.

  8. There is sometimes a downside to bellows which extend over 90 degrees though - I am not certain that any of these bellows were ever designed to do that (though maybe some were I don't know), though I can be certain that sometimes such extension is actually caused actually by internal de-lamination of the bellows cards at certain points in a complex way - be cautious with bellows that can do this. 


    A Crabb concertina which opens to 114 degrees was mentioned. Perhaps Geoffrey Crabb might know - did crabb ever design their bellows to extend beyond 90 degrees?

  9. perhaps it was worth a potential difference in tone for an instrument which is not going to be temperamental in the African climate though.


    Zak that recording sounds great! I love hearing this musical style. Are you saying in this recording the instrument has a perspex reed pan?

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