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  1. I think the clinical term for this is “Da Nile”.. you are well on your way to Officer, office holder status in the club.
  2. I would hazard a guess as to “concertina acquisition syndrome”.. it is a pretty common affliction among the members here..
  3. The above link takes you to the current listing, and the contact email is in there. from my going back and forth him. I get the feeling he’d prefer to deal with people direct over email than to set up a “store” and deal with answering tons of question from people that have no intention of buying. My understanding is that he is not a broker or dealer. He is guy that is trying to sell these off for the previous owner’s widow. I may be way off here. But, that was my take on it. if you are in mass, he is in scotia NY. @ 2 hr drive. He was very open to having people come and check out in person.
  4. I got spell corrected the Cornell collection is in Scotia, NY. rebi is located in RI or Watertown iirc.. she had mostly English.
  5. I would suggest you try rebi-la-volpe also on fb there is a listing for duets for sale estate of David Cornell. They are in upstate by.
  6. I realize this may be borderline heresy.. but, if the focus is classical. Would an English or Duet maybe be a better long term fit? not at all saying it can not be done on an Anglo. But, having a fully chromatic instrument, relatively agnostic regarding key and not having to plan out a note on a push /pull be a little better fit?
  7. I pulled out an pushed back in both reeds. The pull slid right in. The upper (push) kind of “popped” in. I guess I live with it until the weather changes. It is still cold here. See what happens once things warm up a bit.
  8. Update.. I did open it up. Push the reeds out and push them back in. no resistance, very easily done. I would say that the problem is still there. But, and this may be wishful thinking, it seems less than it was. Looking at the reeds while they were out, I did not see anything that looked wrong, obstructed or off. any other thoughts? Richard was pretty local to me. So now knowing the process, I may try this as a thing to do.
  9. You are correct. The link I hit only took me to a single board. I think it is an interesting concept. But needs a ways to go (imo) before I’d call it a midi concertina. Imo, you really need a bellows component to make it into a midi concertina. I would say the same thing about a midi sax controller if it was lacking the wind/ breath element. Bellows action and bellows control (to me) is the expressiveness heart of the instrument. I would love to see a modular design. Of a bellows base with all of the electronic guts and cable outs. Where you could easily swap out ends and systems. A standardized size to allow for many options. Or possibly have a small and large base. For the absolute schizophrenic you could do a crane left and a Hayden right. Or a swap a 37 English for a 55b etc. I think something like this could have a lot of appeal. As the standardized base common to the platform helps with scale and multiple ends lends itself to expansion and add on options. Then you could also have a standard end as well as an optional “higher end” version with all of the after touch, velocity or bend options. Or maybe lit up buttons? Who knows. If it was an open source, people could make and offer different ends, fretwork, button options, etc.. Walker ends, Crabb ends, etc.
  10. that is pretty cool. And while the layout is Hayden. I think it falls short of calling it a concertina. You’d really need 2 to as a left and right to give some of the ergos. And possibly add some sort of push pull mechanism to provide some sort of dynamics or motion control. definitely on the right track and cool. But, I’d say short of a midi concertina.
  11. Unless there is a huge uptick in interest. It is likely that we will be dealing with any “innovations” being making them cheaper and still decent, concertina connection and other lower end hybrids. And subbing in other materials in place of wood in the midrange. I could easily see midi controller concertinas. And that could easily drive a lot of innovation. But without the economy of scale as far as volumes of production I don’t see that as viable. couple that with the reality that these are acoustic instruments in terms of where they are played and the genre they are deployed in. I don’t see enough demand from people to “go electric”, or go midi as they need a “Hammond” or moog sound to make them commercially viable. if all of a sudden a Lady Gaga, Garth Brooks or Snoop Dogg starts recording and touring with a midi concertina player, it’s not likely to get a lot of traction.
  12. having never done this… is there anything I need to know here? Is it just a matter of a little pressure to push out and a little pressure to reseat?
  13. Had not considered the valid musical applications of the chain saw.. but if Phish can do it with a vacuum I suppose anything is possible..
  14. Guitar in the us and eu.. and possibly everywhere in the world… is probably the easiest to get. In terms of places to buy, options and getting a reasonably playable instruments and spares (strings) at lots of places and cheap prices. Even a friends brother’s cousin’s boyfriend that stopped playing and wants something you have…like a chain saw… so probably the easiest obtainable instrument.. And the resources for learning, teacher availability, books, you tube, your 13 year old algebra class friend that DOES take lessons. Etc. the guitar fits into just about every genre of music. So it’s not pigeon holed into a “you’re gonna play jazz/ classical/ country/ Klezmer?” Conversations. It has pretty much been in just about every genere of popular music as a main instrument probably back to @ 1930s with the swing/ big band era forward. And much farther back for many other types. and anybody that can strum “Smoke on the water” considers themself a guitar player. To me, anybody that has an interest in music has probably tried a guitar at some point. And I don’t think it is really all that surprising.. if you were to say the median age of people learning the concertina was under 30…well, then I would be very surprised.
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