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Henrik Müller

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  1. I've just come across this link to a Japanese site on melodeon.net




    It is mainly melodeons but has a few concertinas here and there.


    Now that's what I call a collection!

    Who is this person?

    Any one here read Japanese and can give us a bit of a run down on the site?

    Geeee, Malcom! - Japan nevers stops amazing me! I think the man's name is Yoneyama Koizumi. I browsed around a little (with my very limited and rusty Katakana abilities and found some pictures from a session in something called The Middle House.


    A few pictures down there is a picture of a western person called Jim Ediger - a search on the net revealed a band called "Red Thread" - click on the link www.garywolff.com/redthread.html - that's the home page (it asks for a MIDI plug-in, ignore). But no concertina player.


    Huh - I just get sucked into this... if anyone seriuosly wants to browse around on the Japanese sites, there is obviously one word which is good to know: concertina. Grr - I thought I could show the imag in the post (still learning this). Anyway, it is attached. Written in two different type faces.


    I browsed a little bit (= looked at pictures, BBSs and FAQs - that's the full stop sign...). Mostly melodeon/accordion stuff, and some reports from visits by various artist. But there seems to be a small, enthusiastic handful of people who are really dedicated to squeeze boxes. On the Links page, there are links to Chris & Anne and Chris' FAQ, but none to concertina.net.


    I will end these ramblings ("got to stop, got to stop") with an animated GIF concertina player. Not a music site, a children's site.


    Sitting on my hands, now. Promise.



  2. What I want to know is where did you get them and do they still sell them? :D

    Hi, Morgana -


    I assume you mean the figurines.


    There is no good answer to that. They are bought over a 15-16 year period of time, but generally I find them in shops I normally would avoid - like tourist shops, department of tasteless...hmm I can't find the proper English expression. Those places are normally stuffed with little dogs, cats, children etc, etc, ad nauseam (personal view). And only my fascination with the seemingly endless variations of bellowsswinging creatures makes me (and the family) sweep the shelves in those shops.


    Most are bought in Sweden, a few in the UK, a few in Germany, one from one of the children's playmates and one in Japan. But a few post up from this you will find Malcom Clapp saying that out of several dozens figurines only three were the same as in my lot. So Australia seems to be a good huntin' ground! :)



  3. Great collection, Henrik!


    Thanks, Jeff -


    And of course you are right - they are mice (to mistake a mouse for a cat, come on...). Mice have their own category, now - hence the missing images in you post. And the sheep has been properly named in "Various animals".


    Fine web site you have. Since you are into bones you may have come across this man: Yirdy Machar. Scottish by birth, but has lived in Denmark more than 25 years (at least that is the number of years I have known him).



  4. More curiosity: what's a Duvel? Anything you intend to bring? A pleasant Dutch beverage, maybe? :)

    Duvel is a devilishly good Belgian beer, for which both Henk and myself share a partiality.

    Ah, the Belgians - they know how to make some interesting brews! Count me in, please!


    Still curious: is the Anglodeon a melodeon base with "Anglo sides" and fingering - to get Anglo layout, but Melodeon sound?



  5. ...and I did more or less decide a while back that I shall only collect those where the instrument looks fairly realistic, but people keep giving them to me....

    G'day, Malcolm -


    Now, that's what I call a fine frog! All three proves to me, again, that there is no end to this! I understand your moral dilemma about the shape - there was a time when I thought that I would be really strict with shape: only hex or oct. This was mainly due to lack of space. I hadn't even given a thought to chemnitzers or bandoneons, not to mention the Texan boxes. I even got rid of a figurine because of that (shuddering at the thought). I think Jim has one on his old photo, if I recall correctly.


    But I gave in - like you, I kept getting them, and now I have set the criteria to the fingering: if there is any trace of keyboard with piano keys or buttons, it's accordion/melodeon, and I refrain.



  6. Hello Henrik


    A truly fabulous collection; but I'm interested in the matchstick.  Was it the same one throughout?  Also, and I hate to tell you this, but there is fellow collector and I think she may have a larger collection.

    Hi, Jill -


    Huh, the matchstick - no, not the same. The photo session took so long that the first one wore out.


    It is great to hear than there may be an even larger collection in existence! I never started it with any determination of "Let's make the largest concertina figurine collection in the world" - it just sort of grew, mainly because I was given figures at regular intervals by the family. After some years I started to wonder about how many variations I could find - it seemed endless. That's the fascinating part.


    Now this sounds really silly, but putting them on the web actually makes them easier to study, because the glass cupboard where they live isn't big enough, and they are stepping at each other's toes.


    Best regards,


  7. I found the similarities/differences too pervasive for my poor middle-aged mind to cope with. Hence the Anglodeon.


    It's due the end of April.



    So Chris.. there is a slight chance that the Anglodeon could be present at the SSI :unsure: .

    Anyway it should be a good reason to drink a Duvel :)

    or maybe 2 :D or 3 :lol: or 4 :blink:


    I am getting curious here! You beat me to the question, Henk - it would be fun to hear this thing at the SSI 2005. I am intrigued by cross-pollination between instruments.


    More curiosity: what's a Duvel? Anything you intend to bring? A pleasant Dutch beverage, maybe? :)



  8. After my first month of enjoying a permanent net connection and getting a feel of the forum, I have come to the point where I dare to start an old idea: putting my collection of concertina figurines on the net. So here's the first part, more will follow: Concertina figurines


    Since I am in the process of learning this, it is based on modified code kindly borrowed from Henk (thanks, Henk). The next step is (hopefully) to add more pages (yes, with more figurines).




  9. I became curious and found this (Gigablast search engine):




    Do you know who is the artist?

    That is truly beautiful.


    The artist is:

    John Everett Millais, British Pre-Raphaelite painter who died on 13 August 1896:



    Search for 'The Blind girl'. I know this is not the same site as yesterday, but today I couldn't find it - weird. Head is spinning…



  10. I wonder if any of you have shared this observation?



    Yes, I certainly have reflected on that, and it goes for other instruments as well. My wife, who is a fiddle player, even claims that certain personalities go with certain instruments, basically saying, as an example, that you rarely find timid brass players. When observing our 16-year old who started playing trumpet when he was ten and drums two years later, I tend to agree 100%!



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