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Henrik Müller

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  1. Hello everyone,

    I realised that I didn't introduce myself properly in my first posting on the rochelle competition and don't want to be rude. So here it goes.

    I live in quebec city,




    Thanks for all your comments on the previous posting.



    Welcome, Robert!


    That's was one of the more unusual introductions to the concertina!


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    and who was psychologically scarred by the dripping sarcasm ladled out by a series of vicious woodwork teachers, this was no small achievement.


    Go kick your woodwork teachers!


    Her response? "Now you understand why the people we know who make musical instruments smoke so much dope."


    It's a special brand of dope - it is called patience and as you know now, it works!


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    There is a lovely Clare version with a different second part. I think Micho Russell called it The Reel with a Birl - and other people called it that after Micho.


    - and IMHO much more interesting. It is found on many records with both names.

    One of the cooler versions - again IMHO - is found on "Irish Traditional Concertina Styles"

    (now part of "The Clare Set" CD-box collection) with Mrs. O'Dwyer, playing an old German

    double-reeded concertina, with Toss the Feathers/Drowsy Maggie.


    She plays with a little "dialect" that makes the tune almost a blend between Drowsy Maggie

    and The Reel with the Birl.


  4. Here is a few pictures of a face plate I am cutting for practice. This is coming along well but want to get a set of magnifying lens (Binocular) to allow a bit more precision. Comments please. Also a big hand of thanks to Bob for the pic's I used to make my template. Any comments welcome.




    Good-looking stuff indeed, Michael!


    I am looking for binocular magifying lenses myself (for daily wear ;-) ). Are you happy with the Proxxon?



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    so I'm assuming the super fast action must ( in part ) be down to very light springs....?


    I had an idea for a long time that fast action = light springs.

    I've had to revise that; they may be featherlight to press, but the other part of the

    sequence - closing - must also be fast (and "convincing").


    Last year, I changed my (originally steel wire) springs to (heavier) spring brass.

    That was better, but I still need to adjust some of them - still too light.


    Of course there are individual taste in feel, but light can be too light.



  6. I received my order on Friday. Amazing, may be the best single word to describe Dan Worrall's monumental work. Having skimmed the books, and settled down to read volume one, I quickly realize the importance of this set of books. I believe this will be the standard reference for the history of the anglo concertina. Mr. Worrall's background as a scientist blends well with his musicianship, and Clare roots to put together a detailed work that is a joy to own. I can't wait to get home and read more tonight.

    First: praise to Amazon - the arrival estimate said "middle of March"-ish and the packet arrived this Friday (Feb. 19th).


    I can only second Larry's comments: it is monumental. Dan has given the Anglo the history it so rightly deserves.

    In the parlance of thriller novel reviews: it's a white-knuckled page turner!


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    I would like to try a hand at building a concertina. Any ideas would be gretly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Dave. aka up-fiddler

    I can only second Chris' answer: once you have slipped and come to

    the end of the slope, you'll be staring into the black hole of obsession!


    Not a bad place to be - though you'll find no drawings!



  8. Yes it could be training wheels, or it could be clamping your foot to the bike pedal so that you have power on both the down and up strokes.


    But it really is not worth debating, if you're the tinkering sort you can try it our for yourself for the price of a few minutes and a thin scrap of leather. My experience with it is that I have both more control and more mobility. It comes from having the thumb as a full team member. Of course, your mileage may vary.


    Now, giggling aside:

    When I showed off my finished concertina in at the SSI 2006, I remember Chris Timson saying something like:

    "Hmm - maybe thumb straps could be of use on an Anglo...".


    Maybe it was because the instrument felt to him like an Anglo, with weird buttons and thumbstraps.

    (Correct me if I am off track, Chris).


    I should add that the thumbstraps (which went off, permanently, in 2008) weren't "normal".

    They were narrow, about 10 mm (approx. half the width of normal ones). The reason was that

    since I wasn't carrying the instrument in the thumbstraps (I always sit down), I might for

    various, non-explainable reasons bend my thumb(s) - and that would feel unpleasant. But that's

    all history.


    "Of course, your mileage may vary"

    Yes - it may be useful for a certain playing style, and irrelevant for another.



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