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Bruce McCaskey

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  1. Thanks for the review. I’ve long been intrigued by this model but have never encountered one. I’ve seen the video on the Marcus website but would love to see more videos if you’d be inclined to post. I suspect that if I ever actually got my hands on one to try I’d be inclined to order my own
  2. No inquiries so I’ve decided to withdraw it from sale offering with a contribution to Paul for the use of the listing space.
  3. This is about three years old. I bought it new in the fall of 2019 but didn’t find many opportunities to play it so it is little used and in excellent condition. Includes the case. The price is $2,350 and I’ll pay the shipping.
  4. Nice looking instruments, I ordered mine at the start of COVID and the wait was about 14 months.
  5. I sent a PM yesterday, did you see it?
  6. John, it’s difficult to do a direct comparison to my Dipper. The Dipper was sold as a “Professional County Clare” and Colin said he put his “best” reeds in those. It’s metal ended with a bright and distinctive sound. It’s maybe 30 years old and I’ve played it a lot, though not so much in the last couple of years, and the reeds are well broke in. I’ve included a photo of the Dipper below. The TC Suttner is new (literally just made a few weeks ago) and wooden ended. The reeds haven’t been played much yet and they are a little softer toned and don’t have the brightness of the Dipper. Still it’s a good sound and I expect they’ll sound much richer in a few months of playing. The seven fold bellows move very readily and the buttons only require a light touch to operate. I find the action to be crisp and responsive. The Dipper...
  7. Last summer I had a chance to meet Tim Collins in Seattle and he graciously permitted me to try out two of his personal instruments. I was quite impressed and a few days later looked into ordering one for myself. I hadn’t been following the concertina market too closely and until I met with Tim I had been unaware that Jürgen Suttner offered a Tim Collins (TC) model at the top of his Anglo line. I placed an order and a little over a year later, the completed instrument was delivered to my door. Lovely instrument, 31 gold plated buttons (D drone), gold tooling and Thuya burl ends.
  8. Recorded July 9, 2020, a one-hour Zoom based concert from Ireland. Excellent opportunity to enjoy Brenda playing in an intimate setting. Click this link
  9. Forgive me if I'm out of context or confused between games and versions, but isn't this the same game that Jodi was describing in his post last year?
  10. I don’t know how it's working out in these days of virus related concerns, but my past experience has been that one a package gets this close, it's likely to be delivered in the next day or two. I have to wonder if the delivery date specified wasn’t a rough estimate applied at the time it was surrendered for shipping and it moved along much quicker than expected. If this as a current estimate based on location things must be in real turmoil with the shipping company. Maybe it will show up Monday and surprise you. Good luck.
  11. I spent some time looking into this just for curiosity's sake. Google, Bing and a few other search tools were employed along the way. It appears the publisher no longer has copies, I ran across a comment elsewhere the said the publisher reported it to be long out of print. I'm not entirely certain the publisher is still in business anyway. I also ran across a past reference to a copy being sold on eBay, but that was not a current offering. A search of this forum reveals that a copy was offered up for sale and another forum member apparently purchased it. I don't want to name the buyer here, but suggest you do your own search on the forum for reference to that book and when you identify the buyer, reach out to him with a personal message. Perhaps you can strike some sort of deal.
  12. Although this is primarily accordion focused, the concertina has a brief presence. I've included this video here not so much for its limited concertina content as for the fascinating window it provides into the world of bellows driven free reed instruments and some perspective on their many forms. It's dated 2009, somehow I missed it then but Martin Donohoe of Cavan (Ireland) recently posted a link to it elsewhere that brought it to my attention today. Behind the Bellows
  13. I heard “concertina” several times but that was all I could recognize from the narrative. Using Google I found a photo of Jayden and I'd say there is a good chance it matches the player in the video, but the player’s face isn’t well displayed in the video so there's some uncertainty. I also found one YouTube video that might be Jayden playing but it shows only the concertina.
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