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  • Birthday 02/11/1960

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    currently eugene, oregon. usa

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  1. Bidding ended at only 300$. Guess I should figure out/ask about the shipping process. Years ago on ebay I got the same model for around 1100$ and considered that the going price.
  2. It should be required viewing for anyone with even the slightest interest in the instrument. Although the humor attempt is lost on me.
  3. First off, I want to say thanks so much for the great advice from the likes of you. If any of you had the instrument in your hands for a moment, you would spot the problem, of that I am sure. The advice on how essential the seal is did the trick. Upon opening the left side, I laid my straight edge over the partitions and found a slight raised area in the approximate center, more pronounced in the area of low volume reeds. (During the refurb, I had replaced the bellows skirt chamois, but not the partitions, as they seemed in good health). Then the straightedge on the action pan. Obviously warped. So now the disassembled action pans sit for a week or so clamped (after a bit of moistening), and then I'm faced with the very fiddly bit of another full adjustment of the action. Here's the humorous part. The last concertina I refurbished was the same model, and had the same problem, and I did the same thing. Regulated the action after felting the buttons, mind you, and then having to do it all over again, when it dawned on me that the pans were warped!!!!! (It's from the 1870s) Regarding Dana's input, I have never considered that bit about wood to wood, and usually go right for cardstock shim, but now I'll think on it. When I've worked on string instruments, connection areas seems to be critical for sound optimization. Again, thank you all very much. Wesley
  4. I've just refurbished a high quality lachenal and no matter my efforts, the outer key rows are significantly lower in volume output than the inside. Some time ago, I rebuilt another one that is exactly the same in appearance that is very balanced. These are the fine fretwork rosewood type, 20 button. I've swapped the valves out for lighter ones on those rows, but no real effect. The obvious is that the outer key rows lift the pads under the hands, and so dampen the sound, but this is not born out in other instruments I have that employ the radial reed pan design. Any ideas solutions welcome.
  5. It seems right to use close to original materials. I now prefer the wool felt in between the card and leather. Here in the states, Joann's fabrics carries it. Cool beer coasters are ok for card stock if you wanna make a statement.
  6. I never forget my first exposure to concertina, and the guy that played it had a shruti box. He played me a tune on his breathy old full of holes lachenal backed by that shruti. Magic. So I'm looking for informed opinions on what key I should purchase one in, for the usual c/g box irish scottish style of music. This site has some quality looking ones to choose from. http://www.buyraagini.com/mks-special-concert-shruti-large-box-natural-color-with-bag-fbb/
  7. I'm in complete agreement with Richard. I have a Carroll also, in c/g. It has improved substantially across all of its range over the last ten years of being played. Sure, there are signs of it being used, but how many of you would turn down a vintage instrument that has improved over many years of frequent use? I personally think that my Carroll is worth more now than when I purchased it new.
  8. Beautifully played, on a lovely instrument. Thanks, Richard.
  9. Good on you! I have the same model, and I believe I like it's sound over the crabb, a carroll, and a lachenal I have. So keep at it, it's not an easy instrument to become adept at.
  10. Have to add.. I took piano lessons when young like many, and enjoyed it, reading and memorizing classical pieces. Yes, it's difficult, but oh how I wish it would have been an anglo concertina!! I would rate the difficulty of anglo well played, as difficult or more than high level piano playing. I've took up old time banjo now, and it has improved my concertina playing. You can't bend those notes, but it's the rhythm. If little children dance when you play...So, I would echo, falling in love, like minds, determination, does the instrument fit your personality. Find the rhythm, express yourself! And...a good instrument costs too #! $^√ómuch:(
  11. To be part of this discussion, this community; feels a privilege. Very thoughtful replies. Something always strange happens when you pick up a jones or lachenal from 170 years ago, the smell of ancient air, all the other places and hands, playing "along the row", spaces and levers between the notes. Thank you all.
  12. I have 2 very nice vintage 20 button anglo tinas and keep wondering why early manufacturers made them. The 30b wouldn't be a problem to purchase instead if one could afford a high end 20b. I should add, that I find myself playing the 20b more often than my 2 very nice 30b tinas.
  13. WondEring how to access the eBay link for the Jones. High interest.

  14. i hear the Jones make have broad reeds and shorter in scale, hence the air problem. stiffer reeds take more air to sound. i have a 20b and it is a little harder to play, but not that bad and has a great unique old sound. your problem is most likely the set of the reed, being to high. it also could be a gap too wide or the valve, but i would check the set first.
  15. A work of art to be sure. looking forward to the clip. Questions: did you make the leather embossing tool, or was it made for you, and is it a roller, or flat stamp?
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