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  • Birthday 02/11/1960

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  1. 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.
  2. WondEring how to access the eBay link for the Jones. High interest.

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    George Jones 26 button

    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.
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    Latest 5 1/2 Tassey Tiger

    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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    Three Piratey Tunes From Sea Of Thieves

    Not sure where you all are in your approach to the instrument, but maybe some of you have had a go at Bertram Levy's instructions, and by the by, he has a new booklet out these many years later. I just want to send you in another slightly different direction by suggesting a look listen to Cormac Begley playing "ships a sailing" followed by another version called "Jackson's reel", and to finish off the set, Dunmore lasses. It doesn't get more "piraty". You can find it on his bandcamp site, on the cd "tunes from the church", track 10. It's pitched about 20cents flat. The banjo player is beyond good.
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    Is The Concertina For Me?

    appears your interest is duplicating an accordion style in a smaller instrument. the anglo concertina is not an accordion. it only shares some commonalities. explore other styles of concertinas or small button accordions. chemnitzer comes to mind, do a utube look see.
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    Newb Fingering Question

    It's all to your own personal liking as whether the tune is legato or bouncing. If you really like legato, you have the wrong instrument for that style. Anglo was designed for the dance rhythm of folk music...or so I've heard. As you develope, you should explore the empty spaces between the notes. Some of the older Irish style players "along the row" are masters at this. Some are younger. Listen to Cormac Begley. There's a few of him on the innertube. His cd is superb. Pick a style you like and work on it. It's a wonderful journey.
  8. My vote is for bamboo, as if I'm correct, it's used for the reed in woodwinds. Now just work on those university researchers. But, if experienced minds here aren't wrong, reed material, at least in the world of steel metallurgy, plays little to no part in sound quality. Now a piece of bamboo....
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    A Remarkable Young Anglo Player

    Much appreciation. The first bit is as my ear has it, and just a bit complex. Engaging, it is. I'll try to work up a utube clip. Keep your creative mind flowing. The musical world anticipates it.
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    A Remarkable Young Anglo Player

    Thanks, Adrian, I obviously missed your post. Yes, if it's not too much trouble I'd enjoy seeing the scores. I've so far worked out the very first tune to my liking.
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    Wtb......38 Key Bb / F Jeffries

    There's one on ebay now. 44b in Vista California. 202217543471
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    A Remarkable Young Anglo Player

    An astounding performance. I'm curious about the two tunes on melodion. Anyone familiar with them, or are they his compositions? The first one sits well on the anglo. A pipe tune perhaps.
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    A Remarkable Young Anglo Player

    An astounding performance. I'm curious to know if the two melodion pieces are his own and if not, their names and who composed them. Working on the first one, it fits well on anglo. Could be a pipe tune.
  14. Would like to post an easy fix for a common problem. Do you have a valve (pos! Flat piece of hair sheep leather that won't behave? Causing a sound of two notes buzzing? The dreaded 'flutter'? Just use a fine small brush dipped in leather/cloth glue, you know, the stuff thats sold at craft stores and dries clear. Lay it judiciously along the offending valves length. It dries in a jiffy and you troubles are over.
  15. The reed just chops the air. Magical it is. From all this discusion/dissertation that fact is key. On my pads, I recently have changed from dense foam to wool felt, not thinking of the tonal changes..