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  • Birthday 02/11/1960

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  1. 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/
  2. 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.
  3. Beautifully played, on a lovely instrument. Thanks, Richard.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:(
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. WondEring how to access the eBay link for the Jones. High interest.

  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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....
  15. 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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