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Dave Prebble

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  1. ....don't forget the hard hat and chrome leather welders gauntlets Dave
  2. Hey folks, Fact of life, we will not always agree with another's persons point of view. In my book, there is no excuse for being abusive to others in this forum. Dave
  3. < Yes well with babble fish you get what you pay for. Apart from several small points of language, surely "kazoos" should read "accordéons" > Mon Dieu ! D
  4. Well that's kind of offensive - an Anglo as the economy instrument for people who can't afford better? What instruments are you claiming as "better?" Even though I prefer the Anglo concertina I wouldn't say it's better or worse than other instruments. Just different, and my preference. knock, Knock... Is this the right room for an argument ?? D
  5. I do so almost as a matter of course in many tunes as I play a lot in octaves and with heavy lefthand chords. Very often these changes are almost unconsciously made. As you say, it is sometimes necessary too, just to avoid running out of notes in the upper or lower extremes of a tune. I deliberately make octave changes quite a lot in sessions or with the band as I find this can add depth and colour to the overall sound mix. On occasion when playing for dancing I also find that a changing the key of a tune mid-dance up from say, G to D, seems to add a certain 'urgency' to the music and can help liven up 'flagging' dancers towards the end of a set. Regards Dave
  6. Hi all Another sobering thought.... Many of the players with top notch instruments are products of the 60s & 70s 'folk revival' and are not getting any younger. I doubt there are many who will insist on being buried with their concertinas so the chances of these instruments being released to the 'up-and-coming' increase by the day. I too have left instructions as to how my concertinas will be disposed of in the event of my demise, and should I get to the stage that I can no longer play them, there is no way I will let them sit on the shelf. ....and so to bed..... with my hot water bottle and cocoa Dave ps... Requests to be included in my 'disposal instructions' will, I assure you, receive close consideration only if stapled to a crisp new £50 note
  7. Deaccession: (1) an object that has been removed permanently from the museum collection; (2) formal removal of accessioned objects from the muse urn's permanent collection. Objects removed from the unaccessioned collections of the museum are not considered deaccessions, but need to go through a formal removal process. See also: disposal. Correct me if I'm wrong, but what you're proposing doesn't sound very formal to me! Chris Where do they dig up these words from ? Nice idea though. Lets ' Liberate ' them all from the Horniman and send them all on a worldwide tour amongst C.net members. ..... second thoughts.... the arguments about pecking order for position on the list would be interminable.... Scrub this post ! Dave Prebble
  8. Sounds like someone got up on the wrong side of the billybong this morning. Only an Aussie would have an issue with rabbits. Sorry to hear you don't want more concertina players, cobber. I suspect a lot of folks on this board think concertinas are great, and the more the merrier. Neal Hey message from Yorkshire....Rabbits are lovely.......... but only when in a nice crusty pie The problems will start when concertinas start to breed like rabbits As for concertinamatosis, I can play blind.... been doing that for years Dave
  9. That's a good trick to learn. If you forget the tune, or the words to a song, it's amazing what you can get away with, just as long as you carry on confidently. If you vamp the same chord for a dozen bars while staring at the ceiling or floor for inspiration, it's a dead give-away. But if you can play a "variation" or make up some words as you go along, most of the audience won't even notice you've gone wrong. The gentle art of bluffing - essential to any musician! Well, it works for me I never noticed Howard - you must be a most accomplished bluffer My eyes and ears will be upon you when next we meet Regards Dave
  10. Hi Jody If I had the Wings of a Dove..... I had a great evening when you came over to Sheffield - we certainly 'gelled' that night Dave Unfortunately I've badly damaged the biceps tendon in my right elbow and I've not played the concertina at all for the last month. Fortunately, I can still do repair work and tuning and have become pretty skilled at doing jobs while avoiding the use of certain muscles. It is a real pity your stay was so short, I should have loved a couple of days playing and swapping tunes. Till next time.... Dave
  11. So Dave and Nigel, how about you both come over to my place and play a few tunes? Hi Jody If I had the Wings of a Dove..... I had a great evening when you came over to Sheffield - we certainly 'gelled' that night Dave
  12. Hi Nigel, It was all so long ago I really cannot recall exactly...then again, there is a lot I can't remember of what was an extremely boozy youth More than likely I bottled out (no pun intended) the first few times and I am sure that a high proportion of folks here did too. What I do remember is the extreme patience and help given to me in my early session days in Sussex. Generally I stayed pretty much in the background quietly trying to find the tune and keep up and was from time to time encouraged to start a tune myself...I must have sounded dreadful, but there would always someone there as a safety net to pick up and carry forward when I 'fell off' the tune. I have never forgotten this kindness and always have time and respect for anyone, however much of a beginner, who is prepared to have a go. Good luck - keep going to the session, let your mind get used to the the favourite tunes they play there, chat to folks and tell them you are a beginner. Confidence will grow and one day it will happen for you - of that you can be sure regards Dave
  13. I did chuckle slightly at the missing parethesis at the end of the word parenthesis. I have seen that Chris Algar has a 46 key Lachenal Maccann duet for sale on ebay uk currently. My fingers are twitching. I wonder what it will go for. 46 Key Lachenal Maccann Duet on Ebay It is not so far from Llangollen to Stoke-on Trent. Give Chris Algar a ring and make an appointment to go and see what type and range of instruments he has available. I have known Chris for best part of 30 years and he has a reputation second to none. I am sure he will point you along the right path. Regards Dave
  14. Hi All, I tune in very much the same way as Rich and would thoroughly recommend using a chart to organise the job. I don't know what sort of tuning 'meter' you use, but I found out the hard way that mine gives incorrect pitch measurements (and tone generation) as the battery gets low. On the occasion this happened to me I noticed it fairly quickly but I still had re-tune several reeds. Once bitten, twice shy..... I now always fit a brand new high quality battery at the start of a new tuning job and use the battery test button regularly. The cast off batteries fuel various radios etc round the house. Regards Dave
  15. Hi Missing Song, Welcome to concertina.net and great to see you contributing so soon. I was just thinking the other day that just about all this post was 'missing' was a 'song' So how about it folks ? ' Where have all the 'tinas gone........perhaps Irreverently yours Dave
  16. Careful inspection of the pictures leads me to suspect that the monk's have in fact been touched by person. Chris Pure poetry
  17. Will that be before or after your Fartaphone Base Concertina made from Harmonium reeds that made the house vibrate when you played them? Al Hi Alan ... another one day job ........ one day Dave
  18. Gaagghhhheeeeuuuggghhhh - I hope not I second that remark. And I thought I was the reactionary old f*rt round here When I can get round to it I intend to build a reedless 40 key 'anglo' for Accordion Magic to kit out as a midi. Much looking forward to all the fun I can have with it at ceilidhs. switching from trombone to piccalo to bagpipes.... all in the same tune Fear not - it will never replace the real concertina ! Regards Dave
  19. I'd much prefer a bottle warmer to an upturned iron for keeping the glue warm! I quite agree with you. Our kids were raised on a 'pair of natural bottle warmers', so to speak, so I don't happen to have such equipment to hand. I very much like the idea though and will keep the old eyes peeled at car boot sales. Gotta be safer ! I also have a 1 quart gluepot in the workshop - about the right size for cooking a stew but a bit O.T.T. for concertina pad quantity dabs of glue Dave
  20. Belated best wishes to a lovely lady. Quiet, steady, unassuming and absolutely brimful of character...... just like her playing Dave
  21. Hi all I'll add to the 'amen chorus' brothers Couldn't agree more with Theo and Bob As far as the use of hot melt glues or silicon sealers for pads, I daresay they would attach a pad to an arm OK but can see no advantage over the ‘tried and tested’ hide glue which would also seem to me to be easier and cleaner to apply… One plea I will add .... please never use epoxy resins for woodwork repairs ! It is the devil’s own job to break the joint and causes no end of problems for restorers of concertinas and antiques alike. Otherwise, I can't think of anything to add to my post of 3 years ago... see here : - http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php...entry4713 That thread covered glues in quite some depth and is well worth a read. Regards Dave
  22. Polyvinyl Acetate. Your basic white crafts glue. Best known example in the USA is Elmer's. My preference is Titebond Liquid Hide for this job. Unlike the traditional hot hide glues, I find it doesn't get brittle with age. PVA Glue (Evo-Stick Resin W is easy to find in UK) ... does the job fine but most grades of PVA set quite hard and are fairly water resistant so do bear in mind that, the next time the instrument needs re-padding, you (or someone else) may well have to replace the leather spuds that go on the end of the lever arms. Regards Dave Dave FR - Two ' t's ' in Elliott or he'll send the boys round to bust your knees !!
  23. F/C (as opposed to C/F) concertinas exist, but not in great numbers. This is most likely why your little faux pas went un-noticed. I have been looking for a nice F/C Baritone Anglo for years but on the rare occcasions I find one I am invariably broke Dave
  24. They certainly don't seem scarce in sessions round here Geoff Dave
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