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Jim Bayliss

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  1. I agree that upside down is the way to replace the endplates on the Bastari. It's been a long time since I did that. The dowels and wires have been useful for me on Wheatstones and my Wakkers to keep the buttons straight for upright endplate replacement.
  2. I'll make a recording and will let you know when it's on my YouTube channel. Thanks for your interest.
  3. Glad to hear you're getting some good use out of the Bastari duet. I've also used plastic covered wire cut from clothes hangers and appropriately sized thin dowels or the equivalent to get buttons lined up.
  4. I'm sending a copy of the 1982 letter, mentioned earlier in this thread, I received from Pat Robson discussing bandoneons, Chemnitzers, duet concertinas, etc. It was written on 11 5/8" paper and the scan leaves out a few lines on each side. If the ICA would like the letter, I'd be glad to contribute it. Scan_0001.pdfScan_0001.pdfScan_0001.pdf Scan_0001.pdfScan_0002.pdf
  5. I have one probably identical to Matthew's with the vertical reed banks. It was bought as a Bastari and has long been unplayable. If anybody would want it for parts or otherwise, I would send it to you for postage.
  6. Very interesting. I'll be interested in any further comments.
  7. If you haven't already, consider getting a strong cloth tote bag that can carry two or more cases. L.L. Bean is a source, but in the U.S. Bags and Totes (llbean.com)
  8. I own two Wakkers, W-1 and W-2 Hayden duets, and am very pleased with them. They are as good as they look and well worth the $.
  9. Rochelle Anglo for sale. 30 buttons. Good beginner concertina. Bought new about 4 years ago. Little played. Like new. $300 postpaid in the U.S. Includes soft case and tutor. PM me for more information.
  10. I have tried to call and write him recently. No success.
  11. Stagi was sloppy in building these instruments with the different row angles between sides and asymmetrically staggered button rows. The only practical solution is to move on and get an instrument without the slant. Even with a slant, the instruments work and are manageable, but I'm convinced they work better without the slant.
  12. I tried taking the slant out of a Stagi Hayden over 10 years ago. The problem is that taking the slant out of the handrails throws the instrument out of balance and makes it more awkward to play and rest flat on the knee.
  13. I have a little used Rochelle bought new by me ~6 years ago that I'd like to sell for $350 plus postage. With tutor and soft case. Excellent condition.
  14. I'm willing to part with my two Bastari 46 key Haydens. One is playable and I've been keeping the other for parts. If you're interested, send me a personal message.
  15. I own two of these instruments and played them for maybe 12 years before I could acquire higher quality Haydens. One of them is still playable and I keep the other for parts. .
  16. Apparently the upper A on the left is the air button.
  17. IMO, if a thumb can reach the buttons, the hand rest is too close to the buttons. I've never been able to reach more than one button on each side with thumbs on a slanted keyboard, and have never felt any need to use thumbs for playing. Thumbs give stability to a player's hold on the hand rest. .
  18. Hi. I just discovered this thread and appreciate everybody's comments. I'll say that the 46-key Wakker Hayden is a W-1 with 3 reeds placed in the center of the reed pans. I now also have a 65 key WW-2 and hope to get around to some more uploads.
  19. You're right, Jim. That's a sculpture of a Native American dancer, though, from a distance, it does look somewhat like the devil down below. The behemoth on the right is my 82-key Wheatstone Hayden. I also like the gender balance.
  20. We had another successful Concertinas at Palestine weekend. The weather cooperated, was cool and clear, and we had concertina players, from experienced to beginning, from as far away as Wisconsin. Anglo, English, and Hayden and MacCann duet systems were represented. Jody Kruskal was our workshop leader and guest performer, and was again a hit with his enthusiastic teaching, and masterful singing and playing. The tunes taught were "Sandy Boys", "Been to the East, Been to the West", and "Cora Dye". We also had a well-attended slow jam and a master class. Everybody seemed to have a good time and get inspired. One of the groups on the bill at Old Pal was the rousing Orpheus Supertones, with Walt Koken, who was a member of the Highwoods Stringband back in the 70s. We, of course, took time to sample the local cuisine, including BBQ and Mexican food. All in all, it was a great time, with great music, people, and food. A group picture is posted on the Facebook site, Texas Concertina Players. https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/230954200427333/
  21. In Palestine, there's a chance of thundershowers on Thursday, but it looks like it's going to be great springtime weather for the weekend. So, if there are any late deciders out there, let me know and I'll get you Jody's workshop materials before it's time to leave. It should be fun. jmbayliss@juno.com
  22. In addition to Jody's teaching and playing, the opportunites for learning and comradery with other concertinists will be there. There will be a convocation of Duets Anonymous, as well as a slow jam of old time, English, and Irish tunes. Right now, I'm primarily looking at reviewing tunes we have previously gone over in years at Palestine. Please add any suggestions, and, if you'd like to do a workshop, please let me know. We are also planning a concertinists' dinner at a local restaurant. So please email me if you think you'll be attending.
  23. As mentioned above, I'll be organizing the concertina aspect of Old Pal this year. Jody is a great and inspiring player and has a lot of musical knowledge of benefit for players of all levels and systems. And when the concertinas aren't playing, there will be a lot of music and learning opportunities going on at the festival, and Palestine will be in spring with the dogwoods blooming. The festival fee runs about $80, and the concertina fee is $30 to help defray expenses. If you plan on attending or have any questions, contact me at jmbayliss@juno.com. I hope to see you there.
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