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Jim Bayliss

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  1. On 5/13/2022 at 7:55 AM, David Colpitts said:
    On 5/13/2022 at 7:55 AM, David Colpitts said:

    Yes, indeed.  Jim has since divested himself of a full pair of Bastari Haydens; one playable to some lucky pilgrim, and one for parts/repair, to me.  As I figure it, David, you and I between us have about 10% of the world's complement of that first-edition Bastari Hayden!  In fact, I was imagining having to take parts from the "parts machine" until I realized nothing was really broken or missing on my playable one.  And, Jim or David, any extant copy of that Georgy Girl recording?


    I'll make a recording and will let you know when it's on my YouTube channel.  Thanks for your interest.  

  2. 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.   

  3. 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.        

  4. 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.     

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  5. 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.

  6. 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/

  7. 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.

  8. 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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