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    I play a C/G Anglo and primarily Irish music. Starting to branch out to other keys with a Bb/F box. I'm interested in meeting other Anglo players in the Willamette valley. I love smaller than usual concertinas and have a lovely tiny german one restored by Andrew Norman.
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  1. If you can convince your family member to include it in hand luggage - even if it means you pay for them to carry an additional bag onto the plane - it would be much safer. When I moved from the UK to the US I had a duffel bag with three concertinas in it as a carry on bag. A quick word at security about my small accordions, and I was through with very little delay, and was able to watch the checked bags get thrown around by the handlers from my window seat.
  2. If you take a picture with the paper I would perhaps recommend taking a picture of a day prior to your departure, with clear evidence of your EU location in the background. Otherwise, who's to say you didn't take a copy of today's paper with you on your trip and photograph it in the uk with your newly purchased instrument?
  3. Hi, is this still available? I've tried to PM you a few times without success.
  4. Thought I'd share my concertinas, nearly 20 years worth of collecting! The Leggett just arrived yesterday. Left to right, left shelf: Custom AC Norman C/G mini 13 button made in 2009, David Leggett C/G mini 16 button made in 2009, German G/D mini 20 button restored by AC Norman in 2007 or so, German unrestored Eb/Bb 20 button Left to right, right shelf: Unknown restored Bb/F 26 button from Barleycorn, Edgley C/G 30 button made in 2003, custom Dipper almost-mini C/G 34 button made in 2009. Feel free to ask questions about them!
  5. Thanks Mike. That makes me feel better about buying this box from a distance. It is shipping Monday, will take a few days plus customs clearance, and then I will report in!
  6. Staying in the same country is definitely a benefit when it comes time to get repairs or complex maintenance taken care of.
  7. Hello, I may have an opportunity to purchase a unique smaller concertina by Dave Leggett, but I cannot play it in advance due to being in the wrong country. I understand he used to be a member here and sadly passed away a few years ago. He made a few instruments and I am wondering if anyone has opinions on what they were like regarding playability and general construction. There isn't much available on the internet as far as I can see. Thank you!
  8. Hi all, there is a new Facebook group to try to help Irish musicians in the Eugene Oregon area find each other. Sadly the local session scene was getting sparser even before Covid, and the local Irish festival shuttered its doors about six years ago. There are musicians here, I just don't know how to get them together (virtually for now, of course). If you are near Eugene Oregon or know anyone in the area, please spread the word! https://www.facebook.com/groups/528842671412674/
  9. I have been very impressed with my H2 Zoom recorder - not the H2n, mine is an older model but still going strong. I recently learned it can also be used as a USB mic (haven't tried) and it is currently being used to copy all my old minidiscs into digital format. I've just ordered (should receive tomorrow) a gently used Zoom Q8 video recorder, it is supposed to have very good sound. It's a little overkill for what I need and I would have preferred their previous model, the Q4n, but it's discontinued and nearly impossible to get hold of. The Q8 can be used as a standalone mic if you don't want to record video. Not the cheapest option though, as it runs $300 to $400 new depending on seller and accessories.
  10. Check with Barleycorn Concertinas and AC Norman. Both buy and restore instruments and maybe one of them will have something unrestored to sell to you.
  11. I have heard that playing in a position like that twists your back which could lead to problems in the future. Just be careful of that...
  12. I used to have a Maccann Duet, and sold it years ago. I've just come across this printed out book of information about Duets including basic information, diagram of a 39 button, exercises, and sheet music. I don't feel right selling it since it's a printout of a digital file rather than a commercial book, but it's of no use to me. I'm happy to pass it on to someone for the cost of shipping from Oregon, USA.
  13. Hi all, I am planning on sending a concertina from the US to Canada for repair and then have it sent back again. Is there any kind of paperwork I can file to prevent having to pay two lots of customs fees, considering it's only taking a vacation?
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