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  1. Hello all - I'm not very well known here, as I'm more of a lurker than anything, but I do live in London and it's certainly been interesting this week. I went in on Friday to do some photojournalism, here's the link if anyone would like to see the shots. http://www.hostinginseattle.com/bethftp/ Some people have mentioned World War II - I think there are some strong parallels between then and now. Coincidentally, in St. James' Park this week there was a "Living History" exhibition about the war. I went to it last night and someone had added "London can take it!" to several of the Blitz exhibitions - as relevent today as it was sixty years ago.
  2. Probably, though I don't know many Anglo players personally. I know one other player here in London, and an English player in Swindon who gave anglo a shot once. Then of course there's the Hobgoblin lot, and the regular British C.netters scattered about the country. There's a concertina weekend in Lewes this autumn that I'm hoping to attend, I'm sure people there would be interested but I haven't met them yet.
  3. Is there any chance of it finding its way to London? There's a Hobgoblin here too if it needs to stay in professional hands.. I've been considering a Tedrow for years now, particularly a miniature, and would love to get to try one.
  4. Does anyone have an idea of how complicated/expensive it would be to get there from London? If it's going to cost several hundred pounds just for travel, we probably won't be able to go...
  5. Thanks for the link, I'm checking it out now. Yes, I'm going to talk to Colin directly, but I heard from his son that it's preferable if people already have a fair idea of what they want when they get in touch. So in order to minimize any effort on his part or intrusion onto his time, I'd like to hear about what other people have gotten/ordered in the past.
  6. I'm seriously considering placing an order for a Dipper or two. I'd like to get a matched Anglo set of a C/G and a miniature. I understand that Colin Dipper prefers to have orders placed with as much information and detail as possible - makes sense. But I don't know what options he offers. So I'm writing to ask those of you who have placed orders with Dipper for information on what kinds of options he offered at the time of your order. I'd like to have as much information as possible before I contact him, which will be within a month or so if all goes well. I know I would want wooden-ended instruments (but I don't know what kind of wood), and my current instrument has a seven fold bellows I believe, so I'd probably go with that again. I've got C#/D# in both directions on the right hand, so I'd get that as well. I don't have bellows papers on my current concertina, not sure I would want any on the Dipper, but I don't know if he does them or not. I'd welcome photos of your Dipper instruments, particularly the ends. And I am also very curious about how much they cost, so if anyone was willing to PM me that information that would be appreciated. It may be that I'll never be able to afford even one Dipper, which would make my situation much simpler in a sad sort of way. Also, if anyone can put me in touch with someone who owns a Dipper miniature anglo, I'd be very grateful. I know someone posted a movie file of one when I was asking about miniatures, but it wasn't the owner who posted it. If anyone lives in the London UK area and has a Dipper, may I come take a look at it? I'm afraid I don't have a car so if you live outside of London it will be more difficult for me to get out there, but maybe still possible.
  7. Well, I finished the first wave of repairs this weekend. It's now fitted with all new valves, pads, felt damper circles, leather end beads, and cross-hole bushings. The results: A much tighter seal as indicated by the 'drop-test' - there are a couple of pinhole leaks in the bellows corners, but I'm not worrying about them at the moment. Two of the springs seemed a little bit weak, but they're still holding. I'm not going to replace them at the moment. The bushing felt that I bought from an online supplier is way too thick - the buttons are very hard to move and I had a heck of a time reassembling. I even trimmed it down from the recommended 9mm but it was still a challenge. In hindsight I should have foregone the rebushing. I'll have to try to remove the buttons again and bush them with something thinner. I'm thinking maybe t-shirt material or something, if it doesn't leave little bits of fluff around inside. The echoey feature has not gone away, so I want to address that next. The two 'out of tune' notes seem to have improved to my ear, though I haven't compared anything to a tuner yet. I am very interested in getting the whole thing retuned to modern pitch but I don't know how much that will cost yet. Hobgoblin gave me an off-the-cuff quote of "about £5 per reed" and I can't afford that at the moment. I also bought some Milton's fluid to clean up the buttons with, which I will implement when I take them off for rebushing. If I can get them off without breaking anything! I can provide pics if anyone is significantly interested in my endeavours.
  8. Where can one get Milton sterilising fluid? I hadn't heard of it before now.
  9. Hi Henk, I know HTML too, I just meant a way to use it while posting here. When I tried some href tags they didn't work, so I used the bulletin board code instead. No big deal. On another board I go to, there's a toggle box for whether you want to enable/disable html code. Thanks for the thread link! Edited to add sound clips. I've taken samples of a C scale, a G scale (actually twelve nots starting at C and G respectively, or three buttons on each side), and each row of buttons at a time. The file sizes are shamefully large, about 150-300 kb for just a few seconds of sound, but I wasn't sure how much compression might muddle any repair symptoms. The files are located here: http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/lachenal/sound/ Recorded with Goldwave and a Sony condenser microphone, on a laptop that refused to record them any louder.
  10. Hi again everyone, and thanks very much for the replies. That's a very useful link Henk, well done on putting together the guide. Howard, I'm not in the Engineering department of UCL (Linguistics) but I did engineering as my undergrad work, so that's coming in handy here. I didn't know Hobgoblin sold spare parts - I promised the concertina guy there I'd bring in my other conc to show him anyway, so maybe I'll stop by with this one and a wish list of parts too. I'm likely going to get the pre-assembled tool kit from Concertina-spares.com, it looks like a good mix. By the way, if anyone knows how to use HTML on this board, please let me know. If it's not enabled, I'll make do. I opened up the box this morning, and took lots of pictures, but I should have taken written notes too! Chalk up first lesson learned. Three interesting points came to light upon opening. There is a lot of valve warping; I am guessing this one has been stored on end in its box for quite a lot of time. Also, the entire serial number isn't visible from the outside: http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...berexternal.jpg http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...berinternal.jpg So this little tidbit revises the age estimate from 1870-1900 to 1894-1929, again using the two formulae I found on this site. Interesting. The third point of info is that I was expecting to see steel reeds, but they look brass. I don't know what implication that has yet. On with the photos: The left side http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...tfrontplate.jpg - The front plate. Two screws were rusted into place and took a while to get out. There's a fair bit of damage surrounding the screwholes here, suggesting that it's been opened a lot. The same two rusty screws were also partially stripped, one worse than the other. I haven't put those two back in for fear of damaging them more. http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...actionboard.jpg - The action board. One of the buttons had its little felt-bushing missing, at the point where it meets the lever arm. The lowest button, the sticky one when playing, didn't seem so bad with the front plate removed. http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...dfrontplate.jpg - another view of the above. http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...anfrontside.jpg - The reed pan sitting inside its holder. http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...edpan_flash.jpg - Front of the removed reed pan, with flash. http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...pan_noflash.jpg - Front of the reed pan, without flash. http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...panbackside.jpg - The back of the reed pan. The valve conditions lead me to believe that the concertina was mostly stored on its left end, and it came with an end-oriented box (which I am not using at the moment, it needs cleaning). The right side http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...tfrontplate.jpg - The front plate. Crack toward the right in this shot and a bit of fretwork is broken off, but it's still glued to the leather baffle. http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...actionboard.jpg - Action board. A few of the 'dust circles' around the landing sites of the pads weren't centred on the holes, so there might be some leakage there. http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...anfrontside.jpg - Front of the reed pan. http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...panbackside.jpg - Back of the reed pan. Again, warpage patterns suggest storing on left end. Three of the reeds on the right side have little pieces of paper wedged in next to them. I didn't make note of which ones, but I think at least one, and possibly two, are the notes which are off-key with respect to the tuning. http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...paperwedge1.jpg http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...paperwedge2.jpg http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...paperwedge3.jpg The Bellows http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...owsinternal.jpg - The bellows, internal view. I forgot to take an external shot, but I can later. http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...colouration.jpg - I didn't like the look of all these marks inside the bellows... http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...compression.jpg - at one end the bellows seem to be structurally weak, probably from overuse. If pushed too far they seemed to bend in farther than originally designed, at least in my view. This is a composite shot of compressing to what I thought would be normally the maximum (top) and then what these bellows actually compress to (bottom). I'd be happy to take particular closeups of anything. I'll satisfy your curiosity and you'll teach me what to be aware of.
  11. Hello all - I just received a 20-key Lachenal from ebay last night (circa 1870-1900 depending on formula); it's my first attempt at repairing a slightly damaged instrument. I haven't opened it up yet, but here are my first impressions: The lowest-pitched button on the left end tends to stick open, but can be made to close by pulling on the button. There is a somewhat echoy effect for many of the notes - I suppose things are not closing properly after releasing the button. The pitches are 'off' compared to my other, circa-2003 concertina, except for the first two buttons on the right side. F# and C, I think they were. Those are spot on with my other concertina, but they sound off-pitch with regard to all of the other lachenal notes. I have read of a different tuning being used for older concertinas, I guess this is what they meant? The woodwork is in good condition externally...one long surface crack that seems pretty solid, and a small bit of fretwork that has broken off and needs to be reglued into place. The bellows leak slightly but not too badly, and that could be related to the echoing problem, if things aren't closing properly. I have a copy of the Maintenance Manual, but haven't delved into it yet. Tips from those who have come before are welcome. I know the first steps will be "open it" and "read the manual", and I hope to get to do that this weekend. I was also wondering if there are any UK repairers around here that might be willing to teach me a few tips if I come by their shop. I live in London, and I don't own a car. Photos from the ebay auction: http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...l/ebaylach1.jpg http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...l/ebaylach2.jpg http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~uclyege/la...l/ebaylach3.jpg Comments welcome, and if people are interested I'll post more (text and photos) when I've opened it up.
  12. The images on this auction might be of value to anyone compiling a history of Lachenal... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...6160627897&rd=1 Weird! I wonder what they were requested to do.
  13. Hello all, I've been encouraged to introduce myself, so here goes. I started out as a whistle player, for about four years now. I bought my anglo concertina about a year and a half ago, and joined the board at some point but didn't say much. I'm American but recently moved to London for university, so I'll be here till at least January 2005. I have a 30-button C/G box and would love to find instruction in London - I haven't found anything yet but I won't believe that there's no one teaching here... I did go to the Return to Camden Town Irish festival in October, and attended their concertina workshop, but discovered that they had imported their instructor from somewhere else in England. I have been to three workshop-weeks in Ireland in 2003 - Willie Clancy (with Michelle O'Sullivan), Feakle (with Mary MacNamara, I love her style), and Kilrush (I can't remember, I was pretty burned out by this point). I've an interest in mini-concertinas and am seriously considering getting on Dipper's list for a special - I figure by the time my name comes up, I'll have a job and some money to pay for it. If you've got experience with Dipper concertinas I'd love to hear from you. If you live anywhere near London I'd love to hear from you (and meet with you, though I don't have a car). Actually, I'd love to hear from just about anyone - at the moment I'm the lone concertina in my circles of friends. And finally - I apologise for having nearly every sentence begin with the word "I".
  14. This is a very interesting thread and a lovely little instrument. Have there been any new developments in the world of mini-conc building since September?
  15. Thanks for the comments, all, and especially thanks for the video, pics, links etc. Richard, is that mini Dipper an Anglo or an English? I'd love to have one of those, it looks much nicer than the Stagi 18 button I saw in a shop recently. Unfortuantely that Stagi is the only mini I've seen first hand. I do realise that a mini isn't the best choice for versatility and ease of playing, but if I wanted something effortless to play, I wouldn't have chosen concertina in the first place. I think that the novelty of something small, the portability if all I want is something to noodle on while caming or traveling light, and the light weight while playing would offset the negatives. Besides, if I never try one, I'll never know. From the sounds of things, I can't afford an Anglo at the moment, but English ones seem to be slightly more affordable - perhaps? What would I expect to pay for a non-stagi miniature? I've heard rumours of a wheatstone mini for sale in my area, but I'm not sure how much it'd be worth. I think they said it's from the 1960's.
  16. Hello from a mostly-lurker... I'm very interested in the idea of a miniature Anglo, but I'm not really sure what is out there. I've seen Tedrow's pics on his site, and it looks very interesting. I also recall seeing a thread about Tedrow's design musings (with additional pictures), but a search just now didn't turn it up. So far the only mini anglo I know of is Tedrow's - are there others? Does anyone have one? I can't tell from the available pics what note range they might have, or which button is for bellows air... I'd love to hear from an owner about the pros and cons of such a teeny beast, and a sound clip would be marvelous. I think a mini would be great for travelling when a full size box is just too much - my current concertina in its hard case is quite a load to tote around.
  17. Oh, that's wonderful news. Thanks very much for your efforts!!
  18. Kevin - I emailed the Tionol people with some questions the other day but received no reply. Maybe you can help me. Each hour of workshop is $30 right? Does the $50 weekend registration only cover one class? (I know it also does the tshirt and concert.) So if I wanted to go only for the two concertina classes it would be $60 at the door? Is there any discount for multple classes? I'm interested in the Sunday whistle class too but I really can't spend $90 this weekend.
  19. I'm very interested in taking this concertina workshop, but I don't see anything about it on the Tionol info page. Do you know if it's still scheduled to go on?
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