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BruceB

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    English concertina & wooden flute. <br><br> Mountain Biking, kickbiking, hiking, kettlebells & clubbells.
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    Morris County, NJ, USA
  1. Matthew, Since you're interested in the Wicki-Hayden system in general did you know there are other instruments in production that use that layout? The Array Mbira uses the exact arrangement of notes that Hayden concertinas use, but with the sharps and flats that are missing from the edges of the layouts on concertinas. 120 separate tines (like reeds in a concertina) on the most common 4 octave model. Rich Morse was interested in building something similar, but with improvements he had worked out. He felt the tines/reeds should be scaled differently (thicker and wider for low notes) for each octave. He had a whole list of ideas for how he'd design one and sent them to me, but I can't seem to find the email. The Harpejji uses a close but slightly different note layout. It's an isomorphic layout, but technically not a Wicki-Hayden arrangement. Whole steps as you move horizontally and half steps as you move vertically up each string. Then the Wicki-Hayden midi keyboards you already know about. I haven't played concertina for a while now, but am tempted by the newer Haydens out there. The Morse Beaumont looks really nice, but almost 4000 dollars is quite a high price for me to swing for what will likely be a secondary instrument (I play tenor guitar). I like the Concertina Connection Peacock too, and 2600 is easier to spend. I really like the Morse concertinas (I played an Albion english), they are nicely made, I love how they sound, and they are very light and feel agile. If I get a Hayden I'll probably wait until I can afford a Beaumont. The Button Box is only a several hour drive from my house, which is nice too, and would be a factor in my decision.
  2. http://www.marcodi.com/ I thought this might be interesting to the duet players here. A stringed instrument with an isomorphic keyboard layout like a Hayden duet that you play by tapping. Seems to me like it would be an easy switch for a Hayden duet player. I'd be interested to hear if anyone has tried it. bruce b.
  3. BruceB

    Very sad news

    I am so sorry to hear this. I've been camping in the desert for the past 6 weeks and just found out an hour ago. Rich was one of the nicest and smartest people I knew. He posted last year on c.net about an instrument called an Array Mbira. I was fascinated and Rich and I exchanged a series of emails about it. He had already designed an improved version using what he had learned about free reeds and other musical instruments. He was planning to build one when he had the time and wanted to know if I wanted to be involved. This is just one example of what a creative force he was. I'll miss him, goodbye Rich. bruce boysen
  4. BruceB

    Lachenal 48b Crane #4934 For Sale

    >>What exactly is the layout on that? Those pictures make it seem unnaturally blue too. I suspect that's really more of a black, huh?<< The layout is standard Crane. There should be charts on this site somewhere. It is blue! The shot of the bellows is pretty accurate colorwise on my computer. Blue bellows, rosewood frames. The ends are rosewood too but very dark. bruce
  5. Lachenal Crane 48b Crane #4934 in Salvation Army high pitch for sale. 1400 USD. I bought this as a project concertina from Chris Algar several years ago. It sat for a year and then I sent it to the Button Box to be restored. The tuning was touched up but left in high pitch. New springs, valves, pads and whatever else Bob Snope deemed needed. While not a Wheatstone, it now plays very well and sounds good. I like this Crane and was thinking about keeping it in case I ever get the urge to play again, but flute and uke are already enough. Check out the attached pics, it's a neat concertina for the price. It ended up costing me hundreds more than my asking price by the time Bob was done restoring it, but I think 1400 is fair for both parties. bruce boysen email b4bru@aol.com if interested.
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    Wheatstone Crane 48b #35429 For Sale

    I downloaded a couple of pictures. They should give a good idea of what I'm selling. Enjoy. I didn't realize it's kind of tricky to take pictures of a concertina. Chris Timson's are 100 times better than mine. How'd he do that? bruce boysen
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    Tedrow 30b Anglo C/d For Sale (as New)

    >>wheatstone or jeffries?<< Ceemonster, I don't know. Pick a button in the accidental row that's different and I'll tell you which. bruce
  8. BruceB

    Selling My Concertinas

    Thanks for all the kind wishes everyone. What I wrote is the plan, I can't be sure it's actually going to happen exactly like that. A lot depends on if my son moves out with me. One person can live in a very confined space, two is a different story. If I'm alone it's going to be very tiny. http://www.resourcesforlife.com/groups/sma...ciety/index.htm Alone, I hope to be in a space a lot like Gregory Johnson (scroll down the page). I said off the grid which doesn't mean zero electricity. I'll have a very small system good enough for a couple of super efficient lights and enough to charge the laptop. Lots of cafes in town will have wi-fi, and I'll just go there and do my web stuff and email every day. Or at the college a ten minute bicycle ride from my house. I'll still have all the high tech in my life that I wish to have. I'm planning on a composting toilet. My water use will be limited to what I drink and maybe a couple more gallons per day for everything else. Heating isn't a problem, it doesn't get cold nor hot where I'm going and a Tiny Home will be effortless to heat there. >>Good luck, Bruce, but I for one don't envy you. If we all give up refrigeration and antibiotics and universities and the internet...there won't BE any future generations to admire us...or else they'll all be members of... The-Religion-whose-name-we-dare-not-Speak.<< I'm sorry but I don't quite understand most of this quote. I'll be living about a mile and a half from Humboldt University and plan on taking many courses there. As I said, I'll be on the internet every day, that's easy to do even when I'm bicycle touring and camping. Antibiotics I haven't used in many years, since I had Lyme disease. I think they have them in Humboldt County, Ca. Frankly, I doubt future generations are going to admire us, but that's another topic. Why no future generations? I haven't a clue what you mean by the nameless religion comment. Voldmort from Harry Potter? I don't think my plan is evil or devil worship or something. Check out the small house society for info on what I plan......and thank you for the good wishes. I'm looking at this as the most freeing possible thing I can do with my life. I hope I'm even more engaged out there, with like minded people, bicyclists, acoustic musicians, kayakers, the green/eco movement, social progressives and the community at large. It's not retreat, it's expanding and opening myself up to possibilities. It's enlightenment. bruce boysen
  9. BruceB

    Tedrow 30b Anglo C/d For Sale (as New)

    Um, the title is wrong, that would be a C/G anglo. I was looking at the fingering chart on p.5 of Edgley's Anglo Handbook and there is a typo where he calls it a C/D instrument. I copied that without thinking. bruce
  10. Hi everyone, My life is undergoing a major change and I'm selling my concertinas, an english, anglo and crane. My kids are grown and I just bought a very small lot in rural, northern coastal California (Humboldt County) about 275 miles north of San Francisco. I'm going to put a Tiny Home on it, under 400 square feet, and perhaps a lot under 400 sq ft. The plan is for it to be off the grid, not even any running water or plumbing in the house. Anyway, I've begun selling a lifetime worth of posessions.......I hope not my *whole* lifetimes worth! I'm taking two bicycles (I won't have a car out there), two ukuleles, one Irish flute, some clothes, a few books and limited assorted stuff like a few tools and kitchen things. That's pretty much it. I still love concertinas, but I've been playing mostly uke for a while now and singing. I'm not sure why but I've made much faster progress on uke than I ever did on english concertina. I'm playing and singing lots of old standards, Tin Pan Alley, popular music of the 20's and 30's. That's what I currently prefer to listen to and play, but I still put Simon Thoumire on the cd player. Perhaps when I get settled in I might get another english concertina, or one of Wim's Hayden's if I can afford it. I'm 53 years old and it's strange, scary and exciting all at the same time to be completely, and I mean COMPLETELY changing my life. About the only part I'll be bringing with is the bicycles and ukes. I love riding and that won't change, in fact I'll be riding more! I've even recently completely changed my diet and never eat several of the former staples I lived on. I eat no (as in zero) refined carbs or sugars, no pasta, no bread, not even orange juice. Just whole foods, low glycemic fruits and vegetables, wild salmon or other wild caught fish, and a few nuts. The result has been amazing and transformational. Anyway, that's why they are for sale on the buy and sell page. I hope to get out there next summer. There are lots of loose ends to clean up first. bruce boysen
  11. SOLD! Standard Tedrow 30 button C/G Anglo concertina for sale. Perfect new condition, maybe 5 *hours* of playing time on it. Mahogony ends. I received this in a trade with Bob for an excellent Irish flute and a Ukulele. I have never played anglo and just spent a few hours noodling around on it working out a couple simple melodies. Looks and is basically brand new, not even slightly broken in yet. The action feels excellent to me and it has a loud, pretty tone. 1,500 USD sorry, it's sold. bruce boysen b4bru@aol.com
  12. SOLD! I'm selling my Wheatstone Crane 48 button concertina, #35429. I bought it around two years ago from Chris Algar of Barlycorn Concertinas. He completely refurbished it, new pads, valves, tuning, straps and new bellows. It plays great and has an excellent beautiful tone. More mellow than strident and fairly loud. Chords blend very nicely. It's very pretty and the wooden ends are in nice shape with no nail gouging by the buttons. price= 2,200 USD, sorry, it's sold. bruce boysen email me at b4bru@aol.com
  13. SOLD! Morse Albion #277, black ends, in perfect condition for sale. Has an air button. Great, fast player like all the Albions. This was my primary concertina for about two years so it's starting to get nicely played in but has no visable wear. Slight tarnish on the brass fittings, otherwise as new. Price=1,400 USD. Sorry, it's sold. Lots of people know me here, btw. bruce boysen..... email me at b4bru@aol.com
  14. This is one of the funniest threads I've read in a long time. It reads like some strange alternate Concertina.net where people forever debate a topic with no substance whatsoever. Ha, ha, ha. Anyone *play* something lately? bruce boysen
  15. http://www.concertinaconnection.com/wakker%20english.htm Hi Everyone, Just saw the pictures of the new Wakker E2 concertina at The Concertina Connection site. I love how it looks. The spruce ends are beautiful. I'd love to hear it. Perhaps Wim will have sound files up soon. The three different EC models offer a nice range of tone and choice. The E3 will have 37 buttons and be smaller and lighter than the first two. I have a personal interest in seeing this one when it's done! I almost never use the top octave on a 48b, and prefer the 37b. I'll gladly give up the notes to get a smaller and lighter instrument. bruce boysen
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