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About Paul_Hardy

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 08/20/1953

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    English concertina. Computers. Walking/rambling/hiking.
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    Cambridge, UK

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  1. Nicely played. Did you intentionally use 'Chimming'? - Bells are usually 'Chiming'.
  2. Have you a date of manufacture?
  3. Alex Wade is an excellent teacher and English concertina player, and is I think still in your neck of the woods - see https://alexwadeconcertina.com/. If she can't help you herself, she would know the other players in the area.
  4. I generally play my baritone English with one end on each thigh. It's too heavy to wave around in the air, or even to just rest the left end (and a bit of bellows) on a leg as I commonly do with a treble. I'm still using arm muscles rather than leg muscles to control the bellows for the baritone, though I get some power assist by gently moving my legs apart and together. However, there are some tunes (particularly waltzes) that I can't play even on the treble with the instrument on a knee - I have to have the whole instrument free in the air to wave it around!
  5. The 2019 edition of Paul Hardy's Session Tunebook is now available (dated 1 August 2109). See http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/tunebooks/. Now 633 tunes. It's free for download as PDF for printing off, or increasingly for people to use in tablets like iPads. You can also download for free the ABC file and use a free program to play along with - I have a page on Playing ABC. Alternatively, you can order a printed and nicely bound (can fold right back) copy from Lulu.com for £8.00+pp - same price as previous edition. If you have the 2018 printed edition, then just download the final Annex Tunebook 2018 (free), print it off and stick it in the back to give the extra tunes, and apply the edits in the 'Errata' section to bring you up to date. Similarly for 2017 or 2016 edition - you then need two or three annexes. If you have downloaded an earlier version for tablet, then certainly do replace it with the current version - it has all the same tunes plus a few more. If you have a printed 2015 or earlier, then an upgrade to a new copy may be appropriate, particularly if you use the chords, which had a major rehash in 2016. Enjoy!
  6. I'm off for a twiddle on my concertina.
  7. I use Lulu.com for printing my tunebooks, and one reason is that they offer lay flat coil-binding. They can issue ISBNs and feed product into Amazon with perfect binding etc, but unfortunately not for coil-bound books at present. So I get people to buy direct through Lulu.com.
  8. I second that. My favourite round-the-house concertina these days is my George Case brass-reeded English (http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/case_2760/case_2760.html). It sits out on my desk (with bellows closed, of course!), to pick up and play at any time I pass. It took over from my previous house favourite, a Wheatstone brass-reeded tutor (http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/wheatstone_8461/wheatstone.html). I wouldn't play either of them in a group with other instruments, or outdoors, but they are great indoors solo instruments.
  9. My Basic Tunebook has nearly 60 common tunes, and the Session Tunebook has about 600. Almost all tunes are in in G or D, so most would fit on 20 button G/D Anglo. Both tunebooks are available as free downloadable ABC and PDF. See http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/tunebooks/.
  10. Yes, mine is described at http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/lachenal_30566_midi/lachenal_30566_midi.html. I don't play it often, but I used it in the Sunday evening session at the WCCP Halsway concertina weekend a couple of weeks ago. It's good for playing slow airs with a cello sound (transposed down an octave or two), and for combinations of e.g low Tuba plus a percussive something (glockenspiel or xylophone), as something different. I also sometimes use it at home with headphones on (and a concertina sound), to avoid disturbing the natives. Certainly the Hall effect contactless switching mechanism used by Roy of Accordion Magic has worked well - no dirty contact problems. Regards,
  11. A hint if you can’t see ‘unread content’ and you are reading on a tablet device like an iPad, then turn the tablet sideways to get landscape mode. If you are in portrait mode, then the dynamic sizing seems to hide the unread content option.
  12. There is a slightly simplified version of Liberty Bell in my Session Tunebook, at http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/tunebooks/.
  13. I will check the temperament and report back, but it won’t be for a while as I’m travelling at present. I’ve got the brass reeded GC with me, but I previously retuned that to concert pitch and equal temperament from the mess it was in before - someone had retuned just the notes needed to play in the keys of G and D) to concert pitch, and left the rest in old pitch! The steel reeded GC at home is still in old pitch, but I’m not sure of the temperament. I’ll check and report later.
  14. Simon's rather than Simons's, but the construct of "passing through xxx's hands" is a good English idiom. Yes, it is noticeably heavier than a standard treble, but still lighter than the 56 key EC that I sold as being too heavy. Not previously, but I'll give it a try! Regards,
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