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Sandy Winters

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  1. I need new bellows for an old Lachenal I've had laying for years. Has anyone here purchased bellows from Sandylaneman on ebay?? If so, what was your experience and opinion. Thanks!! https://www.ebay.com/itm/Concertina-Parts-Replacement-Bellows-/112576270680?hash=item1a36119158:g:ue8AAOxyVX1RscDW
  2. A friend of mine asked me to let the good folks here know that he is selling his Wheatstone/Boyd English concertina. I have played this instrument many times and it is in perfect condition and sounds great. https://www.ebay.com/itm/BOYD-WHEATSTONE-48-KEY-TREBLE-ENGLISH-CONCERTINA-RAISED-METAL-ENDS-1905-/172935862669
  3. This Concertina is sold.... Still needing to sell my Aeola. Adding direct link to youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1pJEPKEUb0 Link on the original post still has lots of photos and original description. Asking $3000 or anything reasonably close. Free shipping within USA
  4. This Concertina is Sold..... Selling my beloved Model 4E metal ended Aeola. Bought from Chris Algar around 2001 then refurbished by Wim Wakker in 2003. He repadded,valved, tuned and upgraded to his post and rivet action. Very loud and orchestral tone with lightning quick action. Perfectly tuned. Here's a link to a private page on my website with photos and video. http://www.goldbugproducts.com/Wheatstone4E.htm This really is an outstanding instrument and I hate to sell it. Asking $3000. PM me or email me directly at sew@goldbugproducts.com Of course, a donation will be made to Concertina.net.
  5. A good friend of mine has put his 1923 Wheatstone up on ebay. I have played it many times and it is a superb instrument!! No Reserve. http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-1923-WHEATSTONE-TREBLE-48-KEY-METAL-ENDED-CONCERTINA-S-N-29264-/172400824624?hash=item2823e3d130:g:5YMAAOSwcLxYH6WS
  6. It's been over a month now...Sold or not?? If it was mine it'd been up on ebay at least two weeks ago. Wanting to sell it to someone here at the forum rather than ebay might seem honourable enough but Meg has been clear about wanting to get as much as she can for it?? Confusing to me. It's not as if, after a week or two of notice here at C.net, members of the forum can't bid on ebay. Set your opening bid and/or reserve properly and be done with it. And yes, set a Buy It Now at some 'realistically' high price. This does two things. It offers the chance to a "high roller" to buy immediately and end the auction. But,IMHO, a more important reason to offer a BIN is to light a fire under interested parties to place the opening bid in order to keep the high roller from snatching up the item. Once the opening bid is made the BIN disappears. Good Luck.
  7. I don't see it at ebay, maybe just ebay UK?? I'll check later
  8. No sound files that I'm aware of. The seller offers a 48 hour approval, so I don't see a problem. And of course any sound file is only as good as its weakest link, mics, mic placement, recording type and environment, bit-rate, sound-cards, cheesy computer speakers....Not of much use in my opinion.
  9. metal-ended Wheatstone A friend of mine has put his 1917 metal ended Wheatstone for sale on ebay. I have played this instrument on many occasions and his description is accurate in every way. It is an excellent example of what many consider to be the 'sports car model' (Chris Algar's term) of vintage Wheatstone EC's. It is bright and quick. The seller offered it to me but without expendable cash on hand I just can't do it at this time. The seller is a gentleman and totally trustworthy.
  10. I have played this instrument on several occasions and Dick's (Booseyflute) description of it is accurate in every way. It is an excellent example of what is usually considered to be the 'sports car model' of vintage Wheatstone EC's. It is bright and quick. Dick offered it to me before putting it on ebay, but I couldn't bring myself to part with my Aeola in order finance the purchase. If I had the expendable cash I'd purchase this instrument in a flash. Wheatstone EC on ebay For what it's worth, the seller is true gentleman and totally trustworthy. I'll post this link in the Buy and Sell section.
  11. Hi Dick, I usually try and avoid the 4 note twiddles when playing Irish tunes on the EC. It's easy to emulate the sound of Anglo ornamentation. On the first E just grab the next two highest notes in the scale that are on the opposite side (F# and A). Give them a little flick after the E, either ascending or descending, all 3 notes in the time/space of one quarter note, then hit the E again for an eighth. E-F#-A---E.. The B can be played the same way, the next two highest notes in the scale on the opposite side being the C# and E. (I might even go a bit higher and flick the E and G). The ornaments are just short flicks or chirps, more rhythm than melody. Once again, lots of speed available and very simple and crisp.
  12. My Aeola #36319 (mid/late 50's??) *had* hook action. I always felt it was a bit sluggish compared to a previous instrument I owned with rivets, as well as compared to a friends 1910ish box with rivetted action. I had the Concertina Connection install their rivetted action and couldn't be more pleased with the results.
  13. I've been using PAYPAL as the credit card processor for my guitar parts business for many years and highly recommend it to Frank. Yes they will charge you a percentage as the seller (no charge to the buyer of course) but the percentage is very competitive, in my case, less than I would be paying if I had to set up a Merchant account to process my own credit card transactions (because my sales volume is low). Enroll as business account, the single biggest advantage of that being that if you should have any problems/questions you can call a toll-free phone number and talk to an actual human being!!! Lots af big companies are getting on the PAYPAL wagon, I just noticed today that Musician's Friend (world's biggest on-line music store) has a brand new banner at the top of their page "We Now Take PAYPAL". Dirge, I've never had any problem with PAYPAL that wasn't resolved quickly with one toll-free phone call (over 5 years of transactions, many thousands of dollars over that time period). Never had to 'prove' who I was beyond the initial enrollmentt, never had any trouble getting my money. Perhaps the difference is that I have a 'business account' with them??? I don't know, all I can go by is my own experience with them.
  14. I've been using the iRiver IFP790 for the past 2 years or so and love it for session recording. Internal mic and record setting is not very good quality (always overloads/clips, especially if sitting too close to accordian or banjo) but used with a small external mic and preamp fed into the line input the record quality is truly excellent. There is also an internal software switch to allows the use of external mic (without a preamp) that works very well. 256 Megs allows recording time at best quality (44 Khz sampling) of about 3 1/2 hrs. I also use it a lot for file transferring from my office computer to home computer. Its then basically a 256M flash drive. That's one of the nice things about it, you can upload or download any type of file from any source via USB.
  15. Hi Jim Jim:"And it seems to me that J. Scott wasn't entirely consistent in that regard, since he didn't notate the standard Em with 1 sharp and 3 naturals, but simply with the sharp... which everyone else seems to do, too." No need to alter the key signature of an Em tune if it is a standard Em tune, that is, in the Aolian mode. That is an accepted, and concise, indication of the tonal center and the mode/scale. He would only use his modified key signatures (major or minor) when the scale/mode was other than Ionian (major) or aolian (the relative minor) because that is where/when the confusion may occur. I don't have the book here in front of me and I'm wondering how he indicated the dorian mode tunes (E dor. and A dor. being very common in Irish/Scots tunes). I suppose he could have indicated an E dor with 4 'sharps' (establishing the tonal center) but changing the D and G to Natural to establish the non-standard mode. I seem to remember seeing D dorian being indicated as D minor (1 flat) but with the flat changed to a Natural. I'll have to check the book tonight.
  16. Hi Ciaran, connect an audio cable from the line-out (or headphone out) of your MD player to the line-in connection of your laptop. Forget about the MDJukebox software. Start up the Audacity software. Hit the 'record' button. Then hit the play button on the MD and re-record the tunes on your MD to the laptop using Audacity just as if you were recording live, in real-time. (Simple explanation, there may be a bit of 'set-up' when using the Audacity software the first time. But once it is set up it is that simple.) I hope this helps, hang in there. It'll be worth it when you get it figured out and set up. Someone else may be able to help you with the MDJukebox software. I'm not familiar with it.
  17. Hi Helen, "woof, woof". Skinner would indicate the D modal (Mixolydian) 'key' the same as a D major key signature except that the Sharp symbol at the C note in the staff would be replaced by a Natural symbol. (If you squinted your eyes it would still look like D maj.) He would do this for all the modal tunes. An A Mixolydian tune (A major scale with a G natural instead of a G sharp) would have only 2 sharps. But indicating 2 sharps in the key signature would lead one to think, at first glance, that the tune was in the key of D, which is wrong. So he would print the key signature of A major, but replace the sharp symbol on the G note in the staff with the Natural symbol. Jim, I didn't say the O'Neill key signature was 'definitely' a mistake, only that it is 'probably' a mistake. The reason that I don't hesitate to make that statement is that I have for many years been blessed to be able to watch, listen and play with many of the best Irish musicians in the world here in Chicago (due only to geography, certainly not my musicianship:-) Fine local players and many visiting artists. In all those years I can't remember ever hearing anyone play Banish Misfortune with C sharps all the way thru. Nothing even close. Based on that observation I don't hesitate to say 'probably'. Saying that it 'might' be a mistake doesn't really say anything. Every note in the book 'might' be a mistake. Incidentally, when I mention Skinner, I'm referring to J. Scott Skinner, and specifically to his publication "The Scottisch Violinist (1900)". It's filled with great tunes, some of them very difficult. Some of them have settled into the traditional repetoire such as "The Laird of Dumblair", "Cameron Highlanders" and "The Mathematician". Check it out.
  18. Hi Jim and all. O'Neill's key signature of D maj for Banish Misfortune is most probably an error. O'Neill's books are filled with key signature mistakes, especially on the many 'modal' tunes. The key signature was indicated as D (2 sharps) because the tonal center of the tune was clearly 'D', not 'G' (one sharp). The natural C's should have been indicated, at each measure when required, in the body of the tune. O'Neill himself was not a formally trained musician (commonly accepted that he did not read music, though I'm not so sure). James O'Neill (no relation) did all the actual transcribing, and I assume did the proofreading of the the final versions before printing. With a background in engineering I can say that it is always dangerous to have anyone check/proofread there own work. Mistakes that would jump out at an objective observer are often invisible to the perpetrator of the error. So how can one indicate the key signature of a modal tune? Banish Misfortune has one sharp, but it is certainly not in the key of G (or Em), so indicating one sharp in the key signature can be misleading. Skinner came up with a very clever solution. He would indicate a key signature of 2 accidentals, in the case of Banish Misfortune, F# and C nat right in the key signature!!! Problem solved, the key signature clearly establishing the tonal center and the mode. Cheers to all. Say Hi to my new avatar, Rikki. Grand-niece of my past/passed avatar, Maddy.
  19. A very nice, old Lachenal for sale on ebay. I've no connection to the sale, although I know the seller and can vouch for him as absolutely trustworthy. Lachenal on ebay
  20. You seem to be well sorted out but I never pass up a chance to praise Chris Algar. You won't go wrong with him. Enjoy your new concertina.
  21. There are reasons to choose a G/D over a C/G but your premise number 4 is not one of those reasons. The C/G has become the de facto standard for Irish concertina. Virtually all instruction books, videos, and workshops assume the use of a C/G instrument. For that reason alone I would recommend a C/G for a beginner.
  22. Check out Joel Berstein's harmonica playing with Randal Bays (fiddle). Cd titled 'Pigtown Fling'. Great harmonica playing on standard session tunes. He also does a few tracks on english concertina in a very convincing anglo style.
  23. Hi Alan, I hate to sound like a broken record (no, I don't :-) but check out Simon Wells' tutor. Do a search here or just google it. You'll find lots of good info on anglo ornamentation. As for the low F#, a very typical method is to use the high D and B (C row, RH) as the ornamental notes.
  24. If you are after 'anglo style' ornaments then you have to free yourself of the assumption that ornamental notes need to be close to the melody note (one or two notes above and/or below) and that they need to be notes found in the 'suggested' chord at that point in the melody. If I were to play the dotted quarter 'b' in the second part I would use the high 'g' and 'e' , or the 'e' and c#', as the ornamental notes, played very crisply (just rhythmic 'chirps'). That is classic anglo technique applied to the english system (using the next two higher scale notes under fingers 1 and 2(or 3) on the opposite hand as the ornamental notes). Good luck
  25. Joel Bernstein can be heard on 'Pigtown Fling', a CD of him and Randal Bays. Most of the tracks have Joel playing harmonica but there are few tracks with him playing english concertina.
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