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  1. Just a suggestion, when you seek professional help with the pain, I recommend taking your instrument along so you can show what you're doing instead of trying to describe it. Hope you find, and resolve, the problem. - Keith
  2. I've taken my concertina on the two vacations since I got it (only 15 months now). My family insists that I bring it. I travel from Alaska to Seattle. I always tell the screeners to let the person on the x-ray know the small box contains a concertina. I've only had the case opened once, and that was when the screener had never seen one before. I've never had anyone try to remove the instrument. I've also gotten only good comments when I play it in the airport while waiting for the plane. - Keith
  3. Hello Dave, and welcome, Since no one else has mentioned it yet, I suggest talking to The Button Box about renting (a link is on the links page). This will give you a chance to try both types of concertina and decide which is right for you without laying out a full purchase price. It will also give you some instruments to use as comparisons when you try others. - Keith
  4. When I first got my concertina I experimented with a neck strap. I went to the local fabric store and picked up a couple lengths of ribbon that coordinated with the bellows color. One was a fancy flat ribbon (for formal playing) and one a round ribbon (for informal). To start with I just tied a loop in one end of the round ribbon and fit it under the thumbstrap screw, then tied the other end under the other screw with a length that felt right. This allowed me to adjust it and experiment with different lengths. Once I set on a length that stayed comfortable, I sewed a loop in the end that fits under the thumb strap screws and stays hidden. The flat ribbon can simply be folded over a couple times and a small hole started in the middle for the screw shaft. Concertinas being so light it doesn't take a very heavy piece of ribbon to hold the majority of the weight. And it made playing standing up alot easier. Since I play sitting down almost exclusively now, I've taken them off. But they are available if I should need them again. I suggest taking a stroll through your local fabric store and seeing if anything catches your eye. - Keith
  5. Hello pinko, My suggestion is to open it up and see what you can do yourself. In my (very limited) experience, and without more symptoms on which to make a more reliable diagnosis, the sticking is most likely caused by the eyes of the buttons moving on their shafts. If doesn't take too much movement to cause the button angle to start catching the edges of the button hole. I would be very surprised to find that there are any parts that need to be replaced, given that it's not older. If it has more years experience than your post indicates, then the rubber "keepers" on the buttons could need replacing. (Again, I'm assuming design features based on what I've seen. Some pictures or a more thorough description after you've opened it up to look would help.) I did the replacing of the button sleeves on a friend's older concertina, and it is not difficult. I hope this helps, and that you're enjoying your concertina. - Keith
  6. I'm not quite up on how to get the qoute function to work, but in response to Jim's comment on the extra measures, there are a couple of measures duplicated. Measures 19 and 20 are repeated as measures 21 and 22. If you drop the first two measures of the last line (21 and 22) it all comes together. Not all the notes match the rendition from the Cherish the Ladies recording "The Girls Won't Leave the Boys Alone" but it is close. Thanks for the link Stephen, I'm enjoying playing this tune. - Keith
  7. In my Irish Rovers cd set, the song is "Goodbye Mrs. Durkin". I figured she was the landowner the singer was working for. -Keith
  8. The links sent to me by Stephen Mills were: midi + gif: http://www.sosyourmom.com/OneilsMarches.html midi only: http://perso.club-internet.fr/pybertra/ceol/tunes.htm It's also in the abc tune finder. Just enter Miss Hamilton at the top. This is a highly useful resource located at: http://ecf-guest.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/FindTune.html Another useful resource. You can often locate quality midis, much better than those produce by .abc translators, at: http://www.vanbasco.com/midisearch.html Some have notation with them. The one I found most useful for sheet music is the abc tunefinder. Thanks again Stephen. - Keith
  9. I just returned from a vacation with my concertina. Each stop at airport security I told the screener examining the x-raying screen "it's a concertina". Then had to explain a concertina is a musical instrument like a small accordian. Only had one screener open the case, and that's because they had never seen one before. The key phrase to avoid problems apparently was "musical instrument", since very few of them had ever heard of concertinas. I tried to do my part to improve their knowledge by practicing within range while I waited for my flights. Got quite a few smiles and one nice comment. -Keith
  10. For my English concertina I found that a strap was really needed when I play standing, primarily to take most of the weight off my wrists. I went to my local fabric store and picked out a couple of different ribbons that matched the green and gold on my concertina's bellows. After a bit of knot adjustment to get a length that felt consistently right, I stitched a loop in the end and put it under the thumbstrap screw. When I'm sitting I just let the ribbon lie behind the instrument. I don't remember which book mentioned the ribbon idea. It might have been Mr. Atlas', or one of the (several) others I picked up to learn more about this instrument that has fascinated me for so long. - Keith
  11. I received links to the sheet music by PM. Thanks again. -Keith
  12. Hello, I am looking for sheet music to Miss Hamilton, by Cornelius Lyons. I have the tune on John Williams' "Steam" and would like to play it myself. I'm not very good at learning by ear and haven't been able to find it written out yet, at least not without buying an entire book (which doesn't sound like a bad idea). Still looking though, while I try learning by ear. Any help finding the sheet music is appreciated. Thanks, Keith
  13. Welcome Tina, I just want to second (or third) the suggestion that you keep all the concertinas for a long period before you decide if you really want to part with any. But I also wanted to say the instruments are not the only thing of value. You mention that you have alot of sheet music, including compositions of your g. grandfather's. These too have a value. I suggest you check with a good library or antique book restorer to see if there is anything that needs to be done to preserve them. (And if you decide to share some that are past copyright, I can think of one person who is interested in copies .) -Keith
  14. Hello all, I am doing some repairs on a friend's concertina (at least as little as I am comfortable with) and trying to find out some information for her. It is a 20 button anglo labeled "Regoletta". A search of the postings brought up information on how to repair the rubber sleeves for the buttons, which is definitely needed. It also brought up a comment that Regolettas are Bastaris. Searching through Google didn't get any additional information, other than Bastari being bought by Stagi (Brunner Musica) in 1992. So did Bastari acquire Regoletta? If so when? Or was Regoletta a model or brand name used by Bastari? Is there any way to estimate the age of this concertina? So far I've only opened one end, but saw no maker's marks or numbers. (It looks just like the pictures I've seen of Hohner's D40.) Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. - Keith
  15. I don't have ten CDs featuring concertina (yet) so I'll just mention one. A recent purchase that I find myself enjoying more each time I play it is Black Boxes by Sarah Graves. A nice mix of tunes and songs, including a fun set of The Concertina Reel and Another Concertina Reel. -Keith Edited to correct my spelling.
  16. Congratulations Rhomylly! -Keith
  17. My dictionary's definition is pretty all-inclusive. It's the New Oxford American Dictionary (I bought it because the English edition had too many strange words ). It defines concertina as - n. a small musical instrument, typically polygonal in form, played by stretching and sqeezing between the hands, to work a central bellows that blows air over reeds, each note being sounded by a button. This definition could even include accordians. The next entry is concertino - n. a simple or short concerto. This set me wondering, has anyone run across a concertina concertino? -Keith
  18. Ah, Kurt beat me to it. For more examples of Chemnitzer notation, take a look at www.concertinamusic.com I ran across them when I was looking for music to play on EC and got REALLY confused. - Keith
  19. If this D is this far up the buttons, it sounds to me like you have a baritone. On my treble this button gives the D above the staff. You might try playing your lowest G (bottom button on the right hand) and compare that to your wife's lowest string. If it's an octave lower you have a baritone. Just an early morning suggestion. -Keith
  20. Hello all, It appears I may have waited just a bit to long to try to get this book. I figured I would buy one once I actually had an instrument to play. At the time I didn't know it was out of print. Now I have my concertina and want to expand my repertory, but I haven't been able to find a copy for sale. I have asked all the stores I have been able to locate, but to no avail. If you know any places that might still have a copy available, I would greatly appreciate finding out about them. Thank you in advance for your help. -Keith
  21. Congratulations on your Jackie. I've had my concertina for a month now and am really enjoying the learning (a stage I normally try to avoid). I too have the apartment with very thin walls problem. Before it arrived I was trying to find a place to practice without causing too much discontent. People suggested trying the University, which had unused practice rooms, or a few of the local churches had rooms they made available for gatherings or other use. I live in a rain forest so the local park is not a viable option. However, after a month of praticing in my apartment I've had no complaints from the neighbors. Only one has mentioned it, and that was to say she enjoyed it (although she thought it might be a clarinet). Hope your concertina gives you plenty of happiness and new friends. -Keith Edited because it sounded like I had a Jackie also, but mines a Lachenal.
  22. Being new to the concertina myself and very happy over finally getting an instrument, I was telling several people at work about it. It turned out one of the people I work with has a 28 key Lachenal Anglo that had belonged to his grandfather. He didn't know much about it, had played around with it as a child but now it was just stored away. I gave him some of the information I had gathered from this wonderful forum. Since he will be passing through their neighborhood this spring I gave him the address of The Button Box. He plans to stop in and see what is needed to get the instrument back into playing condition. Hopefully he can get one of his grandkids interested and the concertina can come out of storage and sing for people again.
  23. Sorry for the lack of information. I bought a Lachenal English Treble, 48 key, rosewood ends, metal buttons, brass reeds, green bellows with fancy papers. At some point in it's history the corners of the bellows were patched with gold, and they did all the corners so it looks right. Doug at the Button Box didn't know when that was done. It looks to me like it was quite a bit ago. I read the posts of who had what insruments. I must admit I got a bit jealous of those able to list several concertinas when I didn't have even one. But now I've started. (Let's see, a steel reeded one for sessions, a baritone for a change of pace...) I can see how this develops. Fortunately that's all too far in the future for me to fret about right now. I'm busy enjoying the one I have. If I could find a smilie for the "kid at christmas" way I'm feeling, I'd add a dozen of them.
  24. I have been a guest on this forum for awhile, but the time has finally come to join and say hello to everyone here. Also, THANK YOU for helping to push me over the edge. After way too long of thinking and wishing, I finally bought a concertina from the Button Box. It arrived today, so I've graduated from dreamer to whatever the next stage should be called. It will take a bit of musical traveling before I can call myself a player, but I trust it will be a fun journey. I am looking forward to hearing more from all of you as I stumble along. Now I'll go play with my other keys and see how annoyed the neighbors can get.
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