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  1. There is a very interesting 20 button Anglo concertina on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Hohner-Concertina-excellent-Pre-1900s-/120768362042?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c1e5af63a

    I didn't know that they used concertina reeds on their anglo concertinas. The seller speculates that it may have been made by Lachenal for Hohner. Is that possible?

     

     

     

     

     

    FYI I won this concertina on ebay and would still be interested to know more about it's origin etc. I'm very curious to see how it plays.

     

    congrats! keep us updated. i think it would be a great addition to any collection. too bad hohner didn't keep selling such concertinas. i think that over time they could have developed to be as good as their accordions and harmonicas (which are so much better than their concertinas).

     

    I just got the concertina today. The brass reeds are in very good condition. It has a nice mellow sound. There are leather baffles which probably make it quieter than it could be but I'm going to leave them on for the time being. I haven't checked if it is in concert pitch yet.

  2. There is a very interesting 20 button Anglo concertina on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Hohner-Concertina-excellent-Pre-1900s-/120768362042?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c1e5af63a

    I didn't know that they used concertina reeds on their anglo concertinas. The seller speculates that it may have been made by Lachenal for Hohner. Is that possible?

     

     

     

     

     

    FYI I won this concertina on ebay and would still be interested to know more about it's origin etc. I'm very curious to see how it plays.

  3. amongst belches and banter, disgruntled drunken groans, a hairy knuckled hand casts a strangely ornate hexagonal box to the sky.

     

    Tumbeling heaven ward, amongst hoots and howles, bannana peelings and "forget-me-nots" baking on a granite slab, the beast transforms: a caterpiller foaming in its coccoon, leather and wood resound, buttons sunder up and the shell of pretentious bisonorism sheds away.

     

    Spiralling on its way through space, grinding its way through the curvature of the cosmos, it waltzes past the clutches of non-opposing digits, a shooting star twinkling in moon glazed eyes.

     

    Fear, prejudice, disbelief - at last the creature uncurls from its heavenly voyage.

     

    A mighty rock is rolled away, from a shadowy cavern a figure emerges with the box, bedecked with harmony, reeling with chromatisism, leaving the lamenting cries of envy chained to endless drones in D.

    That's easy for you to say!

  4. Wheatstone made the May Fair as low priced beginner concertina that was made with Italian accordion reeds rather than concertina reeds.. Matuswitch was a concertina teacher in NYC. I'm sure that others on forum can tell you more about him an that there is a button layout guide somewhere. The white buttons are the naturals and the black buttons on the outside rows are the accidentals. I knew that they were made with 30 buttons but I didn't know that they made 22 button concertinas. Howie

  5. Wheatstone made the May Fair as low priced beginner concertina that was made with Italian accordion reeds rather than concertina reeds.. Matuswitch was a concertina teacher in NYC. I'm sure that others on forum can tell you more about him an that there is a button layout guide somewhere. The white buttons are the naturals and the black buttons on the outside rows are the accidentals. I knew that they were made with 30 buttons but I didn't know that they made 22 button concertinas. Howie

  6. Looks like a memorial to that famous battle in a galaxy far far away :lol: http://www.folkproject.org/fp_skitpics.html
    ... and the final clip "The final Concertina duel with the evil Lord Quaver" is anglo versus english - I'm not sure who's playing what though - they both look pretty evil :D

    I don't know about the anglo player, but I'm pretty sure the English is Mike Agranoff.

    Fine fellow.

    Fine musician.

     

    I thought that the guy on the left might be David Cornell playing a duet Concertina. Howie

     

    I checked with David and he confirmed that he is the one dueling with Mike Agranoff. Howie

  7. Looks like a memorial to that famous battle in a galaxy far far away :lol: http://www.folkproject.org/fp_skitpics.html
    ... and the final clip "The final Concertina duel with the evil Lord Quaver" is anglo versus english - I'm not sure who's playing what though - they both look pretty evil :D

    I don't know about the anglo player, but I'm pretty sure the English is Mike Agranoff.

    Fine fellow.

    Fine musician.

     

    I thought that the guy on the left might be David Cornell playing a duet Concertina. Howie

  8. I've been waiting for a post from NESI. What's happening on Sunday this year? Is it a full day with some people lingering until Monday?

    bruce boysen

     

    I just got back from the Squeeze-in. It was great fun as always. The weather kept us indoors but aside from that a good time seemed to be had by all. Some of the regulars didn't make it this year but there were a number of new faces who joined in with great enthusiasm. The highlight for me was the pub sing on Saturday Night Led by Tony and Lynne Hughes and David Cornell and Bob Beaman. I don't know how many people stayed on till Monday. I know that there were a at least a few who signed up for the extra night. I hope that Rich or others post some photos. Howie Leifer

  9. I think concertina and uke would be an excellent instrumental combo and this would be a fun song for the two of them together.

    Bruce,

    Your remark did ring a bell!! During my quest for concertina-soundfiles on the internet I regularly discover files that I (for several reasons) do not publish on the Recorded Tunes Link Page. However sometimes they are so weird that I bookmark them and yes... on one of them a combination of concertina and ukelele can be heard. So listen (and shudder) to The Wind Cries Mary (5.8 Mb) by "Sonic Uke" with Howie Leifer on concertina and Marlon Cherry on percussion :blink:

     

    BTW: for some reason I always think of Stuart Estell when I hear this tune :unsure: :huh:

     

     

     

     

    Henk,

    In case you are interested, I was playing a Crabb 12 button english mini on Wind Cries Mary. Howie Leifer

  10. Though it has rarely been seen in the last 60 years, there is a free reed instrument designed to be played with the feet called the foot bass. It was invented by Joseph Alexandry from Namur (Belgium) and patented in 1894.

     

    I've often wondered about these - has anyone any experience of either hearing one "in the flesh" so to speak? Or even tried playing one?

     

    I haven't seen one "in the flesh" but they have a sound file ont the website and it seemed pretty impressive. howie

  11. Hi Frank,

    Have you tried placing a crisp dollar bill under the corresponding reed untill it reaches the back of the reed. Do it carefully and it will clean out any foriegn substance that might be inhibiting the reed movement. I'm surprised that nobody else has responded unless they did so directly. Good luck. Howie

  12. Thanks Guys,

    As I explained to Mark in a separate e-mail, I will soon be getting one of Bob Tedrow's anglo minis with two air buttons. My thought is that I might try to put a whistle or other novelty stop in place of the left hand air vent. I know that a whistle isn't the most practical solution but if nothing else it will be helpful for hailing taxis. howie

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