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  1. So basically, if I wait until September, I can get 92 years membership for the price of one. Sweet.
  2. Christ almighty, that makes me sound like a coplete w*****r. Time for bed, I reckon.
  3. I reckon we're about the same age then, Nigel (looking at what your peer group listened to). I know what you mean about the oompah, but I like to think (and I realise that it's late at night but f*** it) that I bring something of the punk/new wave sensibility to my English-style Anglo playing. Mostly by avoiding the oompah and doing countermelody or the big f***-off open chords/drones. As a good ex-punk myself, I might almost be tempted to see the highly-decorated Irish style as the trad expression of prog rock. No Beatles, no Elvis, no Rolling Stones.
  4. Replace the words "concertina players" with the word "musicians," and it's probably still true.
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  6. I reckon one full octave with an extra G/B at the bottom (assuming it's in C) and er..... another button playing two other notes.
  7. We need Geoff Boycott to stick his keys into the reedpan & tell us what it's really like.
  8. I've played a minature with no straps, and that was what I did. In fact, it looked pretty much the same as that one. Can't remember where it was made though (this was over 20 years ago. God, I'm old. ). The one I played was an Anglo. Can't remember about the button layout, though.
  9. I think you are being a little modest, Nigel. It's more to do with the number of years that I have been playing. You'll close the gap soon enough! Regards, Peter. Thanks for that, Peter. I live in hope. I've had to ban myself from listening to Peter Bellamy lately, ever since I thought I'd come up with a new and distinctive arrangement of The trees they do grow high, and then listened to the version on Both sides then -- only to realise that it was basically the same without the drone keys.
  10. I know I do. It's one of the ways that English-style anglo players get their individual sounds. An accompaniment that I played would look and sound completely different to one of Peter's because (1) he's a far better player than I am and (2) like everybody else, we've absorbed different styles & influences over the years. No such thing as a daft question, Angie.
  11. Me too. Plus if the stamp says "Barleycorn Concertinas", or somesuch, it can enhance the resale value of the instrument, in that you can prove that it's been restored by an expert in the field. If an instrument has been returned to playability by an expert restorer, why shouldn't they leave their mark?
  12. I do that while I'm working out a melody and a "left hand," but only tend to play the melody for the first verse, with variations for the others, once I've got it worked out. There's no drone buttons on my tina, but I like the effect of creating a kind of drone by using those notes that are repeated on the push & pull. Sort of gives a fiddle-type effect. Easy to over-use though, rather than as a "special effect." As for developing an ear for harmony, it's early days for me on the tina, and I do mostly play songs that I've known for years & years, so the harmonies are there in my head, it's just a question of persuading them to travel down as far as my fingers.
  13. Whereabouts in Yorkshire, if you don't mind my asking? (And did your great-grandfather's surname begin with a "D"?).
  14. Reported it. Would probably help if Alex did too. (If you have an EBay account, like).
  15. Jim - I didn't know you were into quantum mechanics Oh, I most uncertainly am! :lol:
  16. If they're aiming for the folk market, they should do one that fits tankards.
  17. Yeah, give it a play & see how she sounds. Also, resist the temptation to open her up if things don't immediately sound OK. Minor wheezes & farts can sort themselves out with a bit of "playing in."
  18. Man, how much do I want that concertina. *want*
  19. Interesting stuff. I know a little bit about music theory, but, as an Anglo player, I try to keep it separate from my playing.
  20. Thanks Meltz,, you are correct indeed although your sound being out may be a good thing for you It's good for everyone else, too, because it means I can't record any more podcasts.
  21. Unfortunately I can't listen to this because my computer's silent at the moment. But it's not too many days ago that you were concerned about playing any kind of tune at all, so good on you, Bob.
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