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Gan Ainm

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  1. It's surprising that no one seems to have taken up this offer. My order for a wooden-ended model is almost at the top of the Frank's queue, so I'm waiting.
  2. I don't know what it is either, so I can't help. From my observations, the expert members of this forum are willing to share their knowledge and experience freely and without any commercial or personal gain considerations. But, since you preface your query by questioning their integrity, it is hardly surprising that they did not feel the urge to put personal time any effort into providing you with a free expert opinion.
  3. Just in case you hadn't noticed, the text says G/D, but the chart is for C/G.
  4. I will be visiting Klingenthal shortly, as part of a brief visit to Germany and the Czech Republic. I would welcome any tips on what, if anything, there is to see there related to concertinas. I know that the area was a major producer of cheap accordion-reeded concertinas in the past, when it was part of East Germany/DDR, but are concertinas are still produced and/or sold there and, if so, do you have the names of any makers or shops in that area, or within reasonable driving distance? I know that some members of this forum will be of the view that Klingenthal-type concertinas are not "real concertinas" and so might say: "they never made concertinas there"! I am aware of the differences between "Klingenthals" and vintage British-made concertinas and I am interested in both types. Affordable East German concertinas were to be found in farmhouses throughout Ireland in the past and, no doubt, helped keep traditional Irish music alive for us all to enjoy today. Of course, they were intended to have a relatively short lifetime, which is probably one reason why the derelict surviving instruments have such a poor reputation today.
  5. I'm looking for an anglo in F/C. Any size from 20 key upwards. Concertina reeds preferred, but would also consider accordion reeds. If you have one for sale, or know where I could find one, please let me know.
  6. Any suggestions on where to buy a concertina case? I am looking for a decent quality case for a "standard" size concertina (Jones treble) and also for a larger one (Lachenal baritone), in which the concertina is stored horizontally when the case is upright.
  7. I once had a neighbour who believed he was providing a useful community service by trimming the trees on the public road in front of his house. That is, until he was informed by the local council that they considered what he was doing to be vandalism and that, if he did not "cease and desist", he would be prosecuted for defacing public property. I notice that some dealers/repairers stamp their brand and/or contact details, directly onto the wood in ink, on the inside of concertinas which pass through their hands. Is this a useful community service, or are they unintentionally defacing the instruments?
  8. The "lowest button"? Wouldn't the middle button be a more reliable indicator of the key? OK, so that makes it a Bb/F#... Or something like that? "Sounds" to me as if it's probably Bb/F in old (high) pitch. ...
  9. Excluding the key issue I think the current consensus is that a C/G Rochelle Anglo from Concertina Connection would be the way to go... I'm in Dublin and, if you decide to go for the Rochelle, I have one that I bought a few months ago, which you can have for for the same price that I paid for it, i.e. 265 Euro, including Gig Bag and Tutor. It has barely been used and you are welcome to try it out before you buy. It's a Rochelle 30 key accordion-reeded anglo concertina in C/G. As regards the G/D vs. C/G discussion, my impression is that the G/D is more popular with people who play English music and the C/G is more popular with people who play Irish music. This may have something to do with the fact, and I know I will be corrected very quickly here if it is not a firm fact, that the G row on a G/D is an octave lower than the G row on a C/G.
  10. When you buy a typical music CD, what you buy is the right to use the copyright content, i.e. to play the music. When you sell the CD, you sell on that right. If you sell a CD which has copyright content, but keep a copy of the music on an iPod/PC/etc., then what you have is a pirate copy of the CD. To protect the musicians who create the music, this is against the law in all WIPO member countries, i.e. virtually all countries worldwide. What varies from country to country is the risk of getting caught, the penalties, and the rules regarding where you can store copies of CDs which you do own. For example the link to the Australian example says "Major changes under the new laws make it legal for people to transfer their CD collections to computers or iPods". In this case "their CD collections" means CDs which they own. Until recently, it was against the law in most countries to make any copies of copyright material. Changes have now been introduced in many countries to allow individuals to copy CDs which they own onto their iPod/PC/etc. I am a relatively new member of this forum. My reply to the initial post was intended as a friendly comment to the seller, just in case he unwittingly disposed of his precious CD collection without realising the implications. That was the sole purpose of the reply, if it has been interpreted otherwise, apologies.
  11. Just in case you hadn't though of it, I expect that the legal right to store CD tracks on an iPod expires when you sell the CD.
  12. Many thanks . It is interesting to hear that Irish music is not at the centre of the concertina universe! Since there does not seem to be an agreed standard for the bottom left note, I will consider re-tuning one of the duplicated notes to give me my missing E on the G row, or equivalent on other rows. I stand corrected on Mr. Wheatstone's role (or lack of) in the invention of the anglo concertina - thanks for this clarification. Pat
  13. If I push the left-hand middle button on the G row of an anglo concertina, I get G. Moving upwards, I get A,B,C, etc. Moving downwards, on a two-row, I typically get F#,D,D,G. Apart from the fact that, presumably, Mr. Wheatstone designed it that way, can anyone see a good reason for duplicating D, while leaving out E? I am using the G row as an example, because some Irish tunes written in G could be played on a single row if the sequence moving downwards was F#,E,D,G or F#,D,E,G, rather than F#,D,D,G. Leaving aside the "why would you want to play on a single row" question, is there a logical reason why D is duplicated? Given the limited number of buttons available, it seems odd to "waste" a position by duplicating in this way, but perhaps there is a very logical explanation, which is clear ro everyone else, but escapes me!. P.S. Although I've been visiting concertina.net for some time, I've only just registered as a member and this is my first post.
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