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    Concertina tuning in Seattle/Portland - PNW

    I'm not sure if Bell and Reed is still under the same proprietorship as it was eight years ago--but I had Eli do some work on my Tedrow Anglo back in the day and was very satisfied with his work, and he's a nice fellow, to boot. :) It might be worth getting in touch to see if he does tuning (I worked with him on some valve and spring replacement).
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    The Button Box has a 55B Wheatstone Hayden for sale

    Does anyone have any opinions about the playability of an instrument like this one compared to, say, a Wakker H2--just thinking about reed responsiveness, dynamic variability, stuff like that. I know there's a different number of keys, but would the general excellence of the instruments be commensurate with one another?
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    Suggestions: "classical" Dots For A Duet?

    Thanks for the responses, everyone! This certainly gives me some ideas. Actually, looking at some Bach 2-part inventions could be very fun, I think. Adrian: For my 42b Peacock, there are quite a few notes in that piece in the bass that are outside the range. If the high note is the A on the first ledger line above the treble clef, you could transpose it up a minor third, but even then some of the low notes would be too low. Of course, if we wanted it all to be easy, we've picked the wrong instrument! Best, steven
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    Suggestions: "classical" Dots For A Duet?

    I've been trying to improve my reading skills recently by playing some simple(ish) classical-type music on my Peacock Hayden. So far I've been working through the S, A, & T lines of some Bach chorales (the bass lines go too low for my little box), and I've struggled through a few of the simpler tunes from Bartok's Mikrokosmos. I'm wondering about other classical music that more-or-less fits the range (three octives starting at the C below middle C). If this has been written about here before, I'm happy to be pointed in a direction to keep looking. Thank you for any ideas! Best, steven arntson
  5. There's a music compilation series here in Seattle called Ball of Wax. Each outing has a different theme, and this time around it's "Pieces over 10 minutes in length." I composed a tune that's included, titled "The Squirrel," written for my Concertina Connection Peacock duet. Here's the blog post from the organizers with the streaming MP3 for anyone who might be interested: http://ballofwax.org/2018/02/ball-of-wax-51-songs-steven-arntson-the-squirrel/ Best, Steven Arntson
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    From Piano To Concertina

    I'm a little late to this thread, but as to your initial query about "Piano to concertina," that describes me. My answer, ultimately, was a duet system (I chose a Hayden duet). Here you'll find the low notes on the left side and the high notes on the right, as with a piano, and a unisonoric system with consistent fingering patterns for whatever key you're playing in. I started on an Anglo, but became frustrated with some of the limitations of harmony, and the strange fingerings required as I moved southward over the circle of fifths. The Hayden duet is quite consistent in how it plays from key to key. I've managed with my Hayden to play some of the simpler tunes from Bartok's Mikrokosmos, and even some simple Satie reductions. Here's a classical(ish) piece I composed for my Concertina Connection Hayden duet (42-key Peacock model): http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Steven_Arntson/Without_Haste_Without_Rest/03_Evergreen Best of luck with whichever system you choose! They are all wonderful, in the end. Steven Arntson Seattle
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    New Solo Album: Hayden + Voice

    Thanks so much! I hope the sheet music is enjoyable to learn from, and I apologize for any mistakes in there ... it was a one-man editorial department. I wrote and performed these on a 42-button Hayden, so I think, range-wise, they should be within reach of most duets. Best, steven
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    New Solo Album: Hayden + Voice

    Hi Mark, Thanks for listening! I was using a cheap "child's" accordion at the time, which had fallen into my life somehow, and has since fallen back out. The arrangement was actually quite challenging, as what sounded good on the accordion didn't always work so well with the concertina. I do have sheet music for this album, and just got around to posting it online: https://archive.org/details/without-haste-book.pdf Best! steven
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    New Solo Album: Hayden + Voice

    Thank you for listening! "Evergreen" benefited from a long period of development--I first wrote it on accordion several years ago, and then re-arranged it later to the concertina.
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    New Solo Album: Hayden + Voice

    Hi C-net, I've just posted a new album of music, available for free online. The album features some instrumentals, songs, and yodels performed by my voice (and occasionally my wife's voice) and my Concertina Connection Peacock. The tracks are on Soundcloud (streaming), and WFMU's Free Music Archive (streaming and download). Hope a few people find it interesting! Best, steven arntson Seattle USA
  11. These are great questions! The Association will take them up at next year's convention. BTW, the concertina here is a Concertina Connection Peacock duet (forgot to mention that in the original post).
  12. I may be the only member of this organization. However, it released its official political platform for 2017 at its "convention" in Seattle, accompanied by some yodeling concertina performed by yours truly.
  13. What great, energetic videos! I love these, and especially the powerful rhythmic excellence of your playing here. Bravo!
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    Fs Tedrow "zephyr" 30B Wheatstone-Arrangement Anglo

    This instrument has been sold.