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Marc Blumberg

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  1. Well, the Morse C/G Ceili I originally bought when I got into playing the concertina has been languishing on my instrument shelf while waiting to see if my sons were interested in learning the instrument. Sadly, hockey sticks appear to fit better in their hands so I am offering it for sale. It is number 271, and is really like new. I am asking $1750 plus actual shipping and insurance costs. Having researched this, I feel it is a more than fair price so please do not contact me with a lowball offer. Happy to send pictures to interested parties. I do not get on here that often of late, so please write me at info@marcblumberg.ca.
  2. Hello All, I am considering selling one of my concertina's. It is a C/G from one of the top manufacturers. I would rather handle this privately by personal email. If you are serious about getting a high quality instrument by one of the top manufacturers, please write me at info@marcblumberg.ca. Thanks, Marc
  3. Greg, Ironically, I am a psychologist. I work in Pediatric Oncology at the IWK in Halifax, Nova Scotia, so I am in North America. I did take my wife to dinner last night and did look into her eyes, but then had to quickly look back to my 6 year old twins who were on the verge of playing catch with a dinner roll. We'll revisit the romantic dinner suggestion in 12 years when they go off to University. I actually ordered the Concertina through Paul Groff, but it is as much of a hastle shipping to the states to Florida as sending it back to Colin. But your suggestion is a good one and I will likely send it to Paul. Any of the other excellent technicians/builders would do a great job, of course, but with a new instrument I probably should send it to the builder or is agent.
  4. Thanks for all of your comments. Sorry that I did not thank you sooner, but I have been having some difficulty signing in. Malcolm, I also saw your comments in a different thread (and Alan Day mentioned the same to me) regarding what a bad idea it is to hold the concertina by a strap and let gravity do its dirtiest. I will furthermore eschew that practice! I did take my life (and screw driver) in my hands and removed the right end from which I can detect air escaping. It SEEMS to be a pad, but all of the buttons seemed to be equally tensioned. All of the holes seem to be covered. Blowing through the holes from the other side of the pad does not seem to allow any air to escape. I imagine I am going to have to send the instrument back to Colin to check. In any case, the left hand D, middle row, and E buttons in an unrelated matter, are producing some kind of slight metallic buzz or vibration. I imagine something was slightly dislodged in shipping. By the way, regardless of these minor adjustments which need to be made, this is a wonderful instrument and I can hardly put it down. It is a dream to play, and quite beautiful to look at. My wife is filing for divorce claiming concertinadultery . Thanks again for all of the assistance.
  5. Well, I made the mistake of handing my new C/G Dipper anglo to a musician friend. I looked away for a second while I was reaching for some music and heard him say, "Jeez, this is a lot harder to open than I would have thought." I looked up to see that he had forced the instrument open about a foot without using the air button (Yes I am an idiot for not saying something to him, but he really should have known better). Now when I do the bellows tightness test (hold the instrument by a strap and see if gravity can open it), it does very slowy open and significantly faster than my Suttner. It opens about 5"-6" in ten seconds. Now, I did not check the instrument when I first got it a couple of weeks ago, but my assumption is that it was very tight. Am I being too demanding and paranoid about this, or did my friend do something to the instrument which loosened the belows and is there anything I can do about it short of sending the concertina back to Colin for asjustment. In the alternative, is this a non issue which I shouldn't be worried about in any case? Thanks for any comments.
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