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  1. Hi Steve, I would suggest that you get on Wally Carroll's list instead of Suttner's for several reasons. I own or have owned one or more instruments from both makers and personally consider Wally's instruments every bit the equal of Suttner's -- if not better. My last instrument from Suttner was nicely made but the reeds were poorly adjusted and the reed set had to be adjusted so that in reeds would start uniformly. Also his bellows are far too stiff when new and take a long time to become more playable. Then there's the issue of waiting list time. Wally has recently updated his site to in
  2. Azalin, Regardless of which hand is your dominant or weak hand, each hand still has to play tones. The only direction Noel was providing was which side of the concertina to position firmly on a leg and he favors holding the left side on your left leg. Whether one plays along the rows or across the rows, tunes will fall comfortably into a range of buttons on the left and right side and you will still play those notes with the appropriate hand regardless of how you hold the concertina in place. I believe that the dominant hand is better prepared to play notes while moving the bellows. Wh
  3. Hi Azalin, This is a issue that has gotten me in "trouble" with Noel Hill at his NHICS. Noel has advocated keeping the left hand side of the instrument planted on the left leg near the knee with the instrument tipped up slightly (making a roughly straight line from your elbow to the tip of your middle finger) so that your wrist won't be in an awkward position that might lead to future carpal tunnel problems. Of course, for right handers, this keeps the stronger hand in control of the movement of the bellows. Noel also thinks that having the left hand side of the concertina fixed positions
  4. One of the reasons I took up the anglo concertina was that so much of the "action" seemed to take place on the left hand. As a leftie, I had fought for years with unfriendly guitars and banjos, so this was a breath of fresh air. My other main instrument is another that favored the leftie: hammer dulcimer. Only recently have I noticed important dulcimer makers realizing this fact and revising their stringing patterns to help out the righties in the crowd. I just hope they don't totally desert us of the sinistre persuasion. Ross Schlabach
  5. I doublechecked this listing against my 28 button Jeffries and the end plates are not similar to this eBay listing. As has been pointed out many times, there was a time when people would restamp ends with C. Jeffries Maker. I also wonder why the two reed pans look so different. One side is stamped R2 and the other isn't stamped at all. I think it is safe to say these two reed pans are from different instruments. Too bad cause this might make a decent basis for a restored instrument -- at a reasonable price. Of course the big worry would be what do the reeds sound like?? Ross Schlabach
  6. I looked at the listing and do not think that the ends are Jeffries make because the filigree work looks wrong. They don't match any of the Jeffries models I've ever owned or seen. Hopefully our resident experts will kick in later with a more definitive answer. Ross Schlabach
  7. During a recent eBay auction of a Dipper-restored Jeffries discussed in this forum, I opined that the opening price and Buy-It-Now price might have been too high given the current world financial meltdown. Well, needless to say the Jeffries brought the $10,500 Buy-It-Now price and I was mildly surprised and humbled. Now I am shocked! Another eBay auction, this time for an unrestored and pitiful looking 38 button Jeffries brought $8,460! Given that this instrument appears to need a full overhaul -- including a new bellows -- it looks like any Jeffries owners now need to increase their insurance
  8. Well Greg, unfortunately the raising of FDIC or Irish deposit insurance doesn't increase the market's ability to fund loans -- especially given the current loan to capital limits in the US. It just may improve customer confidence in the safety of their money in banks. But my account is tapped out too. No more lendable funds here too; sorry. But if my Bb/F is any indication, you will love that Carroll flat pitch concertina. Rich tone, responsive reeds and smooth/crisp action; you can't ask for more. BTW, the web site is a bit behind. So what serial numbers are you folks working on now?
  9. Stephen, thanks for the correction about the 23 Praed Street being the unrestored Jeffries model. As to the demand for Stradivarius, yes they do continue to go up, but in the Concertina world I don't see well-heeled (read"rich") people banding together in a syndicate to buy a Jeffries or Wheatstone for some "deserving" musician. So my hypothesis may yet stand. And Ed, since you are enjoying the continued use of the instrument, maybe it won't sell and then you can continue to play it in peace!! And surely this pogrom isn't an effort to rid your home of traditional Irish music or the li
  10. Well, now we may see a real personal impact of the current economic crisis. The fact that no one on this normally very acquisitive forum was sufficiently motivated to purchase this instrument may be an indication that we have reached a tipping point. I may very well be proven wrong, but I think that the market is beginning to realize that the prices recently being paid for Jeffries and Wheatstone concertinas have gotten out of hand. True, the difference in exchange rates have given British, Irish and other European customers an upper hand in eBay auctions and other sales of these instruments,
  11. Hi all. I was very fortunate to get in Wally's queue early on. I ordered the first Bb/F and was not disappointed. This instrument has a great dynamic range, rich tone, and more than a bit of power when you need it. I also play a Dipper plus a Jeffries too but Wally's instrument is right up there with them. I'm not going to tell you that a Carroll sounds better than a good Jeffries cause that is a subjective statement, but damn it is just as satisfying to hear and the action is much better. Wally's instruments do have top quality construction, excellent action, and delightful tone. I've visited
  12. Hi Gang, Keep in mind that, even with free shipping (if that even applies to the US since these folks are in Cork, Ireland), the dollar price of their CDs is $24 +/- given recent exchange rates. You have to really want that CD bad at that price. Ross Schlabach
  13. A few years ago Wally hosted another Noel Hill house concert during the MidWest class week and it was a great time. This will be a great improvement over the acoustics of last year's basement concert at Marydale. And I bet Wally's A/C works a whole lot better. Wally, you and your wife are real gems to host this and deserve our special thanks. I expect that just about all of the Midwest class will be there, but any other concertina fans in the area should make a special effort to be there too. You will be glad you did! Ross
  14. The only things covered by the NHICS non-disclosure agreement for 2008 are the copying of any printed, audio, or video materials made during the class. The agreement is very simple and merely requires that you not re-distribute anything you get from the class -- videos, recordings and sheet music included. I doubt that the non-disclosure restrictions would apply to other family members. It's focus is only to inhibit the unauthorized commercial reuse of his performances, his teaching methodologies, and his arrangements of traditional Irish tunes. Now, if we can stop kicking this dead horse
  15. I think all the responses have been very well restrained and on-point, but I am inclined to believe that the question was intended to "wind us up"! If not, accept my apology but understand that many instruments that reside more in the folk than the classic realm are disregarded by classic music's self-appointed critics and gurus. Hence, there is little emphasis in "our" world on applying labels such as virtuoso. We know who some/most of the premier concertina players are but most of the outside world does not. It doesn't bother us much but then again it probably keeps these folks from earning
  16. Hi Lawrence, Being as I retired last August and am not that far away from you in western NC, put me on the list. I would like to learn more about the event, so if there is a website with any information about past events, I'd like to have a look at it if you can direct me accordingly. Hope it all comes together well, and if needed I can chip in with an additional contribution for expenses. Ross Schlabach
  17. I too remember that thread -- and not very fondly either. This idea sounds good but then many of the Socialists' ideas sounded good but never worked -- or failed miserably. We tried a similar thing in having a scholarship fund that would be used to support "deserving" students help attend Noel Hill's school. To my knowledge we only did it a limited number of times and IMHO it didn't really work out as well as intended -- and consequently died. As far as this proposed fund is concerned, who is going to decide who gets the money/instrument? At best we will have one hopefully happy person bu
  18. Hi Jerry, You didn't say what kind of concertina you have gotten. I live in Tryon and have played Anglo for 13 years and participated in noel Hill's classes here in the states for 12 years. I don't consider myself any great expert, but if you are starting out on anglo, I could probably get you going in the right direction for while. Drop me a message off-line if I can be of help. Best regards, Ross Schlabach 828 no 894 spam 5504
  19. Hi Jerry, You didn't say what kind of concertina you have gotten. I live in Tryon and have played Anglo for 13 years and participated in noel Hill's classes here in the states for 12 years. I don't consider myself any great expert, but if you are starting out on anglo, I could probably get you going in the right direction for while. Drop me a message off-line if I can be of help. Best regards, Ross Schlabach 828 no 894 spam 5504
  20. Since many of us concertina players can't limit our free-reed obsessions to just concertinas, I'm hoping that this crowd can help me find a quality 3 reed flat keyboard BC box. Right now my attention is focused on a Cairdin or a Castagnari Dinn III - preferrably in Swing tuning. In case you are wondering, I've already checked out the Button Box. If you have one that you'd like to sell or know of someone who does, please contact me via the PM. Thanks, Ross Schlabach
  21. A lot of the replies have touched on key issues both in favor and against the 38 button instruments (weight, need for chords, it was the only thing available, etc.) but I don't think anyone has mentioned crowded keyboard. I have big fingers and they don't handle 38 button layouts well. I made the mistake some years ago of changing my order with Suttner from a 30 button to a 38 button A/E. Big mistake! So if you think you "need" 38 buttons for whatever reason, do make an effort to try several 38 button instruments to be sure that you are comfortable with the button sizes and layout -- to see i
  22. I have attended Noel's classes since 1996 and have grown to believe that his school is very beneficial to all who attend and work to really absorb what has been taught. Never in all these years did I feel that Noel was unreasonable in asking the students not to share his teaching materials or methods. Otherwise what would stop someone from attending one year and then attempt to open one's own school using the information learned -- very much akin to Ken's experience. Never in all these years and with all the other students I have met did I hear anyone complain about having to sign the release.
  23. Gary, I'm an eleven year veteran (victim) of Noel's School. Micheal's comment about the benefits of being able to read music used to be accurate but are not as important now. When I started back in 1996, Noel did teach some very hard tunes -- even to early players like myself. It's hard to memorize a three part tune and so reading sheet music was an important way of dealing with the challenge. In the intervening years, both the students and Noel himself have grown in their abilities. I believe Noel has become much more astute in selecting tunes that match the abilities of the three differe
  24. Hi Dave, I'm a long-time anglo player, and Jeffries owner, and I don't live all that far from you. I live in Tryon, NC and Charlotte is only about 1-1/2 hours away. If you need somebody to open the instrument up to evaluate its condition for potential buyers, just send me an e-mail. I have the experience to do check this out and can help you with photos too. I'm recenty retired, so time is not a major issue. You can reach me through my e-mail address on this site. Best regards, Ross Schlabach aka rp3
  25. Alan, In my experience, the position of the palmrest seems to be very arbitrary from maker to maker. Wheatstone & Lachenal anglos have the palmrest very close to the first row of buttons -- suggesting that the positioning was selected to accommodate people with small hands in Victorian England. No surprise here. Also, the rows of buttons are stacked very close to vertical. Crabbs/Ball Beavons, and Jeffries instead are positioned more comfortably for people with larger hands -- with more space from the palmrest to the first row and the rows of buttons are stacked with more of an angle b
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