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  1. Dear Magpie, just a note of caution. The old original leather concertina cases when upright placed the instruments on one end, and this could result in all the valves on the other end sagging. And the cases were frequently so tight that they would rub on the bellows and wooden ends. So if you intend to have one for regular use with a Concertina (not advisable), you should make sure the case has plenty of clearance for your instrument and make a reliable and safe modification to the case so that the case and concertina will instead sit on its side. Good luck with your hunt. Ross Schlaba
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    Dipper Anglo

    Judging Dippers and their prices by that one eBay listing is very misleading. That instrument was a real “one off” and may have been considered one his early Shantyman creations which were things of beauty as well as great concertinas. It was originally priced at a ridiculous level, but finally sold at a more reasonable price. About 3 years ago I sold a small Dipper Cotswold for near the same money (suggesting the market is still there for Dippers). It was a great little players instrument which played and looked beautiful. The market is somewhat softer for most concertinas than it was around
  3. I'm really glad that others have already spoken up in opposition to what I consider is nothing more than a solution in search of a problem. Yes, it might be nice too lower the cost of our instruments, but experience has time and time again illustrated that with that lower cost has come a sacrifice in sound or playability. Ross Schlabach
  4. Since the focus of this thread has directed you toward the G/D Anglo, and since you are put off by the size of the Rochelle, you might want to look into the Edgley G/D concertina currently on offer on the For Sale section of these forums. This hybrid instrument should be a nice step up from the Rochelle, meet your needs and not be too dear. Good luck, Ross Schlabach
  5. Not sure quite what you are trying to tell us. The photo looks like it is the 26 button model you said you already have. And it is very nice. Although your intentions may have changed since your original post in late 2015, if they haven't then you may have set an impossible task for yourself. The reason I say this is that you didn't want a full size, but you wanted 30 buttons -- a desirable goal. However, the smaller sizes restrict the amount of space inside for both reeds and chambers. Modern day builders like Dipper and Carroll offer full 30 button models in the size you are seeking, bu
  6. With regard to your inquiry, I would suggest you get in touch with Florence Fahy. She does lessons by Skype (or has in the past). Florence has a website you can check out: Concertinachick.com I took her Anglo classes at the SE Tionol spring event for several years and I was very pleased with both her teaching style and her tune selections. So I would highly recommend her to you. Ross Schlabach
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    Name That Tune

    Thanks for the help folks. I had most of the tune, but having access to the sheet music helped me fill in the blanks. Ross Schlabach
  8. Jake, your workmanship looks first rate and the design features you have included look well thought out. Have you got a video to demonstrate the sound of your concertinas? Good luck with your business, Ross Schlabach
  9. Can someone please give me the name of the first tune on this YouTube video? https://youtu.be/a42HYwm8bIQ Thanks, Ross Schlabach
  10. I just finished reading the latest installment to the Jeffries Family saga and I'm delighted. The amount of research and sleuthing involved to put all this together is overwhelming. As an owner of more than one Jeffries, I have always been interested in learning more about when and where they were made, and this latest article on the family & company goes a long way toward helping me know more accurately about my instruments. My hat's off to Randy and everybody else on the team for the fabulous job you have done putting this story together. Ross Schlabach
  11. If you haven't, I would recommend you talk to Greg Jowaisas. He is a highly respected restorer and repairman for concertinas and has a number of instruments that might fit the bill. He is on this website and you can send him a PM (private message). Ross Schlabach
  12. If I may suggest an alternative, you might want to contact a Greg Jowaisas to see if he can resolve both the playing and cosmetic issues rather than have to sell this one and look for another. I don't know if he could add the tooling at this point, but he could add bellows papers -- or do a whole new bellows if desired. Greg can normally resolve any playing problems, so give him a call. Ross Schlabach
  13. Coming after the series of sets from Noel Hill, Jack Talty and Cormac Begley, this video shows that a lot of concertina ensemble playing is starting to crop up among the top players in Ireland ....... and it sounds fabulous! Just wished that the Hill/Talty/Begley videos were allowed to remain up on YouTube. Ross Schlabach
  14. Thanks Bruce for letting us know about this new CD. Noel has obviously kept it below radar coverage. That makes two new CDs that I am looking forward to: Noel Hill & Cormac Begley. Could hardly ask for more. Ross Schlabach
  15. Went on-line to his site and discovered that only 30 copies of the limited edition version were going to be available on-line. Mostly the special discs and case were going to be offered in person only at specific events. Got my copy pre-ordered. Ross Schlabach
  16. I tried to go back to these videos last night and I couldn't find them any longer. Is anybody having any luck locating those 14 videos? Ross Schlabach
  17. Susan, based on your comments and goals, my suggestion would be that you stick with Noel's class. Admittedly it is very focused but since you've been to NHICS in the past, you know what to expect. You won't get the variety of performers/instruments you would enjoy at the IAW, but if you go to the New York class, you might encounter one of the evening sessions at the pub -- if that appeals to you. And at Noel's class, you stand a much better opportunity to make more progress on the concertina than you would otherwise. At some point you might want to make the transition to a less structured
  18. No, I think you both ignored the OP and just hyjacked the thread. Ross Schlabach
  19. Susan, you asked for recommendations but some of the answers you received were nothing but personal pet peeves and didn't address your inquiry. The important thing here is what are your objectives? So let's ask you some questions. What is your main goal? Are you looking to expose yourself to different teaching and playing styles? Are you more interested in learning the concertina, or is your goal to experience the playing of others or maybe have chances to play in sessions? Are you experienced enough with the concertina that you want to include some classes but are really more interested in th
  20. I just watched the first seven of the sets. Noel, Jack and Cormac have created a wonderfully diverse and unique concertina experience. I hope that everybody will take the time to give these videos all a look. Now, I need to return to the concert! Ross Schlabach
  21. Miss Mannion is playing this tune on a Bb/F concertina which puts the notes into a very concertina friendly pattern. It's a really nice tune that sounds fabulous on this flat pitch instrument. Ross Schlabach
  22. Bruce and Dan have given you some excellent advice. I would like to add a little to that. Even when you are relatively new to the instrument, there is no substitute for actually getting an instrument in your hands to try it out. For this reason, I would warn against eBay because you have zero idea what you are really getting. Dan's recommendation about you taking the time to find local players is a very good one. You may be given the opportunity to play their instruments or they might have one to sell, so there is a potential opportunity to try out instruments and learn more. Bruce's warni
  23. Hi Ron, When starting out on Anglo concertina, the issue of when to use the air valve looms rather large. A tune's pace and natural pauses can give you breaks when it is convenient to use the air button -- in the same fashion that many songs have natural breaks when a singer can breathe in air for the next passage. But since the Anglo concertina has a considerable number of buttons with duplicate notes that allow you to play a given note either on the press or the draw of the bellows, the way that you decide to actually play the tune (which buttons you are going to use) can influence when
  24. Nigel, whatever you do, I would recommend that you not use any woolen, cotton or similar materials inside the case since stray fibers will undoubtedly find their way into the reeds. Good luck with your case design and as mentioned earlier, do not incorporate a design that will leave the instrument on its ends. Also don't make things so tight that you have trouble extracting the concertina as the likely damage will be to the bellows. That was one of the biggest problems with the old wooden cases. Ross Schlabach
  25. I'm in the same camp as Bruce. The traditional system works just fine if the button is positioned properly. My first concertina was an early Suttner raised end Linota model. The air button was positioned so low that I could barely reach it. I compared its spacing to real Wheatstone Linotas and found that the Suttner air button was just incorrectly positioned. But when I was first exposed to Crabb and Jeffries instruments, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that some makers had put the air button where it could be reached and managed easily. Later Suttners I had the opportunity to own or pl
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