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John Dipper

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  1. Thomas instrument was made by Colin and Rosalie and is a Restoin Duet system - it is a concertina and only has concertina reeds, none of those accordion reeds thank-you very. much ? The left hand bellows frame is deep enough to accommodate the three reedpans used on that side.
  2. Why has it got Shakespeare action, button spacing and ends, if it’s a Crabb/Jones/Jeffries? It could of course be an example of the famous Welsh counterfeiter Geoff Rhys ?
  3. Who would have thought that in each concertina, the tunes are pre- programmed - this one is going to have to be sent to a Swedish Musician I guess
  4. Hello, Please, if anyone knows anglo player Jim Penny, could they get him to contact me? Many thanks, and happy squeezing, John
  5. Now that you all have your 2019 diaries up and running - time to make a note that Emmanuel Pariselle and Richard Burgess will be holding an afternoon workshop and evening concert at The Old Road Tavern in Chippenham on Sunday May 19th 2019. They are coming calling into Chippenham, on their way from Lewes to Halsway Manor. Rosalie says there will be more information in late March... Please let anyone you think might be interested know.
  6. Anyone know why The attachment is no longer viewable?
  7. We found this in the archives concertina_copy.pdf
  8. It consists of a fully padded, soft play area with ball park, slides, rope swings and areial runways. Warning, some grown-ups may get stuck. Oops, wrong thread. No, more of a crèche for long suffering better halves to drop their errant partners off at, for some tunes and comraderie
  9. Just a quick message from Rosalie, lesoncontinu at Chateau d’Ars July 12 - 15 2018 All known or suspected concertina players are most cordially invited to join us for a Concertina Playgroup - probably at 3pm on Friday 13. Enquire chez Pierrot Accordeons for more information Don't forget your instrument! All systems and abilities welcome
  10. Hello everyone, I have been asked by a friend of dear (and much missed) Vernon Barrett, to post this, as he has no internet access. I am not taking any commission or any money for posting this, but I hope that this beautiful instrument can find a new home and continue to make music. Vernon Barrett bought this very nice Wheatstone & Co McCann Duet in reasonable condition but in old philharmonic pitch and needing replacement bellows. As he wanted a wooden ended instrument, we made new ends finished in beautiful Amboyna wood with hand cut fretwork and with new boxwood button stems with genuine Wheatstone gold plated button caps( new from Harry Minting's Wheatstone parts stock). New bellows in dark green goatskin were made by Rosalie Dipper. The instrument is now tuned in modern A=440 Hz pitch. The instrument has been very carefully looked after by Vernon for the last thirteen years or so and is in "as-new" condition. The Amboyna veneers used were the largest and only veneers we have ever had like this, and so the instrument really is one of a kind. Realistically, if we were to make an exact copy of this instrument then I can't really see that we could break even on costs if we charged much under £10,000. (I heard on the radio today, that you could only just afford a bottle of single malt whisky for the same price - I know what I would chose!) Sadly, there is not that much demand for Duets, so I guess the price will be less than that. If you are interested, please contact me. Best wishes to all, and happy squeezing, John
  11. We are confused, as we don't set up instruments with a 'heavy' action. The brass springs we use in Jeffries concertinas are actually lighter than the originals. As always, we would ask you to contact us if there is an issue - maybe your friend could contact us directly, with a photo of the springs in question and we will be only too happy to help in any way we can. (If they are old springs, then it is best not to adjust them, but if they are new springs, we can instruct you on how to change their pressure).
  12. Select results from this season: Gigbag Strap Failure 4 - Your beautiful concertina 0 Fretwork Confetti 3 - Concert Appearance 0 Oh, I thought it would be safe 0 - Trashed Ends 2 Bent Buttons 1 - Gig Bag Happy 0 Total Rebuild 2 - Distresed Owner 0 Cut 'n Shut Superglue Bodge 0 - Gig Bag Complacency 2 Please, please, please don't, DON'T put your multi-thousand pound instrument in a picnic bag with a fancy badge and ideas above its station. Always use a proper, fitted case with blockings. Remember, proper case forgetty: fretwork end confetti
  13. We've just been looking at our archives... Instrument No.117 has Paduk ends and was originally made for Captain George Sally. I remember that I got the day off school to travel up to London with mum and dad to deliver it in person while his Galleon, "The Godspeed" was at St Katherine's Dock. Hope this is of use. Very best wishes, John
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