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David Barnert

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  1. Yes, googling “Bridget Redmond concertina” finds her associated with The Paloma School of Irish Dance in Lancaster, PA.
  2. Nice playing. Interesting camera work. Consecutive shots from multiple angles would suggest at least 3 people doing the filming, yet they all manage to stay out of each other’s frames.
  3. I just read it (I also have a Mac, so the PDF helped, thank you, JW). Is this controversial? Does anybody argue that it is inappropriate to call the described instruments “English Miniature Concertina” or “Miniature English Concertina”? What else would you call them?
  4. Wow, what a thread. As I started reading it, I was thinking “I’m glad I didn’t know about this thread back when it was active.” And then I came upon my own posts in that thread. One of them asks the same question I asked above, and directed at Rich Morse, no less: And in the next post, Rich answers the question: In any case, it appears from that thread that I had my dates wrong in my first post in this thread. If Harold Herrington didn’t start making concertinas until 1997, then my “(+/- 30 years?)” estimate was overly broad.
  5. Sounds like the most likely explanation to me (in fact, I can’t think of any other). When I first saw the thread title that didn’t mention the fact that it’s only on the push, I thought it’s probably something wedged under a pad, holding it open, but given the directionality, that’s clearly not it.
  6. Thanks. I was less aware of what was going on in England in the early days of my concertina experience (late 80s, early 90s). But do you agree with my sense that the word “Hybrid” didn’t gain traction until the Morse concertinas took off?
  7. A little history: Until relatively recently (+/- 30 years?), concertinas with accordion reeds were mass-produced in Germany, Italy, China, etc., and were of considerably lower quality than the carefully hand-made instruments with concertina reeds from England and the US. That was it. Decent instruments with concertina reeds and inferior instruments with accordion reeds. Then people like Harold Herrington in Texas and Frank Edgley in Canada and Rich Morse in Massachusetts and Bob Tedrow in Alabama started building quality instruments utilizing English construction standards but using accordion reeds, which are a lot less expensive. Although Morse wasn’t the first of these, it wasn’t until his concertinas started becoming hugely popular that I started hearing the word “hybrid” to refer to these quality hand-made concertinas with accordion reeds. Please forgive me if I’ve been inaccurate in my recollections.
  8. TET stands for “Tone Equal Temperament,” so 12TET is the familiar 12-Tone Equal Temperament. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_temperament and particularly https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_temperament#5_and_7_tone_temperaments_in_ethnomusicology for discussion of some of the other TETs. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19_equal_temperament and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/31_equal_temperament, both of which mention their applicability to isomorphic keyboards. Rich Morse used to occasionally use his thumbs to play some notes on his 46-key Wheatstone Hayden.
  9. Enjoy it! (It’s obvious you are.) Great tune, too. I must learn it.
  10. True enough, but it won’t pass through the reeds, which is where I would guess most of the damage might be done.
  11. It only makes sense if you do it repeatedly over enough time for the warm moist air that you’re filling the bellows with to warm the instrument, and by extension, the reeds. The moist air won’t come in contact with the reeds until you start playing, and doing it repeatedly keeps the air in the bellows from getting cold. I’ve been doing this for decades. It simply decreases the time it takes for the reeds to warm up without exposing them to warm moist air.
  12. I see three of them. That’s one: Kerry Polka I The Cooraclare The Battle of Augrim I O’Keefe’s Wooden Heart I Sasha Come Home The default font here on concertina.net is a sans-serif font, so the I’s look a lot like |’s, but on the ICA page, the I’s have cross bars at the top and bottom, making them look distinctly unlike beams.
  13. Nice work. A little editing note, however: Wherever there is a medley of more than one tune, the titles are separated by a capital i. I suspect that this is a result of a machine (or a person?) misreading what in some original source must have been a vertical beam ( | ).
  14. Thanks, Don. I’d been keeping quiet since viewing the video, since it is so contrary to anything I have any interest in, I figured “Who am I to say?” Yes, it has the D chords with the resulting parallel 5ths (so, by the way, does “What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor,” a song that I feel pretty much the same way about). Have at it, Martin. Go nuts. Just make sure it’s danceable.
  15. Hold it under water, squeeze it, and see where the bubbles come out. [Only kidding ]
  16. All true, but this was Dino’s first post, so there would have been plenty of room allocated.
  17. Perhaps you’re getting a sense of why GR is no longer present in this forum.
  18. Of course, 3D printing was not available in 2002 except in a primordial sense.
  19. You can post any picture here that you have on your computer in jpeg format. While composing a post, note the verbiage in the bottom left corner that says “Drag files here to attach, or choose files...” You can attach any kind of file, but jpegs will be visible in the post. Others (pdf, for instance) would need to be downloaded and opened by the person reading the post before they can be seen.
  20. Internet Archive (Wayback Machine) to the rescue. http://web.archive.org/web/20101229113655/http://www.concertina.net/mb_handle.html
  21. Thank you. I think your photos answered my question, and I look forward to the video.
  22. I don’t play Anglo, so the tablature numbers mean nothing to me, but where did those chords come from? I would replace the D chords in the first 3 measures with A minor chords. You don’t want the bass line moving from E to D while the melody is moving from B to A.
  23. I’m sorry, I’m having trouble understanding how this works. No straps, just the wooden pieces we see in the picture? Can you perhaps show us a picture of how your hand fits into it? Is there an air vent button?
  24. I’d love to join, but if I played from 9-11 on a Thursday night, my wife would kill me (she meets with her personal trainer at 5:30 Friday mornings).
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