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David Barnert

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  1. 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).
  2. I love G major. Some of my favorite tunes are in G major. I also love vanilla ice cream. And if I know I’m having vanilla ice cream for dessert, I would hope there’s something else on the menu for my main course. Yeah, it seems to be all over the internet in A.
  3. It would be refreshing to get out of G major, though. Great tune, BTW, Jim. I’d never met it. We should play it at NESI if not online before.
  4. I’m pretty sure (but it’s worth checking with the airline to be certain) that the baggage compartment is pressurized, and that animals are often transported that way. Putting tape over the vent button is easy and inexpensive, so if it will give you peace of mind, go ahead. But it is probably unnecessary.
  5. Speech recognition can be a very useful, if sometimes inaccurate, thing. But no less useful would be to develop the habit of always proofreading its output before hitting [Submit Reply].
  6. But wait. He said: and: I’ve never looked inside a Jackie, so I don’t know whether it’s the inner or outer reeds that are more accessible, but both of these statements imply that it’s the outer reeds, and those are the reeds that play when you expand the bellows.
  7. Aha! I see my mistake. It’s the inner reeds he can see without getting into the action box. Sorry.
  8. Theo! I know you have much experience repairing concertinas, but please read my 2nd post in this thread and reconsider your comments. Again: When you open the bellows air rushes in and the outer valves close, blocking access to the inner reeds and the outer reeds play. When you close the bellows air rushes out and the inner valves close, blocking access to the outer reeds and the inner reeds play.
  9. Aha! Thank you, David. “How many different ways I tried.” I never use the speech recognition tools, so I don’t think like that.
  10. I have no idea what you’re trying to say, here, but You’re Welcome.
  11. Concertina reeds don’t have plates, they have shoes, and they are held in place by friction, being wedged into a wooden dovetail joint. These are accordion reeds. They have plates and are held in place by wax.
  12. Click on their name or picture, or (if you don’t have a post of theirs on your screen) do a users search on their name. I got to Greg’s by searching on his name, and when I posted on your other thread, the words “His user page” were a link to his page (as they are here).
  13. Think again. When you draw the bellows out, air from the outside tries to get into the instrument. It can’t get in through the closed valves on the outer surface that are opposite reeds on the inside. The air passes through the outer reeds and the open valves on the inside. Similarly, when you squeeze the bellows, air tries to get out and the inside valves close, blocking the outer reeds and allowing air to pass only through the inner reeds. If you’re hearing “a rush of air similar to the air button,” the valve is unlikely to be stuck closed. When you were in there with the piece of paper, did you try twanging the reed? It should vibrate freely, like the tongue of a jaw harp, without the sound of any metal hitting metal. Either way, you may need to have it looked at by someone who knows what they’re doing. Since it has accordion reeds, an accordion repair shop might be the answer. Or if you want to take a trip to Western Mass, the Button Box (contact them first).
  14. I’m pretty sure the Jackie doesn’t have the kind of concertina reeds that slide into slots, it has accordion reeds mounted on reed plates in pairs. One thing you need to know is that there are reeds that face the ends of the instrument and reeds on the other side that face in toward the center of the instrument. If it’s the reed that should play when pulling the bellows open that’s silent, that’s the one that faces the ends. As you surmised, there’s probably a bit of dust (or a small flying insect) stuck in it. You might be able to see it once you get it open and identify which reed you’re worried about, but even if it looks fine, floss it out, not with dental floss, but with paper (newsprint or a dollar bill work fine).
  15. A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.
  16. His user page says he was on concertina.net 45 minutes ago.
  17. Thanks, by the way, for reconnecting me with the abcusers group. I was on it in the late 90s, early 2000s, and somehow fell off. I didn’t know it was still operating (it was an email list, not a group, when I knew it). I have now rejoined and still see some of the same names posting.
  18. More recent additions to that discussion seem to suggest that the problem is resolved.
  19. You’re on the right track, Ken. I’m running Big Sur. Opening the “General” pane of the “Security and Privacy” section of “System Preferences” after trying to open an app that the MacOS blocks will present you with an option to open it anyway. Once you allow it to open, the question won’t arise again unless you update the software. You need to take a leap of faith that you can trust the software, but nobody on this forum (or anywhere else that I am aware of) has reported problems resulting from downloading and running “EasyABC.”
  20. Thanks, Gary, for correcting the spelling of my name in the video. It’s still misspelled in the HTML, where it says “This one is suitable for dancing! The June 2021 edition of the Free Reed Liberation Orchestra plays two bog norm scottishes. The group this time is mostly stalwarts with one new member – hello, David Barnet!” This was fun. When’s the next one?
  21. A tune I’ve been playing for our Morris dancers for a few years. Just recently got around to posting it on SoundCloud. It’s full of two of my favorite tricks, parallel 10ths and using a leading tone grace note to emphasize a high note in the melody.
  22. In 1977 someone took me to my first contradance and I realized I had to play this music. Already a cello, guitar and recorder player, I learned to play 5-string banjo, hammered dulcimer (78-string), mountain dulcimer and pennywhistle in rapid succession. In 1983 I started going to the “Fiddle & Dance” workshops at Ashokan. I was there Halloween weekend in 1986 with my girlfriend, Julie, who is now my wife of 34 years. I’d known Rich Morse for four years as a melodeon player and he was there. He showed me his new “toy,” a 46-key wooden ended Wheatstone Hayden concertina. He explained how the notes were laid out and put it in my hands. Without effort on my part, a familiar tune came out. I was hooked. Unbeknownst to me, Julie later approached Rich and arranged for me to receive one on my next birthday. Not a Wheatstone, but a Bastari. The Wheatstone came a few years later. This was clearly what I’d unwittingly been searching for all these years. With the concertina, all the other folkie instruments went on the back burner (I still play cello and recorder).
  23. Sorry. What was I thinking? 35 years ago. 1986.
  24. There are as many answers to that question as there are concertina players. At this point I should say that I do not play Anglo. The only concertina I play (and am intimately familiar with) is a 46-key Hayden Duet. I’m very happy with it and I found it easy to learn (25 years ago, but I played many other instruments before and was well-versed in music theory). But at 46 buttons, even with a full chromatic range from E3 up to D5 it is difficult to play in keys with more than one flat in the key signature. Eb and Ab are there, but they are where you’d expect to find D# and G#. So when the band wants to play a tune in Bb, I take out my Bb pennywhistle.
  25. Anglo concertinas are, at heart, diatonic instruments, built around rows of buttons that are restricted to the notes of two major keys. Additional rows provide accidentals not found in the two main rows, but sometimes an accidental is only available in one direction when you may need it in the other direction, so you may have to come up with an “in-out” scheme that compromises somewhere else (remember that word, “compromise”?). Duets are designed as chromatic instruments from the start. I was thinking “chromatic button accordion” (or “bayan”).
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