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  • Birthday 03/01/1977

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  1. Well, after 2 years of me forgetting about this concertina, I finally made some time to take a look at this wonderful concertina. Oh, boy, when I took the end off, the buttons went everywhere! I measured the pads, and they are between .094" and .130", averaging about .116". Time for a change? There are some pads that haven't worn flat, but a lot of them still look normal and flat. Anyway, to make the buttons manageable so I could get the end back on, I just used a bit of card stock under the pads to hold the buttons in their locating holes. It'll be in there until I get new pads and replace them. Any reason why there are 14 14mm pads and 10 16mm pads in this? Is that normal, and should I replace the old pads with the same size ones (i.e. not all the same size)? Thanks again, I hope the next update isn't 2 years from now!
  2. Hi, there! Probably I'm no help, just see if you can find a Rochelle. But, when you come back to Japan, let's have a few tunes. I'm a learner, but enjoying it a lot! By the way, I live in Tochigi ken. Have fun in Ireland!
  3. One other point that I was wondering about was the riveted vs. screw-held reeds... Would a reed held in by screws be considerably easier to do the final tuning of? Does the pitch change as you apply pressure to the base of the reed via a screw? I`m curious about this and thousands of other things, too... (some of them are even non-concertina related )
  4. In a similar vein, I've been wondering for a long time now why concertina reeds in general can't be made easily. It would seem that with all of our materials technology, manufacturing technology, engineering capabilities, strobe tuners, computerized profiling, stamping technology, etc. we should easily be able to do what was done 100 years ago without any of these cool new tools. Any particular reason(s) why the reeds could be cost effectively made by hand then, but not now? Cheers!
  5. Jeez, how does that circular fret work? The ends are made of 2 independent components, I assume?
  6. I`m thoroughly from Newfoundland, although I`m having an extended stint in Japan right now. When I left there 4 years ago, I didn`t play the concertina, but hopefully by the time I return, I`ll be proficient enough to take the instruments out of my kitchen (which pretty much describes my playing location so far in my concertina carreer...) Do you currently have a concertina? Are you looking for a teacher, too? Cheers, Daunt
  7. It makes for some great entertainment when we don't, though!
  8. My wife uses sonic stage on our computer, and it works like a charm. We were using windows media player as the media library manager, but I bought a set of powered studio monitors, and everything sounded scratchy. I thought that it was the monitors that were the problem, but we tried different software, and they were crystal clear. It`s pretty easy to manage the files, as near as I know, but our version is in Japanese, and I`m still trying to wrap my head around it. C.D. quality is in .wav format, but it really takes a trained ear (IMHO) to tell the difference between .wav and .mp3 when you are playing them through speakers worth less than $1000. Cheers, Daunt
  9. Indeed; I couldn't imagine switching over on guitar or mandolin. To me, this is amazing!
  10. Right on! That sounds like a good bit of fun! Sorry about the first post...
  11. I saw this, <url=http://cgi.ebay.com/LACHENAL-CO-ROSEWOOD-20-KEY-ANGLO-CONCERTINA_W0QQitemZ190293199177QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_MusicalInstr_Keyboard_RL?hash=item190293199177&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A2%7C294%3A50>a twenty button</url> but with a button for the pinky on the right side, and another thumb button on the left. Says I, "That`s pretty cool! I wonder what they do?"
  12. Jeez, that's an early one. Anything of this age would have brass reeds, I assume?
  13. indeed... curiosity has me gripped. Sorry it's not about the concertina, though, Dirge.
  14. BTW, why not ship it to Paul Read, or just drive to his house? Hamilton to Toronto is about an hour or less, isn't it? Anyway, I just thought of that after reading Azalin's post: Azalin's post!
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