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  1. Yes that does sound neat. I love the internal mics in my melodeon but didn't think it was practicable on a concertina. I have Myers concertina mics, which were a great replacement for the Microvox a few years ago. But, like microvox, they have these flimsy wires which always feel so vulnerable to accidental pulls. Does no one else use Myers? The saddle clips sit nicely on the thumbstraps of an EC and make swopping instruments quick and easy.
  2. Has anyone mentioned the Myers concertina mics? We changed from our ancient Microvox to Myers a couple of years ago and have been very happy. Their special saddle clips mean you can swop instruments pretty quickly. No velcro involved. The only thing I hate about these little mics attached to the box is that the leads always seem so thin and flimsy. But these seem trouble-free and they're cheaper than the big names.
  3. These are great boxes. I had one for a bit and loved it. The woman I sold it to in the US sold it on after a while but eventually missed it so much she found the buyer (through this site) and bought it back. Well worth considering if you're after a good instrument at a keen price.
  4. Thanks for the link Noel. Tim is teaching at Concertinas at Whitney (UK) next month and will be doing some concertina band sessions using the ICE arrangements. I'm looking forward to it even more now I've heard them.
  5. Would this one appeal? It's in Leeds. Bigger than you want, of course, if they've counted right. https://www.hobgoblin.com/local/sales/products/SHCR04921/wheatstone-maccann-duet-67-keywith-raised-ebony-ends-8f-mb-cp-model-39-with-case/
  6. Wonderful stuff. Came up fine for me. Subtitles were there without doing anything. Thanks for the link. Must listen to the others now.
  7. Here's my quick way of doing it. 1) The tonic/home note is obviously A so it must be in A something. 2) It sounds minor and in fact has a minor third (ABC). 3) So it must be either aeolian or dorian. 4) Aeolian is A without sharps or flats - ABCDEFGA. One semitone between 5th and 6th notes (EF). A for aeolian. 5) Dorian is D without sharps and flats - DEFGABCD. Two semitones between 5th and 6th notes (AB). D for dorian. It's easy to hear the difference. Think "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen", where you can really hear the one semitone interval in line 3. In your example, there's a
  8. Highly recommended. We enjoyed last year hugely - hard work but very rewarding. (Unfortunately, an inconsiderate family member has decided to get married that weekend so we can't go this year.) It's a great opportunity to hone your sight-reading skills and enjoy playing some really challenging music in a large ensemble. You get a chance to play baritones/basses. I even got to try a symphonium last year.
  9. I expect from my straps what I expect from my wife and from my underwear: a bit of support and a bit of freedom.
  10. We now use Myers microphones, which clip onto the thumbstrap of an English very easily.
  11. Not exactly, John, but there was a connection. Around 1974/5 there was a thriving folk club at The Duke of Cumberland in Whitstable. I was in one of the resident groups. Another (rather better!) group was going by the name of Fiddler's Dram. They were Alan Prosser, Ian Telfer, Chris Taylor and singer Cathy Lesurf, all I believe students or former students of the University of Kent at Canterbury. They were encouraged by various folk worthies and in due course released a recording of a song written by another club regular called Debbie Cooke - Day Trip to Bangor. Oysters fans may find it s
  12. Very nice, Jody. Took me back to my early concertina days in the 70s, playing at Duke's Folk in the Duke of Cumberland in Whitstable, (when and where the Oyster Band were just floor singers).
  13. A nice-looking Wheatstone is coming up for auction at George Kidner's in Wimborne, Dorset on Thursday 3rd March. Presumably a McCann. Fine metal ends and 8 fold bellows. Serial number 32064.
  14. Bit of a first take but heyho! The top two lines of a village band arrangement intended for a variety of instruments. It sort of works on two ECs. We follow New Anything with Italian Rant, another Playford tune, which coincidentally appears on the latest Leveret CD. Yes, they're wonderful. They rarely rehearse together - just send each other tunes on their phones - and there are no arrangements, just glorious sympathetic weaving in and out of each other's playing, fresh every time. We had two thirds of them as part of the Hurricane Party last night, accompanying Fay Hield. Great concert
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