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  • Birthday 06/15/1946

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    Acoustic music of all kinds. Collecting playable instruments.
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    Near Stuttgart, Germany

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  1. I have one arrangement where I have to press left-hand buttons 5 and 9 at the same time. I just use the flat of the top joint of my index finger, rather than the finger-tip. Hope this helps, Cheers, John
  2. I suppose so - my concertina gig-bag didn't take up any more space than his camera bag. And I played my concertina, and he took his photographs, on deck! Cheers, John
  3. To pick up this line of thought: I just recently had this YouTube clip pointerd out to me. It deals with my other instrument, the banjo, but I reckon the principles discussed are not instrument-specific. https://youtu.be/SZR-u9SF7-Y Cheers, John
  4. Hello, Kathryn, and welcome to the forum! I like that piece, and the way you play it. Just goes to show that some good can come of lockdown! Cheers, John
  5. Yes, and the gentleman behind the concertina "player" is not actually playing the mandolin, either. He can't be - hasn't even got a plectrum! 😉 Cheers, John
  6. Nice story, Jody, and two nice songs that came out of it! In my experience, it's not uncommon for a chance remark or allusion to trigger a lyric, a poem, or even a story. At least you in the US and UK can still have a harmless chuckle at gender-speak. In German-speaking countries, due to the structure of the language, in particular the declension of the definite and indefinite articles, statements about peoples' occupations have nearly doubled in length ... Cheers, John
  7. I play the banjo and the mandolin, and I'm inclined to agree with @hjcjones . I would, however, point out that there are buttons and buttons. English-style buttons are thin (about 5 or 6 mm dia.) whereas German-style ones are thick (about 10mm dia.) English-built concertinas have different shapes of button-top: some are flat, some lens-shaped, some domed. And the millimetre or so difference in diameter can make a difference, too. These factors man influence whether our callussed fingertips slip off or not. Perhaps there's an optimum button-top-shape for your callusses and your tec
  8. @GoHokies, This is a good point! Also bear in mind the old adage that "if you buy cheap, you buy twice." I believe a lot of beginners shy away from a more expensive instrument because they don't know whether the concertina, or this type of concertina, is going to work for them. However, you say: So why buy a $500 model now, and then a $1000 model later on? Even as a learner, you'll make better-sounding music on a good concertina than on a bad one, and when your competence increases, a good concertina won't limit you, as a bad one would. Think about it! C
  9. Easiest concertina for a pianist to learn? Crane duet! I base this statement on an anecdote ... At my company's summer fête, I ran a stall for children to try out musical instruments. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, of course, but also Autoharp and Waldzither. And my two concertinas, an Anglo and a Crane. One little girl - perhaps 11 or 12 years old - wanted to try a concertina. She said she had piano lessons, so I gave her the Crane, and explained that the middle 3 columns were her "white" piano keys, and showed her middle C and told her how to play the next notes in the scale of C ma
  10. This is a good point! I'm a multi-instrumentalist, being self-taught on all my instruments. While I have found that each instrument teaches you something that is useful for the others, it is also true that my personal arrangement of a given tune differs from one instrument to the other. I'm a folkie, so the melody is inviolable, and when I've worked on a tune for a while, the chord sequence is also pretty well cast in concrete. However, the actual notes that I play, which chord inversions and chord voicings I use, depend on what falls most easily on the keyboard or fingerboard of the part
  11. A friend of mine, who is a bayan (Russian CBA) virtuoso and also a teacher of CBA and PA, has voiced the opinion that the CBA (C-Grifff or B-Griff) is the instrument of choice if you're serious about accordion music. The PA is an alternative for those (and they are many!) who have taken their first musical steps on the piano. If, as you say, you've never played the piano, then there's no reason not to opt for the Chromatic Button Accordion. Bear in mind that, if you ever get to te advanced stage of wanting to play a free-bass accordion, the fingering of the left-hand side is modelled on t
  12. I'm a great believer in Equal Rights. Concertinas, banjos, mandolins, guitars, Waldzithern, Autoharps, ukulele - each of them is in its case, protected from dust, falling down and being knocked over, in a large cupboard. None of them is easier to reach than another, so they get played whenever I want to play something on that particular instrument. BTW, many banjoists and guitarists are much averse to keeping their instrument in a stand - whether at home, or on stage at a gig - for fear of getting them knocked over and having their necks broken. Cheers, John
  13. PS: I just looked at my currency converter, and the difference between 1600 Canadian Dollars and 1600 British Pounds is roughly 700 Euros. You could buy an entry-level hybrid Anglo for that amount! John
  14. Paul, I see it didn't go for the Sterling amount shown on eBay. What would your Canadian Dollar asking price be? Cheers, John
  15. I liked the badger with the banjo. Sort of gives meaning to the term "Clawhammer!" Cheers, John
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