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David Levine

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  1. Dear Dr. Ghent, I admire you for giving credit where due. But imitation is still the highest form of praise. Yrs, Levine
  2. Selling for $448? That seems crazy. You could buy a working Lachenal for less than half that and easily make your own tuning bellows.
  3. The more I play the more I understand that I should be using all of the buttons, not just the default system as described by some great players and teachers. You can hear the difference between great old school players like Noel Hill/Tim Collins and great new-school players like Mohsen Amini and Cillian King. Using buttons on the accidental rows can help you avoid bellows changes that don't accord with the phrasing. Being forced to use bellows direction to choose a note is similar to playing the fiddle and bowing without regard to phrasing. When you can use all of the buttons on the concertina then you can phrase naturally rather than being forced to phrase by the need to change bellows direction. You aren't bound to push or pull because of the note. The only notes on my 30 button concertina that aren't limited by bellows direction are my high F# pull and the press middle E. On my 35 button Dipper I do have a press high F# and draw middle E, but I seldom, if ever, use them. I don't see why you'd need to change a reed to achieve a two-finger single-button triplet. My young students find it hard at first but after a while they can use the two-finger triplet on just about any note. Which I still can't do, being old, creaky, and lazy! The kids don't know any better, and do what I tell them is possible and necessary. I just use the first two fingers and sometimes middle and ring fingers, but I am hopeless with the little finger.
  4. Jim, Tim Collins himself cautioned about the triplet involving the LH F# because of the difficulty of such a dramatic, fast triplet with a bellows change. On my concertinas I replace one of the right hand accidental row D# reeds with a middle octave F# on the push. This makes G/F#/E triplets accessible and is useful in general. I use the second button in from the middle on the RH accidental row. This is a feature that Colin Dipper and Chris Ghent offer. I have retro-fitted an F# reed on some of my concertinas, using Exacto knives to -- on Wally Carroll's advice -- adapt the slot to accept the larger reed for the F#. It is a reed on the inside so the slot is easy to work on. Obviously, you have to be careful and take it slowly. This works for an Anglo with real concertina reeds. On a concertina with accordion reeds the job should be very easily and inexpensively done by any repair person.
  5. "...a G/D anglo makes more sense than the traditional C/G." I agree in the sense that the G/D is more intuitive. More logical. But to me the C/G makes more sense musically.... though I'm not sure what "sense" means in this context.
  6. "a CG will also work." .... LOL. A bit condescending and understated. I haven't ever been to a traditional Irish session, anywhere in the world, where a DG concertina is played with the phrasing, tempo, and dynamics of a CG.
  7. LTG: "Standard" Jeffries layout with C#/C# first button on RH accidental row and D#/D# on the next button (second column). Dierdre, the rows go sideways and the columns go up and down. C# button on first row, first column on the RH accidental row. It just takes a few minutes to change the positions of the C# and D# reeds to whatever button a player would prefer.
  8. It must be zero hour in the Stevens house. Bathtime, bedtime, storytime.
  9. Email and c-net message sent to you. David
  10. I am hoping to find a low C/G Anglo like the one Cormac is playing here. Any leads appreciated. Thanks in advance. David
  11. Hi-- Are the air-button and drone included in your count of 32 buttons? 

    Which model is it? Can I see some pictures?

    What is the measurement across the flat (not from point to point) of the playing surface.?

    As you can tell, I am very interested. And I have the money for the right concertina.



    email direct to: davylevine@gmail.com


  12. Thanks to you both. I assume that Joel does not want to be found -- for a variety of reasons.
  13. This is probably a dead thread, but I'd love to get back in contact with Joel. He sold me my first Anglo, which I played for over twenty years. . He doesn't owe me money and he never did anything to hurt or insult me. I just like him and his larger than life persona. Thanks for any help....
  14. Straps are off to Tucson.... Thanks.... Apologies to JD.
  15. SOLD-- Brand new leather anglo concertina straps.
  16. Of all the hybrids the Morse is the best. Light, very responsive, good volume, clear sound. The only thing I'm not very fond of are the black plastic buttons. However, since I don't see them while I'm playing it's not very important. Given that the new ones go for about $2,800, at $1,800 the Morse is a bargain.
  17. Dear Peter, If you don't want it, don't buy it. Welcome to the world of capitalism. Are you resentful that he got there before you? If the concertina is worth £1,760 then what' the problem? Do you resent the automobile dealer or the wine merchant?
  18. I played this concertina yesterday. It speaks well, with good volume. I didn't check the tuning but it seemed to be perfect as I played the chords. The bellows are in good condition. There is no rust on the reeds, which means that the instrument has been kept in dry surroundings. The reeds have been filed a bit but with an instrument this old that's to be expected. The concertina does not need any work and is ready to play without any adjustment required. I liked it. It has a classic Jeffries sound-- very clear, very bright, and it responds well. If I were in need of another concertina I'd certainly consider this one. The price that I was quoted is very fair. In Ireland it would sell for well over €5,000. I met the seller once twenty years ago, and again yesterday. I have no financial interest in this concertina and I am happy to help the owner sell it. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
  19. SOLD... I thought I’d have another go on the button accordion, having played one about 30 years ago. But I stopped playing the box to focus on playing the concertina (I also play flute and fiddle). I bought the Bouebe with high hopes but I have some shoulder issues that are making it too painful to continue. So I am moving this along. This is a practically brand new Saltarelle "Bouebe" 23 key/8 bass, Irish button accordion in B/C, with backpack style gig bag. It was purchased brand new last month, from Martin Quinn’s accordion store in Kiltgan, Co. Wicklow Ireland, and hand-carried to the US. Martin is a professional accordion player, repairman and dealer. He did a complete setup on this Bouebe, including tuning the reeds, setting the button action and changing the bass buttons to the "modern" style. It plays beautifully. I am reluctant to sell it but it’s too painful to continue to play it. It comes with new backpack style gig bag and two Saltarelle leather shoulder straps. This is an opportunity to get a fully set up, brand-new box at a reduced price. I will be happy to send more pictures. The Button Box sells these (when they can get a B/C) for $2300.00. Shipping Internationally, buyer to pay shipping and insurance fees. It looks just like this: https://www.eaglemusicshop.com/prod/but ... bouebe.htm
  20. Right you are -- I wrongly assumed that when the seller referred to it as an Anglo that it was a C/G Anglo. I did not consider an Anglo in a different key, which it clearly is. My mistake. Sorry for any confusion.
  21. A good friend is looking for a used Morse Anglo to give to his fiance as a birthday present. I am posting here on his behalf. He is an accomplished piper with whom I play regularly. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance -- Davy
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