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Bill N

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  1. I am just now remembering a conversation with a relative whose entire household plays ice hockey (I live in Canada after all!). Each family member has a duffle bag filled with gear, and it gets pretty rank after a season of sweating into it. They take it all to a business that provides ozone cleaning and deodorizing for athletic equipment. The business has some kind of ozone chamber (SaniSport is the brand name). Doing a local search, I see that there are even mobile providers who do house calls. You live in a hockey playing part of the world (yay Bruins!)- maybe there's one in your area!
  2. I had a look at that, and that scene looks to have been filmed in Newfoundland. I didn't recognize any of the "musicians", and there are only a literal handful of concertina players on the island. In any case, the tunes are from a recording by a Newfoundland band called the Dardanelles. They have a great accordion player, but no concertina.
  3. It looked so neatly done that I hadn't considered that, but I think you both might be right. In any event, I wasn't planning on duplicating it on the new gussets!
  4. I'm doing some repairs to the original 100 + year old bellows on a Wheatstone Duet, including replacing some gussets. After carefully removing a gusset I noticed what looks like a 5 or 6 mm notch or cut on each side of the gusset in the "point" that nestles into the valley. (they look more like holes in the photo, but the slit is open at the point end) It looks like this might have been done to allow the gusset to lay flatter around the opening. Has anyone else noticed this? Was this a standard technique, or an individual piece-worker making life less difficult for her/his self?
  5. Lee Valley Tools (Canadian, but I'm sure they ship internationally) sell a volcanic rock deodorizer. It's a plastic net bag filled with something that looks like a cross between kitty litter and fine gravel. Their small size can be tucked inside the bellows and left there for a week or two, and should absorb a good portion of the odor. The bags are reusable- they can be recharged by soaking in salt water and drying in the sun.
  6. Does anyone have experience/recommendations regarding the in-case humidity control packs made by Boveda? This system was recommended to me by a violinist friend. It's a sealed pack that fits inside a fabric pouch, and either absorbs or gives off moisture to keep the humidity in the case in the 45-55 % RH range. Where I live in Canada we have very humid summers, and very dry indoor air once the furnace comes on the the winter. I'm thinking of trying it in a double case where I keep my Morse and Wally Carroll. Previously I have used a unit which needs to be filled with water, but had a near
  7. You should be able to turn the "clamps" to the side with your fingers to free up the reed plate. Then you will have access to both sides.
  8. Well, the basic concept is that you change the pitch by scratching/filing away a tiny bit of material from either the tip of the reed (to sharpen pitch) or at the base (to flatten pitch). You should find a fair amount of info on the process and tools by searching the archives here, but it will mostly relate to traditional English-style reeds, which are mounted in individual shoes that are dovetailed or screwed/clamped flat to the reed pan. Your Scholer will probably have gang-mounted reeds on long plates that are mounted perpendicular to the reed pan using simple L-shaped clamps.
  9. Looks to me like it started life as a D/A (which is a pretty common tuning for these) instrument that has drifted sharp on some reeds. In tune, from left to right starting at the top your note values should read: A,C#,E,G,B D,A,D,F#,A E,G#,B,D,F# A,E,A,C#,E So, not too far off really. The lower 2 buttons in each row on a German concertina can fool you, as they don't follow the same pattern as you might expect, or would find on an English made 20 button box. Set up for oompah stuff I think. Tuning those brass reeds down isn't that hard, and this
  10. I've added a JPEG of the button layout in the original post in case there are difficulties downloading the PDF. It shows the 18 button keyboard as it sits within the standard 48 button layout. The instrument has 2 leather loops at each end- one for the thumb as is usual for an English, but also one for the pinkie, rather than having it rest on a curved metal stop. I lent this to a friend to learn on while she waited for me to restore a 48 button instrument for her, and it was an easy transition for her from the 18 button to the 48.
  11. I bought this a few years ago to try to learn the English system (I'm a "by ear" Anglo player) and I'm finally willing to admit that it ain't going to happen. Time to pass it along: Stagi 18 button English concertina in excellent condition, with a very nice hard case. $325 plus postage. Diagram below shows the buttons highlighted within the keyboard of a standard 48 button instrument. THIS INSTRUMENT IS NOW SOLD. A donation has been made to Concertina Net. minienglish.pdf
  12. From your comment about 3 ways to play "D", it sounds like your concertina is in G/D tuning with some extra buttons. If you Google "G/D anglo concertina button layout" you might find some that are close to what you have. You'll probably find that the core 30 buttons are pretty standard for a G/D instrument. "The Gremlin" was a model, the maker I think was Stagi. If you look for Stagi, or Bastari (earlier maker taken over by Stagi) you'll find similar instruments. Some of them use fairly soft aluminum levers, with the buttons held on by short pieces of rubber tubing. Given your d
  13. Several years ago my musical partner Brad McEwen (cittern) and I (Hunter's Corners) played the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, Ontario. I got to know Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham who were on a Canadian tour, which was a highlight in itself. We appeared on stage with Keith and Sylvia and another very young, very interesting duo called The Oldest Man I Know. It was a lakeside stage, a beautiful day, a great audience, and everything was just clicking for all three duos. I think I'm a much better player now than I was then, but I've never had a more satisfying performance. About halfwa
  14. Have you tried messaging him from this site? He my not have posted in a while, but according to his profile page he visited today, so he seems to check in.
  15. Closer to home, there is also one in the Accordion Museum in Montmagny, Quebec.
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