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  1. Bill N

    Thumb Strap Instructions

    It's a 48 button Lachenal English, serial # 6915. Dowright has dated it c. 1860. 48 glass buttons, brass reeds, beautifully figured rosewood ends with brass inlays at the corners, and gold embossed green bellows and thumb-straps. It was found in an attic in British Columbia, Canada by the new owner of an old house, so no ownership history to go with it I'm afraid. It's in remarkably good condition- pads, valves, seals, reeds, pad boards and reed pans all look new, and the ends are in excellent condition. One fold of the bellows is damaged, the thumb-straps need replacing, and the glue holding the action box together has dried out. I'll be doing a careful, minimal restoration for a friend who is currently playing a Stagi .(I'm an Anglo player- can't make heads-nor-tails of an English)
  2. Bill N

    Thumb Strap Instructions

    Thanks again Rod, they turned out pretty well. I don't think I would have figured it out without the instructions.
  3. Bill N

    Thumb Strap Instructions

    Brilliant! Thanks very much Rod. This is a good rainy day project, and we have cool and wet in the forecast for a good long stretch!
  4. I received a kit from Concertina Spares today to make new thumb straps for a Lachenal English, but it did not come with the promised "down loadable instructions", and I see that Mark has shut down his e-mail and telephone for a few weeks while he catches up on his backlog of work. The instructions in Dave Elliott's book won't work as his design requires about twice the length of leather supplied in the kit, and there's not enough left of the existing straps to make a pattern from. Having already waited a considerable time for the order to arrive, I am keen to get to work. Can anyone here who has used the kit offer any insight? For each strap I have been provided with a 2 3/4" x 7" rectangle of thin leather, a 6 3/8" length of 1" linen tape, and a 1" x 2 1/2" rectangle of felt.
  5. Bill N

    445 Hz?

    I haven't met a Duet player yet, but there are quite a few Anglo and English players in the Golden Horseshoe (Hamilton-Brantford-Toronto areas), and I know of one Anglo player(although his main instrument is whistle) in Buffalo who's a regular at the Sat. afternoon session at Nietzsche's in Allantown. Also a couple of players at the Corktown Tavern session in Hamilton on Tuesday nights, and a quite a few in Toronto.
  6. Bill N

    DG Melodeon to GD Anglo?

    If you only play "in the rows" there will be some transferable skills, except that your keyboard will be cut in half and the lower half turned upside down and played with the other hand. If you plan to play "cross row" or have 30 buttons, the melodeon patterns won't help you very much. I tried going the other way, and except for familiarity with "push-pull" and bellows control, and the idea of having notes in more than one spot I didn't feel that there was much in common. However I do know people that play both well, so your experience might be different.
  7. I made this as a double carry-on. Thick leather and lots of padding. I use it as a heavy duty gig-bag, but don't trust it to protect my instruments if it's not on my person.
  8. Bill N

    MIDI concertina project

    I've been lurking on this thread (although do not pretend to understand most of the technical info), as I have always been interested in the possibilities of such an instrument- especially the "silent practice" function, and the ability to change the key one is playing in with the press of a button. I saw a respected player of traditional Newfoundland dance music playing a digital button accordion last summer (a Roland as I recall), and in all respects it seemed like a very successful and fully sorted instrument. I wondered why this technology hasn't made its way to concertinas?
  9. Bill N

    Heh??? What's that???

    Here's what it looks like:
  10. Bill N

    Heh??? What's that???

    I tried to find the "Clean" model, but settled for the AC30. It has a variety of settings including reverb, delay and tremolo effect (which are fun to fool around with in the headphones) but has one setting which seems reasonably "clean" for my intended use. The unit itself works very well with the Microvox gear. I'm at the trial and error stage now with volume/gain, 1 vs. 2 earbuds and left vs. right ear trying to come up with the best combination whereby I can hear both myself and the session. It's working pretty well, but there's room for tweaking I think. I'm using a cheap pair of airline earbuds- I think I'll try to find a better quality, comfortable single bud. I should mention that I normally wear hearing aids, but the din of this session overwhelms them on all settings. Those with unimpaired hearing might experience this differently. Ironically, I got the idea from a a friend who plays an English guitar at a session I go to that regularly features 5 or 6 concertinas and 2 melodeons!
  11. Bill N

    Heh??? What's that???

    I'm dealing with the same problem in a big noisy session, which includes a microphone and amp for singers and tune leaders, in a noisy bar. Although my Kensington is plenty loud for others to hear, I can't hear much, especially in the higher frequencies. I'm experimenting right now with a Vox Amplug. I have a set of Microvox M400 microphones and power supply. The Amplug is a very small unit (The power supply and Amplug clip to my belt) which plugs into the output jack of the Microvox system, and powers earbuds or headphones. It's originally intended for quiet electric guitar practice. I put one earbud in and turn up the volume just enough so that I can hear myself while still hearing everyone else. Still fooling around with volume levels, but seems promising.
  12. I had a Tedrow in Bb/F which had a lovely growl, although I wouldn't call it harsh. To my ear it was more accordion-like than the 2 other accordion reeded instruments I've owned (a G/D Morse and a C/G Edgley) Bob Tedrow would certainly be the fellow to go to for a one-off with customization. Mine was a reproduction of a rectangular Henry Harley c.1870 that I inherited, and Bob worked from measured drawings and photographs that I supplied. He also equipped it with an air lever rather than a button. His price was reasonable, and at the time there wasn't much of a wait.
  13. Bill N

    445 Hz?

    If you can get to Toronto on a Wednesday evening there is a session which regularly has 6 or 7 concertina players of both English and Anglo systems. Several of them play both. Although I've never seen a duet at the session I believe a couple of the players have some experience, and may even own one or two. Definitely not a beginners session, but friendly folk who would be happy to show and tell.
  14. My local hobby shop sells the silicone tubing for $1.60 a foot. I got 2 feet which was more than enough for 20 buttons. A foot probably would have been enough. It was easy to cut and slide in place, had a good spring and flex to it, and a bit of "tackiness" to help keep it positioned on the lever.
  15. There are a few threads here on this topic already. You are on the right track. Folks recommend the silicone tubing used as gas line for model airplanes. https://www.concertina.net/gs_stagirepair.html