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  • Birthday 01/10/1959

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  1. If the bellows are intact and all the buttons sound on the push and pull and are relatively in tune then it shouldn't be too big a project. The buttons will either be glued to wooden levers and just require a re-gluing, or may be attached (or not) to metal levers- there is good info on this forum for repairing those as well. It looks like the ends are held on with friction fit pins. Carefully pull those pins straight out with pliers or a tack puller to see what you are dealing with. Be careful when disassembling- these are made from cheap materials, and it is easy to strip screws, split wood etc.
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    Morse Ceili C/G Anglo for sale- 2nd Price Drop

    SOLD. Donation will follow. Donation made. Thanks Paul!
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    Morse Ceili C/G Anglo for sale- 2nd Price Drop

    Yes, it's available, and happy to ship to the US. From past experience, I would say postage would be around $75.
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    Beginner articulation question

    You have a number of options. You can hold down the button and push and pull. You can release the button between notes. You can change fingers with the bellow change. You can push the C, then push the left hand 2nd button in the G row for an alternate D. They all sound and feel different, and any one of the options can be the right one depending on how you want a tune to sound and feel. When I am learning a tune I try out the possibilities before I decide which version to commit to muscle memory. I wish I had done that right from the beginning, rather than always defaulting to the same patterns, as I think I would have more command of the keyboard now.
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    Morse Ceili C/G Anglo for sale- 2nd Price Drop

    Bump with a price reduction.
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    34 button anglo - Maker and date

    "Also, some of the leather valves are missing. I should have some suitably thin leather, so I might replace them." If, as it appears from the photos, the "missing" valves are for the highest notes, there likely never were valves. Any evidence of old glue or the limiting pins?
  7. Black Satin Finish, Upgraded Tipo a Mano reeds Modified Jeffries (Kensington) layout I bought this new in October, 2017 to play while recovering from an elbow injury because of its very light weight and easy action. I’m back to playing my traditionally reeded instrument and can’t afford to keep two C/Gs. It’s essentially like new, except that the bellows are nicely played in, and there is a bit of patina on the fretwork around the most commonly played buttons. Also, there are a pair of slight “dimples” on the fretwork where microphones were attached (see photo-just right of label). It comes with the Button Box hard case. This is a fast, responsive box, and the upgraded reeds are very “concertina-like” in tone. The Kensington layout http://www.kensingtonconcertinas.com/standard-layout/ is particularly well suited for ITM style playing, but I used it as an all rounder, playing English and Contra repertoire as well. For more info, including videos, visit the Button Box website. Note that the video is of the standard reed model, not the TAM reeds offered here. This was US $2745 (Can $3560) new, plus shipping and tax. I’m now asking US $2100 plus shipping. New price is US $1950 plus shipping. This would be a particularly good deal for a fellow Canadian because there would be no HST. I am in the Hamilton/Toronto area and could meet up locally for try-outs.
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    Routine Maintenance

    Don't spill beer on it. Dust it off once in a while. Keep it in its case when you aren't holding it.
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    Ring O' Bells, Morris Tune (Video)

    Very nice, and a lovely concertina! Brian Peters recorded it on his "Anglophilia" CD under the names "Farewell Manchester" and "Felton's Gavotte". Playing a 39 button Crabb C/G he takes it through the keys of G, F, D & C!
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    A resonator concertina! The mind boggles! maybe a plate and cone that bears on the bellows side of the reed board, like on a resonator guitar?
  11. Haven't been able to find much complete and current information on-line. Does anyone know first hand of Irish trad sessions that would welcome an accomplished visiting session player? (not me, asking for a friend!)
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    Wtb......38 Key Bb / F Jeffries

    Just got home from driving from Buffalo New York to Hamilton Ontario. Glad to be home safely, and playing a few tunes before bed!
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    Bad Habits

    "If anyone knows of other group or in-person opportunities for learning the anglo concertina in the Western New York and Southern Ontario region (we live 5 minutes from the Peace Bridge that crosses over to Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, for those not familiar with our geography), I'd love to hear about it." Hi Dee, There is a session every Saturday afternoon (4:30 start I think) at Nietzsche's in Allentown (downtown Buffalo). One of the session stalwarts usually plays whistle, but sometimes brings his Jeffries, and I have always felt welcome when I show up. It's a friendly, not super-fast session, and they play a range of music from the British Isles (not just Irish), with the odd song thrown in. A super beginner friendly session happens every Tuesday night (8:00ish) at the Corktown Tavern in Hamilton. Same range of music as at Nietzsche's with the addition of some East Coast stuff. It's a big, noisy session, so mistakes go unnoticed! A little further afield in Cambridge (about 1 1/2 hours from you) is a twice monthly Sunday afternoon session run by the Millrace Folk Society. I find the English repertoire at this one easier to learn than the Irish stuff ( a little slower, usually in G or D) and there are always concertina players there. Ian Bell, a wonderful musician and teacher, has started teaching lessons in beginner concertina in Villa Nova, Ontario, which is about an hour from you. Bill
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    Bad Habits

    A few things I wish I had done initially (also self tutored): 1) Get to know where all the duplicate and reversed notes are, and when learning a new tune try out different ways of fingering it until you find the best (for you and the tune) way of doing it. For instance, a particular phrase may work/sound better if all the notes are played on a push or pull, or alternately the music might be better expressed with a lot of bellows back-and-forth. Don't get stuck playing everything along the rows. 2) Practice playing as quietly as you can. I've met a lot of self-taught concertina players who only have one volume level: LOUD! (not you, Robin & Paul!) Variations in volume can add a lot to the expression of a tune. 3) If the tune calls for the same note in quick succession, try alternating index and middle finger (or 2 other convenient fingers) for each sounding of the note, rather than just pressing multiple times with the same finger. 4) Really explore the whole 3rd row, and both extreme ends of the other 2 rows. So many players habitually only use 10 or 12 buttons, leaving a lot of the instrument's potential untapped. When you look at vintage concertinas you can see evidence of this in the wear marks above the buttons. 5) Try to find good players in your area, and watch and listen! If there is a session near you go and lurk until you can play a few tunes, then join in! Nothing will advance your playing faster than hanging around better musicians! 6) Don't feel constrained by the home keys. It will be easy to play tunes in C & G ( I assume that's the tuning on your Jones), but D isn't too hard when you figure it out, and other keys and minors and modes are very possible (see #4). If you start learning where the buttons are for other keys early in your learning process, you will have much better command of all 26 buttons! 7) Try using both hands at once. You can usually play most of the melody on the right hand by using duplicates and reversals, which will leave your left hand free for chords, playing in octaves, and doing oom-pahs and bass runs (once again, see #4). It's not as hard as you think it will be, but it won't happen if you don't try. The sooner the better, I think. 8) Have fun. The concertina is an inherently joyful thing to play. Pick it up whenever you can. Don't practice- just play!
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    Crossing Borders

    If you contacted Colin with the serial number he could probably tell you. If you are crossing back and forth it's a good idea to get a card from customs that you can keep in your case that proves that you already own it. I nearly had mine confiscated on the way back from a concertina weekend at the Button Box because I couldn't prove that I hadn't just bought it in the States.