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  • Birthday 07/02/1962

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    Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire

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  1. The Jackie will get you plenty far enough to know if the English concertina is for you and does what you want it to. They are by far the best beginner EC at their price range. You can then make the investment in a better instrument secure in the knowledge that the EC is right for you, and everything you learnt on the Jackie will transfer across to any future instrument.
  2. Works for me - nice video (and nice concertina, is that a Wakker? )
  3. Unfortunately our lot are often quite happy to dance in the rain, which means that either they accompany themselves by singing (which, from experience, nobody wants to hear), or we play in the rain ... we go for the plastic poncho Boil In The Bag look
  4. Great, thanks Geoff. I was worried it was going off 😀
  5. So that’s actually the original colour coming back through, rather than a concertina lurgy?
  6. My treasured 1854 Wheatstone EC has developed an alarming green tinge on some of the leather work; photo attached which tells the story better than a thousand words. Is there anything I can do to stop this happening, and anything I can do to reverse the green that's already developed? I always keep silica gel packs in my concertina cases and I'm not aware that it's got damp (it's not been played outside for example). All advice much appreciated!
  7. I’ve nominated CW as well for services to optics, mechanics, and concertinas
  8. Just as another alternative what about putting a simple A/B switch in the chain? I’ve got a Boss AB2 on my bouzouki which works a treat and is completely silent even without anything plugged into the ‘off’ socket, but there’s loads available. That would make the chain Microvox belt pack >> 1/4 inch cable >> AB pedal >> 1/4 inch cable >> DI box >> xlr >> sound engineer’s gubbins
  9. Thanks for all thoughts so far, & it’s working. @d.elliott I’m mainly doing this on my new Morse baritone so the tuning is pretty spot on: but after seeing your post I tried the same on my Wheatstone treble, and things are, er, a bit more scrobbly up there ...
  10. I’m looking to get much better at using the top octave on my 48 key English for octave-hopping, variety, and because those buttons are there. I guess it’s basically down to practice! But, taking that on board, has anyone got any useful brain tricks or exercises to help my fingers get used to the fact that up there, everything is on the other hand and the other row compared to playing the same notes an octave lower?
  11. All congratulations to Mohsen Amini, crowned this years BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year on Wednesday. I think Im right in saying hes the first concertina player ever to win the accolade! Also Lankum took a couple of gongs with Radie Peat on anglo, so it was a good night for concertinas in the Folk Awards this year. https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/em6v9r
  12. Im just the other side of the Peak District but prior work commitments get in the way - as you say, hopefully next year. Friends who have been speak very highly of it (and are there at this very moment!)
  13. If you download the podcast there’s another tune from the Santiago Quartet, another Astor Piazzolla composition. Lovely stuff
  14. As regards the original question, If on the menu you go Settings >> Cold Restart That will clear any customisations you've made including accidental ones. If that fails it's a full uninstall and reinstall. If the font is still tiny after doing all that, it might be that another program on your machine has updated the font that both EasyAbc and the other mystery program use - and, quite frankly, good luck tracking that one down!
  15. EasyAbc may just not have been seen often enough by Norton to gain sufficiently high reputation; email them and question the blacklisting. That is exactly what I did with EasyAbc being blocked by Avast, so if you're running Avast and download EasyAbc without problems, you're welcome. I can certainly see the argument that AV is better blocking something it doesn't recognise, particularly from somewhere like SourceForge, rather than letting it through by default!
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