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  1. Steve Mansfield

    It's going green!

    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!
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    It's going green!

    Great, thanks Geoff. I was worried it was going off 😀
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    It's going green!

    So that’s actually the original colour coming back through, rather than a concertina lurgy?
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    New British £50 note.

    I’ve nominated CW as well for services to optics, mechanics, and concertinas
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    Microvox mics and foot pedals

    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
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    Top octave on English

    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?
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    Top octave on English

    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 ...
  8. 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
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    Sheffield Sessions Festival

    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!)
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    Bandonion Feature On Bbc Radio 4

    If you download the podcast there’s another tune from the Santiago Quartet, another Astor Piazzolla composition. Lovely stuff
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    Line Numbers In Easyabc

    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!
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    Line Numbers In Easyabc

    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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    Using 'p' (Parts) In Abc Code...or Not

    Are you writing the abc to generate sheet music or to generate MIDI playback? Abc2MIDI, which is the standard playback engine in packages like EasyAbc and AbcExplorer, does have some issues around the D.C. syntax, most of which can be resolved for playback by being very particular about where you put your repeat marks (and, of course, using the correct !D.C.! syntax rather than adding the markings as text.) For most standard repeat scenarios the syntax is fine, but abc2MIDI does struggle with really complex repetition layouts. Where I would agree with Jack is that we'll be able to help more with an example of the code. As a side issue could I try to persuade you off of the outdated and non-standard Abc2Win onto one of the more moderm packages like the two I mention above? They're free to try and keep, Abc2Win hasn't been updated for many years and you're missing out on a whole raft of updates to the syntax that will make your scores so much nicer .... [edited for typos. Too early in the morning.]
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    Are There 'traditional' Morris Tunes To Learn?

    Duplicate post deleted, iPad is having a moment ...
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    Are There 'traditional' Morris Tunes To Learn?

    The Black Book by Bacon is indeed the sort of collection you're after if it's Cotswold Morris (hankies and sticks, 6 or 8 people in a set). There are other English Morris traditions which don't have an equivalent central source, so it would do no harm to have a better idea what you're looking at (I'm not familiar with the Morris / steampunk crossover repertoire). One thing though - don't forget that Morris is a performance, not necessarily something that it is expected that people will just join in with. You might very well find that you're made most welcome, but I would suggest that you just ask first
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    Notation Software

    My comments were based mainly on the OP looking for something akin to Noteworthy e.g. draggy-droopy pointy-clicky rather than keyboard based. Of course abc is capable of excellent publication-quality sheet music, and I would encourage any/everyone to use it rather than encoded file formats tied to a particular piece of software.
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    Notation Software

    I'm a big abc user but appreciate that isn't what you're after. However if the package you settle on doesn't directly import Noteworthy files (and most don't), its worth bearing in mind that EasyAbc can read NWC files and export them in a variety of formats that your new package should be able to read. That way all the time you've spent building up material and an archive in NWC isn't totally unreadable in your new package. Which is precisely #why# abc has been my default format for years now, but YMMV.
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    Easy Abc

    Are you putting an X: field at the head of each tune? If you''re not giving each individual tune a full header starting with an X: and (conventionally)finishing with a K: before staring the tune body, EasyAbc may be having trouble parsing out the individual tunes. If you're still struggling post the first couple of tunes from your file here, and I'm sure I, or someone else, will be able to spot the issue.
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    Representation/rendering Of Triplets In Abc

    Chuck, what is the bug reporting route for EasyAbc? There's a couple of things I've come across in the latest version that could do with reporting
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    Everyone's A Critic---Even The Dog

    Ours discerns between accordeon reeds and concertina reeds; my wife's Rochelle and my Morse baritone, the dog will stay in the room quite happily. But As soon as my brass-reeded Wheatstone treble is out she's up barking and exiting the room. Thinks - have I found a good excuse to get a Morse Albion treble?
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    Craneconcertina.com - Going Soon!

    It's a fairly normal part of operating a website to make a backup of databases. If it's not something you can do your web host should be able to do it for you. I'm not proposing to host the site myself, but I finance my concertina habit by making SQL Server databases behave themselves, so if there is someone interested in taking this on and there's anything I can help with on that side of things, I can certainly take a look ...
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    Notation For Repeats

    Very true, but the repeats notation hasn't altered for many years. Whilst in abc geek mode it's also worth mentioning that abc is also fully backwards compatible, in that anything introduced in later versions of the spec won't break anything legal in earlier versions ( with the notable exception of the old Abc2Win line break character which was specific to that programme and never part of the official spec).
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    Concertinas In Heat

    Sorry, peurile mind that I have, I'm far more interested in knowing how you can tell if your concertina is in heat, do you get all the local stray street concertinas hanging around outside howling?
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    Whitby Folk Week

    Saw the Alistair Anderson / Dan Walsh duo in Stockport a couple of years ago, and really happy to hear they might be doing a record (although it'll struggle to capture the joyous egging-on and interplay of the live experience). Also one of those live acts where the between-number business is a real part of the show.
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    Swedish Polkas And Hambo

    Swedish music is fantastic for EC, the tunes somehow sit really nicely under the fingers, and the unusual modal nature of many of the tunes gives the brain and fingers a real workout. Loads of Swedish abcs available online, and there are a good few printed collections available as well.