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  • Birthday 12/28/1966

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  1. As some of you know, I haven't been able to play in a few years due to arthritis. I was selling my Morse last year, but due to a whirlwind of personal hell (deaths in the family, followed by a bad case of pneumonia) I sort of flaked out and never managed to respond properly to people. For that, I apologize to all. I'm selling my Morse currently on Ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Morse-Albion-Treble-English-Concertina-/191506002538?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c96a5b26a Honestly, if nobody bids and somebody on this list wants it for the low bid price, let me know and I'll pull it (so you would't have to do the Buy it Now price). That deal is for the members of this forum, who I've had nothing but great experiences with over the years. Thanks Richard Ashkettle
  2. I'm sorry it didn't work out Bruce. It's still for sale.
  3. Furnace broke and I need the money more than I need the instrument. At this price, I imagine it should go swiftly.
  4. 37 key (because that's what they come in) Morse Albion (English) concertina for sale. It's in mint condition. My hands just can't play anymore (arthritis has taken its toll). It's a great concertina and I'm going to miss it. Hopefully it will bring enjoyment to somebody else. I'm looking for 1500 USD + shipping. interested parties just PM me.
  5. 37 key (because that's what they come in) Morse Albion (English) concertina for sale. It's in mint condition. My hands just can't play anymore (arthritis has taken its toll). It's a great concertina and I'm going to miss it. Hopefully it will bring enjoyment to somebody else. I'm looking for 1500 USD + shipping. interested parties just PM me.
  6. My Albion arrived a couple days ago. Since it came in the door, I'm having a bit of trouble putting it down. It's so different than the Anglo... So far, I've only noodled with it. Sean Bhean Bhoct, Cock o the North, and Britches Full of Stitches. Simple tunes. Still, I'm having a lot of fun.
  7. Thanks everybody. Sounds like I have my answer then. I've never had an issue with anything from the Button Box, and with this thread, I feel more than happy with the choice I'm making. Should be interesting getting used to a new system.
  8. Yeah, it's been a while since I've posted. What can I say, I lurk. In any case, I'm about to come into a small bit of cash and am thinking about trying out an English System. They have always fascinated me and I find myself playing more styles than just ITM these days. As is typical, I have a dilemma. I have about enough to get a Morse Albion. I'm a fan of the Button Box concertinas. However the number of keys makes me think. If I recall, it's a 37 key. From looking at things, it should suit what I intend on playing (mostly folk stuff...Irish, Scottish, Morris, Contradance, Old Time even, and maybe some backup for singing. Heck, I'd be willing to try some Scandinavian folk. I like folks music, what can I say?). I'm not one for Jazz and where I enjoy classical, I enjoy listening to it much more than playing it. So I was wondering. Would the 37 keys be sufficient for that? I'm pretty solid in that price range, so the Geordie at 400 more is out of the range. Any Wheatstone I find in that range is with plastic buttons and from what I'm reading, that's not really a sign of quality (making the Albion a safer bet). So...English players, help me out here. Any thoughts on if I'm going to regret the choice? Should I be looking for something else?
  9. This was spoken for in less than 10 minutes. I'm glad to see it going to a good home where it will get a lot of playing.
  10. It looks like I need to downsize my music collection again. I'm selling a Morse Ceili C/G with Jeffries layout. It has Rosewood ends and is probably the best Concertina I've played from them (and I've owned three). The action on this one is amazing. It's in absolutely perfect condition (I'm quite fastidious with my instruments). I'd like 1500 + shipping for it. It's available immediately obviously. This is a good way to save a wait and a few hundred off a new one. Yes, I'll still be playing Concertina, just on my old Stagi. Sometimes you need to sacrifice.
  11. Well, Richard, I felt that way about my Morse, and Chris's method would have been faster than mine. The late Rich Morse was kind enough to give a hearty laugh when he saw it. Ken Ken, that is truly a work of art you have there. I may break down some day and put some papers on my Morse. Nothing quite as unique as yours, I imagine, but I do think it adds something to the look.
  12. Ok, for those of us who don't know...what exactly IS this wonderful thing?
  13. I love to look of a nice bellows paper. It's the only thing I would change about my Morse. It's like having a sports car without pin-striping.
  14. If you want to play many Irish trad tunes in D, you have to arrive at a 'system' along the lines of Paddy Murphy/ Noel Hill as far as I can see. Take the aptly named Concertina Reel - relatively speaking, this is a breeze if you play it along the C row in the key of C. Presumably that is exactly how it was played in the past by concertina players for house dances etc. But play it at a session with others or in a Ceile Band in key of D and it becomes quite a different animal that requires a new approach. Playing efficiently in D is surely what defines the 'modern' approach to playing Irish trad on the C/G. You are confusing a 'system' with just playing along the G row and stepping out of it for two single notes. Everything except the C# and E are in that G row. That's what playing within the rows is, as opposed to the much more complex system that Hill is teaching. As I've stated, that complex method is a darn fine one. It allows for smooth passages which in turn allows for more ornamentation choices (note, I'm not saying just more ornamentation, but more choices in what you wish to use). That's quite compelling and shouldn't be overlooked. Heck, unless they are on a 20 button, I don't know anybody who strictly just plays along the rows these days, but it's a style that has a certain sound. I also don't see Noel Hill's teachings to be defined as playing efficiently in D more than just playing efficiently. That system works perfectly well in G (which could indeed be played on one row), A or C (and I'm sure a few other keys). It's well thought-out. Quite a few folks use Mr Hill's system because it makes sense. Quite a few use it because it allows them to play faster, or with more ornamentation. I just happen to like the bounce that comes with playing along the rows. I'm fairly sparse in my ornamentation anyway, and Concertina is a secondary instrument for me (after Flute/Whistle and even Harmonica), but I miss the bounce if I'm playing too long in one bellows direction. Anyway, I'm rambling now and need some more coffee.
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