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  1. Thanks for that David Barnert, had I known sooner I'd have weighed in to alert ebay sooner. I "reported" the listing to ebay, a most unsatisfying experience.
  2. I confirm that I own this concertina and have it in my possession. The photos on that listing, and the text, would seem to be copied directly from the ebay listing through which I purchased the instrument. The ebay-generated post-auction email that confirmed my purchase was sent on the 30th of July 2012. The person who sold it to me emailed as "Neil Connor", which is consistent with wording on an invoice from "The Button Box" that was (and still is) inside the wooden carry case. Since 30th July 2012 the instrument has not been traded or offered for sale.
  3. Ah, yes, those endplates are beautiful. The left hand side says something like "Made especially for Capt Geo Salley, Gloucester Pt. Virginia" and the other side has a lovely engraving of a galleon approaching land, with the word "Godspeed" curved along the margin. I'll be pleased to post a photo of them, I'll be home in hopefully a few days, & able to do it then. Meantime here's all the rest of the photos I have of it. The last one is the national anthem of the USA being played, the day this thread was started. It plays beautifully on this particular concertina. Perhaps an app
  4. Dan, thank you very much for this post. I'm the fortunate purchaser of the Dipper Shantyman F/C. Not sure when winter is for you (when you say you saw it come up for sale last winter) it was July 2012 when I purchased the Shantyman. I'm thrilled to learn some of the provenance of the instrument. I've typed it into a word document, printed it and it is folded inside the concertina case, for the next owner to read (once I've passed on that is!) I love the Shantyman, it is a sublime pleasure to play it. I'll never willingly part with it, but wouldn't mind anybody else playing it, es
  5. Hmm, I remember a couple of "Englishes", a possible duet or two, a couple of Anglos, some violins, a guitar or two, a piano accordion, a couple of people picked up fluts or something now & then, there were a couple of what I presume are melodeons (I've never seen one in the flesh) and of all things, a saxaphone! I had a great time, & they even played two tunes I'd heard before: "Running Bear" and "Joe the Boat is Going Over" (at least, that's the name I know them by.) By & large it was somewhat of a cacophony, & if it wasn't for the fellow down the far end with the Melo
  6. Don't know the player's name, it was a bloke though. I'm not all that outgoing, especially when on someone else's patch. However, it was great to see something I've never seen before (music session) and that I may never see again. One wonders did the players realise their playing that afternoon was being listened to by someone for whom that session was the only time in their life they'll hear or experience one? (session that is).
  7. 22 players at the November session, 7 of them playing concertinas of various types. Most interesting for someone who unexpectedly happened to be on the opposite side of the world for a couple of days (as you do). A thrilling and novel experience to see a session in a pub (something I'd never heard of before joining this forum) Have seen only other session in a pub (courtesy of a member of this forum) but it was nothing like "The Horseshoe". Even managed a few seconds of conversation with a couple of players, one was rather shocked that I knew about the session, & had a fair bit to say
  8. Um...er.... yea...er.. um... okay! There is unlikely to be a Morris Dancer within a thousand miles of me. I've never seen Morris dancing, or a Morris dancer, & don't ever expect to. You're 100% correct though: The finer nuances of various ..er... styles are certainly lost on me, it's all "Morris Dancing" to me, & likely always will be.
  9. Thank you Peter. Brilliantly fixed! (I had a go myself, but.. er... the results weren't all that good.....)
  10. Hmm, this 6/8 tune still has a 5-beat bar in the third part, about the 6th bar.
  11. No contact? Its only been a day or so, some of us have jobs that take us away from computers & such stuff for a time. The buyer may have had to put to sea or something, right as the auction ended.
  12. We all miss Leo's weekly roundup. A marvellous effort! One of the highlights of my week is listening to, & watching, the entire set of videos. David Barnert & others: A sense of foreboding is within me also. It has been growing since the second consecutive weekly roundup did not appear.
  13. Believe it or not, I'm finding Curtissimo's Frolick quite a challenge on the Anglo. Even transposed into C major doesn't help one bit! It looks so simple as sheet music, but boyo-boy-o-boy does it cause neural pain when I try to play it. The best I can do is the pace of one crotchet per second.
  14. Another tune I'm learning. I quite like this one. Thank you very much for posting it!
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