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About Hereward

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    I tried an English concertina for a quite a while but finally realised that an Anglo would suit me better; so that's what I now have.
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  1. Hereward

    First Video...

    Thanks for posting this: nice tune and playing I think.
  2. Hereward

    Pentangle.....concertina !

    I've certainly never heard a better version of Lord Franklin.
  3. ukmanohnzI bet you won't regret your decision to plump for the Minstrel. I am definitely a long way from being a natural musician. In fact, I struggle with it much more than anyone else I know of who has learnt to play. Experience has taught me that I have to have a reasonable instrument to have any chance at all. Less expensive models prove just too difficult to play, which just adds to the frustration and so on.
  4. Hereward

    John Connor Rebuild Naming

    It is certainly interesting that your instrument features this because none of the others I have heard tell of do.
  5. Hereward

    John Connor Rebuild Naming

    That is a shame. Call me a romantic but 'Phoenix' sounds better than 'no name at all'.
  6. Hereward

    John Connor Rebuild Naming

    Thank you. So it sounds to me that mine is similar to yours. John Connor is now retired.
  7. Hereward

    John Connor Rebuild Naming

    The whole instrument was built by Connor except for the reed pans and reeds which are Wheatstone. I don't know anything else about it.
  8. Hereward

    John Connor Rebuild Naming

    Is the 'Shire' by Connor? I have seen his own models named down the middle as it were and I suppose that may be what you refer to. Edited because I now see it is another maker.
  9. My John Connor Rebuild Anglo has the usual round hole on either metal end-plate for the maker's name but they are both blank and just empty holes. Is this usual and/or a problem? I don't want to mess with this and cover them (by making a label) unless it's thought necessary. However, the maker's name doesn't appear anywhere that I can find and that may mean in years to come, when it gets passed on, no-one may remember who made it.
  10. I'm a beginner and also learning this tune. Your playing sounds to me like you've made a pretty good fist of it already.
  11. Hereward

    30 Button C/g Anglo Concertina Available

    Works fine for me in the UK.
  12. Hereward

    Social Media Circles?

    The phones might be "smart" but their users are frequently anything but.
  13. Hereward

    Social Media Circles?

    You have a point Jimmy. I'm no spring chicken but I'm often the youngest concertina player in the room.
  14. Hereward

    Social Media Circles?

    Good point. However, I get my concertina out in the morning and place it on my desk where the computer screen sits. After I do something with the the computer I play for a few minutes. Apparently we learn best at the beginning and end of a session. So many short sessions means more beginnings and ends and is better than one long session.
  15. Hereward

    Anglo Right Hand Cords

    I admit I'm finding playing chords on the left hand looks to be challenging (at the least) but I haven't quite got that far yet with my new Anglo. Doing the same on the right would probably present yet more problems but I remain sanguine about my chances of getting there eventually, even though I'm somewhat old to be learning an instrument. Thanks for the thoughts everyone though.