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Chris Timson

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    1) Maintain the Concertina FAQ.
    2) Play anglo and sing close harmony with my wife Anne Gregson who plays English.
    3) Between us we own an uncomfortably large number of concertinas.

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    Bradford on Avon

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  1. Interesting, Jody. I hadn't bothered with JamKazam because the site looks moribund, quite frankly. The JamKazam FB page was last updated in August 2016, the last news item on their website is dated 6th August 2014 (!) and clicking on JamKazam Support just gives a 404 error. Since you've done OK I'll have another look, but if it takes a lot of techy input then it may still prove impractical. Anne (my wife, for people who don't know us, and a fine EC player) wants to find some way for her band Fiery Dragon Company to practice online and, of course, Zoom doesn't cut it. We shall see. Cheers, Chris
  2. I'm investigating Zoom.us videoconferencing software. Still too much latency to make session-style playing work but should be good for singarounds (my particular interest here) or "playarounds". However there is a setting in its configuration that increases sound quality markedly. This video covers the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50NoWIiYECA Chris
  3. How you doing now? I've not been around this group much for a while either. Chris
  4. From the current edition of Private Eye ...
  5. In my home sessions in Bath and Bradford on Avon I play G/D, Mark plays C/G and Dave plays C/G or G/D depending on what he wants to do in the particular tune (he is a very good player). We all co-exist quite happily and anyone not an anglo player would have no idea we were playing different instruments. All this is to say what I've said on many occasions and that is you find the instrument you're happy with and you then work out how to play what you want on it. I resist the idea that there are rules on this. I think it no more set in stone that English music should be played on the G/D only than that Irish music should be played on the C/G only (and playing Irish music on an English is the sin against the Holy Ghost). It's down, always, to the player. Chris
  6. To misquote Lena Horne: I got a new concertina And there's nothing to it You just sort of stand there And just sort of do it So, just do it. Chris
  7. My personal choice would be for Rosalind Franklin, FWIW. Sorry CW, fine scientist though he was, he didn't lack for honours and respect during his life, unlike Franklin. Chris
  8. Not surprised you went for it. Rosewood ended Lachenals are a particular favourite of mine. I've owned three over the years, lovely combination of sweetness and playability and quite pretty with it. But SFAIK you won't find 20 button anglos any further up Lachenal's range, and the price difference between a 20 button and a 30 button in the same range was significant as it still is today. Chris
  9. 20 button boxes were made because they were cheaper and many of the people who bought them in the early days were at the poorer end of society, plus of course the original German concertinas were 20 button and the extra buttons weren't added by English manufacturers until a little later. Personally I think there's a lot to be said for 26 button anglos, I've had three such G/Ds over the years. They've much of the versatility of the 30 button without some of the weight and much of the cost. Jeffries wooden-ended 26 button concertinas are particularly worth looking out for, very playable but with a sweetness of tone not usually associated with Jeffries. Chris
  10. To be fair there is a little more to it than that. He was a genuinely brilliant scientist who fully deserved being buried in Westminster Abbey next to Newton. His work on black holes, in particular Hawking radiation and its theoretical consequences, has become part of the core of cosmology with great implications for the beginning of our universe. And he did all that with the major handicap of the disease which paralysed and eventually killed him. Have a read of this and you'll see what I mean. Chris
  11. Well spotted. So he's a Londoner with previous form on this forum but hasn't been by since July 2017 (not that I'm one to talk on that score ). That's reassuring. Chris
  12. Pretty looking site but no name of the maker and no clue to location apart from a vague reference to the UK. Anyone any idea who's behind this? Chris
  13. John Kirkpatrick has a 40 button Crabb C/G anglo and famously taught himself to play in all keys an both directions on the instrument. So yes, it's possible but also yes, it's not easy. As to why they aren't made so much, well it's because most prospective purchasers want to use them for folk music, English, American or Irish mainly, in a limited number of "sharp" keys and for that 30 buttons is perfectly adequate and much cheaper. Also accordion reeds are larger than concertina reeds so makers of "hybrid" instruments find it difficult to physically fit that many accordion reeds into an anglo, remembering that unlike the English concertinas all the larger bass reeds are on the same side. Chris
  14. Well, it is! You've driven on English roads, you'll know! Chris
  15. Fair comment, I'll give it a whirl. And there are aspects of the old posts which are probably buried in the past, like all those endless arguments with Göran ... Chris
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