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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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  1. Chris Timson

    New British £50 note.

    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Chris Timson

    New British £50 note.

    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
  5. Chris Timson

    Current makes of concertina

    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
  6. Chris Timson

    Current makes of concertina

    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
  7. Chris Timson

    40 button Anglo's

    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
  8. Chris Timson

    Jodey Kruscal UK 2018 Tour

    Well, it is! You've driven on English roads, you'll know! Chris
  9. Chris Timson

    20-Year Anniversary of Concertina.net

    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
  10. Chris Timson

    20-Year Anniversary of Concertina.net

    I think I've been around since close to the beginning and although not contributing much in recent times (sorry about that) I still lurk a bit. Congratulations for creating one of the major concertina resources on the net. I have just one regret. I would love to see the old forum again in a strictly read-only form and read some of those old posts. I had a stroke 15 or so years ago and wrote a lot in the forum about its impact on me and my recovery. I would dearly love to read some of those old posts again. Hey ho. Chris
  11. Chris Timson

    Jodey Kruscal UK 2018 Tour

    Ah, nowhere near Wiltshire this time or even en route to somewhere. Never mind, hope to catch you next year, Jody. Chris
  12. Chris Timson

    Did Brian Hayden ever record anything on his duet?

    No idea about the highest note. It'll be in the mid 90s that I took that photo. It was a special order from someone who wanted a 10 sided Hayden and Colin fancied a challenge. An awful lot of their output is specials, like this one or my baritone anglo. Chris
  13. Chris Timson

    Did Brian Hayden ever record anything on his duet?

    If I recall correctly it's a 10 sided duet made by the Dippers. Edit - although maybe not, since the one Brian is playing seems to have white buttons. Anyway the one above I encountered at a West Country Concertinas event so Brian must have played it at some time ... Chris
  14. Chris Timson

    Concertina Meet-ups in Stockholm?

    Your best bet is to talk to Eken Morris Dancers. They are a morris side based in Stockholm and at least one of their number is a concertina player. They do have a regular English music session in a pub in Stockholm too. If anyone could help in Stockholm I'd guess it would be them. Their website is here. Chris
  15. Chris Timson


    [sigh] That's AI for you. Such a small selection of options when a simple call of Turnham Green would have blown the whole progression out of the water. I agree the diagonals were handled correctly but for such a small set of alternates Stovold would be spinning in his grave.[/sigh] Chris