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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.

    Hell world!
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    Bradford on Avon

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  1. 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
  2. Chris Timson

    Jodey Kruscal UK 2018 Tour

    Well, it is! You've driven on English roads, you'll know! Chris
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
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    [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
  10. Sadly it rings no bells with me either. Word is spreading, though. I maintain a mailing list of people who come to our sessions in Bath and Bradford on Avon and one of the members has already posted a message about this. Chris
  11. Chris Timson

    Wolverton Is My Delight

    Aren't they just! Here's a link - Click Me - to my review of a couple of Jake's concertinas for anyone teetering on the edge of buying one and not yet seized of my conviction that these are probably the best value concertinas around right now. Chris
  12. Chris Timson

    Duet Baffle

    I had a teacher called Miss Pronouncing once. Ah, happy days ... Chris
  13. Chris Timson

    Duet Baffle

    Exactly so. Chris
  14. Chris Timson

    Duet Baffle

    When Ron Copper (of the Copper family) was teaching himself to play the English his wife objected to the noise, so he invented the trouser baffle. He put each of his arms up one leg of a pair of trousers (i.e. from the bottom not the top) and wrapped the concertina in the top of the trousers. This, apparently, worked well. I have to say, though, that I haven't yet seen any evidence of the trouser baffle ever being used on stage or in a session. Chris
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    Duet Baffle

    Aye, there's nowt so strange as concertina players, sithee. Chris