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    I made some changes to the file organization so that the downloads should now work from Google Drive. Wags has successfully downloaded the files. It anyone else has problems downloading these files then please let me know and tell me the details of the failure.
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    Concertina Connection Busker players

    Concertina Connection do have a design for a new Hayden concertina (the 'Troubadour') that will be in the same range as the Minstrel and Busker. It is ready to go but the demand for Minstrels and Buskers has been so high that they do not have the production capacity for another model right now.
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    Dang! Ok, I will work on that and get back to you.
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    Not to take anything away from Gary's books - they are really, really good. An additional resource that you might want to explore is Alan Day's concertina tutor which teaches you to play the Anglo concertina by ear. It is a free download that can be found at the bottom of this post. Don. PS. I just switched from Dropbox to Google Drive to host these files. Please let me know if you have any problem finding and downloading the files.
  5. I have a question for the tuning experts, not advice to the OP! A little solder is often added to the tip of a reed to lower its tone so is it feasible to add solder close to the root (or maybe the middle) of a reed to raise its tone?
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    Double Duet

    This layout would be good for atonal music ...
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    For Folk's Sake: Morris Dancing and Me

    Morris dancing and Pow-wow dancing have a lot in common:
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    For Folk's Sake: Morris Dancing and Me

    I am surprised that Morris has not been taken up by the schools. I well remember the old BBC schools broadcasts 'Singing Together' which, I think, reignited interest in folk music and led to the second wave in the '60s. Maybe a program called 'Dancing Together'?
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    For Folk's Sake: Morris Dancing and Me

    And the "Ladies go Dancing at Whitsun": https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/mar/29/morris-dancing-gender-women Roger, unless you have secretly taken up the melodeon, I don't see you in the picture of the Manchester Morris Persons? Over here in the hinterlands of the Empire, we cannot view the BBC's broadcasts so if anybody cares to capture this on All Fool's Day then I for one would be very grateful.
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    Wren oncertina sticking buttons

    On another thread, this was said: As I recall, the Wren has a fiddly metal action similar to a Stagi...
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    The Secret of Monkey Island

    Aaaarh! Them's as dies, they be the lucky ones! Very good.
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    Wren oncertina sticking buttons

    You are going to have to take the end off to see what is going on. If it is not obvious then take a photograph and post it here. I wonder if the Wren (being a Chinese made box, I believe) has a Stagi type action? If so then perhaps the little rubber tubes that fix the buttons upright need to be replaced.
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    WTB: Distressed Crane duet

    Here is a post about flattening a warped reed pan. Not a difficult job. Three years later and it is still flat.
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    30 key anglo guides and tutorials

    No problem. It gives me an opportunity to advertise Alan's tutor along with David's transcriptions. If you want to learn to play the Anglo concertina by ear in the English style then Alan's tutor is for you. It consists of dozens of short audio clips of Alan playing carefully chosen example tunes along with audio explanations on what he is doing. Reading music is definately not required, but David has transcribed the tunes into standard music notation and the zip file includes a pdf of his transcriptions. The nearest thing to having one on one lessons with a master. It is free to download, you do not have to have a dropbox account to download the files. Don.
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    30 key anglo guides and tutorials

    Ah, yes. Anyway I just re-created the .zip file with a .pdf substituted for the .htm file. Perhaps you can confirm that you see it and that it downloads correctly.