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Howard Mitchell-Borts

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About Howard Mitchell-Borts

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 12/30/1951

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    http://www.hgmitchell.co.uk
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    Male
  • Interests
    I play the Anglo - Wheatstone 40 button in C/G, Norman 36 button in D/G and Lachenal baritone 30 button in C/G.

    I have a baritone English but don't play it very much.

    My repertoire is mostly English.

    I also play melodeon and double bass.
  • Location
    Thorpe Satchville, Melton Mowbray, UK
  1. The P1 has line level XLR inputs. It’s meant to be connected to auxiliary outputs of a mixer, not directly to a microphone. Mitch
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    Jody Kruskal's 2018 Folk Club Tour of England

    Hi Jody, I’m about 20mins away from Sileby if your other offer falls through. I normally go to the session there as opposed to the club but I’ll try to get to see you. Regards Mitch
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    New designs available at Wolverton concertinas

    Any chance one being available to view at the Midland concertina meeting, 10th November? https://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?/topic/20651-midlands-concertina-group-meeting-10-nov-2018/&tab=comments#comment-192190
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    Microvox mics and foot pedals

    I believe Orchid will ship to the US. I have no connection to them but have been using their DI boxes for years. I don’t know of any other electret mic DI boxes with phono (RCA) inputs. Lots with tiny qg (min XLR) connectors if you fancy making adapters. I use a Fishman pocket blender (or sometimes its larger cousin) modified to put electret power on both inputs. This provides a mute and XLR out but needs a Y lead on the input to connect 2 mics.
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    Microvox mics and foot pedals

    Hi Jim, you could replace the microvox battery box and DI with a version that has a longer-lasting volume control and an XLR output like http://orchid-electronics.co.uk/contact_mic.htm You could also replace the DI in your existing setup with a foot mute switch like http://orchid-electronics.co.uk/Muting_DI_Box.htm Or put an XLR mute after the existing DI http://orchid-electronics.co.uk/balanced_mic_mute.htm or perhaps the simplest, just add a guitar kill switch (lots of different makes available) between the microvox box and the DI. It’s difficult to mute electret mics directly without a pop. Mitch
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    French Harmonium Reeds?

    These are the reeds in my Wheatstone single action baritone. They look very similar with the double rivets but they're fixed with domed screws rather than countersunk. No tonic sofa here, just the normal note names. Mitch
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    In Ear Monitors

    Thanks, that's very useful information. I hadn't thought about the isolation issue. I'm wondering about the wired option; I've had problems with cordless mics in the past, and know the technology can be flaky. When you hear the concertina in your ear bud: is the sound quality OK? Not too tinny? The sound is fine, but that's down to the earpieces rather than the transmitter or receiver. I just looked up the ACS earpieces that I use and it seems that the range has moved on and now includes a "live" version which has an ambient mic built in. https://www.acscustom.com/uk/products/in-ear-monitors/compare-iem I use a single driver, balanced armature earpiece. You can go up to 5 drivers but I find 1 is fine and so much better that the normal earbuds. I know you're in the US but this is a link to Thomann in Germany with their range of wired iems https://www.thomann.de/gb/wired_in_ear_monitors.html?oa=pra Mitch
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    In Ear Monitors

    I use a Shure psm200 system with ACS earpieces. I previously worked with conventional monitors but a hearing problem (Menieres) has made it difficult to work with high sound levels. There are pros and cons. You can have your own mix with little or no bleed from other musicians. The sound level is much lower. It can be very isolating Communication with other musicians can be difficult. I sometimes use an ‘ambient’ mic in the second input to combat isolation. I sometimes plug my instrument directly into the iem transmitter and a feed from the desk into the second input so I can control the iem mix. This is useful when the desk cannot provide you with an individual mix. I use this system for concertina. Melodeon and double bass. Earpieces go from cheap to ridiculous. I found the Shure model provided with the PSM200 was not very comfortable and didn’t provide enough isolation. The ACS model I use is at the bottom of their range and works well for me. I have friend (violinists) who use wired iems from Thomann, you don’t have to go wireless! Happy to provide more details Mitch
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    Can You Name This Tune?

    Found it on the LP, its just called Cart Music, composed by John Tams. Mitch
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    Can You Name This Tune?

    I know the tune from Lark Rise to Candleford. I’ll see if I can find a reference. Mitch
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    Ralph Jordan Music

    It’s the theme tune from “The Navy Lark”, The Trade Wind Hornpipe by Tommy Reilly. Mitch
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    Wheatstone Cases

    Hi, Here's a picture of a key I made for my Wheatstone box, but it's a wooden box, not a leather case with a buckle. I disassembled the lock to find what shape the key needed to be and then modified a similar blank to fit. Hope it might help. Howard Mitchell
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    Identifying A Single Action Baritone English

    I've recently resurrected a baritone concertina which I've had for many years but it needed new bellows. The bellows are being made. Can anyone identify the instrument? Here are links to several photos. There are no identifying marks other than L and R on the reed pans and L6 and R6 on the inside of the bellows frames and the thumb screws have intertwined letters CAP engraved on them, see screw.jpg. http://www.hgmitchell.co.uk/reeds1.jpg http://www.hgmitchell.co.uk/reeds2.jpg http://www.hgmitchell.co.uk/action1.jpg http://www.hgmitchell.co.uk/action2.jpg http://www.hgmitchell.co.uk/action3.jpg http://www.hgmitchell.co.uk/frets1.jpg http://www.hgmitchell.co.uk/frets2.jpg http://www.hgmitchell.co.uk/screw.jpg The bellows are in green leather with dot and cross papers and have air valves in the lower folds. There appears to have been a fine mesh inside the fretwork but it has mostly disintegrated. It comes in a wooden box matching the instrument with a very faded and torn red lining. Thanks Mitch
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    Poll: Tune Of The Month For July, 2015

    I'm a bit curious about the origin of the name here, since I've heard the concertina referred to as a/the "leather ferret", but I haven't heard or seen that name applied to other squeezeboxes. I see from Doug's Facebook page that he plays melodeon, but does he also play concertina? Doug doesn't play concertina. He's a master of melodeon and hurdy gurdy and has a fine voice. Someone referred to his melodeon playing, possibly for Stone Monkey Rapper as Bending the Ferret so he wrote a tune to match. I played with him in The Ram Company and continue to do so in The a Derbyshire Volunteers. He also has an occasional ceilidh band called Bending the Ferret of which I am an occasional member. Mitch Cool. IT's a great tune. I learned it from a melodeon player from Toronto, where the tune is a regular at the local English session. Here's Doug with his wife Sarah on Fiddle and Ollie on soprano sax playing a medley contains Bending the Ferret. https://youtu.be/zdv43UDLczg
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    Poll: Tune Of The Month For July, 2015

    I'm a bit curious about the origin of the name here, since I've heard the concertina referred to as a/the "leather ferret", but I haven't heard or seen that name applied to other squeezeboxes. I see from Doug's Facebook page that he plays melodeon, but does he also play concertina? Doug doesn't play concertina. He's a master of melodeon and hurdy gurdy and has a fine voice. Someone referred to his melodeon playing, possibly for Stone Monkey Rapper as Bending the Ferret so he wrote a tune to match. I played with him in The Ram Company and continue to do so in The a Derbyshire Volunteers. He also has an occasional ceilidh band called Bending the Ferret of which I am an occasional member. Mitch
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