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Howard Mitchell

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  1. There’s a Facebook group called Tunesday Tuesday that I occasionally contribute to. This week’s tune is the Teatree Waltz and as my recording is somewhat concertina heavy, I thought I’d post it on here as well. https://youtu.be/1s1gt-UXJGY The melody is on an A.C. Norman Jubilee Anglo in G/D, the chords on a Lachenal C/G baritone Anglo and the bass on a Lachenal 20 button C/G bass Anglo. There’s a biography of the composer, Val McGinness at https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/mcginness-valentine-bynoe-14671
  2. Or do a search on YouTube for Bernard Wrigley. e.g. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f2CJOkIt9v8
  3. Try https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2j-Z7-ucS04 starting about 53 minutes in.
  4. Here’s a video of me playing a single action baritone. It has “gills” in the bellows. https://youtu.be/ZeOHX1kC0lw
  5. There are normally two long thin screws, one in the centre of the little finger rest and another in the centre of the thumb strap. The head of the second one often disappears into the leather. Can you post photos showing the pin. Mitch
  6. Dave, Your post mentioning single action baritones reminded me that I have one. Now, I usually play anglo, this is the only English concertina that I have and my playing ability is limited. But, here's a quick clip of a piece that I used to play as a song accompaniment. You can see the "gulping" on occasions. The instrument has weighted brass reeds and the bellows have been recently replaced by Mark Lloyd-Adey. https://youtu.be/ZeOHX1kC0lw Mitch
  7. Here's a video of me fighting my Lachenal baritone anglo in C/G. https://youtu.be/ThnDzvDi0U0
  8. It looks to me as if the pitches of many of the buttons have been misinterpreted. If you compare the layout with a Bb/F instrument and add sharps or flats in some places it starts to make sense. Maybe it’s in old tuning and simply comparing each note to a piano and taking the nearest interpretation leads to the layout given. Mitch
  9. The lever arm passes through a hole in the button. The hole should have a felt bush, like a felt tube, which the end of the arm goes through. If you’re getting a metallic sound when you tap the button without playing a note it’s possible that the felt bush has come out of the hole. If you’re lucky the piece of felt may be in the action box and can be replaced. Mitch
  10. But why is concertina.net opening an audio stream in the first place. I have hearing aids which are capable of receiving audio from my iPad using Bluetooth. When I open c.net the hearing aid stops listening to the outside world and tunes in to the audio stream, with no content. Most annoying!
  11. This is inside the right hand of my single action baritone, probably Wheatstone. It has the harmonium style reeds throughout. It has a very mellow sound and has retained its tuning in the 50 years I’ve had it. I acquired it in a second hand shop in the east end of London. Mitch
  12. Take a look at items 8 and 9 on http://www.concertina.com/chambers/michaelstein/index.htm I’ve had the pleasure of playing a flutina with push/pull in the “wrong” direction. Mitch
  13. Try Dr Faustus’ Tumblers along with The Sloe. Their first bars are identical which you might think confusing but in fact the sudden realisation in the second bar gives an element of surprise. It can cause chaos in a session if some some musicians don’t realise you’ve made the change.
  14. I can only speak for sessions local me in the East Midlands (UK) but also the recent Bradfield Weekend. It does depend on the playing style and repertoire of the participants. I’m sure you’re aware that English tune sessions often have wide repertoires including Scottish, Welsh, Irish, American and Europeans tunes. Those that favour the Irish style of playing mostly play C/G and those who play English style (tune on the right, accompaniment on the left) favour G/D. At Bradfield I would estimate that there were 8 Anglo players. Again just estimating, I’d say 4 had both keys and swapped as appropriate, 2 had C/G and 2 G/D. Hope this helps!
  15. It's not often you get to see three flavours of Duet as well as a good range of different makes of Anglo and English concertina at the same event. (Many more than in these pictures). These pictures mostly from the "Concertinas around the World" session hosted by Michael Hibbert.
  16. Here's the left hand side of my Wheatstone 57407 complete with the Wheatstone metal badge saying Made in England. You can see that the reeds are conventionally shaped but in aluminium shoes. There is a label inside which says Vervaardig dear: Wimple Croukamp 012 3794601. I'm told this is a repairer in South Africa. I don't know if the black leather seal is original. It looks like the same material as the 8-fold bellows which may well have been replaced. All in all, quite a decent instrument and very light weight. Mitch
  17. Bob, Are you playing a G/D or C/G anglo? On a G/D I would play Shepherds Hey in G, predominantly on the G row, using the repeated Ds on the 3rd row for the octave jump near the end then to move to D insert a quick A (the note above the G you finish on) on the upbeat along with an A7 chord on the left hand D row (all 4 bottom buttons, pull) then you're in D. Mitch
  18. What would be the best way to contact you? Thanks Mitch
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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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