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About felix castro

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 12/31/1970

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    My interests are traditional and folk music, mainly galician, in all its ways, books, scores, photographs, 78 rpm old discs.
    I play diatonic accordion, angloconcertina, and galician bagpipes in the closed fingering ancient style. I play usually with my twin brother, Cástor, that plays wooden flute and bouzouki.
    Other interests are martial arts, mainly taekwondo and haidong gumdo (the way of the korean sword), old books, including antique grimoires and esoteric books, travelling, etc.
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    ourense - galiza - spain

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    Questions for bandoneon

    As I am also interested in the 144 bandoneon, and I have contacted with Mr. Omar Caccia, the writer of the 144 bandoneon blogspot, I can tell some things. As Mr. Omar Caccia tells the 144 bandoneon was invented in 1924. Since then and as the bandonions intended to copy the sound of the accordion, they developed bandonions with two, three, even four sets of reeds, usually in the right hand. There are 144 bandonions i.e. with two sets of reeds in octave (low and medium, LM) in the left hand and in the right hand with two sets of reeds but not L M, they are with Medium Medium reeds (MM), with tremolo, giving a more accordion sound. As Mr. Omar tells 144 bandonions with L M in left and right are rare, and with zinc plates, even rarer. If the bandonion is with three sets and it is with LMM, it can work "setting off" one of the M reeds set. But if it is only with two sets, M M, it isn't possible to do. I have one 144 bandoneon gebruder meinel with LM in the left (I think) and MM in the right. I bought recently a alfred arnold with three sets of reeds, LMM, and I shall set off one of the M sets searching a more typical bandonion sound. Also the zinc plates have different sound than the aluminium plates.
  2. Hello, I know about several anglo concertina players in Madrid, there is a facebook group, concertina en España. But there is only a few of english concertina players in Spain, at least in that facebook group.
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    Dipper For Irish Trad

    Years ago they had a "model" specific to irish music that was the "County Clare" model, I own one of them since 2000. It is a small concertina very quickly and with a bright and loud sound, mine is with metal ends, although I like more nowadays the wooden ended concertinas (then I only had a wooden ended lachenal). As the other fellow members said they allow a high level of customization. Mine have a birds button, that I miss in my other concertinas (Suttner's i.e.).
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    Anglo Concertina Button Layout

    I like the layouts with the different octaves in different colours. They are very visual for learning and understanding the instrument. I think that Mark Steyton made this color coded layout, as it is told in this topic. https://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?/topic/370-differnet-key-layouts-for-anglos/ I found the image in pininterest. I suppose that it is any problem to copy it here as an example. If not please delete it.
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    Purchasing A New Stagi Hayden In Europe

    Hello, I am Félix Castro, from Ourense - Galicia. Interesting your comments about ordering Stagi hayden concertinas in Europe, and sad news about your experience. Although I am an anglo concertina player, and I have also several maccanns duets. Some people ask me some times about haydens, etc.and where to buy a concertina. As you commented, in Spain it is very difficult for purchasing one, because it isn't an interesting instrument for dealers as there are very few players of it. Some months ago a galician man contacted with me because he wanted to order one in Spain, but he hasn't any answer of dealers in Spain, he finally ordered it from Jose Mari López, Musical Dumboa, from Irun - Basque Country, as he has the hayden stagi listed in his web page for selling, but Pepe had to insist several times in order to have any answer from José Mari.
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    A Tale Of Two Anglos

    Hello, I have found the left hand lowest G row button in G/D, B/D, and B/A. I think that G/D is a logical layout button, similar to C/G of the C row, for playing along the row in G key and sounding with the lowest G row button the C chord pushing and the G chord (dominant) pulling. But that notes (G/D) are duplicated and in the same direction in the second button of the left hand C row (pushing) and the third button of the left hand C row (pulling), and that is the reason for changing the notes to another ones that aren't duplicated and more useful. I have several concertinas with the three systems, the octave concertina has G/D, my lachenal B/D, and my suttner B/A.
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    Grock, Clown Music With Concertina

    There are several videos featuring the same show. Perhaps the best quality in image is the following link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiWyeFTKE2o
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    Grock, Clown Music With Concertina

    Sorry, I have seen that some fellow members opened topics about Grock and this video or another similar one.
  9. Hello, I found today this video of the famous clown Grock performing a show, he plays the concertina from the minute 25 to 35. It is very interesting because one can see what kind of things made the clowns with the concertina. I think he plays an english concertina. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN9CWQCZFpU Grock / Грок / son Grand Numero (1931) Le Français (deutsche Untertitel) The show is in french language but it has also deutsch subtitles.
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    Strange Beast On Ebay

    Another thing, about the weight, the "beast" is about 5 kgs., not 7 kgs. as informed the auction, weight that was probably given including the wood case, thinking about postal price if it would be sent to another place. I have made a video recording before holidays, I don't know if I can upload it here or I have to upload it to youtube necessarily and put the link.
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    Strange Beast On Ebay

    Other five photographs of the bandonion
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    Strange Beast On Ebay

    Sorry it is a 78 keys instrument, 156 tones banonion
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    Strange Beast On Ebay

    The interesting thing is that before I bought the concertina from Parade Antiques, they sold another instrument, a 151 tones bandonion, with the system of construction more similar to the english concertina than the german concertina, and that probably was sold to him by the same person, and perhaps it is the bandonion that was made also by Pat Robson. Rob, the owner of Parade Antiques gave me authorization for publishing the photographs he made. It seems better constructed than my concertina, that has the buttons and levers more similar to the german concertinas. I attach some photographs of the bandonion
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    Strange Beast On Ebay

    My photographs. Felix Castro
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    Strange Beast On Ebay

    photographs from the auction.