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Nick Oliver

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  1. Barry Wallace of Holcombe Rogus, near Tiverton in Devon UK, makes cases. he did me a reasonably light one for a Wheatstone Bass English this year, and he apparantly does them for Colin Dipper for new instruments. His phone number is (01823) 673021.
  2. The are all here - http://www.mit.edu/~jcb/jokes/ Particularly viola jokes Nick
  3. Ann and I will be there as well - We'll take the Bflat McCann Duet (see Buying blind - Stuart's note a few days ago) but only if anybody is interested in it. It is a Lachenal with raised wooden ends, serial no 2000. Nick Oliver
  4. 'OTOH, the easiest thing for you would be to get a G/D box. They're quite common and have a range similar to the English baritones.' Only in theory - The lowest note on both is G an octave and a half below middle C, but the G/D anglo is missing G#, A, B flat, C#, and D# between there and the G above, while the English has the lot, and if you're lucky, the english baritone will have the low G# button tuned to the F natural below - there is an A flat on the other end. On ours, a 36 button single action monster Wheatstone, I had that changed to F# by Colin, in theory for ceilidh band work in G, but never really used it, and then had it changed back for Concertina Band work! I find the G/D Anglo a bit un-penetrative (is that a real word?) for Morris - it merges with the melodeons too much - and normally use a C/G but the G/D is ideal for sessions and dance band stuff.
  5. Ok - I've been here a while! and yes I don't find find it unfriendly, except, as has been said before, the fact that we are let loose on the town means that there is less chance for socialising (unless you buttonhole strangers before you rush off and look for a pub) and, Dick, in about the same place as the low B flat on your English there is a shift key on your keyboard! - it does make it easier to read!
  6. We have No 34254 which has had it its number changed (I haven't got the other to hand at the moment). It is a wooden ended 48 key Aeola with 'small frets' which seems to mean a band of frets round the end, but not extending to the edge which seems to have been the normal way by the 1930's. This seems to have been a case of two instruments exchanging numbers. Nick
  7. Yes - and play it in the band for the ceilidh on Saturday night! (If you can play it in G and by ear, probably) All sorts of strange instruments there last year! Nick
  8. Yes, Ann and I are going (as Stuart already knows!) Nick
  9. You shouldn't anthropomorphise concertinas, they don't like it, you know Nick
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