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About maccannic

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  1. I didn't know whether to put this in the Construction forum or the History forum, so I'll just put it here instead. I've got a Wheatstone Aeola Maccann duet made in 1914. It's got a little white bit at the end of each handrest where the strap attaches. Are these ivory, or just bone? Or something else? Grateful for any info.
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    How many concertina songs are there?

    I seem to remember Tim Laycock singing an ironic song called 'The Accordian's the Instrument to Play', which was about how much better the accordian was than the concertina. He accompanied himself on the concertina of course.
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    What's on your Christmas list?

    Excellent purchases. Of course, if 'Duet International' ever comes out that'll be the last Christmas I'll ever need. (It's been a long time coming).
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    What type of music do you play?

    I play for pleasure (mine; I'm not sure about other peoples'), by myself, or accompanying my or, more likely, my wife's singing, or in 'English' tune sessions, which round here tends to mean anything which isn't Irish. On my own I play anything I can find which I can make to fit on the Maccann. I love Morris tunes and English dance tunes, but will also try Celtic and European (esp. Swedish and French), and the odd Beatles number etc. Sidney Bechet's 'Petit Fleur' works brilliantly in A minor on the Maccann. Also a few classical tunes. One or two novelty items, like playing Michael Turner's Waltz in 5/4 time. Contradance tends to be a bit fast for me. And my wife plays English treble, so we've worked out a few tune arrangements together. Really the only limit is ones imagination (and ability).
  5. Here in UK most sessions play major-key tunes in G or D. We have a chap at our session who plays a 20b C/G, and plays it very nicely, but he has to put it down when the session goes into D.
  6. Exactly. So 7 ridges would mean that someone has had to construct 8 folds to make 8 valleys, leaving 7 ridges between them. That's why I always thought that meant 8 folds, not 7. But I bow to the general usage, however misconceived.
  7. Yes, well done for that. I too was aware of that bit of film, as Ian Anderson put it up on Mudcat a few years ago, but I wouldn't have been able to come up with a link to it.
  8. "The number of ridges is the number of folds." I've always found that a bit puzzling. For example, to my way of thinking, 7 'ridges' would mean 8 'valleys', which means 8 folds. But I suppose if the concertina fraternity calls that 7 folds, it's too late to change now.
  9. Four more years have gone past. My hair is now white, my beard is salt-and -pepper grey, my fingers increasingly arthritic. But still no Duet International. Will it ever happen?
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    Lachenal 'New Model' 64 key Maccann Duet - 1898

    Yes, I was the seller last year (and it's me playing in the two sound files, generously hosted by Jim as I'm too technically clueless to set that up by myself). I can confirm that this is a lovely and interesting instrument. It was eyeballed some years ago by Colin Dipper, who was highly impressed and valued it at £2000 retail. I have since moved on to something rather larger and more in keeping with what I'm trying to do, but I spent 10 or so very happy years with this concertina. I might add that it was a pleasure dealing with 'Sprunghub' (and Mrs. S.), and I wish them success.
  11. As a joke (I hope!) for my birthday I was given a book called 'Concertina: the Life and Loves of a Dominatrix', by Susan Winemaker. Basically as far as I can see it's just a smutty sex novel with a female lead who calls herself Concertina, and I don't suppose I'll even read it (oh all right then, maybe I will), but it sort of got me thinking to what extent playing the concertina can take over your life and colour your waking thoughts. Anybody know what I mean? Or am I in a bad way?
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    Tricks To Cover Up Mistakes

    Play jazz. There's no wrong notes in jazz.
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    Duet Tunes

    It depends on what sort of music you want to play, of course, but you might start with getting some simple folk dance tunes (jigs, reels, waltzes etc.) with the chords given. Then if you can figure out the common chords (G, C, D, A minor, E minor) and learn to play them and move from one to another, you should be able to play many of the common tunes, especially if you don't try and go too fast.
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    Wheatstone Maccaan Duets For Sale

    I'm salivating over that photo. Serial numbers would be useful.
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    Wheatstone 81 Button Mccann Duet

    I know this instrument well, and it's a stunner. Unfortunately the sort of price I could offer would probably be regarded as an insult.