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  1. The other evening (actually World Concertina Day) a pad came off the end of its lever inside my Wheatstone. I stuck it back on with Loctite super glue and it seems to be OK now. But I'm wondering if such a 'modern' material is the correct thing to use. What are your thoughts? And why would this happen after 109 years?
  2. I'm afraid I don't do recordings or videos, but to mark World Concertina Day I went along to our local tune session as usual, but after a while my box had a 'mechanical' so I had to abort early. At home the next morning I took it apart to find that a pad had dropped off the end of its lever. So I've glued it back on and it seems to be OK now.
  3. Some Swedish tunes sound lovely with organ accompaniment, preferably a church organ sound.
  4. Yes, both systems are perfectly playable, but both need a bit of work to get the hang of them, the Maccann possibly more so than the Crane. Small hands might find the Maccann with its six columns of buttons a problem - for example the chord of F-sharp minor stretches across all six columns. But then, I should imagine the Crane with only five columns makes you reach up and down the rows more, which despite my fairly large hands I would find awkward. Also, on the Maccann, and despite nearly 25 years of playing (I wouldn't go so far as to call it practice), I can't get my head round the illogical position of the D-sharp/E-flat button. So I mostly stick to the sharp keys, and forget about anything 'flatter' than F major.
  5. Does a chromatic Duet concertina exist? Just to put another spanner in, my Maccann duet is fully chromatic over 4-and-a-half octaves. You just have to try and find one.
  6. Oh well. Ralph Jordan was also part of Patterson Jordan Dipper, and much or all of their 'Flat Earth' CD can be heard on Youtube even if you can't get a physical copy. Ralph mostly plays Maccann throughout.
  7. Ralph Jordan played Maccann. Look for his 'Eloise' CD.
  8. Agreed, Alan. And by the way, I enjoy hearing anglos (and melodeons) playing in a smooth legato way, e.g. on slow airs, just not for dance music.
  9. Better move your hat out of the way, Alan. I play duet, also piano accordian, and I have no trouble keeping my notes separate. I don't slur from one to the next unless I want to. I used to play accordian for morris, and sounded just as 'dancey' as any melodeon or anglo (and rather more interesting harmonically, but that's another issue).
  10. That left-hand Maccann looks highly unusual. More details please , especially of its left- and right-hand ranges.
  11. I always reckon that if I can't hear myself I must be playing the right notes.
  12. Not quite the same, but I once left my accordion on the floor and someone tipped a pint of orange squash into it. Took a bit of cleaning I can tell you, but it was OK eventually.
  13. Reminds me of the old song: 'I got it one piece at a time, and it didn't cost me a dime . . .'
  14. I have that problem - they move about all over the place. Sometimes it takes me ages to find the one I want.
  15. I did the same yesterday, took it down to E minor and played it at a session last night. (Not too sure about your G# chords!).
  16. Getting back to concertinas, I once saw a strange Maccann duet in which the fourth column of buttons (the one with the Ds and E-flats) was divided to form two columns, separate but close, so that it looked like one wiggly column. I've no idea whether these are generally known, but it's the only one I've ever seen.
  17. Tried an anglo when I was young - couldn't begin to get on with it. Didn't like the sound of what English players were doing - found it boring. So that was it. Until I was 50, when I discovered the duet. I wanted an instrument I could play in pub sessions, and my piano accordion (plus its case) was far too big for a crowded pub and was a bit lacking in 'ethnic cred'. Bought a Maccann. Never looked back. 10 years later bought a bigger one, eventually selling the smaller one.
  18. I'm reminded of an Ian Dury song: 'There ain't 'alf been some clever bastards'.
  19. I can't remember if you already know this, but I used to own a Lachenal 'New Model' six-sided maccann duet, serial no. 1865. It had six fold bellows (I think), raised dark wooden ends, 64 metal buttons (32 on each end, middle C up to G on the right end, left end exactly one octave lower). I seem to remember being advised it was made about year 1896. I was also told (by Colin Dipper) that it was somewhat unusual in having a riveted action. It came with a (presumably original) Lachenal 'case' (more of a flimsy box actually), but it was in terrible condition so I had a new one made by Pete Grassby.
  20. Local folk club once a week on Zoom (sometimes using concertina). Local tune session once a week on Zoom (mostly using concertina). Wife and I have been having a go at Bach's 'Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring' on two concertinas - she playing the 9/8 running figure on English, me playing all the rest (or a version of it) on duet.
  21. If you can touch type, then you must be used to the random arrangement of the letters of the alphabet. So the random arrangement of the notes should rapidly become intuitive (it did in my case).
  22. Not having had a 'career' as such, there haven't been many highlights. But from a purely vanity point of view it has to be receiving compliments on your playing from somebody whose opinion you value. On different occasions, these have included Alastair Anderson, Colin Dipper and Rod Stradling. One obvious lowlight was submitting some recordings for possible inclusion in 'Duet International' to be told, very politely, that they weren't good enough (no hard feelings, Alan; I wasn't under any illusions in that regard). But even then, I put a couple of the same sound files up on this site when I was trying to sell a concertina and got some favourable comments, so all's well that ends well.
  23. The answer's 'yes'. Yes, you could play one chord and hold it. Yes, you could play one chord and let go. Yes, you could play a chord every time there's a beat, or every time there's a note, or on some beats or notes but not others. The important thing is to listen to what yoy play, and play what sounds best to you. If someone suggests something different, try that too. The main difficulty you will find with the English is that both hands are involved with playing the tune, so it's not always easy to play exactly what chord you want, although that comes with practice too.
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