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  1. It could well be that some sort of duet is the "right" instrument for you. You sound a bit like me when I started. I knew I fancied a concertina, but I had negative feelings about both anglo and English. Then I discovered duet, and the rest as they say is history.
  2. I have sat in concerts at folk festivals where one act sounded great but another act, on the same stage with the same soundman, sounded bloody awful. This leads me to suppose that the signal coming to the soundman is at least as important as the soundman himself. Or maybe the soundman was no good - he could get a good sound with one band without having to try but didn't have a clue what to do about the other band.
  3. Definitely confirm Steve Turner as mentioned above. Also Bill Whaley & Dave Fletcher, several excellent CDs (Dave sings, Bill accompanies on Duet mostly but also English).
  4. Everyone knows that is a dastardly lie put about by melodeon players upset because their boxes don't have 7th chords on them. We concertina players know that the whole point of our instruments is that you can choose whatever notes you want.
  5. That's a strange one. If I can get through a tune once I can normally reckon to play it a few times OK. The problem is switching to a second tune, trying to remember how it's going to start, while still finishing off the first one. Not always easy, unless I always play the same tunes in the same sets.
  6. Thanks, Jim. One of these days I'll find out how one does that.
  7. Well, I've got one for sale. See the thread entitled: OK, it's time to sell my first concertina which I started on 29th November 2011. I've still got it, because I haven't been very proactive about trying to sell it. I don't know what you call a reasonable price, but I would be looking for about £1500 I suppose.
  8. People will tell you (and they're probably right) that if you really want to play Irish like the Irish, you need a C/G anglo, minimum 30 buttons. If your musical interests go wider, you will want to investigate the particular charms of English and duet. Personally, I can't imagine wanting to play anything other than Maccann duet, but then I'm biased.
  9. Dirge, you're quite right of course, I've been telling myself for years to start trying F and B-flat. Don't know why your (admittedly highly desirable) 71-key should be easier than my 67.
  10. Anglo-Irishman is right - the Maccann is fully chromatic. However, as most of my playing has been in tune sessions in pubs, i.e. in D, G or E minor, and being somewhat lazy, I have allowed myself to stick to my comfort zone and have never really got comfortable in flat keys. This, combined with the fact that on the Maccann the e-flat button is in a rather weird place, means that even playing simple scales or chords in flat keys is something which I really need to work on. One day, maybe . . .
  11. We have a crowd of mates who like to get together and play old pop and rock stuff on guitars. I often join in on piano accordian, and sometimes on my Maccann (which takes up much less room, especially once it's out of its box). Mostly they like to stick to tunes in D, C or G shapes which is fine until they put the capo on fret 3, then they come out in F (which I can just about manage), E-flat and B-flat (which I can't). I guess a Hayden system would be better than the Maccann for this. Still, as they say, it always breaks the ice at parties.
  12. Oh come on now, that's no good to me. Here I am willing to bend over backwards to do a deal and all you do is sigh. Get creative! OK, then: ... sighs creatively.
  13. Ah, apologies, I think I get it now. " =c " means c-natural, right? I wasn't trying to actually use the ABC file (not clever enough for that), just read it visually (obviously not clever enought for that either).
  14. There's a problem here (or is it just me?). Your ABC file has C's and F's which are presumably C#'s and F#'s, as the key is D. But the tune you play has both C naturals and C#'s, so your ABC is not differentiating between them. Is there a way round this in ABC (I guess there must be)?
  15. Nearly two more years have gone by. I just hope I live to see it! In the meantime, we can still console ourselves with Anglo and English Internationals, but as a Maccann player, I'm still hoping Duet International will come out soon.
  16. Yup, after two years we're still having great sessions (15 musicians last night, but only 3 concertinas this time). The records respectively are 18 musos last October, and 5 concertinas several times. Fourth Monday of every month at 'Blue Anchor' public house, High Road, Byfleet, Surrey KT14 7RL.
  17. Regular at their March weekends, and recently also just went to the October weekend for the first time. But only one Ruishton meeting so far, as it's rather a long way just for an afternoon.
  18. My old mate Dave used to have a concertina which someone had knitted for him out of wool. (Don't suppose this adds much to the discussion, but it was rather fun).
  19. 'Highland Widow's Lament' works well on a duet. As for the haggis, 'Scotland the Brave' on the tin whistle ought to do fine, if a bit predictable.
  20. I've played PA for many years. Finding it a bit too large and domineering for pub sessions I got a concertina (Maccann duet) some years later. There is a lot of similarity, as in each case you can play the tune on one end and go oom-pah oom-pah on the other. However there is so much dissimilarity that switching from one to the other and back is hardly a problem. There are some tunes which, due to a quirk of fingering or else because I have worked out some little distinctive figure in the accompaniment, I can only really play on one machine or the other. For example, on the duet I can
  21. Yes, a brilliant weekend. Lots of fine musicians, inc. lots of concertinas. I seemed to be the only Maccann at the sessions I attended (Sylvia N. always seemed to be somewhere else, and Irene was boxless for the weekend), but never mind, we Maccann players are used to ploughing a lonely furrow. Thanks to the organisers - I hope you managed to enjoy it too.
  22. Of course they do say that for every sailor with a wife in every port there was a wife with a husband on every ship.
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