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Geoff Wooff

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  • Birthday 04/24/1950

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    playing music on English concertina, uilleann pipes and hurdy gurdy (among others). Making instruments, keeping healthy in my old age, chatting with friends. Now learning to play MacCann Duet.Latest project is Learning the Hayden Duet.
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  1. I could be facetious and suggest using your little fingers to play notes but I think it would be more helpful to say remove the pinky rests or just put those fingers on the fretwork ends until they are needed to press keys. I always thought I used them until someone asked me what those little brackets were for and after I explained they said " but you are not using them, I've been watching you". Well, I do and I don't. So If your fingers slip on the metal you could try sticking some material on them, early concertinas often had them covered with thin leather and David Eliot describes how to re-cover them in his book on concertina maintenance .
  2. That looks to be a superb concertina Alex. To my mind the use of 1/5th Comma Meantone tuning is very desirable and be even better with both G#'s and Ab's, D# and Eb's.
  3. I can see there is a lot of difference between gold dust or gold ore as one hopes to find when prospecting and powdered gold, which is what I found. This powder is so fine that touch a finger to it and smear it very finely on your skin , like make up,. It is as smooth as silk .
  4. Hmmm ! That is a considerable sum. Thank you Stephen !! Perhaps I might get an Amboyna or Tortoise Shell Aeola out of the proceeds if I can find anyone to buy the powder.
  5. I cannot see why you should not put a ' for sale' advert on here, with pictures and any information you have. Many people have offered their inherited concertinas for sale on this forum... perhaps the audience here is not huge but certainly very interested in the subject. Personally I have bought and sold several concertinas successfully through this forum. Good luck, Geoff Wooff.
  6. Thanks Alex, I'll check them out.
  7. Alex, a small fortune ? Maybe the value of a nice concertina? I took it to one of those ' We Buy Gold' shops and they said yes it was gold alright, probably 24 k but in powder form it was not possible to re use it by melting. I guess there must be a chemical way of re-claiming it like they do with silver that has been dissolved during film processing.
  8. Some years ago I came across 60 grams of powered gold in a carton full cobbler's tools and materials. Have never yet found a use for it but I assume the cobbler was embossing boots and other leather goods or making 'gold size' perhaps. Anyone interested in making an offer ?
  9. It does sound interesting I'll pm you .
  10. I am inclined to give the " buy a good vintage concertina" advice. These cheap starter models , made in China, with hardly a sufficient range of notes are worth next to nothing when trying to upgrade, which is a situation that can arise quickly after initial purchase. Yes , some dealers offer a trade-in to upgrade policy but those basic ' taster' models really don't offer a good concertina experience. A vintage concertina will hold its value, or at least they have been holding their value, going up in value faster than inflation to my knowledge these last 50 years... apart from a local hiccup or two caused by over inflated values and the odd economic crisis. You'll get 48 or more buttons with a vintage instrument ,fully chromatic, and you don't have to have a Baritone model for song accompaniment, though it would be nice. So, I suggest to 'invest and enjoy'... if you don't enjoy then re-sell it, usually at no loss.
  11. That is certainly diatonic but the lowest notes might be out of sync with the 'system'.Better to look for the 'key' notes of each row. Go a little further up the keyboard to find four consecutive buttons that , on the push, give a major chord.... Tonic, Major 3rd, Major 5th and Octave..... as in Doh - MI - Sol - Doh .
  12. Yes lots of good tunes from Vacher, he wrote many of them and others were by his piano accompanist. Generally thought of as the instigator of the french 'Musette' style Vacher never changed over to the Chromatique Button Accordeon that most Musette players adopted. I doubt the Mixte was a french development, more likely of Italian origin, in the marrying of the Stradella bass with the diatonique accordeon. What you have there looks to be a generic model produced in their thousands in Italy.
  13. If it is, as you say, Diatonic then it is what the French call a ' Mixte' accordion. A 60 bass Stradella left hand married to a three row diatonic right hand. There are many permutations of the right side keyboard . This was a popular style of accordion prior to the 1930's and it's most well known exponent , Emile Vacher made many recordings and can be found on Youtube. Claude Aubrie, who plays in a band with my wife and I ,is one of the very few in France who still plays the Mixte , his has the row layout of G / C / B .
  14. Hello Geoff I have to apologize for not getting back to you sooner and letting you know how much I appreciate your notes I'm playing chords I do have some questions you mention playing the cords below the melody line could you explain that a little further?

    1. Geoff Wooff

      Geoff Wooff

      Hello  Stephen,  I  will try to  explain.   What I  wrote  was  ' adding  harmonizing  notes  below  the melody'  not  necessarily  chords .

      If  you  add  a note to  the  melody  note,  which is  in its   arpeggio     then it will harmonize.  So  if  you  play  a  C  and you are playing  in the key of  C  then  the  notes of  a major  chord of  C  ( E  and G)  are  the  arpeggio  notes  and you can  safely  use these  to  add  harmony.


      So, the  simplest  harmonies   I  use  are  triads.  Play  a scale  of  C  like this :    C ,  D/B,  E/C, F/A, G/E, A/F, B/G ,C/E.

      Where  the  note after  the slash  is  lower than  the  melody  note  of the scale.


      This is  step  one.

    2. StephenTx


      Geoff,   Thank you for the clarification.   I don't quire understand : "C  like this :    C ,  D/B,  E/C, F/A, G/E, A/F, B/G ,C/E. Could you give an example for this hard head 🤥  Thank you.

    3. Geoff Wooff

      Geoff Wooff

      Sorry  Stephen,  I  was not  too clear  as I  was trying to  do this  in a hurry,  my  wife wanted to  use  the computer  at  that moment.  So,    play  the  note  C  , then  start to   ascend  the  major  scale  of  C  by  playing  the note D but add a B  to  the  D.  Then move up the scale  , each time  adding  a  harmony  note  below  the  ascending    scale note.


      Sure it is  harder to  describe  than to  do it.

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