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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. Geoff Wooff

    Nice videos on the Wakker Hayden duet by Jim Bayliss

    Though it could just be recording technique differences there are two models of Wakker 46 duet. On the Wakker website he lists the H1 and W1 as being octagonal 6 1/3" across, but that is the earlier model which has several reeds ( 3 on each side if I remember correctly) mounted in the central area of the reedpan. The revised model has all reeds radially mounted around the circumference. This second version avoids some tonal imbalance evident with the central mounted notes but also increases the size of the instrument . Looking at Jim's videos, where his arrangements appear to utilise most of the lung capacity of the seven fold bellows, I can imagine the slightly larger second version could be preferable. Not that I know which version he is playing here.
  2. Geoff Wooff

    Concertina Playgroup - Softplay

    From an instrument maker's point of view displaying one's goods at this festival is a good way to boost the orders book. Some of the French luthiers gain much of their year's work from this , and other, festivals. One might need enough stock on hand to make a reasonable display although I've seen several new makers start small by sharing a stand. I can imagine that one or two demonstrator instruments would suffice . Although I do not meet a huge number of concertina players in France ,musicians do come from all over the world to look at the luthiers stands. Further to my comments about the new speed limit; we popped out for a few supplies this morning and took stock of the road signs ( doesn't one always ?) and realised, of course ,that there are no 90 signs, or even 80's around here.... there is just the end of restricted speeds , like a 50 or 70 with a diagonal line through... what speed is allowed after that is supposed to be known by the driver.
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    Concertina Playgroup - Softplay

    Two things: Anyone driving to France this year will need to know that the 'open' speed limit on non dual carriageway roads has been reduced from 90 to 80 kph from the beginning of this month but not all the new speed signs are in place yet, so take care because as far as I know the new limit applies even if the the old signs are still there! What does " Concertina Playgroup- Softplay" mean ? Wooden ended concertinas only ?😏
  4. Geoff Wooff

    Concertina Playgroup - Softplay

    Thanks for the prior notice. I'll be there as well.
  5. Geoff Wooff

    Pubs in Ireland

    Beer & Music...... both a matter of personal taste perhaps ?
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    Pubs in Ireland

    The best music sessions will not be advertised and usually happen in the winter months , by arrangement amongst musicians... but generally good sessions can be found with a little persistence. Indeed Don, it depends on one's viewpoint.... here's another: we lived in County Clare for 16 years and I definately had far more bad hangovers than good music sessions..... the really great sessions I could count on my two hands... one weekend I do recall, I was lucky to enjoy two great nights of playing sitting next to Tommy McCarthy .... a fond memory going back 20 years.
  7. Geoff Wooff

    Pubs in Ireland

    Good music and good beer !! You don't want much do you? As a connoisseur of both ITM and Beer, as well as a long term resident in Ireland, I would say ( in general) you might find 'good' music if you get local, up to date advice and avoid the tourist spots in the mid summer holiday season , but good beer is a tall order. I see that one or two 'craft' breweries have sprung up in recent years but some I sampled a couple of years ago was rubbish and as for the offerings from the factory breweries, that will either cause chronic constipation or keep you up half the night passing water!.... The Whiskey is good though. If the weather is agreeable the scenery is lovely......
  8. Geoff Wooff

    Perfecting a setup

    Well , as this is the case then I'm sure Michael will have no difficulties with such a simple and 'fixer' friendly instrument as the concertina. good luck, Geoff.
  9. I've been inside a Beaumont Wolf ( and Don) and also quite a few complex accordions but there comes a stage where a tricky task is best asigned to a trained person. I see it in my own line of work where a simple repair for me has been made difficult by a well meaning amateur. There are hundreds of examples in ordinary life. A simple one; your car has a flat tyre... so you change the wheel, but will you repair the puncture ? Okay, it is fun to fiddle around with things that one can afford to break but......
  10. Don, why not save yourself the bother.... send it back to the BB for servicing. Having repaired and tuned my own concertinas for many years I am often tempted to rescue old accordions I find at flea markets. Fiddling around for hours on a sunday to get these old boxes going . One of my neighbour melodeonists bought an old Hohner Lilliput recently but she had the good sense to take it to our local accordion repairer and I was suprised at how reasonable the bill was. If it was my Morse concertina I'd probably try to find some local accordion tuner willing to work on it. I doubt I'd want the hassle of sending it back to the USA as anything coming in or out of the EU can attract a fair amount of Duty. To and from the USA will meet with even more customs problems once Mr.Trump's trade war starts. Perhaps it is the same across the Canada/USA border. Good luck with it, Geoff.
  11. Geoff Wooff

    ANGLO 41 button CG LACHENAL

    Best of luck with your sale Freddy!
  12. Geoff Wooff

    ANGLO 41 button CG LACHENAL

    Fourth line from the top of your text , you wrote "Ivory Frames"...... is this so ?
  13. Geoff Wooff

    Matusewitch builders

    'bout time you showed up Ray! Welcome to C.net... where we look forward to your input, as it will be nice to have a new voice here . This forum is not as lively as it once was, but that appears to be the way of many forums currently. That Matusewitch will probably be a 'Wheatstone' made during the Boosey & Hawkes period.... but someone will know by the serial number, but the case looks to be from Harry Crabb's shop so it could be one of theirs too.
  14. And I still want one out of two of them...😍!!!