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  1. And Bampton Glorishears? No that's dominant - answered my own question!!
  2. Barfly will allow that but won't run on software later than OSX 10.6.8
  3. ie this one http://sounds.bl.uk/View.aspx?item=025M-C0903X0169XX-0600V0.xml You're right "12345" - Heel and Toe Polka. Note the tune is played only in two parts. Here without much talking. http://sounds.bl.uk/View.aspx?item=025M-C0903X0169XX-0800V0.xml
  4. This is a newspaper article!!!!!! It's meant to catch peoples attention so they will read it. Remember most readers of the paper won't know anything about Sharp or Kimber, but they now be prompted to find out more especially with the placement of the blue plaque. At least the owners of the property know a lot more. Sharp the 'godfather' of folk music; maybe some of us wouldn't use the term 'godfather', but then using this word may make some become curious to know more about him. In the 1970s/early 1980s I remember a central Oxford hotel used to have old photographs of Headington Quarry Morris on the walls. They were removed early 1980s? Did the owners realise what they were? I hope they did, but maybe not. This article raises historical awareness. I think that, for a newspaper, it conveys the 'facts' quite well and reasonably accurately.
  5. Like I said - Try as I might, I can't do dots at all ... I just play it! The only 'measure' I ever knew was 'a pint' ...... and even that is denied me now Can anyone who knows the tune offer corrections please ??? Dave Are these the notes you play? I know the instrument and maybe speed aren't correct. Measures are bars on the European side of the pond. Could be confusing in pubs Jinky Wells 'Harvest Home'.mp3
  6. My understanding of the system of whether you would pay any VAT on a concertina purchase depends on a number of factors. If you bought from a private individual or a non VAT registered person you would not pay VAT. If the instrument were second hand and VAT were charged, it should only be 20% of the difference between the seller's buying and net selling price. If the instrument were new, and VAT charged it would be 20% of the net selling price. If you paid VAT on your purchase and reclaimed it as suggested in a previous post, I don't know if this would trigger an alert to US customs! Life was much simpler before the advent of VAT ie pre 1973!!! If you see something you really want and can afford it buy it.
  7. See http://www.concertina.net/wm_lachenal_dating.html There is an example with a serial number approx 400 later. 1897???
  8. By the time I noticed your post the programme was not available on iPlayer. However I have often wondered how different does a tune have to be not to infringe copyright or be regarded as a different tune. Note my comment for Chris Drinkwaters's tune Angela's Waltz. Perfect Cure. I remember playing outside for an event in Kent some years ago and being asked beforehand what tunes would be played. All the tunes were amplified "traditional" morris tunes, but it was clear an organisation such as the Performing Rights Society was looking at what was being played - possibly with a view to obtaining money or a prosecution. At the time I found this slightly alarming. As an example using Morris tunes, Highland Mary from Oddington and from Bampton - similar tunes but would they be classed as different if one were copyright? Boys of the Bunch from Ascott and Orange in Bloom from Sherborne - not so similar. How would they be classed? Greensleeves from Stanton Harcourt - very different from the tune familiar to many people. How different does a tune need to be, to be another tune - at least legally?
  9. But on the hand four bass one rows don't have the characteristic "grunt" of a four stop. All melodeons are different and to make things more complicated, unlike concertinas, all have at least a pair of reeds per note and the sound will depend on how these are tuned. As you are planning to do, try as many instruments as you can, or as many pints as you can afford! Remember you will generally be restricted to certain keys, usually G/D, without accidentals depending on the instrument, so that is one consideration if playing with others or singers. Probably the most transferable skill is the knowledge of tunes in your head. I don't have difficulty swapping between melodeon and english concertina.
  10. For what it's worth - the excellent Mac program, Barfly, analyses this tune, which seems to be close to that which Fernando is playing, as G mixolydian with a very high level of confidence and no other alternative keys. It also analyses all the 5 variations of the the tune in the comments section as G mixolydian without an alternative key, in spite of the key for each being written as G major. To my ear I would say it stays in the same key throughout and it's not a major key.
  11. I would presume what Alistair Anderson meant by ending a note with a button and not the bellows is that supposing you wish to play adjacent notes - one on push and one on pull on the same button - then you should lift the finger from the button between notes and not simply change the direction of the bellows. If you are learning it's easy not to remember to do this. This would apply to any type of concertina, but in particular to anglos and other diatonic instruments. ".....an Anglo is far more capable than an English". That sounds a start for a long discussion!
  12. Thanks - I missed that, although I did have a quick search of C.net first.
  13. That lachenal was recently discussed here on C.net
  14. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/lachenal-concertina-very-rare-item-/150494455709?pt=UK_MusicalInstr_Keyboard_RL&hash=item230a2b279d#ht_500wt_1153
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