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  1. The G appears to have been done properly. Looks like someone has modified the other letter.
  2. My first suggestion would be to talk to the dancers, or more usefully their musicians, who will be delighted to tell you about the type of Morris they dance, and talk about the tunes. They are almost always very approachable. If you find a tune you like in a key you don't, try searching (or asking here, of course) including places such as https://thesession.org/ where you may very often find versions in other keys, most notably G, D and E min. Also, the very same Lester Bailey who posted above, a man almost as well known for his modesty as for the high quality of his all too frequent puns, has produced an extensive blog of tunes with both a rendition of the music and the abc score in a box friendly key, which many have found useful. The blog is not exclusively Morris but Morris tunes are well represented.
  3. Charlie does seem to manage most things. I'll have another look round his buttons section. PS what did you use to glue them?
  4. The ones I've looked at seem to have a base of dowel for half to 2/3 of their length, roughly, then the final piece typically plastic or sometimes ceramic. I've been looking around and at present there are two likely candidates. One is artificial ivory, which is polyester based so I suspect may not glue. The other is casein (you have to fight your way past the dietary supplement ads) which is probably what was originally used so should work. I didn't realise that you can still get it, but it's not hard to find once you know to look. I have ordered rods of each (20mm so rather wasteful, although not expensive) and will give them a try. Both are claimed to machine well. The favourite source of these is suppliers for people who turn pens, or knife makers supplies. They have some other interesting materials, too. I did think of trying to use a screw. It might work on the bigger buttons by putting the screw through the dowel into the cap, then gluing the dowel back on to the arm. Otherwise I'd have to take the arm off to drill through it, more work than I want and they're usually not that wide.to take even a small clearance hole. I think Titebond is a PVA wood glue, so that was my first thought too.
  5. Hi, I have a some German concertinas of varying age and construction but with a common problem - they are missing one or more buttons. I am planning, wisely or otherwise, to get them working again and I need a material to make some buttons, either as replacements if I can get a match, or as a complete set. The buttons are (or were) glued to short pieces of dowel, in turn glued to the action lever. I'm looking for a plastic material that I can turn and shape on a small lathe, that I can glue reliably to wood. I have some Delrin but I don't think that can be glued. Any suggestions? Thanks Malcolm
  6. Not entirely sure that's not the same box, Judith's? Or perhaps previously hers. PS vague memories of it getting dropped, too, and damaging the frame.
  7. Cheers - going past there on Saturday so maybe I'll drop in.
  8. Anyone know if Pittards shop is open Saturdays? Looked on the web site but couldn't find the hours Edit - found elsewhere - 10 to 4, but not sure if that includes the leather shop.
  9. I am sharing the sad news that Chris Mason, morris dancer, mummer, singer and concertina player, has recently suddenly passed away. I don't know that Chris was a member here, but I am sure that some will have known him. He played for Dorset Buttons Rapper and Bourne River Morris, and travelled widely with his concertina. He was also a well known member of Ringwood folk club. No further details at present.
  10. There is a whole bunch of separate skills that one has to learn, but are often not highlighted. I am learning, on a slightly different shaped box, to play for Morris. Learning to play with other people, and in front of other people, are two examples that players are usually just expected to "pick up along the way" but can be absolute blocks to progress. Workshops on how to do ornamentation and snazzy bits are quite common, and beginners workshops increasingly so, but intermediate/improvers/"soft skills" seems IMO much more scarce.
  11. Never really thought about tempering for reeds. Do you quench in water or oil - or does it make much difference for something that small?
  12. I imagine that most of the reprobates candidates interested in this would have met it on Melnet, but just in case there are a few cross-squeezers or dabblers on the dark side who haven't, here is the lowdown. Melodeon Playgroup is an event aimed at absolute beginner to basic intermediate melodeon players, primarily D/G but we're broad minded. It is loosely split into two groups, beginner and intermediate, and it's an informal get together for newbies and former newbies to meet each other (and learn that they really aren't that weird, after all. At least, not in that sense) and get a bit of experience and confidence to boot, over a few workshops and maybe a session or two. There is no booking requirement, just turn up (although we'd appreciate some warning if you can manage it), the pub does some lovely grub (and some lovely ales), and if you can stick around for the Sunday there's a chance to join in playing for a real Morris side. With plenty of room to skulk at the back. And it's a lovely pub. I'll stop there. There is no need to be embarrassed or conceal any concertina playing tendencies, and even those who also own a PA will be welcome (discretion might be required for this one, though ) since at least one tutor and one organiser own concertinas. You are among friends. Cost is (expenses/no of attendees) (it's non profit) but we hope max £15 for the day. Expenses and subsistence are up to you. Anyway, to save any more guff, the website is here. , the FB event is here and the Melnet thread is here.
  13. I tried a number of boxes on a Barleycorn stall, and kept coming back to the Marcus boxes, because I liked the action. Only had a quick go on a Norman box, but I have positive memories of it.
  14. Oh dear - another "me too". Very pleased and good to deal with.
  15. FWIW, having suffered pretty badly in the past from computer RSI symptoms, I find that piano-style keyboard and button accordion are fine. In fact, I found that learning the musical keyboard actually relieved my symptoms. (To the surprise of the professionals!) But haven't played concertina to that extent, so it might be different.
  16. Hi Wim, The Rochelle II had upgraded reeds from the original, I recall. Mine was an original. Are these a step up again? If it's not a trade secret, who/where are they from? And would you be able to give a ballpark price to the UK? Thanks, Malcolm
  17. As an ex-Rochelle user you won't go far wrong with one. It got me started, although I have moved largely across to the dark side (melodeon) I still squeeze a concertina from time to time. If you can buy a used one you will probably sell it for what you paid. I now have a 20b Lachenal (which is fine for most of the Australian bush tunes I've tried!) but has a noticeably slower action than the Rochelle. C/G is the most common tuning so there are loads of tunes and instructional material. Obviously take note of the comments above and give some thought to what you want to do. But if you don't yet know, a Rochelle covers most of the bases at an affordable price, and most of what you learn on it will be transferable.
  18. I have used Transferwise several times from UK to Germany. Very happy with it so far. But I use Paypal if it's offered, still cheaper than my bank and lazier.
  19. Stating the obvious, perhaps, but make sure you get together to practice together at the earliest opportunity.
  20. Having had a Mk 1 Rochelle, I can agree with Bob's mods. I don't know if they apply to the later Rochelle, which does have a larger air valve, but the fixing screw mods may still apply. I suspect that most Rochelle owners are new player who might find the thought of opening the box, let alone modifying it, a little scary!
  21. Thanks David, good point. I'd bought on-line from them, but I will pay the shop a visit when I'm next down that way.
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