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  1. RAc

    Reed Sounding Badly

    I don't think so unless I misread the OPs post. He implies that the problems shows only on push, not on pull, which would hint against a pad problem, no?
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    Reed Sounding Badly

    I'd not so much suspect the valve but rather the reed. It's easy to pinpoint the issue (after you got out the reed pan) by swapping the push and pull reeds; if the problem remains on the push, it's the valve, otherwise it's the reed. Interestingly enough, I had a similar issue just recently. In my case it turned out that one of the two screws that hold the clamp against the frame had turned loose. Trivial fix!
  3. It's a trade off, as usual. Alex pointed out to me one disadvantage of thicker papers: Unless the outer rim of the paper design is white, thicker papers (assuming white paper) will visually add a white outer outer rim which probably won't look good against the gussets and outer runs. On the other hand, thin paper won't do as good a job in smoothing out uneven gusset and run edges (which means that if you look closely, you can see where the edges run below the papers because thinner papers snugly replicate whatever the surface below it does). Of course there's also the issue of overall instrument weight (though the papers very likely won't contribute significantly). Alex simply asked me to provide "journal thickness" papers (slightly thicker than newspaper/regular printout - 80), so I picked 90 and it worked for him (he's extremly patient and good with his hands; I'm sure less skilled folks like me would have killed half a batch during cutting and glueing on). Of course, very high quality papers will eliminate all of the issues. I did a good deal of shopping only to discover that printers who can deliver exceptionally high quality papers won't be interested in the small quantities that papers for a single concertina yield, or even half a dozen (all of the papers for my hex bellows fit onto 4 A4 sheets).
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    Duet Recordings

    This one appears to work: http://www.mellish.eu/Audio/Nick%20Robertshaw.zip
  5. Hi Roger, I designed the papers for Alex's #3 myself (you can see a picture here). I had it laser printed in a professional print shop on 90g/m2 acid-free paper and asked Alex to coat it with uv-resistant and moisture repellant finish priot to cutting and applying. Even though the concertina spends most of its life in its case and hardly ever sees the sunlight even when out, I was sort of paranoid about bleaching. But I do conduct a comparative test w/ two sample sheets (one unfinished, one finished) resting on my window sill and another set resting in complete darkness, and I regularly compare the four against each other. So far (about 6 months) no visible color changes. Hope that helps!
  6. Hi Ami, the usual piece of advice would be to get a copy of "the book," which is David Elliott's "The Concertina Maintenance Manual," if you haven't already done so. It covers (among many other things) the issue of repairing cracks, so depending on your own craftsperson skills, you'll be either able to do it yourself or at the very least estimate how much of a job it is. Of course, as Chris pointed out, the exact amount of work and skill required depends on the nature and size of the cracks.
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    New to Concertina and music in general

    Hi Łukasz, great to see you are back! your contri here is very intriguing. My own musical socialisation included standard notation, and I've come to believe that it is the easiest for the brain to translate into music for the simple reason that there is a correspondence between pitch and position on a staff. I am originally a guitar player and I can also read guitar tab, but I still find standard notation the easiest to translate "on the fly." I'm still a fairly poor translator from dots to an instrument keyboard, but one of the things I can do fairly reliably now is look at a score and decipher the corresponding melody in my head. But your testimony again proves the point that the brain is a marvelously adaptive organ. With enough practice and some "anchor" to start the process, apparently every notation can become second nature and provide a good bridge between the eye and the ear. This would also be my advice to the thread opener: Look around and find the translation system that makes most sense to you and then keep practicing that until it has seeped into your brain stem. That said, it's also important to understand that music also has a "swarm" component as Don has pointed out. The more individuals are familiar with one system, the more material will be available in that notation and thus the most music will be accessible to you. In one or two generations there may be more abc scores out than traditionally transcribed music, by which time it may make more sense to educate Newcomers with ABCs. Until then, I'd recommend standard notation for the pool of music available through it will be the biggest. And finally, it should be understood that every visual music notation system must by definition by a crutch because music is acoustic, not optic. So learning by ear is still a very important and indispensable way to approach music.
  8. yes. Would it be possible to continue the file format discussion (relevant as it is) in another thread and leave this one on topic which is duet recordings? Thanks!
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    The Devil’s a Sonopneumaticist

    Fantastic, Christine! I was sort of joking about the challenge, but you took it, and oh so well ye did! We need to make this the c.net anthem...
  10. The scientific term would be "Sonopneumatic." I challenge Halifax to work THAT one into a cowboy song...
  11. I couldn't find out which software was used to implement the forum, but some suites allow individual threads to be configured such that the thread opener becomes the thread owner. Meaning that the individual who posted the question in the first place has the option to remove or edit subsequent responses in the same thread. While this is certainly not desireable in all threads, I believe that a buy and sell subforum would be a poster case for such a functionality. Thus, if Ken or Paul might check whether the forum software in use supports such a feature, why not use it for the B&S sub forum? And yes, it is impolite and disrespectful to take any thread astray. However, I plead guilty for having done that in the past; sometimes because the original topic had already been taken way off, sometimes because everything had already been written that was of any use so the space was practically free - and (hopefully only) a very few times out of inconsideration for which I feel bad and the need to apologize. Edit: A side benefit of this strategy (if realizable) might be that the person wishing to sell or buy has the Option to completly remove the thread once the Transaction is completed or the sale has been cancelled.
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    Christoph Pelgen

    I recorded another tune by Christoph: Scottish Latino I added a second voice and played all three tracks (melody w/ concertina, bass w/ concertina and rhythm guitar) myself. As the name implies, this is a Balfolk piece with a strong latin twist to it which I hope I could capture a little bit. Recorded with Holden #3 Crane duet. Thanks for listening as usual! P.S. I took wunks's point back to the other thread it was brought up in.
  13. Added Waterman's Hornpipe to my Soundcloud collection. This is an unusual and very energetic and hypnotizing Shetland traditional tune. Doesn't sound much on a solo concertina, but I plan bringing it into the repertoire of my session group. The piece sounds great in an ensemble with brass instruments.


    This recording is also unusual for me because it's single take, no cuts, no post processing (except for normalizing).


    Thanks to my friends Louise and Klaus for bringing it to my attention!


    Played on my Holden Crane.


    Waterman's Hornpipe


  14. I believe David Bernert should be David Barnert?