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Frank Edgley

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  1. Please visit my blog to find out about the new concertina I have for sale. http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com
  2. If you haven't been on my blog lately, please check it out at http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com .
  3. A semitone is quite a step, but can usually be accomplished. I would not recommend it with any sort of decent instrument. I would consider a mid-range instrument "a decent instrument." No, I don't know of any makes of cheap concertinas that are available in C#/G#.
  4. It's been a few years since I have done a complete repitch from, for exemple C/G to D/A. This person is a brilliant player who learned to play concertina in Ireland, but played everything in F or C on a regular C/G instrument. She wanted me to convert it to a D/A so that she could continue playing as she always had, but it would now come out in the usual keys (G and D). Anyway, I digress. The way I repitched was not to sharpen each reed.....that would have butchered the reeds. I moved them around from one position to another. Yes, I know, there would be some reeds of certain piches not available from the C/G instrument. That's another story. The point is that when switching the reeds around I found inconsistency with the reed frame sizes. Some could be moved with no problem (you would expect that); some needed a shim (you would expect that also); but some would not fit all the way into the reed slot. You wouldn't expect that. You would think that a higher-pitched reed, if anything, would have a smaller reed frame. With some reeds this was not the case. Only a small amount of material was needed to make them fit, though. I remember that it looked like a Jeffries, but the dealer told me that it might be a Shakespeare.
  5. This would require quite a bit of work and run the risk of damaging the reeds. There are reed makers who would make a single set of C#/G# reeds but there is usually an extra charge, and you would need to measure the lengths of the exisiting reeds to send to the reed maker.
  6. "Frank, I thought you missed the reason for bringing up this thread, and maybe you still have, and I tried to draw your attention to that. But if, as it seems, your need to comment on the CD trumps the need to pause moment and spare a thought at the time of the player's death, I am sorry about that." No disrespect intended. I was commenting on the earlier posts. The first eight posts were about the CD, not his unfortunate passing.
  7. "Anyone familiar with his playing? I see he has a new CD just released." This isn't a very new CD as I've had my copy for at least a year. However, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves Irish Traditional music on concertina.
  8. "I freely admit to being an army of nearly one, but will continue to gently point out to those interested in a less frenetic world that 'traditional Irish music' on the concertina can be great for inner peace, if you dig under the modern surface." Make that two!
  9. "After 2.5 years of playing four different concertinas from cheapest to a good antique, I think it would be good to seriously 'rethink' the design, considering modern day materials and resources and methods (including 3D printing). Possibly we could do a crowdfunding production (people promise funding on condition that the project gets enough funding to proceed, refund otherwise, and they get one of the resultant concertinas. What do you think? Are you a firm traditionalist or do you think a redesign could greatly improve ease of playing, and cost to get an excellent-sounding instrument?" "Ideas welcome about collaborating to design and create a cheap, excellent-tone concertina for the masses." Well, I've repaired concertinas for 20+ years and have made them for over the last 14 years. I believe I have succeeded in making them with excellent tone etc, but I'm still struggling to know how to make them with any reasonable amount of financial compensation. I still figure I am making below minimum wage, but can afford do this because I have an excellent teacher's retirement pension. The fact is, concertinas are extremely labour intensive, if you want to make one that you will be proud of that will bear your name plate. There are ways to reduce costs a bit by utilising modern manufacturing methods, but the market will not bear the large numbers of product necessary to entice businesses to manufacture your parts at a reasonable price. Then there is the time involved in assembly, finishing, tuning etc. These all take time. Then there are all the different types of concertina---English, Anglo Jeffries, Anglo Wheatstone, and numerous duet types, custom fingerings etc.... Only when concertinas become as popular as the ubiquitous guitar will there be any hope of "cheap, excellent-tone concertinas." At that point, they will all be made in China, or some other low-wage country, and we will have lost our craftsmen who can make excellent instruments. No, I think that cheap, excellent-toned instruments are a bit of a fantasy, but I could be wrong. It wouldn't be the first time!
  10. "the limitations of the 30key that gave the Irish concertina its idiosyncratic style." to quote Chris's post. Exactly! I made the mistake, 30 years ago when I ordered my Dipper concertina, to ask for 36 buttons. Not only are they not necessary for traditional music, they change the nature of the tunes played. I play the Wheatstone/Lachenal system, although I do make both. There are very few tunes that I find even the reverse C# necessary or even desirable.
  11. Drill bits which drill square holes are a bit harder to come by, though. Seriously, I don't see any advantage to square holes..... just the opposite.
  12. I have sent out Heritage Model #406, and it has arrived at its destination, in Ireland. Today, I have received feedback on it. Please visit http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com .
  13. This photo was taken by Judah, one of my assistants, who works in my shop. This is #406, a Heritage model. It will be shipped to a player in Ireland, in a week or so. It features a rosewood body, with maple trim and matching handles. Like all Heritage models, it is made with radial reed pans. I don't know how he took the phot, except he used his phone camera. Quite a striking effect, I think! http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com .
  14. I received a phone call from Ireland this morning. It was from a customer who has one of my "Professional Model" concertinas for sale. It is #187, ebony, black buttons, seven-fold bellows, metal ends, "Like new" and "Very nice to play and very good sound." to quote from the e-mail. Please cotact magouhy@eircom.net if interested.
  15. I suspect that at least part of you problem may be due to the thickness of the replacement pads. If the are thinner than the original pads when new, the button end of the levers will raise up and contact the underside of the grill, not allowing the pad to come into full contact with the action board.
  16. Something to keep in mind.....How aggressively are you playing? Some of us ask an awful lot of our instruments, pushing beyond what a normal concertina should have to bear. I find that people coming to the concertina from another instrument sometimes push & pull them to hard. Coming from an instrument like the piano, which has a greater range of dynamic possibilities than a concertina, the new player may try to emulate what he/she can do on the piano. Likewise, people coming from an inexpensive (under $1000) instrument are so used to the force needed to play them, often overplay the reeds, until they get used to the relative ease of a good Vintage or Hybrid concertina. Overstressing a brass reed is even more harmful than on a steel reed. Not saying that's what's happening, but something to keep in mind.
  17. Fiebings :"Edge Coat" works well, is easy to apply and does not rub off. It is water based for clean up, but is water resistant when dry. Leaves no brush marks.
  18. I received notice of this Utube video this morning..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2S0vRNfVDw Looks like fun!
  19. Re: the reason i.e.to keep unwanted players from joining in.....Loretto Reid, from Sligo, originally, now in Toronto said that was the key that "lifts and separates." Whatever she meant by that I'm not sure.....
  20. I have added a blog entry to http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com . I have made it easier to access my CDs etc.
  21. I can't believe that Iposted this without a link. Thanks, Daniel!
  22. If it's the end bolts that are stripped and not the threaded plate, replacement end bolts would be a good plave to start. Some repairers and/or makers may have spare bolts taken from scrapped Lachenals.
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