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  1. My apologies. I suppose it was I that failed to convey the fact that I was playing along by pursuing this line of reasoning. Of course this is a joke - how could it not be? Well, this seems a bit unfair, doesn't it? That is, to incorrectly impose assumptions on me and then preempt my opportunity to respond by claiming that the subject is no longer appropriate. This is a thread about quantum mechanics, after all. But as you are, between the two of us, the senior member of the forum and probably more familiar with its etiquette, etc. I will defer. PM sent
  2. I know this comes down to ergonomic preference, but when I first started trying to use different fingers for notes on the same row I had a hard time of it as it felt really awkward and slow. Then I discovered that if I slightly rotated my hands/wrists upwards (parallel to the ends of the instrument) that it became much easier to do these fingerings quickly. It changed my hand positions so that my fingers were no longer parallel to the rows of buttons, but at a small angle to them. Now, this has really just translated into me sitting up straighter when I play and maybe leaning forward slightly if I need more "tilt". An extreme example of this would be Simon Thoumire tilting the instrument 45 degrees, but what I'm talking about is very much less dramatic, but still quite helpful. And yeah, ditch the pinky rests.
  3. Technically true if you quantized the "bellows momentum". Not true, even assuming the above. The problem is that even though the quantized variable can be in a superposition of states, the observable (hearing the note) cannot. Upon hearing the note, this would "collapse the wavefunction" (as people like to say) and fix the actual bellows momentum. The act of measuring in quantum mechanics takes away any uncertainty in all cases. Sorry to be a downer. However, one could just play EC
  4. Thanks everyone for the insights and recommendations. I guess it would be best to enlist the personal help of someone with knowledge on the subject. Thanks again!
  5. Hello all! First of all, I'm sorry if this isn't the right forum for this question - Mods, feel free to move it if necessary. I am looking to get a nicer english concertina. I am playing a Concertina Connection "Jackie" right now, but I think I am starting to hit some some of it's limitations when I play some of the more lively jigs and reels. It can get a little sluggish. Anyway, I don't really know much about the instrument histories, conditions, what to look for etc. I guess something in the intermediate range would be appropriate for me, but definitely something with some room to grow that I won't dislike already in a year. I follow discussions here, but it seems like people get most excited (rightfully so) about the top instruments. Is there anything between the Stagi/etc. and edeophones/aeolas? What are they? I know about the hybrids (Morse and hopefully soon-to-be "Peacock"), but I guess I was wondering if there are nice vintage instruments that play as well in this same price range roughly. Ideally, I'd like to play a range of instruments for myself, but as concertinas in general not that common and additionally I don't think I'm in a region (North Carolina) with a lot of players, I don't really see how I could achieve this. If there are EC players around me, let me know - I'd like to learn some other things besides just instrument types! I know about the NE SqueezeIn, but don't know if I can make it up there. So I guess I'm willing to get something "sight unseen (tone unheard?)" as long as it plays and responds well and is durable, and play this until (if) I find something I like the sound of better. So is the best route just to watch ebay, try not to over bid, and then send it off to get fixed up when I get it? Contact someone and have them find one for me? Is there a simpler way? Thanks for your help with what is probably a nebulous question!
  6. Yep makes sense. Occam's razor and all. Cheers!
  7. So I've been watching YouTube videos of Alistair Anderson and I find myself wondering: does he play a smaller concertina, is he just a tall dude, or is there some other illusion going on here? The instrument just seems a little smaller in his hands.
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