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  1. 47 minutes ago, Everett said:

    These concerns are one thing that keeps me from sending it off. I may just wait till one of the excellent concertina specialists has an opening. I'm on the list for Button Box. Is there anyone in Texas or the vicinity?


    Hi where are you located in Texas? Have you tried Greg Jowaisas.?   He is excellent but that’s all good concertina specialist does have a waiting he is located in Kentucky.

  2. On 7/1/2021 at 8:18 AM, Everett said:

    My Wheatstone English Treble (made 1927) needs some work to be fully playable. All reeds sound nicely, but it leaks somewhat (new pads perhaps?) and could be tuned to modern 440. Doesn't need a full restoration. I have been thinking of selling it. Would it be best to have the work done first or sell as-is?  Still...I should keep it. 

    If I were going to buy I’d would want the work done prior to buying.   I guess a lot of it depends upon your level of sophistication and understanding what the issue is, trust in the individual you’re buying it etc

  3. On 6/27/2021 at 6:51 AM, David Barnert said:

    Aha! Thank you, David. “How many different ways I tried.”


    I never use the speech recognition tools, so I don’t think like that.

    David when you work for the organization that I do speech recognition is essential and the amount of communications we do JCAHO 😊

  4. 3 hours ago, David Barnert said:


    I have no idea what you’re trying to say, here, but You’re Welcome.

    Me neither??? Thanks for your help and being able to find people on the website I don’t know where that gibberish came fromThanks for your help and being able to find people on the website I don’t know where that gibberish came from

  5. I am trying to get in touch with Greg Jowaisas And haven’t been able to on his email address although he may be fishing but I am concerned as it’s been a while. Has anyone been in touch with him lately and I can’t see that he’s been active on the site  thank you

    Stephen Tx

  6. On 5/10/2021 at 1:10 PM, jjkunce said:

    [update: Purchased a used Morse Albion. It's a really nice step up from the Stagi.]


    Looking for a baritone english concertina to buy. Preferably in North America and <$3000 US.

    I currently have a Stagi baritone and a Stagi treble. I'm looking for a step up - especially something with better action. Cosmetics are not an issue - I'm all about the function. My ears prefer the baritone range, but I might consider a tenor or tenor-treble or similar.

    I have been considering a new Morse Geordie. So, I'm looking for something in that range of quality, and under that price point. Thanks.

    -- Jeff

    Good for you baritones are hard to come by.  Were you able to get it for your price pointWere you able to get it for your price point

  7. Aloha,  So good to hear from you my best friends are from Waikoloa. How long have you lived in Hawaii? I love seeing Hawaii them in music with my concertina my favorite are you a musician my background? Did you take lessons from online I also started online.Stephen.  I’m glad you connected with Gary he is very knowledgeable. I consider Hawaii my home a Keki o Ka aina.   Where do you live on the Big Island?

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  8. On 4/25/2021 at 5:29 PM, Margaret Dexter Waldbauer said:

    HI there, thank you so much for your responses. I went ahead and bought theTedrow, and have fingers crossed. It has a 30 day return so if I don't like it I can send her back. I was lucky to connect with another concertina player here in hawaii on this forum today and it looks like he may be able to take a look at it also before the return date is up. I'm excited! Thank you !!

    Aloha no Margaret, I am from Hawaii and currently live in Texas. For 25 years I was at The Queens Medical Center.

    anyway I was quite pleased to hear there was somebody from Hawaii picking it up and I have been meaning to write you that there is another player which I assume he is the one that you connected with who is very involved and even published some concerts in the music. I currently live in Texas and he moved to Hawaii sometime after 2012.  His name is Gary Coover A member of I hconcertina.net.   If he’s not the one you connected with and you can’t find him on the site let me know and I’ll send you his email address he is very helpful and very much into education. Aloha and Congratulations I’m sure you’ll have much enjoyment.

    Srephen Knoll

  9. 9 hours ago, SimonThoumire said:

    Thanks Stephen. I’m playing a metal ended Wheatstone Aeola. 

    Simon You are more than welcome. I would be very interested in following up on David Barnett’s post with regards to how you hold the concertina and what’s your favorite technique is would love to see a video of you explain And demonstrating this


  10. 19 hours ago, SimonThoumire said:

    Hi Guys, I won’t swamp you with my videos but here is another one where I looked at classical music played as folk music. 

    Is a Beethoven's 5th A Slide? 


    Wow Thank you.  You are the crene de la creme.  I’ve been hanging around for nearly 10 years and your performance says in the songs you played as well as your theater It was extremely beautiful to hear And entertainingyou play the English Concertina to the degree and skills you have. I can’t believe how fast your fingers I work in the buttons.  What is the make and model of the concept you’re playing absolutely gorgeous Stephentx 

  11. 2 minutes ago, Paul_Hardy said:

    Good to hear that worked well - I suspect you were lucky in that Bank of America is one of the half dozen big banks that has a substantial international presence, and hence is used to such transfers. USA is odd compared with Europe in having a large number of small banks (over 5000 I think), compared with 400 or so for the UK or Germany. Many of the smaller ones would struggle to do such a transfer - I speak from experience in using a Californian bank!


    Out of interest what did BoA charge for a £16 transfer?


  12. On 3/3/2021 at 10:40 AM, StephenTx said:

    Sending money from the US Internet to England

    I ordered some parts from Steve Dickinson and need to send payment from him he has requested it to be in pounds £ 15.91.  I’ve never done this before although I said a lot of money Internet wise here in the US. What would be the easiest way to send money in pounds to England. Thank you

    I ended up sending it directly online from my US Bank account Bank of America.   Proved in the end to be very easy.  Wise became complex.

  13. 7 hours ago, d.elliott said:

    All English Thumb straps should be made with padding, they are, in essence, a flattened leather tube assembled around an angle bracket with a strip of linen running through to stop things from stretching. the angle bracket has an additional piece of felt along the base, up the bracket and around the arc of the thumb. I use 2mm felt compressing to 1.5mm thick. Usually you send your old straps so the repairer can use the existing metal work and match lengths etc. This is also good because different manufacturers use different screw hole lay-outs,. Wheatstone and Lachenal are very different, and Lachenal used different  layouts between standard 'tinas and Edeophones. 





    Thank you I’ve learned so much from you and you always so willing to share your knowledge. And I found out that he too can make straps he’s a man of all types of skillsGreg Jowaisas has the Concertinas And I found out that he too can make straps he’s a man of all types of skills

  14. On 3/1/2021 at 1:59 AM, Geoff Wooff said:

    Yes indeed  Stephen,  thumb straps  from  Wim  Wakker.   I  had a pair  from  Mr. Wakker  that  were  very  comfortable  but  they  needed  replacing  I   took them to  pieces  and  copied the  construction  method.  I am  very  happy with the  results.  


    Just  order  new ones  from  Concertina connection.

     Greg Jowaisas Who has the concertinas turning them in refurbishing them as needed for me I also find out can make that some straps. Thank you for your reply Geoff You arse always so generous with your time

  15. 3 hours ago, Richard Mellish said:

    I find it counterintuitive that a convex end should be more comfortable than a flat one. I suspect that the disadvantage of the flat end is the sharp edge. Perhaps the ideal would be a slightly concave centre combined with a rounded edge.

    I could understandI itbeening counter intuitive here is a picture of my 1854 wheat stone baritone buttons which obviously bone they do have a slight concave but they are Smooth on the ends perhaps from 167 years of the news 🙂. I don’t have the problem when playing her versus the one with the metal bands that are in the previous picture


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