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StephenTx

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  1. Hey I really appreciate your help. Received my EC Lachneal today...body looks great but needs tuning and/or new reeds any suggestions as where to send. Any idea as to cost?

  2. I live in Tyler Texas and am new to the world of concertinas. But hey I am getting more and more deeply entrenched. I just received my Lachneal English concertina Serial # 14450 suggesting she was made between 1860-1880l Over all in good shape but it is minimally going to need work in tuning etc. Does anyone know of a person that works on cocertinas in the US?
  3. Why do you say congratulations on the “Solomon” ---where does the name Solomon for this concertina originate from. I am really happy to hear you say positive thing about it ….and I am looking forward to getting it. I think I have caught the “disease” early as in addition to the treble I wanted a baritone as I liked the richness of the sound. After much searching, as I was not able to afford a vintage at this point (I am sure I will sometime down the road), I purchase a new Stagi Baritone from the Button Box here in the United States. They do a complete check and tuning etc.and from what I have read from others takes care of some of the problems seen with the Stagi. So I am set and now just awaiting them may decide to increase my folds on the Solomon as you referred to her. Honestly, I am not sure if the Lachneal is a brass or steel reed and I am sort of assuming the Stagi Baritone will be steel….but hey like I said I do not know for sure. Thank you for your time and advice…I look forward to hearing more from you …and will bet “The Concertina Maintenance Manual”
  4. Thank you so much this is very helpful. Yes please send me the information about the festival.
  5. THANK ALL OF YOU! I just bought the one from the Button Box. They were extremely helpful and I think having the adjustment and the follow up service is worth alot. I also have a Lachenal Treble vintage 1870 coming from England. I am so excited to get started. I appreciate all I have learned thus far. I even had my first Skype pre lesson Saturday with Pauline de Snoo from the Netherlands...so I am set all I need now is my instruments and you all to keep me learning and motivated. BTW there was a Stagi baritone for sell my Jim Laab from Jim Laabs Music in Wisconsin USA...but you would not believe how rude seemingly uninterested he was. Definitely someone I would not have wanted to work with. Thinking perhaps I got him on a bad day I also found many post here and on the Internet who experienced the same attitude. Unfortunately some of the folks bought from him and were very unhappy. But I am Very Happy and ready to go. Thank you all again. I have also made a donation to the site.
  6. I don't want to sink $2500 into a Geordie being new on this journe
  7. But what is the difference between the keying of the Jack it is not 48 key...what is lost with it? and the Geordie
  8. Ladies and Gentleman: This Texas guy is wanting a English 48 key BARITONE as an entry level instrument. Can anyone help this Texan out or head me in a direction. Thank you. StephenTx my personal email is stephenknoll@yahoo.com
  9. Rod, Thank you. You mentioned on starting out on the Jack and I have been bouncing this around. Do you play a 48 key now and was the transition difficult in terms of relearning the keying? I need to do some research on the Jack as I don't know if it performs like the English one note per key or a different on push and pull. and how the keys are arranged. I have been communicating with Bob Tendrow (sp) and I am sure he will fill me in plus I can go to the site. Rod, are you tenor? Were you a musician when you started playing...how long did it take you, I know it is heavily dependennt on practicing but I plan on at least an hour a day. Thanks Stephen and thank you for the welcome
  10. 48 button / 96 reeds / 8 folder Leather bellows? Ah thank you ... Damn you all are great. Now I need a good but cost effective entry Tenor. From what I have read there is a debate as to whether an English 48 or a duet is the best for accompaniment... I kind of like the reasoning for the English what do you think? Is the duet much easier to learn to play.
  11. No it is a Hohner International C 48/96/8L, I found it on an English site I know the what the 48 and the 8L represents but not the 96. I looked on the Hohner site and could not identify it. Are you a tenor and used a baritone? Thank you so much, Stephen
  12. My friends can anyone tell me whether this is a Baritone, Tenor or Treble concertina. what do all the numbrs stand for? Any words of wisdom about this model of concertina? Thank you so much. Stephen
  13. da Thank you this is so helpful. Your comment regarding it not being essential for me to have a tenor in-so-far as me being a tenor. I really like the sound of the baritone concertinas as they seem less strident or are more of a full sound. Would this be suited to a tenor? What about playing music with a baritone ...isnt most of the music written in the treble cleft? Your advice is greatly appreciated. thank you too for the reference information. Oh, I have another question...how many folds in the bellows should I really be looking for? Thank you Stephen
  14. I originally posted this under General discussion but now Im thinking I should have posted it here....being a newbie I am reposting here. you to you all. I am a new member although I have been visiting the site a great deal over the past couple of months and have learned a great deal from all of you. From what I learned here YouTube, Ebay and Google searches I decided to get an English 48 key Concertina primarily to use ultimately as accompaniment for myself a tenor. I am 65 and have always wanted a concertina. My family tree history said that a Great great grandfather played the Concertina in Italy. So hopefully it is in my genes> ;-) I won the bid this week on an English 48 key Lachenal Concertina Serial #14450. It looked to be in reasonable condition and the seller, an antique dealer in London selling for a friend said all of the keys worked and the bellows looked good. From the information I found on this site based on the serial # it was manufactured in the 1860's. I was told it was owned by a gentleman whose Great Uncle use to play it in a Salvation Army band outside of the Pubs in London. I am working on getting more history on it. So I bidded never dreaming I would win it as I could not afford the thousand plus dollars I have seen others go for. But lord and behold I did win it for $580.00. I realize she will need some restoration but I figured this was a great deal for the concertina. I am sure I will alway keep here and once I have learned to play well she will come back to life albeit doing something quite different than playing outside of pubs. I am a tenor and will primarily sing folk, musical and classical opera music. Can anyone tell me if she is a tenor, treble or baritone? I would be very interested in any thoughts you might all have. Now knowing this Grand ole lady will need some fixing up I want to get another that would be in the correct range for me singing wise (???tenor or baritone) to learn how to play with. I have been communicating with a gentleman who has a Stagi for $370 picture also attached. He says the lowest know is C. From looking would any of you be able to tell me whether it is a tenor etc. Thank you all so much I really have valued your wisdom and will be making a donation to the site. My email address is stephenknoll@yahoo.co I live in Tyler Texas. Stephen Knoll
  15. Thank you to you all. I am a new member although I have been visiting the site a great deal over the past couple of months and have learned a great deal from all of you. From what I learned here YouTube, Ebay and Google searches I decided to get an English 48 key Concertina primarily to use ultimately as accompaniment for myself a tenor. I am 65 and have always wanted a concertina. My family tree history said that a Great great grandfather played the Concertina in Italy. So hopefully it is in my genes> ;-) I won the bid this week on an English 48 key Lachenal Concertina Serial #14450. It looked to be in reasonable condition and the seller, an antique dealer in London selling for a friend said all of the keys worked and the bellows looked good. From the information I found on this site based on the serial # it was manufactured in the 1860's. I was told it was owned by a gentleman whose Great Uncle use to play it in a Salvation Army band outside of the Pubs in London. I am working on getting more history on it. So I bidded never dreaming I would win it as I could not afford the thousand plus dollars I have seen others go for. But lord and behold I did win it for $580.00. I realize she will need some restoration but I figured this was a great deal for the concertina. I am sure I will alway keep here and once I have learned to play well she will come back to life albeit doing something quite different than playing outside of pubs. I am a tenor and will primarily sing folk, musical and classical opera music. Can anyone tell me if she is a tenor, treble or baritone? I would be very interested in any thoughts you might all have. Now knowing this Grand ole lady will need some fixing up I want to get another that would be in the correct range for me singing wise (???tenor or baritone) to learn how to play with. I have been communicating with a gentleman who has a Stagi for $370 picture also attached. He says the lowest know is C. From looking would any of you be able to tell me whether it is a tenor etc. Thank you all so much I really have valued your wisdom and will be making a donation to the site. My email address is stephenknoll@yahoo.co I live in Tyler Texas. Stephen Knoll
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