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  1. I have a wonderful Wheatstone, Vintage (1862) that I love--but I don't like her buttons. (Reminds me of Fats Waller song "Your Feets To Big" ) Anyway back on the subject. She (the concertina) has metal small diameter flat topped buttons and after a short while I find them uncomfortable to play particularly in contrast to my Lachenal that has what I suppose are bone buttons and Edeophone with rounded metal buttons. So the question is can buttons be replaced and if so where might one acquire them and what does replacement entail? Or perhaps should I "just get over it and use to her as she has been that way since 1862"? I will be interested to see what y'all think. Stephen Texas
  2. Hey Mike, You are my kind of concertina man....GEEZ I dont need to be looking for a couch
  3. Johanna, I smiled to myself when I read your post. My first concertina was/is a Lachenal Tutor brass reed which was restored beautifully by Greg. I followed up with a Wheatstone steel reeded instrument also restored by Greg. Needless to say Greg did a fantastic job with both. My third "adoption (for a fee) was a Metal ended Lachenal Edeophone steel reed (waiting to go see Greg for some minor tweaking). You know I love them all but I find myself reaching for my "Mr. Mellow Solomon" Lachenal a majority of the time. I just love his warm tones and fingering. But they all have their time and place and fit in well to my Gemini personality. Greg...told me one day something to the effect that he often thought the ideal would be to have three: a mellow brass reeded instrument (for those quite times), a steel reeded for a little more volume and a metal ended to blast the sound. (Pardon my paraphrasing Greg...you Johanna you get the drift.) I'm wanting to round out my family with a baritone. I don't think this is (another Greg euphemism)-concertina acquisition disorder. Never the less his wise counsel stops me to reflect. What a great resource he is to many of us. Stephen
  4. ps...sorry forgot. Same question regarding the Rock Chidley baritone that was discussed in the Forums last week? Thank you...I respect your experience and opinion.

  5. Hi Geoff, I have a question that I will keep between you and I regarding whe Wheatstone Baritone that is for sale. As you recall it seems to need a bellows. If you were making an offer how much would you consider fair? Thank you, Stephen Tx

  6. Laitch, Thank you this is a very interesting article and now I am anxious to try it on my Lachenal metal ended Edeophone as it seems like it might soften and mellow the tone a bit. Very appreciated. I see you are from Vermont...what type of music (pardon the expression) are you primarily into playing on the concertina? Stephen
  7. I assume you are referencing the Morse concertinas they make? I have listened to a couple of them Baritone being played on you tube and they don't have the mellowness of sound that I am looking for. I am certain you are aware that they use accordion type of reeds and they just don't hit the mark for what I am looking for. Do you have one...I realize that you tube does produce high fidelity sound but..... What about adding baffles to sweeten the tone? Anyone have experience with playing a Morse with baffles? Baffle...I am clueless as to what that means/entails. Enlightenment would be appreciated. Thank you.
  8. I assume you are referencing the Morse concertinas they make? I have listened to a couple of them Baritone being played on you tube and they don't have the mellowness of sound that I am looking for. I am certain you are aware that they use accordion type of reeds and they just don't hit the mark for what I am looking for. Do you have one...I realize that you tube does produce high fidelity sound but.....
  9. I definitely want a mellow sound vs. brassy. Good point relative to the variance in sounds and reminder that all Baritones are not alike. I hope to see some at Old Palesting in March.
  10. I have a Wheatstone Baritone, Wakker refurbished, and it's just beautiful! 1851 or so, with brass reeds, rosewood. The bass notes are just so deep and... well you know. I lucked out with an eBay auction from the UK, it needed a fair bit of work and I don't think the sellers knew what they had. It doesn't speak quick, but when it does... ahhhh! I'm not willing to sell it yet though. Patrick
  11. I am certain there will be plenty of "candy" to entice you at Old Palestine.
  12. Hi Shellby I would love chatting with you. My email is stephenknoll@yahoo.com if you like to text my number is 9035700655 Stephen

  13. Colleagues, If any of you should hear of or have an English Vintage Baritones, I am thinking I might like to acquire such. As most of you know I began my journey last July and acquired in fairly rapid succession a Lachenal Brass Reeded tutor, Wheatstone (1852) steel and and Edeophone metal ended that I purchased through cnet. Greg has done a fantastic job in restoring the Lachenal and Wheatstone and the Edeophone is schedule to go for a check up but she's in tune and in good shape (may need some new pads or minor work). It has been a great process having all three to play and to get a feel for the variety. But what I am coming to realize is that while there are differences between the Wheatstone and the Edeophone I would probably be better off in having a Baritone and either trade or selling one of them to do so to acquire the Baritone. I would also appreciate your wisdom and thoughts with my perceptions---as I have found that there are many time altered when taping into this vast knowledge pool. I have communicated with C.Algar but would prefer to find one (for obvious reasons) US based. Stephen in Texas
  14. Geoff, I am going to give that a try as it does make anatomic sense in taking pressure off the thumbs. What feels strange at this point however is it puts my fingers further up (obviously) and some adjustments to reach the notes below the strap. Thank you.
  15. I just finished reading the post from back in 2010 regarding thumb/lower arm pain. As a newbie (July, 2011) but one who is spending considerable time playing, I am experiencing the pain described by others. I am in the 60 group and have not had any arthritis problems?? But at this age I do realize we all have it to some extent. I am wondering if anyone has come across new treatments/remedies? In previous discussions the recommendations have been for anti inflammatory, massage, acupuncture, rest, soaks etc. Anything new out there. I play the English and I am wondering about what is the best way to hold the concertina via the thumb straps. Should you keep your fingers so that only a third or so is in the strap or should you insert your fingers all the way. What are the relative advantages of each as I have seen accomplished players using both. Stephen Texas
  16. What a small world . I am from Tyler too and I was just thinking wouldnt it be nice if there were some concertina players in the area. Stephen Tx
  17. It is interesting that despite the division of wealth changing considerably, the average wage did not rise significantly between say the mid 1800's and the 1930's. Talking to older customers in the shop, it was not unusual to discover that when they bought their instruments in the 1920's & 30's that their wage was still only about £1-0-0d per week. It is therefore incredible to think that those who bought large Duets could or would spend the equivalent of about 30 weeks pay. Geoff Geoff C., Thank you. It is amazing when one takes a look at it from the context shared by the Geoff's. It makes me appreciate even more the fact that I am now entrusted with the care and privileging the instrument. To change the subject Geoff. What is the ideal humidity range to keep a concertina at? How would you recommend achieveing this short of purchasing an expensive humidifier cabinet? Stephen in Texas
  18. I really think that 15 guineas in 1852 would buy a lot more than that conversion would suggest.. but then there was a huge difference between the have's and the have-not's. I also have an instrument that was made in 1852, although it is not a Concertina, at that time it cost £50 which was a whole years salary for a person with a very good job. So, I would question that conversion table Stephen. Geoff. Geoff, Great point, I had not thought of it in that context. Appreciated. There is such a great group here on cnet...I was thinking wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all get together.StephenTx
  19. Of course; the price was simply 15 guineas wasn't it. Interesting, I found this Historical Conversion table on the Internet that will convert currency into current US dollars. 15 guineas in 1852 is converted to $1807.92 or Euro 1368.78. Considering after restoration I have about $2900.00 in her coupled with her "vintageness", I feel fortunate to have her in my possession and to play. She has a wonderful sound! Stephen Tx
  20. Friends, I am so excited, I found my concertina in the Wheatstone Ledgers To think she is 160 years old and still squeezing along. I pray I can do her proud. She came home recently after being fully beautifully restored by Greg Jowaisas. I am excited as it was not until the third round of going through the Wheatstone Ledgers online that I found her. I have some questions and would greatly appreciate your interpretation of some of the numbers and any other additional insights. I have upload the screen shot below. First of all what do the numbers 15-15-0 make reference to? As you can see it was sold along with others to Hammond & Sons. I goggled Hammond & Son's England 1800's and the name came up in Wikipedia under "Folk Music from England". Do you suppose these two gentlemen may be the same Hammond's? See below copy and paste: "From the 19th century accordions have been a popular and accepted part of the local folk sound. Folk songs from the West Country include ‘Widdecombe Fair’, ‘Spanish Ladies’ and ‘The Seeds of Love.’ The region was important in the first folk revival, as the Devon-born antiquarian Sabine Baring-Gould invested effort in collecting regional music, published as Songs and Ballads of the West (1889–91), the first collection published for the mass market. He later collaborated with Cecil Sharp who, with Charles Marson, produced a three volume Folk-Songs from Somerset (1904–09).[149] Other collectors included Henry and Robert Hammond in Dorset, the Reverend Geoffrey Hill in Wiltshire, Percy Grainger in Gloucestershire and, perhaps the most famous, Ralph Vaughan Williams' 'Folk Songs from Somerset', which provided themes for his English Folk Song Suite.[150]" Are any of you familiar with the names? Finally, what might you have to say about a concertina produced in this time frame. Mine has wooden ends (rosewood?) metal buttons (with the notes engraved on the two inner rows and steel reeds. Thank you so much for reading and any additional information is greatly appreciated.
  21. Geoff, Thank you I did not realize that " "Londonderry Air" was an alternative name. It it the real Irish name?
  22. I would love it thank you so much. Stephen
  23. Greetings from deep in the heart of Texas. I am looking for the sheet music and lyrics to "Oh Danny Boy". Thank you Stephen
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