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Wolf Molkentin

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  1. Hi John, here's the layout as accurately provided by Geoffrey Crabb. Best wishes - 🐺 61b Crabb Crane - Type B.pdf
  2. so my beautiful (and not exactly smallish) 61b Crabb appears to be right in the middle of the spectrum 🤩
  3. re Hohner „Student“, they tend to be piano accordions AFAIK - is yours really a melodeon (or is „student“ just meant to indicate that it’s a beginner‘s instrument)? good luck with the sale and your inquiries! 🐺
  4. That's what I meant to say by referring to Neil Wayne... 🙂
  5. it‘s absolutely up to you Kathryn, and I fully understand your reasons for preferring the „tunes“ section with this one
  6. welcome to the forums Kathryn, and I like your style and take too. it appears to me that a question you raised has not been yet answered: where to share a video like this. Some people repeatedly chose the "Tunes/Songs" forum for that, but I think most (including myself) are posting their resp. content in the "Concertina Videos & Music" forum. best wishes - 🐺
  7. just stumbled over your post - I reckon you're right: it's (Anglo) concertina and Melodeon, most likely both played by the talented Mr Brian Peters 🙂
  8. I received my copy (as part of a larger collection) from Neil Wayne, many years ago
  9. no connection and no personal experience, but I deem it appropriate to add Theo Gibb in Newcastle, as he might have something to offer as well and I have no doubt about his reliability either. best wishes - 🐺
  10. Maarten, apart from Brexit (which may complicate things considerably) there are some reliable dealers in the UK which would be willing to send you an instrument for a week or so in order to try it and make up your mind, such as (in chronological order re my personal experiences, and as well the quantity of instrument I bought from them): Chris Algar / Barleycorn Concertinas A. C. Norman David Robertson In my experience, there would be a pretty good chance that you'd be happy to buy and keep (and then play) the instrument of your choice... Best wish
  11. re the Jackie - there's some room for doubt here since some will say go for it and some (including myself) will say you shouldn't - it's in fact debatable, I really love the feel and sound of traditional ("vintage") concertinas, and luckily there are some makers - such as @alex_holden - who are currently making instruments in that style (as opposed to using accordion reeds asf.) to the entire satisfaction of their customers - of course you might go for one of those, but if you're after a regular English treble, it would be easier to find an instrument about 100 years old like so many of us.
  12. Very fine since it has prompted you to take up the concertina - as to "room for doubt", I reckon nobody here would leave any; at best it will be good enough to serve you for, say, another year... - get a vintage instrument, preferably a Wheatstone with metal buttons (as the bellows will suply you with sufficient air, and the metal buttons would indicate a better make) - of course, if and only if the instrument is (or can be transformed into) good shape... Feel free to ask - best wishes, 🐺
  13. we used to play them one after the after, but just on a yearly basis 🥳
  14. can't identify the 2nd either, but it's more than familiar...
  15. - and individuals are different anyway - my dog used to love my playing any of my concertinas (in the manner of a quiet listener, mind you), even begging for more...
  16. Geoff, I perfectly agree. Quite a lot can be done in this - as you are saying: subtle - way, including shaping the attack and (even more important as for me) "release" parameter of a note. I find it very useful to at times increase the applied force just when (if not slightly before) releasing a key. In fact, it will not be "release" in the common notion, the tone will die not with a whimper but a bang (or rather a louder cry), so to speak. Of course, again not in a spectecular way (despite my dramatic description), but quite effectice too. Best wishes - 🐺
  17. That's perfectly true and strictly required - however the next step might be to deliberately interrupt a certain indifference in order to inspirit the flow of the music. edited to add: Therefore it should not be the only goal to expand one's capacities playing on one bellows but also to subdivide and structure the playing into smaller units... (which is the point where even a technically inferior instrument might help to develop certain skills - because it forces the player to inevitably change the direction more often). Best wishes - 🐺
  18. agreed - I wouldn't suggest that either, there's just a good chance to find nice players of these kinds IMO...
  19. Stephen, all are hexagonal Wheastone English treble concertinas, top-of-the-line apart from the Aeola branch, Model 6 is wooden-ended, Model 22 is metal-ended, and Model 24 is the extended-treble version (56 keys) of the 22.
  20. they use to have "domed" metal buttons, which I'm very much preferring over anything else...
  21. I think a good (Wheatstone) Model 6 might fit your needs - I have a rather "special" one (with very special brass reeds), but above all it is fabulously light, comfortable and (even with brass reeds) responsive. I'm playing it lots and am very glad to have it - would positively recommend considering one of these (just as a Model 22 or 24 for different purposes). Best wishes - 🐺
  22. Maarten, much useful things have been said in previous replies. I always opt for "meaningful bellows (direction) changes", and albeit some things are easier to do on push (and perhaps again, others on the pull) I reckon, it's mainly about changes and not particular directions. I have never considered the "fan thing" for my playing, as I really need this little bit of extra attack (and cutting the sound away), and possibly even more the representation of bringing the dots to life in moving one end freely. Best wishes - 🐺
  23. Dave, I could relate to the "click" description ("the note ... has a click") since in my understanding it was in fact re the abrupt change of tonal quality and loudness when the valve closes (what you call a "plop") - Richard, what did you mean to indicate?
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