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  1. So I’m playing last night in my local session.A friend finds this under my seatnds this under my seat. I look at my box and see my low F button is an empty hole with a red felt bottom.Pretty essential note for my style and setlist.Just now I opened the Dickinson Tenor mechanical chamber for the first time,and retrieved the other half. W-a-y too challenging to super-glue back together.(at least for me)So I looked at the fingering chart and decided to forgo having the high C#.I managed to steal that button and put it in the low F’s spot.The hardest part was getting the bushings to stay in place insidethe buttons. (Not the ones lining the outer holes.)Pretty good, eh ?
  2. I'm selling it for an elderly friend who bought it 20yrs ago in LA for $4000. Whatcha think ?
  3. We need some people to repair our boxes here in the USA. All the folks I'm aware of are moving on to other pursuits or are in the UK. HOPING for the next generation !!
  4. Are there any makers of MIDI English Concertinas ? Not in development. Ready for or IN production. RIggy
  5. 64 button tenor extended treble in excellent condition. Concert pitch and lovely rich sound, especially on the low notes. Presumed Wheatsone but no serial number found. Comes with both the original case and new fitted hard case. attached pics and also the most recent refurbish receipt $5k or best offer
  6. Yes. Everyone agrees it is an extended treble. BUT which way does it extend, up or down ? DOWN to a low C, below the usual G in trebles is ideal.
  7. ANYBODY got a download of this historic recording ? I learned almost everything I know from it, but miss listening to it now. eBay only has it on vinyl.
  8. Thanks Richard! I'm almost back to that famous setting on the dryer "NORMAL", but that may be an exaggeration.
  9. I love your instrument Geoff Wooff, and would love to find one similar
  10. Just repeated to gjowaisas@fioptics.com
  11. I just sent you a repair request @ greg@gregsfolkmusic.com. Is that the correct address ?
  12. In the midst of all my Baritone investigations a dear friend here in Berkeley, who by-the-way took over my lodgings in Newcastle when I left to return to the states in ’72, came over and gave me this, on extended loan. Exactly what I wanted !!! 36 button Wheatstone which is one octave below the usual 48. He has owned it for 40 years and hasn’t played it much. Works fairly well & I will do some valve and tuning work. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT ?
  13. I am really impressed with the LOOK of these instruments http://www.wakker-concertinas.com/photo parade.htm Are they as good as they look and worth the $6-9k ? Are they constructed at the level of craftsmanship of Wheatstone's golden era ? Riggy
  14. Hoping Steve & Wheatstone are OK. I have emailed him and it bounced, saying the mailbox was full and not accepting messages. I cut and pasted my email into the enquiry form on the company website & even tried getting thru via the local Everyman folk club. Crickets. Anyone hear anything or have a suggestion ? Riggy
  15. Older now, and I'm getting in touch with my dark, low side. I have a custom 44 key Dipper which I use for song accompaniment, that goes down to a D below middle C. Listening to Ian Robb and David Coffin I have learned they use large old Aeolas that have 56 keys, classified as Baritone/Treble. Too big. Is there such a thing as a 48 (or less) Baritone ? Riggy www.riggy.com
  16. My 23 year old Dipper needs a new set. Any good sources of high quality ones in the US ? If not, where should I go ? Riggy
  17. Goodbye to old friend of San Francisco Concertina Players and Sea Music Festivals From Peter Kasin/SAFR/NPS on 09/01/2009 10:31 AM ----- Unfortunately I am writing to report to you the death of our friend and volunteer Bruce Sherman. Most of us knew him as the concertina player aboard Balclutha. There his masterful playing on the sailorly instrument enchanted visitors and staff for many many years -both on weekends as well as at many past Festivals of the Sea. His mandolin playing could also be heard during informal jams at the Progressive Grounds Coffee shop in Bernal Heights and the Phoenix Bookstore in Noe Valley. I myself heard in person from Carl Nolte this weekend, who heard it from a mutual friend at the Phoenix bookstore on 24th Street Noe Valley. I have since called that friend and learned that a memorial will be held. James K. of the Phoenix bookstore wrote a piece for the Noe Valley Voice which comes out Sept 1, and Carl Nolte says he will probably be doing an obituary as well. Bruce lived in the Excelsior neighborhood on Naples St. and is survived by a brother Scott, sisters, and his 90 yr old Mom. Reportedly and sadly, Bruce took his own life on August 9. A memorial will be at the Noe Valley Ministry on Sat Sept 13 from 3-7pm. Riggy
  18. Hi Everyone ! I am so happy to tell you that I am finally bringing forth a project reflecting my life's work in an album titled Somewhere in Between. It defies categorization and covers the genres of my journey: English Folksong, Renaissance Art Song, English Country Dance instrumentals, Irish Sea Songs, American Country and Pop ballads. Stellar singers and musicians provide top-notch support, while veteran producer Jeff Martin has made magic of it all! The CD and samples are easily available thru my website: www.riggy.com or you could Download Somewhere in Between @ http://www.digstation.com/AlbumDetails.asp...id=ALB000029221 if that’s your preferred way to gather your music ! Thanks so much taking time to look & listen. Riggy
  19. Colin made me a lovely "edeophone" - sort of . . . Actually a cross between an edeo and Wheatstone's first english, with circular slit in place of fretwork. You can see it on the front page of my site: www.riggy.com Riggy
  20. I find that English allows intuitive, relaxed legato capabilites not available to me on the Anglo. I can sustain/suspend notes to transition between chords. Check what Keith Kendrick can do with that concept !! He does marvelous work with Anglo/chunk-chunk, too BTW !~ Riggy
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