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  1. I learned that tune - or something very like it - a long time ago, from a tape of the famous fiddler Larry Redican. I noticed the Riches of Clare musicians playing it too, and wondered if it's the same. Recording in question. It's 48 seconds long, and he goes into a 3rd part which is cut short. That's all I know, hope this is of interest.
  2. Courtesy the website of Na Píobairí Uilleann, the Irish Pipers' Club, whose Source website has videos of all sorts of musicians and singers. The 2nd tune Noel plays is The Hunter's House. The rest of the 2014 concert this is from is here, along with appearances in 2009 and 2017, if you want to look around; there are other showings from Edel Fox, Cormac Begley, a new one from Brenda Castles, and more.
  3. At the top? Where there's usually e'''/b''? I use that high B all the time, myself; but then I play with the right hand side on my right leg, the opposite of the usual. When I hold it in the conventional manner it's a lot harder to get the leverage to press the highest buttons, I notice. How did you manage to fit in a low octave reed on the right hand side? Thinking back on the pics I've seen of reed pans that doesn't seem so far fetched. It's a bit odd to think of such a low note coming out of what's supposed to be the highest button though, like the accidental buttons on quint accordions, if you know about those - what you'd think would be the very lowest notes in the range actually supply semitones. Some of those boxes have notes at the very highest end retuned to something more useful to modern players, too. I never heard that explanation. I always chalked it up to just finding the pull easier to apply pressure to. My accordion tuner has clients who play Mexican music, norteno/conjunto etc., and he says their big thing is playing big long strings of notes on the pull, constantly breaking reeds in the process.
  4. OK, I updated the chart, thanks for all the extra info. The average price is $5,071.89, fwiw. That includes a price from 7 years ago which is no doubt old, skewing the results. OK, I updated the chart, thanks for all the extra info. The average price is $5,071.89, fwiw. That includes a price from 7 years ago which is no doubt old, skewing the results.
  5. For yucks I made a spreadsheet of Anglo builders who use traditional reeds. I was curious about what prices are these days. There are a surprising number of puzzles, perhaps some of you can chime in with how dear a Dipper of Edgley is these days. Also three makers have closed their books for now, out of 16. Hope this is of interest.
  6. That's the idea. We're talking about using it as a melody note though, this music can really fly at times. I tried playing GFED etc using the D# button - that presents no problem at all. I might just have that note retuned.
  7. Thanks, interesting. Hadn't thought of sacrificing the D#; kind of like having it there for certain tunes, really. King of the Fairies, Pride of Petravore, Dunmore Lassies, etc. Playing E with the thumb seems a better fit too, as one thing I'd like to be able to do is play GFED in one direction if so desired; using the middle digit on the outer row seems like it might really tie you up in knots. Maybe I'll try that later with the D# and try to ignore what it sounds like...I can see how having a pull F# would let you play that all on the push too, that's good thinking. Other thing I'd like pull E for is rolling or cranning. Pigeon on the Gate, Drowsie Maggie, Ashplant, yes. I always pull these if I have a choice, it just sounds stronger. You could alternate E2BE etc without changing bellows direction, and have the option of doing so to mix things up. The Anglo definitely has no end of possibilities here.
  8. I play Irish music. Plenty of boxes have a left hand thumb operated drone note; what I'd like more than anything is a pull middle E - i. e., the same as the C4 button. This note is conspicuous in its absence by only being available on the push. I have no idea what it'd be like to use the left thumb as a melody note. Do people with drone buttons tap them? Certainly we dance on and off the right hand thumb button all day long, though. I'm wondering if my Kensington could be retrofitted with one, too. The left side fretwork mirrors that on the right side, so there's a spot with enough metal for another button; and I notice there's a spare chamber in the reed pans Dana builds. Whether it's big enough for this note is another question, or whether the lever could get there; or if Dana could be bothered, of course.
  9. YouTube Channel. Barry McGee, an excellent modern style player, very florid. He plays things slowly then fast, breaks down what he's doing, various options. Great stuff.
  10. I've a very nice instrument from a reputable maker, traditional reeds etc, am really happy with how it plays and sounds. Its G row is noticeably quieter/sweeter/mellower than the C; is that typical? I don't mind it much, just curious if this is a feature not a bug. It makes me think of diatonic button boxes, where in the old days the inner row was often a bit underpowered compared the outer.
  11. Sorry again - I'm not talking about modifying this Lachenal, but rather having something custom built for a new 30B instrument. It's the E1/F1 button: Don't concertina players roll the 1st octave F#? That would be done with the pinky too, unless you shift your ring finger down for it. Same with pushing the D. Having never used the left hand for melody playing on a free reed instrument what is and isn't possible is kind of an open book for me. Playing "air concertina" my pull E roll doesn't seem too terribly awkward.
  12. I don't think I'm making it clear which E note I want to change - it's the E/F button on the LH outermost row, the row which isn't the C or G row. I'm talking about installing a reed which is tuned an octave higher than the one that's there already - is this feasible? I'm already monkeying around with triplets that aren't all in one direction, I'm familiar with that from playing the box. It's nice to have the option of playing things completely legato if you want, though. Or completely staccato!
  13. Hello, I play Irish music on the box among other things and am messing about with a brass reed 28 B Lachenal. The lowest note on the standard layout LH 3rd row - E/F, down in the basement - is really useless for my purposes, could F#'/E' be put in its place? Imagining what this would be like sounding that pull E with the little finger you'd have the 1st and 2nd free to grace with pull D and G, a true roll; DEF#G can now be played all on the pull - and on the push, too. We don't want to get carried away with this stuff of course but coming from the button accordion I'm like a kid in a candy store with all the note options with just the standard layouts, so why not keep going a little?
  14. 3 row button boxes in C#/D/G are a standard option from Saltarelle, Castagnari, and others, so it's been done there, for people who play both English and Irish stuff. The semitone systems are great for Irish music, as you sound a note on the inside and get the lower grace note from the outside row, which is only a semitone away and right under your finger - on 4th tuned boxes the interval can sometimes be a bit much. On the semitone boxes it sometimes sounds a bit strange, too...anyway this idea is familiar to me, as a box player - I'm waiting on delivery of my first anglo, so have only read about how to ornament notes on the 'tina - looks positively wacky! C/G/Etc has its counterpart in button accordions too - they play them a lot in French music.
  15. Thanks, that's interesting, he certainly added a lot of mass to things there though. The setup on anglos/duets seems much more straightforward; you might have to drill some new holes in the ends of your EC, though. I don't really have any qualms about that as mine is really beat up; in fact it'll take quite a bit of work to make it play at all, looks like. And I'm thinking instead I might just set up in the normal fashion and see what I think first.
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