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  1. Aha! Cillian King - Concertina Videos & Music - Concertina.net Discussion Forums He's on an Anglo (I play an English), but there's no doubt about his playing position. Interestingly, he seems to have the same kind of physique as me: long and narrow. I wonder if that's relevant.
  2. That's all I need! But you've heard of players adopting that position?
  3. I suppose I'm wondering whether I'll be storing up problems for the future if I persevere with this.
  4. Is this a recognised way to play? After ten years of struggling with aching wrists and aching thumbs, I've discovered this by accident, and it's a revelation.
  5. All terrific suggestions, thank you. Both Stowmarket and Norwich are well within range. The instrument is a Wheatstone from the late 1890s, so no problems there (it may even have been Steve Dickinson who restored it). I've just been reminded that I bought a copy of the Dave Elliot book when I bought the instrument; but no good can come of my tinkering. Paul, I'd like to take you up on your offer of advice, since it could very well be that there's nothing worth doing. I'm east of Cambridge, but I have transport. Is it possible to send private messages on this site?
  6. Folks Does anyone know of a person in the Cambridgeshire area who's competent at carrying out repairs and maintenance to English concertinas? I have leaky bellows (I think) plus a couple of other things I'd like someone to look at. I don't fancy trying it myself. Best wishes Remster
  7. Many thanks for your replies. Since posting this, I've found a discussion about this very issue on another forum, and it seems as if it's not uncommon. I just need to find the right grip etc., I suppose.
  8. Folks I've been learning the English concertina for about eighteen months now, and although I feel I've made great progress, I'm having a problem with pain in my right wrist or little finger, depending on how I position myself and the instrument. Is this a common problem, and is it something I should be able to resolve without seeing an expert (of which I know none). Remster (East Anglia)
  9. I've got this instrument for £1K! As it turned out, I didn't have to haggle: the owner lowered his asking price on the grounds that he was selling it to a friend and it would get played. The tone isn't as sweet as that of the one I borrowed and not all the notes are perfect, but the responsiveness is spot on and the bellow action is amazing.
  10. Thanks, everyone. This may well be academic, as the owner of the Wheatstone that I discussed in this thread has e-mailed to say he'll sell for £1K! I'll let you all know the result when it's in.
  11. That's precisely my concern. I've enjoyed learning on a much better instrument (which I've borrowed) and just sitting on my sofa at home playing for my own pleasure. That pleasure will diminish significantly with dodgy notes. Agreed. What attracts me to this instrument is the price, but that's nullified if there are additional costs involved.
  12. For anyone who's willing to help, I've just started a thread about the Lachenal called 'Should I buy this instrument?'.
  13. Folks The attached photograph is of a c.1900 Lachenal English concertina that was reconditioned earlier this year. The asking price was £750, but the owner is willing to let it go for £625. Now, I don't expect anyone to be able to value it for me based on a photo plus this limited information, but I have a specific question. Every note is in tune, but a couple of them are of dubious quality: a sort of buzzing rattle here, a slight loss of pitch towards the end of a note there. My question is this: Is this the sort of thing I should expect from an instrument of that price? Thanks Remster
  14. Thanks, Dirge, that's great advice. I probably wouldn't even have been having this conversation had I not been lent an antique Wheatstone to learn on! I've been spoiled.
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