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  • Birthday 05/10/1953

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    Every since I was a boy I've been drawn to the traditional tunes of England, Scotland, and Ireland. I like the concertina because it's small and portable and exotic and can play any kind of music I care to try. My favorite setting for traditional music includes two or three good friends, a kitchen table, and access to appropriate refreshments.
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  1. Thanks for the suggestion, Don. Maybe I can use one of those "gel" packs they use for guitar cases; they are designed to keep the humidity at 55%, I think. Is that too high? My cheapo magnifier didn't give me a very good look, Geoff; I have to believe it's the same laminating as with your Aeola, however. That's good to know. Thanks to all, George
  2. Thank you for your replies. I try to keep my apartment humidified in the winter, but I'm not confident enough to say it is "humidity controlled." I also keep the concertina in it's case for safety sake. I thought of putting a small humidifying device in the case, but I'm concerned about rusting the reeds. I looked at the grill work and I can't see any lamination, but I'll take my magnifying glass to it when I get home this evening. That would be a relief if it is multi-ply. I did notice the wood was thicker than I thought at first glance, so that's something. Looking at some old Whea
  3. After several years' absence, I find myself once again in the concertina world. I've come into possession of a 90 year old Wheatstone model 6 with raised ebony ends. The ends, apart from some light fingernail gouging, are close to pristine. I'd like to keep them that way. For the first 70 plus years of its life the concertina resided in the UK, and then more lately in western Oregon, USA, where it experienced a similar climate. Now I have it in Alaska, which is obviously a harsher world than it has known. (There's a tremendous swing in humidity from summer to winter and back.) I k
  4. It appears to me the lady on the cover is attempting to stop the concertina from playing, perhaps to save the sensibilities of her little dog, so I propose a simple title: "Unstoppable." The lady also appears to be emerging from a snail shell, but I don't know what to do about that . . . --George
  5. My hearing is very poor, which means the noise of a session easily overwhelms whatever I'm playing, so I sympathize. However, for some reason, my Edgley GD I can just manage to hear, even though I hold it further away from my ears than my big ol' melodeon. As Geoff noted, sometimes one particular instrument works better for one's ears than another, although I don't know how you'd go shopping for such a beast. It seems to be up to luck, perhaps. Years ago a friend of mine used to wear a big, wide brimmed hat to old-time jams. She said it helped her hear herself. It sounds silly, but fo
  6. This has been going on for six years? Wow. Perhaps this is a Yank thing (although perhaps not, since Utah is already represented), but I have never had the SLIGHTEST idea of what you wonderful people are on about with this game. That said, play on, and I hope you have a lot of fun. Perhaps in another six years I might begin to get a clue. Assuming there are any real clues to get. --George
  7. what like defining folk music? EXACTLY!! No matter how close you get, you're still wrong, which means you can research another paper. Or buy another round, if you're in the pub.
  8. My results: Enthusiasm for music 95% Musical perception 99% Emotional connection 89% Social creativity 67% Musical curiosity 96% Group the music 0, but I grouped 3 out of 4 correctly twice; that's worth an "attaboy," isn't it? Match the beat 15/18; Tap the beat, 3 high 4 medium 2 low:I did better when I "whacked" the space bar rather than "tapped" it. Melody memory 12/12; I've had lots of practice on this one. It would be interesting to see how the scores for Musical Perception correlate to years of experience playing music. My bias is to see this as a result of practice,
  9. Which is precisely why you should never ever ever EVER let anyone else tell you whether or not you "should" or "should not" play music, "should" or "should not" play a particular instrument, etc. Some things on the test don't go deeply enough to get good answers, and I don't know how they could. For instance, my lowest score was in the "social" category, playing with others and composing. I used to play with others a lot, but since my hearing has deteriorated with age and abuse, I've backed off because it has become more frustrating than satisfying. Also, I've written tunes since I was
  10. Which just goes to show that anything capable of bringing beauty into our lives can also bring ugliness. Except, of course, the concertina. George
  11. Left-handed pianists and piano accordion players do it all the time, so I don't imagine it's much of a problem. Until you become convinced it is.
  12. I have the same trouble with my Windows machine at work, but not my Mac at home. The answer, of course, is to not check out this forum from work, but then I'd have to carry on actual conversations during coffee break, so THAT's not going to happen. So, I just use a text editor and cut and paste into the "reply" box. But it is a problem.
  13. Yep, I was looking at the wrong page. The seller had supplied a link to the page below, and I followed suit, and made the same mistake the seller did, reading the wrong column. My world is right-side-up again! 28606.pdf
  14. This morning I was outbid on a nice looking (but probably in need of restoration), metal ended, eight sided Wheatstone English concertina. That's okay; I knew I really didn't have the money to stay in the game, if it got serious, and of course it got serious. My question is in regards to its serial number, 28636. The Horniman Ledgers show this to be a model 22, yet there it was, with eight sides, and the seller calling it an Aeola, which I thought would have made it a model 17. The only other model 22 I've seen had 6 sides. So my question: is the only difference between a model 22 and an
  15. I play ITM on a G/D concertina. I'm very much the learner, but I chose G/D because of some physical limitations I have with the left hand; it's an advantage to me to put more work on the right hand. I find I go to the middle and outside rows a lot on D tunes. I can't help it; it gives me more options for phrasing, air management, and "punch." Oddly, I find that when I borrow a friend's C/G concertina, a lot of work falls on the weak fingers of my LEFT hand, especially the pinkie; maybe I'm doing it wrong? Or perhaps C/G players are so used to it they don't notice, anymore? I certai
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