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  1. So, this concertina has a lovely tone. I had purchased it, thinking that it would be my thing, but instead fell in love with the piano accordion, meaning that this little beastie has been sitting in it's case, having only ever had a few tunes played on it. It needs a more loving home! Technical info on it: It is a 48-button Stagi, Model A48-S English Concertina Treble Range (it's not super high and squeaky like a lot of them--it's got a nice, rich tone to it). 6-fold Leather Bellows Steel Reeds Weighs a little over three pounds Six sided Made in Italy Mahogany colored wood, with a herringbone edge Leather thumb straps Metal finger braces Highest note is C, lowest is G Like I mentioned, this instrument really hasn't ever been played, so the all of it, bellows included will last a good long time. I'm asking $750 for it. It comes with a black hard case with a handle, which is also brand new. I've put up a Craigslist posting for this, so that you can have a look at the photos, since my file sizes are too large to load here. Here's the link! http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/msg/4152374121.html
  2. I'm advertising this concertina on behalf of an acquaintance in Belgium who liked the Morse Geordie Tenor concertina so much that he owned two of them. I recently bought the older model, which I'm delighted with, and he has now asked me to advertise the remaining new, unplayed model as he has moved on to other interests. Here's a link to the Belgian website on which it is advertised: http://www.2ememain.be/marche/?qq=concertina&afd=&pc_id Some bigger photos can be sent, if necessary and feel free to contact me by PM through this site if you have any questions and I'll pass them on. The asking price is €1,800 which includes insured postage within Europe and PayPal fees. This is a fair price given the current cost of a new model (see www.buttonbox.com) and then shipping and import duties into Europe. I'd like to stress that I'm doing this as a favour and have no financial interest in the sale. The owner will be handling the transaction and posting the concertina but I can vouch for his integrity. Thanks for looking. Dean
  3. Hello! I'm a new user on this forum so first off wanted to say hello! I've been playing concertina for about 20 years since the age of about 10! I've just bought a new wooden ended wheatstone concertina - my other concertina is a metal-ended and very loud so wanted something a little quieter for acoustic song accompaniment. However, my new concertina has an interesting history which I'm fascinated by and I would to get to the bottom of it. It has the usual Wheatsone label on one side but a very unusual label on the other side which reads: MADE TO ORDER OF T. WALLACE CHURCH, LANCS. WHEATSTONE & CO. MANUFACTURERS, LONDON. The normal label reads: WHEATSTONE & CO. PATENTEES AND 22551 MANUFACTURERS 20, CONDUIT STREET, LONDON, W I bought the concertina from barleycorn concertinas and have been told that to find a Wheatstone with the name of another person is extremely unusual. I've looked up T Wallace on the 1911 census and found that he was 49, living in Church, Lancashire and is described as a 'dealer and repairer of musical instruments'. However I can find no other trace of him or any connection Wheatstone on the internet. Church in Lancashire is very small place. The population now is under 4000 and it was probably smaller in the 1890's. I just wondered if anyone had come across anything similar or had ever heard of a T Wallace who dealt in concertinas or how he would have managed to get Wheatstone to actually add his name to the label! Thanks so much and I look forward to chatting to you all :-) Louise x
  4. All of these were uploaded to YouTube within the last month. The order of their listing is primarily the order in which I found them. There are some very good segments in this bunch, but it is a mix of all levels of playing. I've included name credits where I felt confident of them. Mr. Day: http://youtube.com/watch?v=mNE8sC-6SIE http://youtube.com/watch?v=l97_vzTBY8w http://youtube.com/watch?v=wyFN-THpPpQ Mr. Castro: http://youtube.com/watch?v=3AL1z85n884 http://youtube.com/watch?v=xDEzbqluaco http://youtube.com/watch?v=MW5eQ6j7GBk http://youtube.com/watch?v=U832JywxYlw Mr. Epping: http://youtube.com/watch?v=XZvQgJgFtkc Duet concertina: http://youtube.com/watch?v=W_w1qeYzTmY Mr. Thomson with introduction: http://youtube.com/watch?v=3A_qAviUu28 Ms. McNally with some playing location advice too: http://youtube.com/watch?v=_mbVMZ20Qs8 http://youtube.com/watch?v=exldseM5s8k A short (promotional) C Jeffries posting: http://youtube.com/watch?v=O6w7tmyjr44 Ms. Wiggins: http://youtube.com/watch?v=noP03eBe5zk Mr. Van Riet: http://youtube.com/watch?v=DMPx98G7srA Bootle Concertina Band: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZU9ZSYBMqwQ Concertinas and guitar: http://youtube.com/watch?v=7FhCsrrSmCw Mr. Cafoodle: http://youtube.com/watch?v=4nilDKTf0zg Sailor's Hornpipe: http://youtube.com/watch?v=RWRhes2lXSo Mr. Vallely: http://youtube.com/watch?v=RQdT0wYkAvM http://youtube.com/watch?v=XlFqRNrXaHI http://youtube.com/watch?v=0E39mRYES8M http://youtube.com/watch?v=9pfny3v-yzY Mr. Booyse: http://youtube.com/watch?v=4q61hCi158g http://youtube.com/watch?v=KdiVQeSITr4 http://youtube.com/watch?v=NAp8BxSjG_U Mr. Toru Kato: http://youtube.com/watch?v=8pTsJoh5O1o http://youtube.com/watch?v=Sr8EvajOiao Ms. Keane: http://youtube.com/watch?v=eR3AsGn6nPg Simcoe Mtn. Music Camp: http://youtube.com/watch?v=we8UDnrss5s The Crumbles: http://youtube.com/watch?v=1JbIsl_Lsro Tunes in Cork: http://youtube.com/watch?v=DqFUW7wWgSU Mr. Thoumire: http://youtube.com/watch?v=m1qEEipNsqU http://youtube.com/watch?v=24RYZWhInD4 Mr. Laubach: http://youtube.com/watch?v=jf_4VxnlUPM Ms. Lucey: http://youtube.com/watch?v=CzEl9hdOfjE Happy Birthday: http://youtube.com/watch?v=9G4utkjscus Mr. Cameron: http://youtube.com/watch?v=j3-YZhjXZls African Concertina -this may be a stretch but I think I see one in this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=UdXDiWXJqJ8 Of course I always think of Leo when I put one of these lists together...
  5. Anyone on this site going to be at the North East Squeeze-In this coming weekend? i am. rss
  6. The renowned singer and English concertina player Louisa Jo Killen, formerly better known as Louis Killen, following a gender change a few years ago, has died following a battle with cancer. On his return from America, some years ago, I saw and heard her sing several times, the last time being about 4 years ago at the Cumberland Arms, Byker, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on a singers night, prior to her sex change. Here is a link to an obituary of her written by Heather Wood. http://singout.org/2013/08/10/louisa-jo-louis-killen-passes/ And here's a link to a video of her singing "Go to Sea Once More". http://youtu.be/1P1cBK2NIww Chris
  7. From our performance at the Washington DC Folk Music Festival. While some notes may be missing or off, at no time did our fingers leave our hands. Jim Besser, Gus Voorhees, Richard Seidel, and me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEaYjhnKqLY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxJf4eBAm6Q
  8. Because we had so much fun at the last two... The Third Semi Bi-Annual DC Squeeze-In another gathering of concertinists, melodeonists, accordionists, and who knows, maybe a bandoneon. All genres of music; everything from Irish and English traditional to jazz and Klezmer. All levels of experience welcome When: Sunday July 7th from 3:00PM to 6:00+ PM Where: The Lovely Newly Renovated Home of Jim Besser in Annandale, VA just outside the Beltway Just an opportunity to learn and trade tunes, schmooze, schnoor, and basically have a great time and play music with new and old friends Feel free to invite other fellow free reed or other musicians If you wish to attend ping Jim Besser at jbesser@gmail.com for directions. check out the Squeezers on Facebook
  9. Hey all.... I like to spend my vacation time volunteering on tall ships. I was thinking of learning to play the concertina to entertain people during tours etc. I used to play trombone/bass back in highschool but haven't had much music experience since. I was leaning towards getting an English concertina cause it just sounded easier to play with one button doing one note reguardless of whether you're pushing or pulling but my understanding is that in the age of sail (18th/19th century) Anglo styles were commonplace on ships. Soooo, my big question is since my primary draw to concertinas is to entertain people with sea shanties on tall ships A) what kind of concertina would be most historicly accurate and are there any good song books or training videos out there specific to sea shanties/nautical music.
  10. I am looking for a Suttner Concertina, the A2 Jeffries-type. I have a new one on order, but would like to have one in the meantime. I live in Dublin, Ireland.
  11. Once again, we're holding our annual gathering in southern Sweden. It's the third weekend in April, and we're taking bookings now. For more about the weekend, both the why and the how, please see the SSI web site. (Thanks to Paul and Ken, the concertina.net Calendar is again working, and I've now posted our squeeze-in there, as well.)
  12. I don't know if this video has been posted on here before but I don't remember seeing it. I love this tune and his playing of it and wanted to share it. He is playing a converted tenor-treble Aeola English convertina that goes down 5 notes lower than normal but the fingering is the same as a standard treble. Chris
  13. I will post pictures tonight as soon as I can get them, along with any other specifics I can find. Just wanted to see if there was any interest and go from there. This is a gorgeous instrument that was listed on ebay and privately. It was listed originally at over $3000.00, but in all honesty, we paid $1549.99 for it + shipping. I underwent major spinal surgery and unfortunately am not physically able to play it. Plus, I frankly need the money to chip away at the astronomical amount of medical debt the surgery left me in. I had hopes of keeping the instrument for my children, but we are in need and I'd like to see someone enjoy this fine work of craftsmanship. Hoping to get about what we paid, but am willing to consider reasonable offers. I am meeting with the folks at Petosa in Seattle next week to work up an accurate estimate of it's true market value and entertain their offers (including consignment), but would prefer to sell through this forum if anyone is interested. Thank you so very much for your time!
  14. I'm still trying to sell my Jones Anglo concertina. I'll be at the gathering in Massachusetts this Saturday if anyone wants to try it. Also have a good quality 2 row I had from Chris Alger a few years ago. It's a no name but has real concertina reeds. Was repaired by David Leese at one time. Mahongany ends. Asking $700. Jones 3 row Anglo – 30 buttons. 6 fold bellows. I believe this is what they call a broad reed concertina – good for song accompaniment. Bought from Chris Alger 6 years ago – serviced at Button Box 3 years ago, it is in good working condition. 1 button, the C# on the 3rd row is in an unusual position. Not played much recently as I switched to English. A/F A/Bb C#/Eb A/G G#/Bb C/Eb G#/A C#/Bb A/F C/Eb Asking $1400 or would be willing to trade for a comparable English concertina. It will come in a padded bag. Will make the usual donation to concertina.net if it is sold here. Bob Lusk 845-594-4412
  15. Hi, I have a 30 key Suttner A3 Linota for sale ebony ends, perfectly in tune Comes with hard case The instrument is about one year old and has not been played much, very clean, beautiful instrument. Asking price is 5.500 Eur. Please contact +353-86-4456309 for more details
  16. I just started learning to take video of myself playing the concertina, and I was wondering if anyone has any tips? Video Cameras Is a webcam sufficient, or do I need something high end? Microphones Is my computer's built-in microphone sufficient? I rock out on a baritone English concertina, and it can sound distorted when I record too close to the mic. How do I fix this? Some notes come out of the right side and others from the left. How do I record both sides at the same time? Special Effects How much work is it to set up special effects, and is it worth it? Are blue screens that expensive? Trained Animals I've noticed very few trained animals in Youtube concertina videos. Is there a technical reason for this, some nuance in animal behavior I'm not aware of, or did the trend of animals in music videos simply fail to coincide with the folk revival? What are some things you've noticed about exceptional Youtube videos, whether awesome or awful?
  17. Following on from the Aeola 64 key baritone-treble concertina, serial number 28617, that was recently sold on Ebay, I came across a link to a Canadian website with an article about concertinas. By coincindence, it happens to feature the next concertina down in the ledgers from 28617, 28618, also a 64 key baritone-treble, which has survived and is owned by someone in Canada. Both are wrongly marked in the ledgers as a model 20, which is a baritone only. It should be a model 16. There is also quite a bit on the history of concertinas, albeit with the odd mistake here and there. Quite possibly, these big Aeolas were made specially as band instruments, either for playing in concertina bands or for the Salvation Army. Here is the website address. http://www.thecanadasite.com/antiques/concertina.html Chris
  18. Video of a session at The Ship Inn, Blaxhall, Suffolk, featuring Martyn White on Jefferies anglo concertina and renowned East Anglian hammered dulcimer player Reg Reader, playing a set of tunes made popular by the Old Hat Dance Party, some years ago. Chris
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