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  1. After a lot of reading stuff on these forums, and looking at a lot of hybrid instruments on the internet, I'm strangely attracted to the Marcus Music 30-button Hybrid Anglo for my second instrument. Does anyone have any experience with Marcus instruments - they look good on the website, and the Marcus staff have answered a lot of questions from me about the instruments. I am considering a G/D 30-button instrument. Any reason why not (I have a restored 20-button C/G Lachenal at the moment)? Thank you. Roger Hare
  2. Hi Concertinists, We have a trio: fiddle, guitar, and anglo concertina, and after quite a few years we have made a recording (titled Step Out). Music ranges from Old Time to Quebecois to Caribbean to Other. It is available on cdbaby or through our website www.santacruzpercolators.com. Please have a listen if you're interested! I'm playing a 30 button C/G Carroll anglo; the accidentals fingering is somewhat customized.coverimage.tiff
  3. the Squeezers Upcoming Performances: FSGW Mid Winter Folk Music Festival Saturday February 7th All Day We perform at 5:00 PM Takoma Park Middle School, Takoma Park, MD Event Info: http://fsgw.org/myorgnet/public.php GROUNDED COFFEE HOUSE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH 11:00 AM— 1:00 PM 6919 TELEGRAPH ROAD ALEXANDRIA, VA
  4. Hi, I am starting to search for a high quality g-d anglo. Looking for: 30 buttons or more, plays very well, true concertina reeds. I normally play c-g, am interested in expanding into a lower register. Thank you! Janet Have found a lovely instrument - calling off the search. Thanks! J.
  5. I just have stumbled upon this great video uploaded yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4QHWas4G2I
  6. Hey, I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me about this concertina, I don't really know much about them as I'm a percussionist and whistle player. As far as I understand it's a 26 button George Jones anglo concertina? Anyone with any info to share and a rough idea of the value? Thanks in advance for any help
  7. I made these videos of the Wheatstone concertina I bought from carlfromsouthafrica. Enjoy! http://instagram.com/p/vq0eKbSd6Q/ http://instagram.com/p/vq0KueSd4C/
  8. Here's a 38-key anglo made to look a bit like a Jeffries. It's 6.25" across the flats, so a little larger than Jeffries. The fretwork is like Jeffries but a bit coarser in execution. The layout of the buttons, levers and reedpan are the same as Jeffries, except that a few reeds are mortised into the reedpan instead of being screwed on. There's no serial number, but possibly a batch number and no maker's name. The most distinguishing features are (1) the air button, where an s-shaped piece of wire presses on a spring-loaded trapdoor and (2) the riveted action, which looks like a Jones action to my untrained eye. Any thoughts?
  9. Today, I visited with Mr. Greg Jowaisas. Immediately walking in there was almost a dozen instruments set out for me to try, amongst them, Lachenal's and Jones'. Due to a bit of overwhelm and sensory overload, I was only able to take notes on a few. The first instrument I looked at was a Lachenal Anglo 20 button C/G with brass reeds. It had a sharp sound and was a bit dissonant, but not enough to be unbearably off putting. The one thing that gave me a hard time was gripping the instrument. A bit into the visit, Greg talked about the different parts of the instrument and mentioned the strap screw and then I realized "gripping" was more a trivial matter than a legitimate one. All in all, it was really simple to pick out a few tunes on, but the lack of a C# immediately turned me off. The second instrument I tried was a Lachenal Anglo 22 button C/G. I have no idea what changed in between the two systems, but I couldn't figure out the diatonic scale structure. Out of frustration, I moved on to the Anglo 30 buttons C/G's. The Rochelle was pretty sharp, and sometimes ringy, so tonally it was a little on the harsh side. But like the Lachenal, it wasn't so bad that it hurt. I was quite impressed with it. To answer my own question, no it did not sound like a toy. What I didn't like was how the buttons didn't really have a stopping point when pushing them, like the springs didn't have enough tension. Given it's an entry level instrument it's shortcomings were obvious and expected. There wasn't enough wrong with it to turn me off so I will officially be starting on the Rochelle. The steel reeded Jones's were really nice. They had a very warm and mellow tone compared to the brass reeded boxes. I liked them a lot. I also got to try a Carroll. It was absolutely lovely. It was very comfortable and smooth to the touch. I loved the feel of the metal buttons and it's bellows were very light. It's tone was bright but very controlled. It is a wonderful instrument. I walked in not expecting to learn a single tune, but I picked up this system very quickly. It was much simpler than I expected. I'm no longer intimidated by the Anglo being bisonoric and I'm actually quite fond of it now. Over the time I was there I managed to pick out a jig and a reel: Joe Cooley's Jig(The Bohola) and The Little Bag of Spuds. I didn't get them down-pat, but I was impressed with what I could work out in such a short time. I also tried out an English, just to give it a fair chance and to experience for myself it's "apparent" intuitiveness... First off, I have no idea why it's the recommended concertina for pianists. It's alternating pitch structure wasn't very logical to me and it's unisonoricness didn't help it's case at all. As embarrassing as it is, I admit I couldn't manage to even figure out the D scale. I couldn't find the F#! It was so frustrating and humbling, Greg brought out a fiddle for me to play so I could recover. I say all this in good humor but the English is not for me. He also showed us a baritone Duet concertina, which was enormous and made even less sense than the English. Goodness... On the English, I couldn't find the 3rd scale degree, and on the Duet I couldn't find the 2nd! xD. It was really neat sounding though. Overall, the concertinas were all wonderful. They do small acoustic instruments proud with their loudness, but they weren't too loud. Those that were bright weren't too sharp. Those that were warm weren't too muted or stale. A few did have a clarinet thing going on with their tone, and that baritone duet could've passed for a... well... Baritone(brass). But the rest of them did have a special and distinct tone. I'm so glad I got to feel and hear them live on my own knee. In between the concertinas, we were able to share a few tunes, a few stories, and a few laughs. He told me about different events in the area and talked about his experiences with Noel Hill. He also answered all the questions my very inquisitive friends had to ask. I would've learned a lot more if I wasn't so focused on assessing the boxes. One of my friends said, "I think I know more about the concertina than any other instrument now!" Definitely worth the trip and I look forward to continuing things with the Concertina. Thanks everyone for the recommendation and thank you very much Greg for the opportunity. You're a gentleman and a scholar! Cheers! -Jerone
  10. Here is a link to an automated Excel spreadsheet I made. This helps the Anglo concertina players to play chords on their instrument. It shows the chord constitution and where to play it on the keyboard. There are two sheets in the document, one for a vertical representation of the keyboard and one for a horizontal representation. I hope this can help some of you. https://www.dropbox.com/s/718h0grux4n66wb/ConcertinaChordsEn_VH.xlsm?dl=0
  11. Hi C-net, I'm crossposting this notice I just put up on eBay for my Tedrow 40-button G/D Anglo hybrid, with Wheatstone layout. Please let me know if anyone has any questions about it---I can respond here or over at eBay. Thank you! Steven http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tedrow-40-button-G-D-Hybrid-Anglo-Concertina-/231357838884? Here's a little video of me playing it. (Also posted on the eBay listing.)
  12. I'm in the UK and after a two row C/G Lachenal or Jones with an extra button at the top end of the C row. I know there's a 22 button unit that will provide this but they don't seem to be very common. If anyone has such a unit lying around gathering dust ..... thanks Geo Meadows UPDATE: PLEASE IGNORE THIS - CHANGE OF PLAN! (I'd delete this if I could find a way of doing it!)
  13. Hi. Lachenal 28 Button C/G - circa 1881-1887 - which has new 6F bellows (D.Leese) Tuned and padded (C.Algar) £1100 ONO Lots of pics available Kind regards Mike
  14. I know that you may have seen this already in another thread on this forum but I thought that I would post it here too, as this is where it really belongs... My Lachenal Anglo with the serial number 87119 has just been dated to circa 1885 by Randall Merris, which I'm really pleased about...
  15. I have a Morse "Ceili", C/G anglo concertina with Jeffries layout, Rosewood stain with fitted case (#494) for sale. It was made for me in July 2007 and has been used for less than 5 hours. Perfect condition. I paid $1,825 (and waited several months for construction). I would be happy to accept $1,325. I can provide pictures etc as necessary.
  16. Can anyone advise on the age/value of a Metzler 26 button anglo in C/G? It has a code of 55299. I've been offered it by a work mate and want to give him a fair price. It works fine and comes with a box. cheers
  17. Hi I was just wondering if anyone has any information about this book… 'Robert Burns' songs for C/G Anglo Concertina 20 Button by Ondrej Sarek'? In particular, is it written in normal notation or tabs… are the pieces easy or difficult, etc.? It sounds nice but it would be great to hear what other members think about it... Cheers, John
  18. Wheatstone Linota, #34842. Made in the 1930s. 31 buttons, C/G, in excellent tune. Needs no work at all. New wooden ends, new metal buttons, new button bushings, new pads, new hand rails, new straps, many new valves. Good, tight bellows. Overall in excellent condition. Looks new. It plays beautifully and has good volume. The reeds have not been filed to death. They are top quality and are in very good condition. The concertina comes in a good new hard case. Minimal charge for shipping. It has a classic clean, full Wheatstone sound. This is a very low price for a fine instrument. Asking €2,750 or $3,600 Edited to reflect the change in value of the Euro relative to the US dollar.
  19. Hi folks, I'm selling my 44-key metal ended Jeffries C/G anglo concertina. It's in great condition and is a beautiful instrument. Here's a link to a video of me playing it last summer: http://pipers.ie/source/media/?mediaId=25281&galleryId=968 The concertina is currently in Sligo, Ireland. Contact me by private message for further information. Mairead
  20. A few years ago when I was starting with the concertina, I met someone who had been to several Noel Hill workshops. She was trying to teach me an "ornament" (more of a trick, really) for playing DEF# triplets, or was it F#ED triplets? It seems to me that she was just playing GED instead (or DEG...). Does that make sense to anyone who has learned from Noel Hill? I can't really hear NH doing this on records, but it might be one of those things that you'd have to see him do. Thanks in advance! Greg
  21. Ben of this parish has a metal ended Wheatstone anglo listed here and on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wheatstone-C-G-30-Button-Anglo-concertina-/251573534900? He describes it as making "a lovely Wheatstone sound." This set me to looking for what that sound might be. Turns out, it is harder than one might think to find a sound file or Youtube that is useful in that regard. I eventually wound up on the Button Box anglo listing, where I found a 1952 Wheatstone Anglo (Ben's is a 1953), and, right above it, a Clover, which has accordion reeds. Both have videos. Both sound pretty darned similar to my ears. Button Box note that the Wheatstone have steel reeds in aluminum frames, as would the Clover. So that may explain the similarity in sound. So, for those of you who have had a listen, is this a typical Wheatstone sound? I've certainly heard "honkier" concertinas, where this one is pretty-sounding. Has the Clover essentially duplicated this 50s-era Wheatstone sound? Are older Wheatstones (perhaps with brass frames) honkier? For newbies with no practical chance to play a lot of boxes, it would be terribly useful to have a collection of sound files of various makes. I know, of course, that there's likely to be a lot of variation amongst makers and eras, so perhaps this is impractical. Thanks for your thoughts. Greg
  22. Now available via Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and the various European Amazons, a book of 60 songs and tunes popular during the American Civil War (1860's), arranged especially for the 20-button Anglo concertina, including songs by Stephen Foster, Henry Clay Work, George F. Root and many others. Based on original sheet music, all melodies are shown in standard musical notation and the songs also include complete lyrics and chords. And for those with 20-button Anglos, all are shown with a super-easy tablature system and are arranged in a variety of styles - single note, harmonica-style, octaves, simple harmonies, and full harmonies, so it shows a lot of different ways you can play the 20-button Anglo. I have to admit I was really surprised just how much music you can get out of the seemingly limited 20-button Anglo! (Note to self: "Never. Underestimate. The. Power. Of. Concertina.") And as before, here are some excerpts, plus the Table of Contents. "Sidesqueeze" - here's "The Empty Sleeve", and of course, "Goober Peas" for "Stevie D". Elsewhere on these forums I previously posted "Weeping Sad and Lonely", also known as "When This Cruel War Is Over". Some really great tunes from a very turbulent period in American history. As with "Christmas Concertina", I'll be posting these tunes on YouTube in the next few weeks so you see and hear how they are played. Enjoy! Gary N.B. Edited to update "First Gun is Fired" EmptySleeve-C-ANGLO-20b.pdf GooberPeas-C-ANGLO-20b.pdf CivilWarConcertina-TableOfContents.pdf FirstGunIsFired-C-ANGLO-20b.pdf
  23. The attached is from our gig at St Elmo's Coffee Pub. We played again at the DC Music Festival a couple weeks ago and I can't seem to get it out of my head. Haunting tune and its in 9/8 time. rss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_rvy6jLmh4&list=PLlaiiiD-Y1Eko2P1si8qhhF4HjfwJHYaK&index=3
  24. The really big surprise for me in working up the "Civil War Concertina" tune book (available via Amazon in a week or two) is the versatility and musicality of the lowly 20-button Anglo. One of the most popular tunes of the 1860's was "Weeping Sad and Lonely", also known as "When This Cruel War is Over" (1863). Attached is a sample arrangement from the upcoming book. Enjoy! Gary WeepingSadAndLonely-C-ANGLO-20b.pdf
  25. PLESE NOTE THIS HAS BEEN SOLD: A P James Miniature Anglo Concertina in G and custom wooden box. Excellent condition, hardly ever played. You can see photos on the AP James website here. Price AUD$990 [aprrox GBP657] plus postage* [*Item currently located in Melbourne, Australia. Postage dependent on location.] Selling because it rarely gets played and deserves a good home.
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