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Every so often, someone from this forum asks me about the picture of the concertina-playing beast that is my avatar (here and on youtube, google and soundcloud). It is a “Grotesque” sculpture on the exterior of the “Peace Tower” of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. The actual image I use was posted decades ago on the old “rec.music.makers.squeezebox” group, by I don’t remember who. Here’s a couple of images to put it in context.

 

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Remarkable.  The imp even exhibits a World Class if recognizable concertina face, and playing a Hayden to boot!

 

Seriously though,  when was this building constructed  and who was the artitect (spelling on purpose), valuable information about the appearance of the concertina in North America perhaps?

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35 minutes ago, Jim Besser said:

I stole this back in the. rec.music.makers.squeezebox days and forgot about it.

 

So did I get it from you? We hadn’t met yet back then. Where did you get it? Or did we both get it when someone else posted it? I apparently downloaded it in 1999.

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1 hour ago, wunks said:

Seriously though,  when was this building constructed  and who was the artitect (spelling on purpose), valuable information about the appearance of the concertina in North America perhaps?

See: https://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?/topic/21057-445-hz/&do=findComment&comment=196548

 

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11 hours ago, David Barnert said:

 

So did I get it from you? We hadn’t met yet back then. Where did you get it? Or did we both get it when someone else posted it? I apparently downloaded it in 1999.

 

I don't remember, but I think we talked about it when we met at the Squeeze In in 97 or 98.  The year we did a NESI gathering of rec.music.makers.squeezebox participants.

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