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 on: Today at 11:18:05 AM 
Started by WestOz - Last post by george garside
a simple test of whether or not two tunes will fit together seamlessly is to test play the A part of one with the B part of the other.   It is also 'better' to play two tunes with the same time signature.  eg two or 3 4/4s or 6/8s rather than mixing them.  A pet hate of mine is playing a mixture of  4/4 and 6/8 tunes for the dance 'Cumberland square eight'   that is popular in some quarters.  - but everybody to their own!

george

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 on: Today at 09:29:30 AM 
Started by mselic - Last post by Steve_freereeder
Try the Harmonikas factory in the Czech Republic. I believe they will ship internationally.
https://www.harmonikas.cz/en/bellows-manufacture#obsah

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 on: Today at 08:38:17 AM 
Started by Peadar - Last post by richard.fleming

So what makes a thumbstrap well adjusted?

I'd remove it, every time, and replace with a strap and brackets. They only fitted thumbstraps because they were cheaper. With a strap your fingers have so much more freedom and fluidity of movement.

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 on: Today at 07:59:32 AM 
Started by Mark Leue - Last post by folkloristmark
I have a set of AD reeds on blocks for a two row powker work/ericas I have just got a set set of semitone for the box. They are H reeds and have been waxed valved and approx tuned to 440 dry second bank tad flat ,first bank 440. They would need spot tuning or tuning up for the standard hohner trem.How does £60 plus post sound. You can get sets from the hohner shop as I did for the C# D. They were quite good as regards tunning and reeds, the block work was a little rough as compared to old hohner but the were quite easy to fit with some fettling.PS I also have DA boxes spare I would sell.PM if interested
kind regards

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 on: Today at 07:54:51 AM 
Started by mselic - Last post by Kimric Smythe
The Weltmeisters were made like this for a few years, and so were some Honers (Arriette). Weltmeister has gone back to leather corners so replacing them will fix the problem long term. I tossed a couple of NON 20 year old pairs like this awhile back. I can get replacements.

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 on: Today at 07:50:07 AM 
Started by Mark Leue - Last post by Kimric Smythe
I just finished converting a GC concertina to AD, and I am pretty sure I have some AD reed sets in my Weltmeister stock. PM me.

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 on: Today at 07:16:33 AM 
Started by WestOz - Last post by WestOz
Thanks to all for suggestions - clearly, practice is the key (no pun intended), but imagining the "shape" of the next tune start is an intriguing thing to try.
I find Walter Bulwers' #2 followed by #1 no problem (possibly because of the key shift) - similarly Harpers' Frolick/Bonney Kate is seamless, however in trying Hunt the Wren/The Fatherby Jig (per Anahata - Youtube) I cannot make the change!

Practice, practice.....

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 on: Today at 04:54:47 AM 
Started by mselic - Last post by mselic
I need to replace the bellows on a client’s 3-row Weltmeister accordion with a new set, but I don’t wish to replace them with another set of poorly-made ones from Weltmeister...in any case, contacting the local Weltmeister dealer I was told they couldn’t help me and that I should go buy some online! Dimensions are 310 x 180 mm. Does anyone have a set this size or can help me track one down?

The Hohner shop in Germany seems to have a set available online, but I’m not sure they will ship to North America...the one in the US does not have them in that size.

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 on: Today at 01:13:13 AM 
Started by Peadar - Last post by mselic
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If you can can get your thumb inside the strap and reach all the treble buttons when it's in there, it's sufficiently well adjusted. Fiddling with it won't help.

Except that there is still a lot of room for adjustment even if you are able to reach all the buttons in one position.  For example, adjusting your thumbstrap so that your thumb rests behind the keyboard will feel very different from adjusting it so that your thumb rests on the edge of the keyboard, even though you can reach all the buttons from either position.  One position may facilitate easier playing over another for a particular individual.  I know some people who play with their thumb well behind the keyboard and their fingers curled over the buttons, almost as if they were clutching it, while others will play with the thumbstrap adjusted in such as way as to allow them to play with fingers that are perfectly flat.  It does take a bit of experimenting to find what feels and works best for you.  Of course, at some point you have to just start playing - you can always change the way your thumbstrap is positioned at any point down the road.  I certainly have!

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 on: Today at 12:50:56 AM 
Started by Peadar - Last post by playandteach
Out of my four soxes, two are boxes - two are foxes. I like the basses but the basses are faces. Faces for basses, boxes for foxes. The birds are for watching, the words are for botching.
Dr Seuss wannabe.

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