KenC’s ninety-nine comments

  • Re: Are the accordion and melodeon high maintenance?

    If concertinas (similar construction to accordion in some ways) are relevant, I can say that my concertina requires the least maintenance of the instruments I play or dabble with (brass instruments, fiddle, recorder/blockflute, and Irish pipes). more…

  • Re: Calliope House

    Had to drop by with a story. I've been going (cautiously, of course) to Calliope House every couple of weeks to play u. pipes with George Balderose, dedicatee of this tune. (By the way he, and everyone I know in Pittsburgh, pronounces it "Kal-eye-opp-ee."... more…

  • Re: Restarting Concertina Search. Request for comments

    If you are aiming for traditional-type reeds (as I gather this model has; I haven't tried one), I have one bit of experience. Having bought a number of anglo concertinas from modern makers, it isn't unusual for them to need adjustment and perhaps a touch-... more…

  • Re: Which leg? Concertina

    And you can see in Michael's video clips how the wrists are straight from elbow to hand - that is one aspect I was trying to describe. more…

  • Re: Which leg? Concertina

    In my experience, either leg works. See what works for you. Pick one way and do it (sounds like you already have). more…

  • Re: Trinity College Concertinas: as bad as I suspect ?

    If you're referring to anglo system concertina, our standard advice over on concertina.net is to steer newbies who lack funds or certainty of commitment to the Rochelle. Made in China, yes, but with inspection/setup/quality control/warranty by Wim Wakker ... more…

  • Re: People REALLY like the concertina… I mean, A LOT!

    Yes, they do. OTOH, now and then someone at a session (a punter, not a participant) comes up to me and says, "What is that instrument?" They have never seen one, think it is cute, and are thinking about getting started in Irish music. My standard reply, a... more…

  • Re: Self Teaching Uilleann Pipes, Any Tips?

    I agree with the above - I got nowhere until some lessons and a weekend workshop or two helped me fix some basic mistakes and bad habits. Online lessons - be sure the teacher is willing to help you troubleshoot your equipment (some are not) - could make a... more…

  • Re: Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona USA Irish Musical Instruments Exhibit on YouTube

    I went through the MIM a few years back and at least two of the concertinas (unlike the one in the video) were displayed upside-down. I wrote the museum an email suggesting they might want to consult an expert (like Frank Edgley, who made a concertina for... more…

  • Re: Mullaney’s Harp And Fiddle

    The website hasn't listed any sessions for a few months, so you should contact the venue (I don't have any inside info) to find out what if anything is going on. The "Irish music jam session" on a recent month's calendar was a group on stage rather than a... more…