Sunday, August 26, 2007

from the UK

Hi Bob,
Just had a week at the Whitby Annual Folk Festival and I took along my
second hand Tedrow G/D. It stood the sessions very well. Plenty of
volume in pubs with literally 50 plus instruments playing at the same
time and I could actually hear myself playing for a change.

Now this may sound like brown nosing but believe me when I state the
I visited the various musical instrument stalls which are a feature of
the festival (Hobgoblin, MusicRoom et cetera) and tried many different
types of concertina both new and vintage. I even had a few tunes on a
Jeffries on sale at £4000 (UK pounds). With hand on heart and my girl
friend can vouch for me as she was with me, I did not find one
concertina that was as vibrant and as responsive to play as my Tedrow
G/D and you may quote me if you wish on your website. The Jeffries came
close but if I had been blindfolded during my time at the stalls my
Tedrow would have won easily. In addition, of the one or two friends I
allowed to have a tune on my Tedrow, every single one was pleasantly
surprised at the responsiveness and playability of my G/D and all agreed
that I own a very musical box and that any limitations are on the
player, not the instrument. The only minor critisism came from a
concertina purist one who commented "'s not concertina reeded
though, is it?"
Well to be perfectly honest Bob, I am not all that impressed with
concertina reeded instruments and my tastes are for the type of reeds
you use. So all in all it boils down to individual tastes (and
concertina snobbery perhaps).

Jody Criskall (not sure of the spelling) was there as a quest artist for
a few events and he seemed to be having a good time. He's very good on
the concertina.
Anyhow, how's the new G/D progressing you are making for me. Everything
still ok for February 2008 delivery? Also, are the original requests
still feasible? For example raised metal ends, 8 or 12 sided and then
the really tricky one possibly the 'g' drone & 'd' drone with some kind
of locking/latching facility so i don't have to keep my finger on the
button when using either one of them.
If you could give me some kind of up-date it would be appreciated.
Well Bob, that's it. Feel free to use any part of this email for
whatever purpose you think fit.
Best wishes,
Mike (UK).


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