[[[So you leave me wondering if you would really be happy with a Jeffries-style EC, or in fact are demanding a much different beast.]]]
I'd be delighted with an EC that sounded like a Jeffries. I agree with you that the Wheatstone 22s and some of the 21s have a good sound in the vein I like (though not like a Jeffries, which would be my 1st choice in a tone personality), but if/when I buy a nice concertina-reeded EC, it will have to have tenor notes. (I love the lower notes, both for their intrinsic sound and for the way they enable you to play many tunes in "bari" octave, and hate, hate, hate, the way the treble layout instead gives you a super-high octave I never use and don't care about, right in the most comfortable ergonomic position). If I do acquire a concertina-reeded EC, it's probably a TT, since Tenor 48s are thin on the ground. And I'm not thrilled with the timbre/tone personality of a lot of the TT ECs out there. They are beautiful-sounding, I'm not saying they aren't. But it's not the fat, dance-band concertina voice personality I'm looking for. When they're loud, they tend to be "thin" loud. The answer to this is of course for an enterprising, creative, and innovative maker to give the world a Tenor 48 with a nice fat, brassy folk-dance-music sound to rival the volume and timbre of the Anglo. But the market for bespoke ECs just is not there to inspire them to it.
Ah, the Model 24. But isn't that an EXT, not a TT? Where, oh where, is the non-Aeola metal-ended Tenor or TT big brother of the Model 22/21, big cousin to the Model 24, with the same lung power and voice personality as those models?
Edited by ceemonster, 06 December 2017 - 02:24 AM.