I do think Button Box's vintage EC prices are high for current market. Not doubly high or anything, but they are pushing it, particularly since the discerning browser will note the item listings don't say, "freshly fine-tuned and re-conditioned by Button Box," and the instruments by and large are not going anywhere. By and large, most of the ECs they have listed have been sitting there for a long time.
It's unfortunate the incentive is not there for makers to develop, design, and engineer new-generation premium ECs. A peeve of mine with the vintage EC boxes is that exquisite as many of them are, they often have a more refined tone that does not have the lung power, and timbre-wise is not as "fat" and robust for dance-derived, instrumental world folk genres as that of Anglo. While obviously unisonoric concertinas as they've been designed and engineered to the present, have a different default tendency in that department from bisonoric, creative engineering could certainly come up with ways to compensate or augment, and give ECs a more robust quality for the dance hall as opposed to the English parlor. But as the interest doesn't seem to be there out in the market, the incentive is not there for that creative innovator maker. I've seen commenters note a couple times on other threads that they were getting that "fatter" folk-dance voice more from accordion-reeded ECs than from concertina-reeded, and I have to agree. I wonder if this is why Morse found a market out there . . . ?
I would like my Morse Geordie tenor to be another 25-30% louder, but its actual voice personality or character is great for folk music. People comment at its tone. My Morse Geordie baritone EC has a big, fat, rich voice, and if it was somewhat faster would probably become my only concertina. I am crazy about the voice personality of that instrument. As it is, response-wise it is amazingly fast for a baritone, it will do everything but the ride-like-the-wind super-fast dance speeds. Mind, both these Morses have upgraded TAM reeds, which in addition to responding somewhat faster than "super durall," also have a brighter, squawkier (and, crucial for a baritone, clearer,) tone that really helps make an EC into a dandy-sounding folk box.
Edited by ceemonster, 02 December 2017 - 02:43 PM.