Firstly thanks for the compliment!
I don't think that migrating from English to Duet would be that difficult. If all you'd ever played was an Anglo, that might be harder.
But a Hayden? Don't get me wrong, but....First find your Hayden. Rare as Hens teeth. I visited Steve Dickinson last week, and he was saying that he's basically not taking any more orders. He's 60 in January, and he's got a five year waiting list for tinas! And I don't think there are any Haydens on his order books. Can't speak for Colin Dipper, but he is of an age too!
I'd suggest the MacCann. Mainly 'cos I play one! but, also, they are more readily available. One tip though...No less than 56 key, going down to middle C on the right hand side (with an octave crossover) That has served me well over 35 years. 65 Key is OK. Anything bigger and it starts getting silly! I had a chance to play Neil Waynes Huge bastard up in Sheffield a month ago. Looked impressive, but was almost unplayable!
I'm really looking forward to you coming over next year. Don't forget to bring a box/pipes whatever. It would be great to record some tunes together. (And there is always the pub. They've just started doing really good Thai food!)
Apropos of nothing, I occasionally bump into Graham (Shelver), he's mainly playing fiddle nowadays, Lives down in Kent.
Until the next communication.
Yo Dude! Ralphie
you are perfectly correct regarding the Hayden... it is the availability problem. I am used to long waiting lists though... my own is far longer that Steve's or Colin's and I should be "closing" my book too as I am also 60. I agree also that any Duet would need, enough buttons and a good cross over, but large concertinas are for Mr; Muscle (mussel).
Just had a whole weekend of playing concertina and very enjoyable it was, though by yesterday afternoon I had to resort to my 48key because the 56k (Baritone-Treble) is too heavy for playing standing up. But I love the range of the bigger EC, four octaves from G an octave below fiddle.
Regarding McCanns , have you ever tried a modern made one ? I ask because I have not tried a modern made EC and thus far the only quality of concertina that I consider worth playing is a Wheatstone from the "best" period, and then I have to "breath" on it. But maybe the Anglo and Duet players don't have the same problem. It is mainly in the keyboard... because on the English, well I, will hit the keys some times at an angle greater than 45° and then I do not get a decent response on an inferior instrument.
I will have to get to one of these " Leather Ferret" weekends and see if I can get a "go" on an instrument from these new makers.... been living in a vacuum (concertina wise) for a long time.
It is great to come out of hybinations and see so much activity.
Well, I do hope your CD is selling really well because it deserves to be heard and I will visit you, when I have got this years work done, which could be next March at this rate.
Salut (and back to the grindstone),
Edited by Geoff Wooff, 20 September 2010 - 02:04 AM.