[Edited to add: I see Bertram posted a response while I was composing. I'm certainly an enthusiast of his approach to concertina and it's not my intent to detract from his insightful advice. My own comment below as to personal preference strongly reflects the conditioning of the playing system I used when I first learned to play this tune.]
In my opinion Jim the push A and G# combination is easier, but then you get into the question of whether the bellows reversal improves definition and schools of thought on related button/bellows usage. I prefer the bellows reversal in this case and have played this particular button combination enough that it doesn't pose a problem for me.
I attended a session yesterday - a rare event for me - and one fiddler there launched into Foxhunters in A. Fortunate indeed that I'd recently explored it in that key so I was able to readily play it and keep up with the fast pace the fiddlers seem to love.
Since I've taken the time to make this post, I'll go on to pose a question.
The third setting for this tune on thesession.org looks off to me. I'm OK with the first two settings, but the third seems to me to be written in A (that is, most everything has been moved up a step so I'd expect the C's to be sharped) but its sheet music and ABC indicate it as G Major with C naturals. I'm not real familiar with the site but it appears to me that the sheet music might be generated off the ABC on demand rather than stored as displayed.
That third setting appears to have been posted for five years without anyone questioning it, so it leads me to wonder whether the key indicated is incorrect and no one questioned it or if someone actually plays it as written with C naturals? Admittedly I don't get out to many sessions so maybe I've just missed hearing this approach, but I've tried it as written and don't like the outcome.
I'm not a member there by the way, and don't know that joining to suggest something is wrong on the site would be good form.http://thesession.org/tunes/511
Any opinions on that third setting?
Edited by Bruce McCaskey, 04 November 2013 - 04:14 PM.