Posted 13 December 2004 - 11:06 PM
Rich:"The reason why players prefer the Dipper may be due primarily to the better response of the concertina reeds. There are Dippers which are "less harsh" and "fit in better" too. "
Frank:At the risk of offending some concertina makers of "vintage-style" concertinas, no one makes concertinas like Colin, or ever has, for that matter. Without question, Colin makes the best concertinas that have ever been made, IMHO. However, I'm not sure that the concertina players that Tom surveyed were referring to response, but to Dipper's tone, which I believe, noone has surpassed. However, there is the all-pervasive prejudice that purists cling to that having two reed tongues per rectangular frame somehow makes them less responsive than a single tongue on a tapered frame. (I wonder if Tom's test was a "blind test"?) It all depends on how they are ground. I would certainly agree that accordion reeds intended for full size accordions may require a bit of effort, comparitively, to make them work, especially if they are not the premium hand-made reeds, but if they are ground differently they can be more sensitive than most anglo reeds found in old instruments. The tolerances between the best hand-made Italian reeds is closer than most antique reeds because of advances in technology. The "springiness" or resiliency of the steel in the reeds I have made for me surpasses all but Jeffries of all the antique concertinas. After 20+ years of tuning and repair I've seen many vintage concertinas. That leaves tone, which is a very subjective matter, and as someone has already said differs from instrument to instrument even from the same maker. That everyone will have to decide for themselves.