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Upgrade From Wren To What?

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#1 larryjhs



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Posted 23 December 2017 - 05:33 AM



I've been playing for about a year now, slow and steady, bad memory, I need to read the tablature, but I know that the 30 key c/g Wren I have is physically SLOW when it comes to the bellows  and keys which are tight in letting air out  and playing faster. I know this because I picked up an old 20 key Lachenal that I posted about some time back and she runs fast, very fast.


I don't have all the money in the world to spend...any recommendations?  Is the Phoenix any good ? Is there anything else worthwhile under $2000USD?

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 02:06 PM

Here's a possibility: http://www.concertin...om/minstrel.htm I haven't played this model, but I like their Clover Anglo.  See http://www.concertin...=19864&p=185695 for a bit more info about the Minstrel model.


You also may be able to find a restored 30-key mahogany ended Lachenal within your price range - but be aware that the lower-end Lachenals sometimes (not always) can have slow-to-respond reeds.

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 04:45 PM

Here's a video of the new Concertina Connection Minstrel being played:


Edited by palacinky, 08 March 2018 - 01:03 PM.

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