I've read a lot of posts in this forum (thanks for all informations !) but this is my first topic here.
I'm a 38 years old french, who already play some instruments. I started with baroque recorder for ten years (even with tin whistle moments !), then switched to folk music with button accordion (currently a Castagnari Handry 18), try church organ (at home with a Viscount Cantorum VI), but still very tempted to learn Irish music (but not exclusively ! I saw the "Morris" or "shanties" words here and would be glad to know more).
For my incoming birthday, I will buy (or make family buy for me :-) ) an Anglo, that's for sure. But I can't count how many hours I spent in front of my laptop (I tried several times on my smartphone, but the Concertina.Net forums are not readable on it) trying to decide which one to choose ! So I ask here some advices or personnal experiences. The price would be roughly less than 500 - 600€
I first saw the Rochelle from Concertina Connection.
The pros seem to me the keyboard with Wheatstone positions and heights, riveted action (but what's this exactly ? For the pivots behind buttons ? For reeds connection with wood instead of glue ?).... but the cons are the weight and size, and seemingly the air hole being too small. I was tempted by the concertina for the very first reason : my button accordion is heavy and doing a push-pull fast on it is too much effort. Yes I could buy an Irish button accordion, but I want smaller and different :-)
The Tina (or Tina Swift) from Irish Concertina Company seem not so qualitative (czech reeds, buttons) and I don't find precise information on it.
The Wren 2 from McNeela seems ok, as I understood is a Chinese one reworked by McNeela with Italian reeds. The YouTube videos gave me the feeling that it's more responsive than the Rochelle. But still plastic "clunky" buttons.
All in all, three hybrids that make me feel somewhat uneasy. I come from accordion (italian tipo a mano reeds, semi-swing) and buying an instrument with "false" (no offense here) concertina reeds is perhaps not a good idea. So I'm looking to vintage concertinas, and some seem in my price range.
Using these names found in this very forum :
Chris Algar / Barleycorn concertinas : http://www.concertina.co.uk/
Theo Gibb / The Box Place : http://theboxplace.c...ry/concertinas/
David Robertson / Concertina restoration : https://www.concerti...ion.co.uk/anglo
Andy Norman : http://www.acnorman.co.uk/
it seem that we could afford a vintage but with 20 buttons only. For example these :
With some more money, it could be a 26 buttons :
Most of modern tutors (I will soon probably buy all Gary Coover books) are made for 30 buttons. I guess many tunes are in D or others, and require notes from third row. What do you think of it ?
Your comments and advices will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks !