Re my previous discussion concerning differing woods imparting a different tone.
I have completed the 5/12 concertina with the King Billy Pine reed board, so now can compare with the Huon Pine. In all regards, other than the reed boards, the instruments are identical in size, construction and materials.
There is a difference in the sound, although hard to detect on a recording.
The King Billy pine is an exceptionally soft wood, the Huon Pine is about the density of Macrocarpa Pine. As a player, a subtle difference is: the King Billy, especially in the mid range and up the treble -- the sound is softened compared to the Huon. I have left a sampler on Sound Cloud:
As said, the difference is small, my son says about both instruments, "They both sound just like concertinas to me". The Better Half declares the softer King Billy is the more pleasant instrument, "Mellow and not as strident in the higher register." I on the other hand have to be bending over the instruments to note the difference, unfortunately my iPad mic is possibly not sensitive to due justice to tonality. The recording has been made in the kitchen with all effects turned off.
The Sound Cloud recording starts with the Huon Pine instrument, in the second section of the track, just before i play individual note on both instruments it is king Bill, followed by individual notes.
Please accept apologies for my poor musician skills.
Edited by David Hornett, 08 February 2018 - 09:33 PM.