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  1. This makes perfect sense when you put it like that. Now I understand what maccannic meant when he said, Once you learn Irish music on an Irish-specific instrument, you can take that knowledge to other instruments (other concertina's in this case) that give you new capabilities and freedoms outside of Irish music per se. For you, Geoff, switching to an Anglo would be a little restrictive on your specific style of playing (am I on the right track?).
  2. I've read that as far as playing by ear, the Anglo is the best option. I really do want to explore Irish music, so I'm between Anglo and English at this point (at least as a starting instrument). Is the standard 48 button English variety reasonable for a beginner (is looking at less-button models a waste of money in the long run?)? Why is that?
  3. Hello! So here's my story: I have always loved Irish music. I recently crossed paths with a great Irish flute player who inspired me to give Irish music a shot. We discussed different types of instruments that I could learn, and he seemed really excited about the concertina. To be honest, I didn't even know what that was, so I spent the next several hours online watching the concertina in action on YouTube. Needless to say, I immediately decided that I wanted to play one. Now I want to make sure I'm on the right path: From perusing different forums around the web, the general consensus is that one needs to invest a little money in a decent instrument to start out with, and concertinaconnection.com came up in several discussions. I checked out their starter models and listened to various players on those three models (Jackie/Jack english, Rochelle anglo, and Elise duet). Does anyone have any personal opinions or experience with these models? My second question is in regards to which style to pursue. I've read lots of discussions on this very question, so I hope I don't open a can of worms here. I've been playing classical piano for about 15 years, and the button layout of the duet system seems to make the most sense to me because of the parallel nature of the fingerings (like playing two mini piano keyboards on their sides). Any thoughts? Is it also reasonable to assume that I would be able to play various styles (including Irish) on a duet system? I've heard people playing classical music on english systems, can duets do the same? Ok, I think that's all of my questions for now. Thanks for any help/advice!
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