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  1. I was googling various modern concertina makers and found this place in Dublin: https://irishconcertinacompany.com/ I like the look and sound of their instruments- they sound amazing and seem to play well. Has anyone had any experience with them- any owners of their products recommend them?
  2. @ hjcjones I've been playing DG melodeon for well over 20 years now and find no difficulty in playing G tunes on the D row. I can literally play the instrument upside-down and so can't imagine being fazed by inversion of the two rows, Having had experience with anglos in the past I'm also used to the differences between the note arrangement of concertina vs melodeon. As for converting or ordering a c#/d/g box, while the thought has crossed my mind, having owned both a castagnari mory and a hohner corona III at different points in my life I can unequivocally state that I am less than a fan of b
  3. Thanks all for your replies so far- I wasn't aware my proposed layout would put a potential instrument in the baritone range- which would, as you rightly point out, raise the cost, perhaps considerably. I think I may revise the note ranges slightly- I doubt I'd need to go beyond G3 in a session. @Tradewinds Ted that's definitely an interesting take on the idea; my original vision was indeed to have an instrument that felt familiar to me as a box player, but one that felt like two distinct systems- having the d and c# right next to eachother makes sense to me coming from melodeon- I wou
  4. @Little John Thanks for your response. I have tried, struggled, given up on, tried again and struggled again (repeat ad nauseum) with the c/g system and it just doesn't seem to stick no matter what I do. I daresay the g/d tuning may well be the answer; after 20 plus years on the D/G box this tuning is what comes most naturally.
  5. @alex_holden Thanks for your response; would you be able to say how much, if any, extra work it would involve? IIRC when I contacted Frank Edgley about the possibity of using this tuning, he mentioned something about having to re-work the design for the reed pan.
  6. Some time last year I had some money burning a hole in my bank account and I thought I'd ask Frank Edgley to make me a concertina. Long story short- my budget at the time was, unfortunately, incompatible with my desired options (though I will admit, as I did in a further email to Mr. Edgley, I did ask for rather a lot without thinking about the amount of extra labour it would involve). I would still like an Edgley concertina one day (sufficient funds pending) though with something of a shorter list of options. Anyway. The point of this post was to mention that I had it in my head that I wanted
  7. No answer so far; it's been a good few hours now. Doesn't look like anything's going to happen at this rate.
  8. Sent an email to Frank Edgley hoping to discuss potential options for a custom concertina; haven't heard back in several hours. Don't know if a wait is expected or not; though I would imagine he's quite busy filling orders etc. Just wondering if anyone here knows as I'm quite keen to hear back from him.
  9. Now sold via external website
  10. Now lowering the price to £1000- your chance to grab a 60 key extended treble for a bargain! Only £30 postage anywhere in mainland UK
  11. Putting this back up for sale here: a Lachenal New Model 60 key extended treble. A quality, classic, vintage Lachenal instrument dating from the 1930s. The treble range extends upwards beyond the range of a 48 key, with the very highest A having been converted to an air button. Bought from Barleycorn Concertinas a few months ago for £1450, going now for only £1150 o.v.n.o. with postage to anywhere in the mainland uk for only £30.00 (or, if you're nearby, you're more than welcome to collect in person!) . In great condition; looks very smart and plays extremely well with a smooth action and love
  12. I paid £1450 for it. I did ring Chris Algar for a reminder as I'd forgotten the final price. I let it slip that I was putting it on the forum here and he made no offer to buy it back from me; in fact he sounded offended, so I am assuming that that is not an option, and I'm not interested in another concertina.
  13. Hi, I double checked just now and it does indeed end with a (very high) A. I wonder why the range goes so far up- I'd think there would be enough range in the first two octaves to play pretty much anything. As for the air button, the pattern of notes is so fiddly up that end of the keyboard it's hard to tell exactly what I'm hitting. Chris Algar included a note with the concertina when it first arrived that mentioned which reeds had been removed, but I seem to have misplaced it.
  14. Hi, I can confirm the note range is extended upwards. I believe it goes two octaves beyond the normal range, though admittedly I know very little about the technical side of these instruments.
  15. It's mostly to do with the arrangement of notes in the English system, yes. I find that many tunes I play nowadays require quite complex fingering patterns and quite a bit of thinking about which finger has to end up where in order to play the next phrase. It reminds me of struggling with the piano accordion. I have to admit that after playing an anglo concertina for a while, and comparing the two systems, I much prefer the anglo for ease of access to all notes without having to contort my hand into odd positions to play passages on the lower part of the scale. The concertina it
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