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  1. I also have invested in a budget Rochelle to test the water. Problem is that presently there is a huge leap in cost to significantly upgrade. Whereas you can get a reasonable Melodeon for £1000, decent concertinas seem to be all £2000 +. Even well used old ones fetch silly money. Hence why Concertina Connections have made no frills instruments. Sigh!

  2. You should find the 30 button Anglo much more versatile than simple 20 button box as can play in nearly any key. Best technique, especially if you are used to Melodeon, is to play cross row, essentially using central C row and reaching for flat and sharps on other rows as needed, or to match RH with bellows direction if playing bass chords on LH. If you are used to a DG Melodeon in can be confusing because D is always pull and E is always push.

     

    I find that playing Concertina in a group is difficult because I cant hear my own instrument.

  3. As an experienced Melodeon player but novice Anglo player, I gave my Anglo its first outing in public tonight at Morris side practice. It was hard working keeping up and my forearms are feeling strained. that was just playing tune, no attempt at chords and basses.

    Lead musician assured me that it added a welcome new tone to our usual lineup of 3 or 4 melodeons and that I should persevere at it. Perhaps he was just being polite for Xmas.

     

    I also fancy a Duet, so got the Duettina App to play with on iPad. Jolly fun.

  4. Very nice. Not sure if you know of this over in USA, but here is how we do it in Lancashire, England.

     

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    7 Apr 2012 - Uploaded by Somewhereintheworl

    The Britannia Coconutters do their famous clog dance from morning til dusk all round their home ...

     

    Sorry, link didn't copy very well. Look up Bacup.Coconut Dance on YouTube.

  5. One thing not mentioned -volume. When I play melodeon in a group, especially outside, I can hear what I am playing and so can the audience. Play the concertina amongst other instruments and you can't hear it. Which is why you see many concertina players holding their boxes up to the sides of their heads. I am talking un-amplified of course. Which is why Accordians in their many varieties are used by Morris and Dance bands. Concertinas were developed for genteel ladies playing in the parlour and then taken over by solo singers, for which they are brilliant.

     

    BTW, for a beginner simple two row Melodeon is best as tend to be smaller and lighter. Pick the keys to suit what music you play, but for English Dance has to be D/G (with two straps)

  6. You would be welcome to be guest player with East Devon Folk Orchestra who meet on Monday evenings at Broadclyst, Nr Exeter. As I live in Sidmouth, I could even offer transport to the meeting. I play Melodeon in the orchestra but we have several concertina players. playing is both by ear and sight reading music.

     

    A treat you might like to attend will be a performance by West Country Concertina Band in Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth on evening of Monday 22nd Dec (in aid of Organ Restoration Fund). Sidholme Hotel is a converted Regency house with a wonderful Chapel now used as a Music Room. Perhaps contact me by PM if you want more details etc.

     

    Martin Pratt

    Sidmouth

  7. As a novice player myself, I recently bought a Rochelle Anglo. One of the reasons I bought this "beginners" box was because it has 7 fold bellows compared with other budget models which have less. It just seemed a better design. I have learnt since that more folds equate to more air in the bellows.

     

    interestingly, I am coming from a Melodeon background where nobody mentions how many folds are in bellows, perhaps because good Melodeon technique is to use minimum bellows movement.

     

    BTW, I see you are based in Brixham. Are you aware of West Country Concertina Players who have regular workshop days Nr Taunton? Also look up Folk Orchestra of Torbay (FOOT), one of WREN Music community groups.

  8. Have a listen to English Folk Dance tunes, especially English Morris music. Ideal music for Anglo Concertina or its cousin Diatonic Accordion. Listen to the playing of John Kirkpatrick amongst many others. English dance music generally played very punchy with a very strong emphasis on the beat.

     

  9. I would take issue with Maki's statement that Anglo is not fully chromatic. If you choose a 30 button (ie 3 row) Anglo, conventionally in C/G tuning, it is fully chromatic although sometimes conflicts occur in bellows direction between basses and tune for unusual keys.

     

    Generally advice is that if one is playing music off scores sight reading then English is best. If playing "folk" music by ear or memory then Anglo is best because allows for tune + chords.

     

    BTW, I had chance to try out a Hayden Duet recently - what a fabulous logical instrument with glorious rich sound but a bit of a beast for size.

     

     

  10. I discoverd why Rochelle is deeper from end plates to bellows than most better boxes. CC use a design where the reeds are mounted in blocks roughly perpendicular to the end plates i.e. Protruding into the bellows not arranged radially as per classic design. So more space is needed in the bellows.

     

    this does have the advantage that reed direction and synthetic valves mean that the box storage position is not critical. In fact best position is probably upright in gig bag, contrary to normal practice.

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