I just bought my first concertina. A rochelle, which I'm sure everyone is familiar with. It is a very well built, good sounding beginner instrument. My only comment would be that after playing it about 1-2 hours a day for the last few days, my shoulders are sore.
I really have to muscle this thing around. I dare say I think this would be a wonderful isometric workout device that could rival the thighmaster! Perhaps this is all normal, and like most new things, this too shall pass. Either that or I'm doing it totally wrong. Or perhaps the instrument will loosen up in time.
Since I have nothing to compare it to, are the higher end instruments less difficult on the pull? please advise. thank you