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  1. Thanks Geoff, that was a quick reply. I could be very interested in your Elise. I have been looking for a UK instrument for a few weeks now, but none are available at the moment. I realise you might not be sure of a realistic price, but if it's OK, I'll 'PM' you and we can try and sort out something ?
  2. Is Brian still active in the 'Concertina world' ? It's been a while since I've seen anything posted about him.
  3. After a fair bit of research on the relative merits of English v Hayden Duet as a Beginners model, I have now decided to look for a secondhand Elise. As someone who has never played ANY type of concertina (Anglo, English or Duet), I won't have to 're-learn' a particular style (which seems to be the main criticism with the Hayden Duet), just need an easy starter instrument. The new price of £300+ is a little steep for me as a beginner, but a used Elise, for a little less money, could be a good introduction. Are there any Elise's out there at the moment ? I see there were a couple in 2014.
  4. As part of my 'continuing quest' to find an inexpensive English concertina for learning, I have come across a secondhand Stagi A-18 at a decent price. Immediately, I thought, "that could be a good starters concertina" and did a bit of research. Many Members here (lmc, Mike French, ladyhealer, Johanna, MatthewVanitas, conzertino and Delbert Blackletter) have said a number of good things about the model over the last few years. My concern, is it a bit TOO simplistic and a bit limiting in the range of tunes & songs it can play ?! 18 buttons is not many - and while I'm sure that might be good for a beginner, I wonder whether it might soon become 'redundant' as experience improves and there will be a need to quickly move on to another instrument (and consequently, it would be a bit of a waste of money). Alternatively, does it's 'simplicity' become an attraction as it's easy to transport and play. A few have said, it's main limitation is the fact that you can only play in C, D & G keys, but is this really a major restriction for most English / Folk tunes & songs ? Also, what is quality on such a basic Stagi like ? Some on here will have seen my comments about the used Scarlatti SCE-30 I bought. 2 misaligned buttons constantly sticking and one jamming in the frame permanently. That went back and I got my refund, but I don't want to go through it all again ! ANY comments would be appreciated, before I commit to buy.
  5. Does anyone have a used Jack Baritone English available for sale ? I would also consider a Jackie or an Elise Hayden Duet. I have had a few problems trying to find a decent 'Beginners' Unisonoric - and ended up with a Scarlatti SCE-30, where the low 'C' and the upper 'G' kept constantly sticking (and even refused to pop out at all until I wiggled the thumb rest with some gusto). I know (now !), it IS a common problem with the Scarlatti. Anyway, it's gone back to Amazon and a refund SHOULD be forthcoming. So now I am looking for a reasonably priced English or Duet - and the Concertina Connection models SEEM the best bet. Information on any such Concertinas available would be appreciated - as would comments on the quality of CC range (for someone in my position - I know that generally, "you do get what you pay for" !). Thanks.
  6. This sounds as if you have a 30-button English that's not a Jackie or Jack. I know that's possible, though I haven't seen any for decades. If you do, I'd be curious about the details. It's a Scarlatti SCE-30. Pretty basic I know, but I just wanted a cheapish model to get to learn the English. I think the button arrangements are different from the Jackie, but I don't know how easy it is to relate the two, until I see that Tutor book. If anyone knows the Scarlatti, are there any other Tutors that could be used - if not another for the 30, perhaps one of the '48's' (Butler, Wade or Watson) that can be easily adapted ? If any of the notes that are there on your Scarlatti are not the same as those in the same position on the Jackie -- or any standard 48-button English -- then your instrument is put together wrong. I'm sure Scarlatti didn't make as standard a different note arrangement, so you won't -- and shouldn't -- be able to find a tutor to match your instrument. If the locations of some of the reeds have been carelessly exchanged, it might be possible to switch them back to where they should be, though that's not nearly as simple as exchanging the positions of strings on a guitar. If notes in various locations aren't just exchanged but are simply wrong, then you have a bigger problem, and one that will likely take more money to correct than the instrument is worth. But you say "I think". Why are you not sure? Compare each note on your Scarlatti with a standard 48-button chart, and find out. Then report back to us. If there are indeed differences, we should be able to advise you what to do about that. And if there are no differences, then you can just start to work with a standard tutor... e.g., the Butler tutor, which can be downloaded for free. I say, "I think", because it hasn't arrived yet ! It was ordered last week and delivery is expected any day. The only way I think the Scarlatti is different from the Jackie, is by comparing the pictures of the two on the Hobgoblin website - the button layouts vary. When I get it, I'll do as you suggest. All I wanted to do, prior to its' arrival, was to try and track down suitable Tutors, so that I can get learning as quick as possible.
  7. This sounds as if you have a 30-button English that's not a Jackie or Jack. I know that's possible, though I haven't seen any for decades. If you do, I'd be curious about the details. It's a Scarlatti SCE-30. Pretty basic I know, but I just wanted a cheapish model to get to learn the English. I think the button arrangements are different from the Jackie, but I don't know how easy it is to relate the two, until I see that Tutor book. If anyone knows the Scarlatti, are there any other Tutors that could be used - if not another for the 30, perhaps one of the '48's' (Butler, Wade or Watson) that can be easily adapted ?
  8. Where are you in the world? If you're in the UK you can have one of mine (I've got a Jackie and a Jack, so two copies of the book) for the price of postage. PM me if that suits! Wow, Steve that was quick reply. I am in the UK. I'll PM you with my address etc. Thanks - concertina.net comes up trumps again !
  9. Can anyone recommend ANY Tutorial books which cover the 30 button English. The only one I can find, is the 'Jackie & Jack' Tutor, which normally comes only with purchase of their Concertinas. As far as I can ascertain from Bookseller Product Descriptions, all the established English Tutors (Butler, Wade, Watson etc) only deal with the 48 button and don't even have the key diagrams for the 30, let alone any practices or tunes. I think Alistair Anderson's CD Tutorial is also the same. There was a Tutor by an American listed, Richard Carlin, but I can find no description of what that covers.
  10. I would like to buy a (used or new) Jackie & Jack Tutorial book for the 30 button English concertina.
  11. A friend has an (old - possibly Victorian or Edwardian) 48 button English Concertina. The only labelling on it is a Registration number and the wording, "Manufactured for H. Withington, 157 Clofton Street, Hulme". He would love to know a bit more about it. Were Withington's manufacturers or simply a Music Shop selling Concertinas on. He thinks it must be the latter, as he can find no reference to a Withington's as a maker. Does anyone know anything this instrument - or can point us in the direction of a possible make. Neither of us are great at posting photos online, but if it would help, we could try and do that. Thanks, in anticipation.
  12. I bought it (cheapish, so took a gamble) online at the weekend - there are / were pictures (and it is indeed a 20 button). It was described as an 'Anglo Chromatic' which I queried with the seller (as I thought that was a contradiction - I always understood an 'Anglo' to be a Diatonic). The seller responded that the box clearly says Anglo Chromatic and it does play the same note 'in and out'. I bought it on the basis of what was said - I was looking for an English. I Googled the model and there was a reference to Barcarole producing some concertinas, "in the English style". I expect it to be delivered in the next couple of days, so will let you know what the outcome is ! It has arrived and as most on here have said, it is a 20 button Anglo. I'm a bit disappointed as I did want an English, but I'll have a think as to whether to keep it, or sell on. It was a reasonable price, but I could put any money I get towards an English. Comparing it to a picture of a Hohner D40, it looks exactly the same. I've done a bit more research since and there was a post somewhere (I can't remember where) that Hohner imported them into the UK from Germany in the 80's, many were branded Barcarole. Apparently Hohner used to 'tidy them up' in the UK, before selling (whatever that involved ?!). Perhaps they branded some of these imports as Hohner's ? Anyway thanks for all your help and advice, guys.
  13. I'd wait to see what arrives. Your description seems very unlikely. Were there any pictures? The term "anglo chromatic" should properly be used only to describe anglos which have more buttons than 20, the extra buttons providing the accidentals missing from the 20-button layout. (Where did you buy it, that "they" labelled it so?) Meanwhile, the English differs from the anglo in more than just having the same note on push and pull. Thanks for the quick reply Jim. I bought it (cheapish, so took a gamble) online at the weekend - there are / were pictures (and it is indeed a 20 button). It was described as an 'Anglo Chromatic' which I queried with the seller (as I thought that was a contradiction - I always understood an 'Anglo' to be a Diatonic). The seller responded that the box clearly says Anglo Chromatic and it does play the same note 'in and out'. I bought it on the basis of what was said - I was looking for an English. I Googled the model and there was a reference to Barcarole producing some concertinas, "in the English style". I expect it to be delivered in the next couple of days, so will let you know what the outcome is !
  14. I've just bought a 20 button "Anglo Chromatic" concertina, which, from all the bumff seems to be the same as an English (ie unisonoric, playing the same note in and out). Is there a difference - if so, why are they labelled so ? It is a Barcarole instrument - from the research I've done, that seem to be an East German company (well known in the Accordion world apparently), who imported into the UK in the 70's and 80's through Hohner. Hohner 'tidied' them up and improved them for the UK market. The concertina is being shipped, so I might know more when it arrives (it is in it's original box), but any information Members might have on this model, would be appreciated.
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