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  1. Moby Dick-"A Roving" on what appears to be an EC
  2. Hello Lucy, One of the French songs you mention in your op - La Mer has several accidentals in in (C#,G# & A#) so it may not sound exactly correct on your 20 button. I have yet to find a decent version of La Vie en Rose. If you have, would you mind sharing? If you need La Mer. I can scan my version and send it to you - I have ABC'd it below the notation. I also have Moon River-it's in C-no accidentals!
  3. Yep, skip the Minstrel and go directly to the Clover or Ceilli. You won’t regret it.
  4. Better eyes than mine!
  5. "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64" - sorry couldn't resist. Oh BTW, I'm 74. Crap!
  6. Personally, from what I've read in addition to having briefly played a Minstrel, I would save up for a Clover, Ceilli, or even an Edgley. You could always buy used too. The Minstrel is a good step up from a Rochelle, but you would see a big difference with the other listed ones and wouldn't feel the need to step up again for quite some time. That's my $.02
  7. I would agree. Comments such as that one would be better served in a PM.
  8. Yep, it's in C/G. Thanks, Ken.
  9. For sale is my refurbished (by Greg Jowaisas) Jones Anglo. It has new bellows, pads and valves (as needed). The button holes have been re-bushed and it was tuned to modern concert pitch. It plays easily and sounds wonderful. Selling to help fund an upgrade. Sale includes a Pelican case. Asking $1200 shipped (in the lower 48). PayPal only. Thanks for looking!
  10. In order to fund an upgrade, I’ve decided to sell my Edgley C/G hybrid. I am the second owner. It is in excellent + condition. The woods are maple and ebony. Bellows are air tight. Excellent tone and responsive and loud. Priced at $xxxx shipped in the USA. Payment through PayPal. Donation to C-net upon sale.
  11. + 1! However, if you can swing it I'd go with a Clover, Cielli, or Edgley. Those are just plain better and more user friendly. Just my $.02
  12. I agree with this. I forgot to note that my Jones (made in about 1895) was restored by Greg J. It plays as easily as the Edgley and way better than a Lachenal I once had.
  13. A different opinion. I started out on a Rochelle. After fighting it for a month (stiff bellows, stiff reeds, just seemed unwieldy), I swallowed hard and bought a used Edgley. Later on I bought a vintage Jones with 26 buttons(still have and play the Edgley). It has all the "accidentals" I have needed to date (2.5 years in), plays nicely and has a great tone. A 20 button may inhibit progress (or maybe that's all you'll ever need), so you may want to increase the budget a bit and explore something with more buttons. Just my $.02
  14. I'm always the cynical skeptic. No where on the web site does it say "Made in Germany". It say its a Geman Anglo concertina. No reference to place of manufacture. If the OP is really interested in buying up some of these, why not contact Liberty and state that and ask to see a photo of the guts or simply ask where it was made. Kinda looks asian to me. Just sayin'
  15. Well, someone thought it was what they wanted----it shows as "Sold"
  16. Bruce, that's a beauty! That burl is amazing. I hope it sounds as good as it looks!
  17. La Mer. Interesting to me in that it has more accidentals than just the C# that I’m used to as a fairly new player.
  18. Not sure what "retreat" you're planning to attend, but a lady had a Rochelle at the Noel Hill School last summer and she had a difficult time with it. I think the Minstrel will work well for you. Two years ago at the same school, one person had one and it seemed to be fine. Noel pretty much teaches cross row and takes exception to those who play along the rows in the class. So, if you plan to attend one of his classes you may want to practice that. Good luck with the switch over!!!
  19. While binge watching AMC’s Hell On Wheels during this stay at home deal, I noted the alcoholic reverend playing a 20 button (Scholer?) while hanging out with the Swede in season two. Chord playing only.....
  20. Don’t know how much Gary is asking, but his Edgley is very nice and as I recall plays easily. So, depending on price could be a good deal that could last you a long time before you would need an upgrade. They seem to hold their value pretty well too. BTW, good to see you on the forum Gary....
  21. Plus One on Greg! About 9 months ago I bought an old Jones 26 button C/G Anglo from Greg as a travel instrument. It had new bellows, and pads and some other stuff. The more I played it the more I became addicted to its tone vs my hybrid. I sent it back to have him even out the button throw, re-bush the button holes etc. In addition he fine tuned it and worked on some valves an other minor adjustments. All for a very reasonable cost. It arrived here yesterday and after about an hour of playing I am very pleased. Thanks Greg!
  22. Perhaps he will weigh in on this, but Bruce McCaskey told me when I first started playing to gradually work into it to attempt to avoid shoulder issues. I’ve had surgery on both so his advice was heeded. Especially with the beast of a Rochelle I started on...... if the pain persists, I would recommend a different orthopod, who will do more evaluation and perhaps an MRI to see the real issue and corrections. That’s my $.02
  23. I’m in the same place you are. About 2 years in. I’ve been to Noel Hill’s school twice, and have taken a few lessons in person from Bruce McCaskey. I can play about 30 tunes with most memorized partially or totally. I’m told I’m in about average for my time on the Anglo. I’m also told that I need to learn tunes by ear and on the fly. This from the local tune learning guru. I will admit I have only half heartedly tried this without success. I do think that this is the way to go and need to apply myself to it and would recommend you do the same no matter how intimidating it may seem. That’s my $.02; of course I’m a no talent hack.
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