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  1. This is probably because of the return policy...But maybe he will accept if you make it sure you won't send it back... But Chris is a man of value so not sure it will work.
  2. Also heard good thing about the Marcus ! And one is for sale at Barleycorn πŸ˜‰
  3. Hi PaulDa321, no sorry never tried the Phoenix...It was on my "eventually wanted" list...but then gave up just because it felt strange to play Irish with a concertina made in China.
  4. Hello Peter, I once got The Clare and the Clover (not at the same time) so maybe I can help...from memory ! It is all very personal so maybe it will help, maybe not. Once owned the Clare and the Morse Ceili at the same time and had to choose one...it was a though choice. I did prefer the sound of the Clare but the Morse was much louder and bigger (large hand) and faster player (not me ;-)). Finally kept the Morse because of the louder sound that filled the room and also very light and faster. But then I sold it because the tone wasn't my taste; I did regret a bit the Clare. Anyway, this is to say I really enjoyed the Clare. I also really liked the Clover but sold it because the air button was kind of hard to reach...not sure why ! Maybe a bit misplaced or maybe because the hand strap was very thick (I think this is the reason). The Clover and the Clare are quite different...Here is a quick comparison (from what I remember πŸ˜‰) : * The Clare : - Smaller than the Clover. I have big hand and it didn't bother at all. - Sound doesn't project as much as the Clover. It is kind of loud but not sure how to explain, it doesn't feel like it fills the room. - Tone is kind of sweeter, I want to say closer to a real concertina (meaning not a hybrid). * Clover : - Sound is Crisper than the Clare, louder, bigger size. It also has a nice tone but different, brighter. If you need to be heard (session...), I would choose the Clover. In a more intimate setting, I would choose the Clare (but still loud πŸ˜‰ If I had to choose today between one of them, I would choose the Clare because I liked the sound and air button was easy to reach (for me). Both seems of very good quality. Don’t know your background and goal, both are a good choice but will probably not be your last concertina ! But a huge step up from the Rochelle πŸ˜‰ Nicolas
  5. The CD Tripping from the Well made me want to start double reed concertina πŸ™‚
  6. I received a quite fast response from Sean πŸ™‚ Very kind. He will look if he can resurrect an old copy... Crossing finger....
  7. Thank you Leah pointing out this cd ! I love it (from the samples above). Now also looking for a copy...I emailed him...let's wait and see. Nicolas
  8. Anyone know if the cd is still available ? Or if someone has a copy for sale ? Thank you !! Nicolas
  9. When I was saying "you don't always know which key they are playing in", I was talking about the concertina πŸ˜‰ Maybe I should have written in which position they are playing. What I usually do is to transcribe the tune as played then with abc online tune transposer (https://www.abctransposer.de/), I change the key to see which one is closest (meaning flow like) to the tune I hear. For exemple, some triplet ornamentations flows very well in one key but not the other...it's a match ! then I know they are playing with a C/G or a Bb/F or...Not always easy but fun πŸ™‚ Hope it is clear... Best
  10. Yes that is not always easy from a recording because you don't always know which key they are playing in... Ornamentation can give some clues to where they are playing on the concertina. You can also eventually hear the change of bellow direction. Finding the way to play it is the harder part !! But a lot of fun πŸ™‚ Nicolas
  11. Hi Sean, sorry it is not laminated ! Maybe you could try 3D print Jay's concertina, I believe it will resist all weather conditions πŸ™‚ He can create 20b or 21b or 26b or…he is very creative. Best
  12. Beautiful concertina !! I would choose the same, vintage's concertinas have something special. I would really like to hear it if one day you feel like putting a record... Enjoy ! Nicolas
  13. Wow thank you for that in depth review ! So welcome. And you seem to be sooo happy, great for you !! and very tempting of course πŸ™‚ I am finally getting used to a 30b, or getting to understand the advantages (for Irish)... But yes so many tunes can be played on a 20b, and the extra button is great. I wonder why he does not had an extra on the left side too with a Bb...maybe the reeds are larger and no extra room for the size... Best Nicolas
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