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  1. Thank you for your reaction :-) @M3838, that is a strong point I was not aware off. So I would say only buy a chinese concertina from someone you know ;-) Ok you got me and I won't buy one without trying....I was going to ! You are right, my Lachenal is a low end with 5 fold but very well restored ! I persevered and finally could get the tune down, so happy :-) I did need to do some changes like instead of playing 2 notes on one direction, I play 1 note in the other. Just to keep the tune flowing. @d.elliott: The sunrise concertina is made in china ;-) You are probably right too but I won't a chance to buy a bad one ;-) I still like the sound of that chinese concertina ! :-)
  2. Hello everyone, On this forum, I always read “stay away from Chinese concertina”… Then I stumble upon this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXJBuYxvZmU , I like it a lot ! And I have a Lachenal (which is said better) but I cannot play that tune, running out of air Look how long the below is on that Chinese concertina The sound is also pretty good for this style of music. My conclusion is that Chinese model can be a good choice… All depend on what you want to do ! I agree Irish tune won’t do it, but slow tune like this one above sound pretty nice with that warm and fuzzy sound. Some Chinese concertina might be better than other (Sunrise, Scarlatti, Steinbach…), I have no idea. So I say Chinese concertina does have some advantage That’s it ! J Nicolas
  3. Thank you Mjolnir and David ! I feel less lonely in this thread ha ha When buying my first concertina, this was the thread I was looking for...So I hope it can help future beginner. David Colpitts, I completely agree with your Elise description. I would add that the same fingering pattern in different key might also be frustrating as too few variation. For the Anglo, it is possible to find a different key on push/pull which will give a different feel/color to the tune ! Yes David Barnert, you are right ! I mentioned somewhere that it is possible to mimic the anglo with the push pull technique. But strangely enough, on all the duet videos I saw, nobody does that (of course probably not everyone's taste :-). Playing just on the right hand, applying this push/pull technique can give good result (and more fun). But playing on both hand...I don't know ! Probably depend on the style. My personal conclusion is: Both system are great but for 2 different kind of music ! Yes, the Elise is great for the price. And Duet concertina is fun and one can easily find the melody on the right hand. But playing with both hand is getting harder of course (Unless drone but can be a little boring).
  4. 4th impression : I feel I have more fun with the anglo ! The same tune (no ornamentation) on the Elise sound in 2D and 3D on an anglo... I guess it is the continuous push/pull that makes the tune so lively on the Anglo. So yes they are 2 different instruments. Anglo: The push/pull creates that dynamics (adding ornamentation is even greater). Elise: Adding the left side lower note is necessary (Drone, Polka, Waltz,...) to have fuller sound, but is less dynamic at the end. Both are great, clearly for 2 different style.
  5. To tell you the truth, I remember sending a message to the TheMusicRoomOnline on youtube, but have no idea where this message is and how I can check if answered lol
  6. Mmm I think your are somehow right. Still strange that the video of Chantal Noppen demonstrating the Jackie is still online and uploaded by a user named TheMusicRoomOnline :-) And that channel does have lot's of videos... But the demonstration of Jack concertina is missing...why !!!!??????
  7. Thank you ceemonster, I feel less lonely now :-) Nice tune there, would love to hear the concertina version... I send a message to concertina connection via youtube but no answer yet :-/ I'll try via concertina connection site... Yes, it's a real mystery why those videos just vanished. Best
  8. Thanks Alex, yes same channel, good idea I should start from there :-) Meanwhile, if someone had the chance to download it, I would greatly appreciate if they can send it to me (even as mp3) :-) Best
  9. Hello everyone ! I remember seeing a video on youtube of Chantal Noppen demonstrating the Jack Baritone Concertina... It was this link I believe : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALqNzEDCKnE&fmt=18 But it just vanished now !! And no trace at all on internet. I really liked this tune and her interpretation. Anyone knows what tune it was ? Or have download it and can send it to me ? Thank you for your help !! Nicolas
  10. Third impression: Really love the Hayden Duet system :-) Also I choose the left hand to work the below, it greatly improve the right hand which is doing more "complex" stuff (spider :-). Also I think this Duet is more relaxing (vs push/pull on Anglo). So I choose the Duet over the Anglo, sorry for Anglo aficionado ;-) The Elise probably does not have the best sound/action but it still pretty much doing the job and its lots of fun ! Maybe in a few years, we'll find a medium range Hayden system. Nicolas
  11. Concerning my question "Wondering for the duet: Should the push/pull done with the right hand or left hand like a diatonic accordion ?", Never mind, from the youtube video in initial post, I see the left hand is the chosen one :-) So i'll go with that. You are right rebus ! That is the main problem with the Hayden duet. Eventually the Elise can be tuned up with new buttons, new reeds, new bellow...
  12. My second impression: I hear that all buttons are not "equal". Some takes more air (not necessarily the higher or lower) or no sound coming out. I have a feeling the reason might be because it is brand new and reeds need to work themselves out...(hope so !). Angle of bellows might also have something to do with it...(but it is very sensitive then). I added 2 more holes in the strap, right hand feels tighter/better now. Wondering for the duet: Should the push/pull done with the right hand or left hand like a diatonic accordion ? I find out the tune I was playing that "hurts" my right hand is played in harder part of the layout: the right side of the buttons layout which activate a lot the pinky (Unfortunately not possible in other key, so I leave that tune for the future :-) On second impression, the number of buttons is more than enough, at least for a beginner. More button would be harder to reach !! Improvisation: I understand what Anglo-Irishman means, on the same row, you take any notes on the push/pull and won't sound out of tune ;-) After a while you can find the right note more easily... I tried both concertina this week end and had a lot of fun with Anglo, you are right completely different instrument. Yes some tune are much easier (and sound better) and the anglo :-) I shouldn't decide between one or the other, but have fun with both :-) Time will tell. The Hayden is very intuitive for improvisation and also can have longer note….
  13. Thank you Don ! Like you the problem is more on the right hand, strange !! Good idea, I will raise it a bit and see how it work... Else I just make one more hole... Ha ha great idea for the commission, it is true there aren't too much video with the Elise concertina. Let's hope for the Minstrel equivalent but I think the Duet sale is far behind the Rochelle and Jackie....maybe on day but now I have a few years with the Elise anyway !
  14. Hello, I finally received the duet Elise from concertina connection J “But he bought an anglo concertina 6 weeks ago !?” Yes that’s true but while I really liked the anglo concertina, I wanted something more versatile. Have to say, I never looked too much for the duet concertina as I read somewhere it is harder to learn… Then I saw this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djQCJqOSA-U which make me look again into the Elise ! I just play it a couple of hours and I am already impressed ! The overall quality seem very good for the price, even the strap leather does not look cheap. The note on the right side sound very sweet, really like it ! The bass note on the left sound much better than expected (It does sound better with a note on the right hand than alone). It is bigger than the 20 buttons anglo but that’s ok, I can deal with that. It sound loud. Bellows is stiff, a good sign for a new concertina J The bellows being stiff, I probably need to push/pull more than necessary… After a few try: I could get quite easily a melody on the right hand, lots of fun. Need to play with the bellows (push/pull) to make the tune more soulful, this is more difficult than I though. While it is automatic on the anglo (you need the note !), I have to think about it on the duet. Again just 2 hours of playing. I tried some easy played slow Irish tune and I can see it is possible to mimic the anglo but probably not with the same result. Also tried a tune with one drone note, also easy as the drone finger does not have to move J It does take more air of course… Also tried a waltz left hand rhythm and melody on right, this is also more difficult than I though ! (coming from an Anglo where I can play the tune “easily”). Because of button placement I need to get used to. But I could get the tune (with error) after a while. Also tried some counterpoint tune…just killing J I won’t have time ever for that. I will stick to right hand tune trying to add soul, Drone tune, some blues and waltz, and other Beirut stuff J. My concern/small issue is the strap length !! I screwed the pin to make the strap shorter, I have big hand and it is still too large. So of course it was not very comfortable…I guess I have to add more holes in the strap…but then I imagine 90% Elise owner have this problem !? I can already see having both system (Anglo and duet) is not a good idea: Bellows technique, buttons placement, finding notes… So I still have to make a choice between those 2. And I’ll probably choose the Duet for the versatility and easier to improvise as many scales are possible. Coming from guitar world (first instrument), the possibility for improvisation is essential for me to keep interest. To play fast Irish tune, the anglo is definitively the right choice. Nicolas
  15. Well played Jody Kruskal ! I really like that sound, round low notes. Why not put some quality reeds like that on a cheaper concertina, would it make sense ? Best
  16. He he Tarquin Biscuitbox, we had the same idea ! I don't have the Elise yet (but on its way here !), I let you know what I think. As I understand from this thread, it is not possible to put "lower note" reeds (like Baritone) as chamber is too small. But it is possible to put same pitch reeds which is good news. Meanwhile I saw on Connection site that they even explain how to do it ! Thanks inventor, I wonder if kit sold by Wim Waker are of better quality than the one already set in Elise...I'll probably ask someday when I feel like changings reeds lol First thing is to test the Elise….but it is always good to know it’s possible to change reeds in the future ! Nicolas
  17. Thank you RP3 for the clarification ! (Personally I am not looking for a Dippers concertina ).
  18. Can't help but I have the same question :-) If I buy a cheap concertina like the Elise (duet) from connection, will I be able to change reeds to a better quality reeds ? And where to find them :-) What concertina do you imply ?
  19. That is crazy !! Apparently it was sold for $6,495.95, with no description except this "One of the reeds came loose inside and needs to be opened and reattached.". It's true that I don't really know the value of "dipper" …What justify that price !?
  20. Hey TimTim....I already ordered the Elise, I can't wait !!! (about 6 weeks to get here grrr). In Concertina range, this seem the perfect instrument for me. Unfortunately, I don't have much time to learn a new instrument and the Hayden layout is very intuitive and easy (same shape of chords fingering all around the 2 side !! Never heard of this isomorphic layout before). I can easily see myself playing around some simple "medievalesque" melody with a drone note :-) The video above is just awesome, I get back to it a lot ! Yes I did some research and find out exactly there are no middle range for the duet...but that's ok because concertina is kind of my second instrument and won't have time to invest a lot ! Agree with the app, that was a little tease ;-) But still I don’t' like the continuous exchange between left/right side...I find that stressful lol. Eventually we can meet so you can try the Elise to make up your mind ;-) Nicolas
  21. Yes huge gap between those 2 ! (I can easily imagine lol) Choice of tune by Edel Fox on OIAM are very good taste I think. Have fun !
  22. Hello Gorwel, Here is my opinion on the Wren 2. Keep in mind that I am a beginner and my only reference is 20 buttons Lachenal (for 3 weeks). I can already say that comparing the Wren 2 and Lachenal would not be fair. Should be compared to a similar concertina like the Rochelle... From the outside, nothing special (probably like the Rochelle). Leather strap look kind of cheap but can easily be replace if necessary. Size is good as you can see on the video (not huge) and not too heavy, again this the first 30 buttons in my hand so I can’t compare J Buttons seem of good "quality" and I think won't stick like we often hear for Hohner concertina. I heard a small click sound but nothing special or disturbing. Below is kind of stiff but probably because it is brand new. It has better air volume than my Lachenal: For the same tune, I reach the extremity with my Lachenal and was good with the Wren 2. Sound is more synthetic than Lachenal, again it is brand new so I think reeds will soften with time. It is louder than my Lachenal which was a good point. My lachenal sounded pretty shy after...(So I tend to go back to the Wren :-) Middle range note sound quite good and with an acceptable response/sensitivity. I (really) didn't like the lower note, and you need to push the button all the way to hear something. But beginner tune mostly play in middle range. I never use higher note (my ears !) so I can't really tell. Overall, I think this concertina is not junk (like Chinese stuff, again but reading internet, not really my opinion) but is not as good as my expectation (coming from Lachenal). It as a 3 years warranty which is a strong point and probably a gage of solidity. The Wren does not have many concurrent so I would say at this price for a very first concertina, this should do it ! The most important aspect for me is the sound and sensitivity. Since I already have a Lachenal at home...I'll stick to it the warm tone and good sensitivity. Hope that help !
  23. Thanks TimTim ! I already have an Anglo Lachenal 20 buttons which I really enjoy J I can’t afford a 30 buttons so I was looking for the Rochelle…This week end, I discovered on internet the Elise duet Hayden concertina, I have to say I am completely attract to it lol (even just to learn this tune ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djQCJqOSA-U). Yes I already subscribe to OIAM, nice tune there ! (for anglo). For the Jackie, I didn’t consider it… I have an app called “Englitina” on my smartphone, great app which is a virtual English concertina . After a few try, I had severe headache J Could not find the note for an easy tune and even when I got it down (with many mistakes), my brain completely forgot it in next try J So not intuitive to me. Best
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