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    Happily playing a Hayden-system Beaumont from the Button Box.
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    Georgia, USA

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  1. Very well! Kindly submit a review once you get to know your new box.
  2. The Rochelle by Concertina Connection was designed by a renowned company as a satisfactory introductory instrument. They have the technical know-how and experience to know which corners could be cut and which should not, and many of us, myself included, have started out successfully on the Rochelle and it's English and duet counterparts. Concertina Connection has an enviable reputation to protect, and the Rochelle will get you started properly just as they say it will. Who designed and built this bargain concertina? Do they stand behind it? Will those thin bellows folds hold up? Is it in tune? I don't know, and I think your odds of having a very sad introduction to the concertina are high. Why not purchase an instrument expressly designed for your situation, or rent one as suggested above? My best to you as you start your new musical adventure.
  3. I think an Anglo would a good choice. The push-pull nature of the right hand scale will be familiar, and that would be a big help. No concertina features the bass-note-and-chord pattern she is accustomed to, but this doesn't sound like a big problem. The left hand side of an Anglo offers a lower version of the right hand schema, so picking out your bass notes and chords would be a new skill, but on a keyboard with a familiar pattern, she wouldn't be starting from scratch. I'm thinking of a CG 30 button instrument because they are the most common Anglo configuration and would be capable of playing in many keys as can the button accordian. The button accordion has a nice logical plan for locating the chromatic scale, and the Angelo's third row will be new, but it features its own logic. Another advantage of an Anglo is it's size and weight. English and duet concertina both play the same note on push and pull, and while that presents a number of advantages, it requires twice as many reeds and more buttons and hardware for instruments of similar compass. Smaller and lighter would be a particular advantage in your case. Finally, Anglos are loved and played by many (well, many concertina owners anyway!) so music, instruction and encouragement is more readily available than in the duet world.
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    Wheatstone EC on Shop Goodwill

    I'm presently in Ontario, too. Kindly post the location if you are unable to go there.
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    Advice, please.

    I read somewhere on this forum that the Elise follows Mr. Hayden's carefully selected slant, spacing and button size, and I began on this instrument feeling that this would be the best place to start. Why not walk in the footsteps of giants? When I switched to the Beaumont - no slant, and larger buttons - I barely felt the bump. We're all different, but I wouldn't regard the construction differences among Haydens to be a major stumbling block if you later choose another configuration. And while expressing personal opinions, I feel that Mr. Hayden's keyboard concept is brilliant. Talented musicians play well in all systems, but the predictable and functional layout of this system is a joy under my fingers. Thank you!
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    Advice, please.

    Button Box in the US has a Beaumont which they keep on hand because they know people need to try them. Contact them to see if can arrange to send it to you. I played it and it was love at first squeeze - I traded my Elise on the spot and I'm still delighted with my Beaumont.
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    Please ignore the politics

    The only flaw I see is that Vlad should be playing a bayan. B griff, of course.
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    Hand Position

    I had the same problem when I started with a duet concertina, which has 4 rows and the same design "wrist" strap as your Anglo. The closest row felt cramped, and slipping my hand out of the strap a little bit felt insecure. I found that I had my straps too tight. Once set a bit looser, I can keep the strap where it belongs on the back of my hand, but I can advance my hand somewhat toward the farthest row or draw my hand back to access the closest row. Yes, I felt like I had a bit less control of the box with looser straps but I think I learned how to compensate with how I used my hand and wrist generally. And partly I think I just got used to it! I tried tightening the straps again after several months and didn't like it at all. I hope this helps, Ann. Daniel
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    Temperature conditions

    I recalled another fact from last summer: we traveled the whole summer in our RV and the Elise traveled along. While we have air conditioning while we camp, the trailer gets pretty hot while we were pulling it. The trailer thermometer maintains a minimum and maximum reading, and the trailer reached 101F at some point, and the Elise was fine. My Beaumont accompanies me on our travels this summer. Perhaps I'll bring it into our tow vehicle on our hottest travel days. Daniel
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    Temperature conditions

    My memory (!) of my Elise is that the internal wood is plywood, not likely to go wonky in the heat or humidity. Mine got into the 80's F with no hint of trouble. I'd have taken mine if we were camping together. Usual precautions - use the case, no sudden changes of temp or humidity, and no sunbathing! Glad you ordered the Beaumont. My first hours with my Beaumont after enjoying the Elise were magical. What a difference! Daniel
  11. I find that the discomfort I have in this area isn't contact with the metal loop, but rather the skin near my thumb knuckle gets pinched between the strap and the side of the wooden palm rest after the strap emerges front the loop on its way to the back of my hand. It's most evident when I play my Beaumont duet in Bb because my hand moves thumbward to play on that side of the keyboard. Could this be your problem as well? And if so, I can't offer a perfect solution, because I haven't addressed the issue as yet. However, if it annoys me enough to fix it, I would probably put a screw through the strap into the side of the palm rest. That would make the adjustment mechanism non-functional, but I don't change it any longer as the strap is where I want it. If it IS the loop, that same screw could be used, and the loop removed. If you ever wanted to adjust it a bit, leave a bit of the leather so the screw could use another hole. You might not want to modify a valuable antique, but a new wrist strap and some filler for the hole that would lie under the new strap would set it all back to factory specs. Daniel
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    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    Our audiences are our musical partners as well, and few members here would recognize the unmixed ITM session if it were presented. They will be happy to hear Scarborough Fair, and may enjoy the less familiar Drowsy Maggie and Fig for a Kiss as well.
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    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    The proper title is Shaking of the Sheets, recorded by Steel Eye Span. The lyrics begin: Dance, dance the shaking of the sheets, Dance, dance when you hear the piper. I've attached the music from www.thedancemacabe.org. The music is written "square" but is played with a strong swing like a hornpipe. Daniel
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    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    Eileen Og (or Oge) is found in The Session as Pride of Petravore. A composed song, you'll find multiple versions on YouTube. I couldn't find The Dancing of the Sheets in Google, either. It appears that "Dancing IN the Sheets" is some big popular song. I'll work on this - it's a song about the Black Plague (lots of fun!) and has a fine melody. I've known the tune forever and don't know where to find it... Daniel
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    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    OK. Looking for tunes harmonically similar and rhythmically different, then. A Fig for a Kiss? Aileen Og? The Dancing of the Sheets? Daniel