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  1. Hello Caroline, How do you like this? I think I am used to the tablature system that Gary uses. Enjoy! Totani
  2. SCDITT, Tina Swift of the Irish Concertina Company is more or less equivalent to McNeela Swan, isn't it? I have an impression that It is rather a sturdy instrument. (I used to have a McNeela Swan) It would not be a bad idea buy a gig bag (or soft bag) to carry your Tina Swift on your bike. If you can spend good amount of money, Fuselli sells a well-padded softbag for concertina. http://www.manifatturefuselli.com/AccordionBagsOther.aspx A coolerbag for cans of beer could also work all right. I would not recommend putting a strap on a hardcase itself. The case doubles the weight and may end up breaking the strap or fittings, or, the case could open by accident when you carry on your bike. If I were to be on a bike, I would just put the hardcase in a backpack with tough straps. Happy busking! Totani
  3. Or if you want to start with a simple arrangement of Bach, Rochelle would work all right.. I played this on Rochelle-2 Anglo Concertina.
  4. I agree. That is what Wim Wakker suggested. However there are several outstanding performance of Bach played on an Anglo. Very few can reach up to this level.
  5. Glad to know that my suggestion helped you make up your mind on what to do and what not to do. Listening to good perfomances would always be a good idea. Enjoy! When you win a Jackpot, go for Jeffries!
  6. Hello, melasOnos, It would be difficult to buy a 30 button Lachenal "at a great deal". If a Lachenal looks like at a bargain price, you should assume that it has some defects or trouble and would cost you a lot to bring it to playable condition. 24 or 26 button Lachenal from a reliable dealer could be an option, as they tend to be lower-priced than 30 button instruments. For example, a 26 button Lachnel sold at Barleycorn is priced at 750GBP, which is competitve price to a McNeela Swan. https://concertina.co.uk/stock-selection/anglo-concertinas/lachenal-26-key-anglo-in-c-g-with-steel-reeds/ I used to hav a McNeela Swan. It is not a bad instrument for its price, but I am sure you would be tempted to upgrade to a better instrument in less than a year. McNeela offers trade-in program, but trade-in value is not very high. The trade-in price they offerd was not very high and I sold the Swan to my friend instead. I do not have a Rochelle, but I do not read any bad impression or rumors on the net about it, execpt for being a bit slow and very bulky. Concertina Connection offers a trade-in program for upgrading to Concertina Connection's higer grade instrument, and the trade-in value is 100% of your purchase price. That means, you can upgrade to Minstrel, Clover and Wakker Concertinas in the future without losing any money. Recently introduced Rochelle-2 is a bit pricy but about the size of satndard concertinas. Ducklings could be another option to get started cheap, but the current waiting time is something like 16 months. I started from Concertina Connection's Minstrel with Wakker Bellows upgrade. It was far beyond my expected budget, but I am quite happy that it was my first instrument. After 3 1/2 years, I still enjoy plyaing it and have no idea of letting it go. Have a happy concertina life! Totani
  7. Hi, Martin. Thanks for the sheetmusic. I enjoy it a lot! Totani https://twitter.com/gtotani/status/1436109050232533010?s=20
  8. Ha ha ha, Kato san found you play Ryo's work on bilibili, and shared it on Twitter. Ryo-san is now aware that you have uploaded your interpretation of his work, and he is quite happy. Keep playing!
  9. Very, very interesting! (As a Japanese, I do recognize chinese characters)
  10. I really want to believe that China-made McNeela instruments are adjusted in Ireland before being shipped worldwide. But let me tell you what's happened last year. A batch of instrument which a shop in Japan imported last year from McNeela had some reeds beeswaxed otherway round. The shop claimed, and the reaction of McNeela was to send back an email with instruction how to fix them, without any apology (according to the shop). Could it happen if they were adjusted in Ireland? What can an individual user do if he/she is just a beginner and not accustomed to concertinas? This is one reason I cannot trust and recommend McNeela brand concertina. Well, I would say it is not a bad experience to remove the beeswax, turn over the reed and rewax it again airtight. There is no doubt that it is good to know how to maitain and take care of your own instrument. Totani
  11. Fifer1mr, Good luck on your mission in Antarctica! I am pretty sure that McNeela music will not sell concertina parts to users. But here is a good news. A shop in Japan sells a concertina named Furze which looks very silimar to Wren2, and the shop has recently started to sell spare parts, as well. I believe spare parts of Furze can be used for Wren2 as well. https://celtnofue.com/store/concertina.html Totani
  12. Hi, LazyNetter, It seems that Gary has failed to answer this part. You can find "The Moon Knows My Heart" on p. 45 of Gary's Book "Anglo Concertina in the Harmonyc Style" As usual, Gary's performance is on YouTube. I have seen you play Ryo's "Elemental of Rain" on bilibil. Well played!
  13. Thank you everyone, for responding to my trivial interest, and sorry Everett for getting off subject. My sincere apologies. All my anglos are modern hybrid ones with accordion reeds and I do not need to worry about ruining classical precious concertina reeds. I think I will try 1/4 comma meantone temperament as I tend to play harmonic stylo solo with lots of thirds. First of all, I think I will need to make a tuning table to speed up the process. Cheers! Totani
  14. Thank you, Steve, These are the kinds of thread I wanted to read, so inspiring! I will take time to read them over and over again in depth. Totani
  15. Richard, I am VERY curious to know about this. Most of the reeds on my concertina are within 10cents range in comparison to equal temperament. I want to fine tune the reeds for better harmony, but I have a feeling that making them closer to equal temperament may not be the right solution. It would be nice of you if you could guide me to a thread where this "separate question" has been discussed. Totani
  16. Don, Some of my tweets could be useful (they are in Japanese, but with photos) Exterior and Action Board of Rochelle-2 Buttons are not bush-felted, but well-fit and does not make noise. Reed Pan of Rochelle-2 (through bellows) Reed blocks are screw-fixed
  17. I decided to get a Rochelle-2 before its price get any higher, and here she is, in Tokyo, Japan. I have uploaded some movies on my YouTube channel so that you can actually listen to the sound it makes. Due to the camera property, R2 in the movies may look big, but it is more or less the same size as Minstrel. If you have any questions about R2, I will be glad to answer. Totani
  18. If you bought your Rochelle dirctly from Concertina Connection, it offers full price for trading in for an upgraded instrument. I would recommend going for a Clover if your budget allows. I have a Minstrel with upgraded Bellows. If you bought your Rochelle from Button Box, I believe Button Box offers upgrade path for Ceili. I have no idea how much buttonbox will offer. Since you are only an hour away from the Button Box, you shoud go there and try all possible instrument within your budget. Good Luck! Totani
  19. About half a month ago, rochelle-2 was offered for 539usd, and guess what? The current list price is 649USD!
  20. No, not me. I read Daniel Hersh wrote this information in CC-Rochelle-2 thread.
  21. Hi Alittletired, Why don't you get in touch with Concertina Connection, the maker of Elise, as the company sometimes has traded in second hands of its products. If they have second-hand-Elise is in stock, it should be reasonably priced than a brand new ones, even with the shipping cost from US to UK. http://www.concertinaconnection.com/pre owned.htm If you can wait for another year, Elise-2, which is expected to be less-bulky, may come into market. Totani/
  22. Just a small update for those that may be interested. Last month, I had contact with a South African concertina luthier, Gys Mans. He told me that he had actually stopped production due to the current COVID19 pandemic. He says he may restart later this year when things are settled, but who knows? I have been in his waiting list for two years and a half. Totani
  23. Great to know that, Seth. Shame on me for my ignorance. Gen Totani
  24. Hello, papawemba, Harrington Classic by Seth Hamont. I have never heard of this maker, but the photos and the description on the web look good and it is good to hear that you are happy with it. Looking forward to your review. I wonder is Seth Mamont would reproduce square Harrington sometime in the future. https://swedishbagpipes.com/concertina
  25. Hey, That's ME playing. lol Sorry that the recording quality is far from excellent. I used built in microphone of iPad. I have been using Minstrel (with Wakker Bellows)for nearly three years, and it still keeps me entertained. That recording is nearly one year old and now I can bring out far better music from Minstrel. (I think) I would definitely choose Minstrel (or Clover) over McNeela brand instrument. Wim Wakker is confident and responsible for his products wile McNeela ...... well, I am not sure. A friend of mine had had an unpleasing experience with McNeela phoenix and I have a feeling that aftersales support of McNeela is not trustworthy either. If you are lucky enough, it is possible that you may come up with a good quality McNeela brand concertina. Totani
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