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  1. Thanks, this is really good advice. I try to do this as much as I can, but I am still getting familiar with bellows control. My previous concertina really did not have an option for this, as the full sound (high and low notes at the same time) could only be achieved at full volume. But I am slowly getting better with the new one. I have not heard of the red hot needle metaphor, but I think I can see what you mean by it. Approach the bass note with vigor and it should sound jumpier and better. And as for the yellow air supply area, I try to pinpoint the perfect times to use the air button, and I am slowly making progress. But I guess this all comes with more practice.
  2. I'm apparently going through a pirate phase for a while now, and this is the result. It's the theme song from a video game Monkey Island and I finally got to the point where I feel comfortable with recording and sharing me playing this. However, there's still quite some room for improvement, and I'm constantly changing minor details while playing.
  3. Gary, I haven't had a chance to try it out, but the fact that it is in key of C is very good news! I thought the song sounded familiar, but I never did connect it to Home Boys Home. Now that I know the titles are very similar, it's really obvious
  4. To anyone concerned, I found that this tune was a rendition of "Home, dearie, home", thanks to this other video I recently found Now I need to decide which version I want to learn first. I do need to practice singing while playing the concertina, but it's really hard.
  5. After playing mine for a while now, I have to agree. The buttons are much thinner and longer than what I was used to. Although I believe that is only personal preference, since I am getting used to it. However, the buttons are more slippery than those on my previous concertina. I thought the thinness of the buttons would counteract the slipperiness, but I still need to take breaks to dry my hands more often. As for the loudness that was discussed previously, I have found that it being too loud was just due to my lack of bellows control. On my previous concertina, you couldn't affect the loudness via bellows that much, but on the Swan this effect is much more pronounced. So this was more or less a user error and I am getting more practice to help with this.
  6. I don't have any problems reaching the air button, although my fingers are relatively long. The other buttons are I think a bit closer together, and fingering is occasionally trickier for me. But I expect this will get easier over time.
  7. That's exactly what I was thinking. I think you would need to try several different materials though, to get the desired volume.
  8. Haha, thank you I certainly squeezed all I could from it.
  9. I don't think it's harsh at all. I made a quick recording on the day I got it and you can judge by yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsGOwxKphVwThe sound to me seems much warmer than on my previous one (you can check out other videos on my profile on youtube for a comparison). About the leather under metal ends, I mentally switched to my swan too fast, that's why I said metal. I meant the leather that is under the wooden end plate in your post. I imagine that it can muffle the sound quite a bit, and some experimentation would be required to achieve the desired volume.
  10. I think that your neighbours should be used to loud noises in that case Also there is a chance for an interesting colaboration someday. As for responsiveness, I can't compare it to more advanced concertinas since I haven't tried any of them, but compared to what I had before this one is much faster in that regard. And gentler bellow movement produces a good balance between different notes as well. I can try to record a sample tomorrow. I saw in this thread that this concertina has what looks like leather under the metal end. That might be a good fix if the concertina turns out to be too loud.
  11. Woah, that was a very sensitive neighbour to be annoyed over that large distance. I live in an apartment with relatively thin walls, and I honestly expected more drama with the neighbours. So far, they've been really tolerant
  12. Indeed I am slightly worried. But in the past year and a half I haven't had any complaints and I refrain from playing after 8pm. But let's hope for the best
  13. So, after a year and a half of playing the cheapest concertina I could get, I decided on an upgrade. So I chose the Swan. I was afraid that due to its (relatively) low price, the improvement over the previous one wouldn't be enough, but boy was I wrong. After playing it for a few hours yesterday I am really impressed. It's really responsive, so I can finally play faster (after I adapt to the slightly longer buttons). What impressed me the most was the balance in volume between the low and the high notes. On my previous concertina whenever I played a full chord on the left side, the melody on the right side could be barely heard. But here, the right side is loud even if the full chord is pressed on the left side. This is really important to me since I prefer to play in the harmonic style. Overall, it is quite a bit louder than what I'm used to, but I'm hoping the neighbours won't mind as much due to its much nicer sound. I can record myself playing something if anyone wishes to hear what it sounds like in more detail.
  14. Thanks for the tip, I edited the original post now. As for believability, he sometimes makes rapid changes of the bellows, which makes me think that it's an anglo. However, further details were probably left out since nobody expected the players to go into so much detail
  15. After Sea of Thieves, the concertina makes another appearance in a video game. This time in a cowboy simulator (set in 1890s), called Red Dead Redemption 2. Does anybody recognize the song?
  16. While not really a traditional tune for a concertina, my favourite would be Always With Me from the animated movie Spirited Away: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeYxt9R66XE But I may be biased, since it was the first song I transcribed to the C/G anglo system.
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