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Geoff W.

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  1. Cohen BK nicely arranged a version of a favorite Sacred Harp tune of mine and I gave it a whack.
  2. I went from a Minstrel (with the nice bellows upgrade) to a Clover. I think it has marginal improvements in sound quality and playability, but a large portion of the money comes in a nicer fit and finish, which I appreciate. The buttons feel better and it overall just seems like a higher quality instrument. I think if you got a Minstrel without the nice bellows, it wouldn't be as big of an upgrade as a Clover or similar quality "nice" hybrid. Anything is a huge upgrade from the Rochelle 1, but I'm not familiar with the 2. but hey - you're the first person I've seen with
  3. Yes, I would recommend the Minstrel or Clover as a solid upgrade if you are able to turn your Rochelle back in.
  4. I sprung for the Wakker bellows on the Minstrel, which I believe are the same type of bellows that come as default on the Clover, they feel just about the same. There was a big difference in general smoothness of action and buttons, likely because the Clover has metal capped delrin buttons and feel a little wider than the pretty narrow Minstrel buttons I had. Compared to the Rochelle, the bellows feel very supple and comfortable to play. Both concertinas felt great to play out of the package. Comparing the Minstrel and Clover is Wim himself when I was e-mailing about t
  5. I share these not as examples of stellar playing, but maybe you can get more of a sense for how the Minstrel sounds.
  6. One of my pieces for my recent review with Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, who I highly recommend as a teacher for baroque music and harmonic-style playing. Thanks for watching!
  7. Those look like some really nice improvements to the Rochelle.
  8. Here's the ebay link: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wheatstone-Concertina-30-Button-C-G/124576418220?hash=item1d015549ac:g:rooAAOSwIvZgK~Oi
  9. I went from a Minstrel to a Clover and agree that saving up a little longer is worth it.
  10. Where is the download on the ICA site? I have a hard time navigating it sometimes.
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