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Geoff W.

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  1. Playing this arrangement of Come Write Me Down by Cohen BK. Originally commissioned to play at a friend's wedding, they decided to go with Shenandoah instead. It's a lovely tune though Nice left hand accompaniments.
  2. I went from a Rochelle to a Minstrel to a Clover and in perfect hindsight should've just gone to the clover straightaway. But, even the move to a minstrel is a massive improvement you won't regret for a second.
  3. I've been taking lessons with him almost a year now and have found him to be an extremely attentive and encouraging teacher. He pushes me regularly with longer, more challenging tunes, while we work on more basic concepts like music theory and left hand accompaniments, or learning by ear, on a weekly basis. Having this accountability has really pushed me to practice and grow as a player during the pandemic and I'll definitely keep taking them!
  4. Wow, getting the Gigue down in a Coover book. I see my practicing future unfurl before me.
  5. Cohen BK nicely arranged a version of a favorite Sacred Harp tune of mine and I gave it a whack.
  6. 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 a Rochelle 2! I think we'd all love to see some pictures, hear what you think of it, maybe even a video It's a very interesting development in starter concertinas.
  7. Yes, I would recommend the Minstrel or Clover as a solid upgrade if you are able to turn your Rochelle back in.
  8. 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 this:
  9. I share these not as examples of stellar playing, but maybe you can get more of a sense for how the Minstrel sounds.
  10. 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!
  11. Those look like some really nice improvements to the Rochelle.
  12. Here's the ebay link: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wheatstone-Concertina-30-Button-C-G/124576418220?hash=item1d015549ac:g:rooAAOSwIvZgK~Oi
  13. I went from a Minstrel to a Clover and agree that saving up a little longer is worth it.
  14. Where is the download on the ICA site? I have a hard time navigating it sometimes.
  15. There is a Tunesday Tuesday group on Facebook that has consistently been putting out a tune a week with the dots and a recording. It's not only concertinists, but there are concertinists that submit it. The biggest downfall is that it's on Facebook.
  16. Really great all around. I love seeing more of this music "on the come-up" played on the Anglo
  17. Hi Maarten, both the instruments you linked are big steps up from the Bonetti/Cheapo Generic Concertina, but are definitely still beginner instruments. There are a number of threads on the site about them, I find it useful to go on Google and type "site:concertina.net [SEARCH TERM]" and it'll search all the forum threads about it much better than the site's software can. I've gone up the whole upgrade path from Rochelle -> Minstrel -> Clover on the Anglo side. The Rochelle was nice to start on compared to what I came from, similar to yours, but I moved on from it quickly.
  18. Been hungering to see more videos of Alex Holden's concertinas in action. It sounds and looks really, really good. Nice playing (Isel) and nice craftsmanship (Alex)
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