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Geoff W.

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  1. Those look like some really nice improvements to the Rochelle.
  2. Here's the ebay link: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wheatstone-Concertina-30-Button-C-G/124576418220?hash=item1d015549ac:g:rooAAOSwIvZgK~Oi
  3. I went from a Minstrel to a Clover and agree that saving up a little longer is worth it.
  4. Where is the download on the ICA site? I have a hard time navigating it sometimes.
  5. 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.
  6. Really great all around. I love seeing more of this music "on the come-up" played on the Anglo
  7. 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.
  8. 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)
  9. Been working at this one for a bit and it's time to put it to bed for now. Here's the best recording I could manage this week:
  10. Just got my copy in today, one of the few Gary books I apparently didn't have yet Looking forward to it.
  11. I would love to hear more about both of your instruments (and hear recordings!) I am on the waitlist for a Wakker and daydream about it often, but they get much less discussion around here than other builders, it seems.
  12. I'm not quite up to snuff on the specific needs of custom button arrangements (yet!) but do quite enjoy the playing. Thanks for sharing.
  13. For posterity, Wim's detailed reply to my inquiry:
  14. I’ve been taking lessons with @cohen and he asked me to record four of the songs we’ve been working on as sort of a periodic review. Trying to record yourself play something through without errors is a learning lesson in itself (and sometimes an exercise in frustration) but here are two of them that I think came out decently. Maybe this is the recital? First is a violin piece, Siciliana from Telemanns Violin Fantasia #6: Second is a Playford tune, Juice of Barley, played through four variations. Both arrangements were by Cohen BK. I’ve learned a lot and definitely still have a lot to learn, but I am having a great time with this instrument.
  15. I think it's a little better. I'm noticing it kind of happens on a few of the low notes, so perhaps it's a limitation of the box? One interesting thing is the valve on the other side has its little...metal strip...bent. It's the only one like this. Is this to provide extra holding power, keeping the valve from falling open?
  16. Bumping an old thread instead of starting a new one. My low E/F key has started to not sound, but only on abrupt or strong pulls out - it feels stuck. It will sound if you pull gently, like Arthur and the sword in the stone. I pulled the box apart, took the reed plate out and blew air at it - didn't see anything stuck. Put it back together and it persists. Is this a valve issue? It's a hybrid w/ accordion reeds.
  17. If you're having a good time, keep having a good time. Haters gonna hate
  18. Been working on this. Not all there yet but it's coming. https://www.instagram.com/p/CGsse85ANTf
  19. Posting in this thread rather than start a new one, has anyone found H2N settings that work particularly well for concertina recording? Or any tips and tricks? Edit; Oh, I have an H1N. Same question applies, I suppose!
  20. Playing the arrangement of Shenandoah from Gary's book "Sailor Songs for Concertina". I love this tune.
  21. I started on a Rochelle and have since moved to a Minstrel, and then a Clover. If you already know you like the instrument and want to keep playing it long term, I advise skipping the intro phase all together and going straight to the beginner-intermediate ones like the Swan or the Minstrel. It might take a bit more savings time but it's not such a huge difference between the two as to make it impossible. The playability difference from the intro concertinas to the beginner-intermediate ones is HUGE. You can't get dynamics out of the Rochelle - it's loud and louder. The Minstrel let me actually practice playing quietly and musically. Massive difference in action quality as well. I don't know that there's a big enough difference between the Swan or Minstrel to make a strong case for one or the other, so pick one that either fits the aesthetics you like, or has the upgrade program you want to commit to. If you get the Rochelle now, you could change it up to a Minstrel or Clover and receive the full price of the instrument back (if ordered via Concertina Connection). I think the Swan might have a similar thing. Here's a Rochelle video: Here's a Minstrel video:
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