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  1. 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:
  2. Thanks for listening! I should edit the post, I removed the third as I realized I goofed the audio recording and it sounded really blown out. I need to re-do it and re-upload.
  3. I would be very wary of that site. The file sizes seem ridiculous for a CD, even with FLAC rip, and it is full of misleading things, like a fake comment feed, fake reviews, and so on.
  4. Three tunes, two of them from Adrian Brown's excellent book and one of them from Gary Coover's newest John Watcham book. I'm definitely still learning rhythm consistency and keeping the left hand sounding clean compared to the right hand, but these were a lot of fun to learn.
  5. Well, I have a feeling a number of folks might buy second copies just so they can have something to play on their non-disc devices! www.bandcamp.com is popular with indie artists, and pays out about 80-85% to the artist, per their own literature. I'm sure there are relatively painless ways to get it on venues such as the Apple store, etc -- it's been 15 years since the CD came out and I'm sure there are plenty of newer players (like myself) that would love a go at listening to these great collections. I can go beat the drum if Graham needs to see that people would actually be interested in this. I guess the question begs the answer of this forum, as well - would anyone here want to get a digital mp3/etc version of the International CDs?
  6. Sure, I'm not proposing just putting it on the internet for everyone to have, or offering to do so myself. Just curious if the makers / rights owners have considered it, considering we're well past the CD-ROM's prime.
  7. The harmonic style book is great! I've been playing maybe 2 years or so off and on, with a loose interest in it for 6 or so, but quarantine has really ramped up my practice time! Thanks for the nice works
  8. I just took delivery of my Anglo International 3-disc set from the UK and am excited about listening to it.... once I procure an external CD-drive and get it onto my computer Has there ever been any discussion of digitizing the various other "International" CDs? I know there's at least English International out there, right? It'd make the material much more accessible, and possibly there is a way to do it while still allowing the powers that be to get some money for it.
  9. Hi there, this is Geoff from FB and I think you're looking for this, the numbering that Gary Coover / Rollston Press uses in their Anglo books. I hope he doesn't mind me putting this up here.
  10. I'm too new to have one of these yet, but I'd love to see yours, Alan.
  11. This sounds like something I'd love to hear, please share when done!
  12. The accordion reeds do have a coarser sound - I equated them on the other forum as the accordion reeds sounding a bit more like a brass band, while the concertina reeds sound more like woodwinds. Thanks for recording and sharing this easy comparison.
  13. Could you elaborate on the differences?
  14. Thanks for sharing the recording, Jim. I am always interested to hear stuff besides ITM and Morris tunes on the Anglo, though I do enjoy those genres as well What's your recording setup? It sounds very high-fidelity, lots of details.
  15. I'm curious how people are whiling away the quarantine hours on their concertinas. Anyone working on anything fun? New stuff, same old stuff but better, anything you're using this time to focus on improving or just enjoying playing around on the ol squeeze box?
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