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  1. Hi, has anyone heard of a Wakker Anglo being made with Lachenal reeds? If so, any pro’s or cons? Thank you.
  2. Hi all, would anyone be so kind as to give me an opinion/ review either on the forum or privately on Jeff Thomas’s concertinas? Such as where they would be on the quality ratings etc. I appreciate that each handmade instrument can be different but in general. I am looking to trade up from a Claro accordion reeded but have never heard of the Jeff Thomas. Thank you in advance.
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    You can buy a José Claro accordion reeded concertina for €1900 which will be a big improvement. If it doesn’t suit he will refund if done within a month I think it is. He will also take it back if you wished to upgrade.
  4. Thank you ellen33. I must have a look at it. I think I always try to work the inside row to avoid the move even if that includes using all of it from F# up but I thought I was possibly torturing myself. And maybe I am!!
  5. Hi ellen33, can I ask you for an example of one or two you might use that way? Thank you
  6. Thank you all. Interesting. Although it doesn’t seem to feel right for me I can see the advantages whilst the high D on middle to C# always feels an absolute no no although I’ve seen one well known and respected player do it.
  7. To those who play Irish trad on the anglo, can I ask how many will go from the B on the right middle to C# on the incidental row as opposed to always going from the B on the G row ? Providing of course you are using a Jeffries layout and can get the C# on the second button.TIA
  8. Thanks Don. I’m using corn plasters at the moment
  9. No Don, it’s not. It lies on top of it and unfortunately the joint lies right on the edge of the strap, the edge furthest away. I could see about getting a strap that is wider at that point. I have tried setting my hand differently and it doesn’t really work for me.
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    This could well be a strange question! Whilst I know what it says on the tin, how is the handrest actually used or does that question tell me and others that I currently have a problem? I press the concertina(Anglo) in with the heel of my hand and pull with the strap, leaving the handrest redundant. Should I be leaning some part of my hand on the handrest especially for pressing? One of the reasons I ask is that I sometimes make the mistake of pressing the instrument in with my thumb as opposed to the heel and of course sometimes on the button I’m playing which I know is a bad idea. My thumb is now starting to chafe on the joint where it is making contact with the edge of the strap. Painful. I hope this question makes sense! Thank you.
  11. Thank you Jewish Leprechaun and LateToTheGame.
  12. Hi, is there a model of Dipper Anglo c/g more or most commonly played by Irish trad musicians? Also, with regards to button dimensions what is the most common? Thanks
  13. Over the first few lessons or ‘basics’ as Caitlín calls them she goes through the D and G scales with the G scale being based entirely on the inside row. I gather that as an introduction, this is slightly different than what is usually done, with most teachers in Ireland preferring to introduce the G scale as starting on the middle row. She then goes on to do what she describes as the “extra notes” and these would be the options such as the two of the As,Bs etc and explains that although the high D on the left is the one she wants students to use initially, the high D on the right, and indeed the other options, have to be practiced and used. I have been using the OAIM facility and whilst it has been brilliant and I have learnt a lot, there is something refreshing and different about Caitlín’s set up. In my experience so far.
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