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David M. Dahl

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  1. Sandi, if you really wish that you had purchased an Anglo, you might contact William Wakker at Concertina Connection. I bet you would get a good trade-in with your Busker. As much as I would hate to loose an English player in the PDX area, you might find the social scene to be easier to find. We do seem to have more workshops and such for Anglo available in the Pac NW. I am content with my decision to play EC, but do wish there were more local opportunities. Best wishes, David
  2. I got a Busker last year and have been loving it. This the only EC I have played, so I can't make any comparisons. I got it with the Wakker bellows and metal buttons. It may be a different animal than the stock model. As for being durable, I don't know. I take good care of it and have not had any problems so far. I enjoy playing my Busker and am glad I got it. Best wishes, David
  3. I live in the West suburban area of Portland, Oregon, and have been playing English concertina for a few weeks. There have been some challenges of course, but I am having a lot of fun. I only wish I had made the leap sooner. Good luck with your decision. Best wishes, David
  4. Thanks, Wolf. It's not quite intuitive for me yet, but I am trying to find my way around the buttons.
  5. Thanks for the responses. I have the Butler and Anderson tutors, but so far am preferring the Absolute Beginners tutor by Wade and Mallinson. Of course I will cross-check the tutors as I go. I have also found some YouTube videos that look promising. Has anyone tried out the materials from Pauline de Snoo?
  6. I have been a lurker on this forum for the past three months as I waited not so patiently for my Busker EC from Concertina Connection. Yesterday it arrived, and I am thrilled. I don't have anything to compare to, but it seems very light and responsive. I got it loaded with metal-capped buttons and the Wakker bellows, so it is probably much like a CC Rose with fewer buttons. During the wait I have listened to a lot of great concertina music, and especially enjoyed Simon Thoumire, and the Leveret CDs. Now I have a lot of patient work to do with much simpler tunes. I would appreciate knowing about EC teachers and players in the Portland, Oregon area. This is a hotbed of Irish music, so I expect Anglo is more plentiful. I look forward to learning more about concertina, and sharing the journey with you all!
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