Hi - I'm a newbie concertina player but I've been playing irish trad for about 12 years now (mostly pipes flute and whistles) and recently added concertina to my music addiction. : )
I am not very knowledgeable about concertinas, but Greg J. restored an antique (1900) 20 button Lachenal for me last year, and now I have progressed to the point where I am looking around for an upgrade. I love the Lachenal sound - my little box has steel reeds and is quite soulful, so your instruments interest me. I don't know a McMann from a Crane so I have no idea which one would suit me better?
My 20 button is C/G has what I suppose is "standard" button layout for C/G concertinas - so I'd like to keep with a button system that builds on what I already know. With that in mind I am not interested in a Duet system instrument. Can you advise which of your instruments would be a good fit for what I need. I am curious to know how a Crane differs from a McMann.
Guess I should also say that I'm a player who gravitates to pure-drop trad, but I'm looking an instrument that I can also play other genres of music on.
Chris Deis (Indianapolis)