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  1. Hello,

    I have watched many videos online of Noel Hill performing. In many of the performances, he is playing a concertina that I cannot help but be drawn to. It has black ends and bellows and the buttons (which I assume to be metal) are silver in colour.

    I've attached a few photos that I screen-grabbed from the performances. Hopefully someone here can identify it... Otherwise I'll have to ask the man himself!




    Noel Hill Concertina II.PNG

    Noel Hill Concertina III.PNG

  2. @Big T Apologies for the late reply.

    I messaged McNeela instruments regarding this noise. Someone from the shop listened to the recording and thought it was a vibration issue (like you suspected). They believed it is most likely caused by a "slow reacting reed" and that it should lesson over time once some tension builds up in the reed however they also said that the reeds are of "student/beginner quality".

    As I was within 14 days of purchase, they offered me a refund. I said didn't want to return the instrument but I also mentioned that there really shouldn't be quality issues with an instrument that is brand new and comes with a considerable price tag (it's relatively cheap but nothing to be glanced over). I believe this is especially true when McNeela Instruments preach so much about their quality standards on their website:

    Here at McNeela Music, it's all about quality. It's a fact that students using a low quality instrument are more likely to stop practicing and even worse, quit altogether. That's why we only provide customers with the highest standard of instruments, as we know lesser quality instruments would be doing our customers a disservice and may hinder them from achieving their goals.”

    They were fairly understanding and offered me a refund or repair if this issue doesn't settle down. In the few weeks since contacting them, the noise has settled down a little but it's still there, particularly on some notes. Overall, I'm fairly happy with my Wren 2 and McNeela Instruments were quite helpful but I'm still surprised that both of us experienced this issue so early on with the instrument.

    All the best Tony, I'll let you know if there's any change as time progresses. I'm just over a month with my Wren 2 and making great progress!



  3. Thank you for your replies gentlemen.

    Tony, I appreciate that information - it's helpful to know that someone else has the same issue. I wouldn't have guessed that it was a vibration issue as I thought a vibrating issue would lead to a buzzing sound rather than this squelching sound. But I'm very new to this so I can't say much.

    Before posting I was looking to find if anyone posted about a similar issue before and I did find this (https://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?/topic/18969-slight-popping-noise/). This person had a valve issue (something called a curled valve) which was leading to a popping noise... Popping isn't the first word I'd use to describe our issue but it might be related (Theo above also mentioned it sounded like a valve issue).

    I'll contact McNeela instruments and will let you know how I get on. I'll mention your experience with the plastic covering.


    PS: My concertina doesn't have leather bellows either. Sorry, that was a typo - I meant to say "it hasn't leather bellows" above. However they probably do require a bit of working in.

  4. Hello everyone,

    First let me say that I am a week-long owner of a new 30-button Anglo concertina. I am learning Irish traditional music and have been thoroughly enjoying playing it on this wonderful instrument.

    I bought my concertina (Wren 2) new from a reputable musical instrument shop in Dublin, Ireland (https://mcneelamusic.com/the-wren-anglo-concertina-2/) and all has been going well but, for the last 2-3 days, I started to notice a soft "squelching" sound when changing the bellows direction on some of the buttons. I would describe this sound as the noise one hears if they tightly close their hands together and compress/decompress the air inside both palms. The sound is most noticeable on the left-hand buttons with the main culprits being the D/F# (inside row, 4th button), E/F (middle row, 2nd button) and G/A (middle row, 1st button). When I change bellows direction while holding any of these buttons then you can hear this soft squelching sound. I have attached a short recording of me playing the buttons mentioned above. As you will notice, the abnormal sound becomes more noticeable as the bellows direction is changed more quickly.

    Since this is a new concertina, it may not be an issue at all but rather something that has to be worked in. I can't imagine there's any damage as it's basically brand new and I've cared for it since getting it one week ago. I have always kept it in the case when not playing and it hasn't gotten damp or been exposed to serious temperature fluctuations (I am currently in Ireland and the temperature has been quite modest). I have a guarantee with the seller and I'm sure there would be no issue in getting it looked at. However, it may turn out to be just something simple and I said I would ask for advice here first.

    Thank you all very much. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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