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  1. I myself found Gary Coover's "Anglo Concertina in the Harmonic Style" a bit too challenging for me. I then purchased his "Civil War Concertina," which was written for 20B Anglo. After I made some progress with the latter, the former became a bit easier. Both are good books. In fact, all books from Gary are great.
  2. Hello GotPlatelets, CBA player here. I hate to admit it, but my CBA playing is closer to "bad" than to "great." 😔 Among the popular types of concertinas, duet is the most similar to chromatic accordions. But I chose Anglo for two reasons: (1) I want something small so that I can play where a CBA is too clumsy or even impossible, e.g. in a car, and (2) I want something of free reed but challenging to my brain. The Anglo fulfills both requirements. About the Button Box, Doug is a wonderful person to deal with. Regarding their instruments, let's say that I bou
  3. Go here and click on “Notecharts” to see different key layouts. Gary uses Wheatstone layout in his books. But his “Easy Anglo 123” shows you how to “translate” the tablature to Jeffries key layout. I hope Gary doesn’t mind me posting it here. But after a while, you’ll develop your own fingering, and treat the tablature in the books as suggestions, not as hard and fast rules.
  4. How about a photo, or photos? It/they would be worth a thousand words.
  5. The OP specifically mentioned "Anglo concertina." >> The Concertina Connection instruments are 'over-size' at 7-1/4" across the flats. When I tried a Jackie at the beginning of this year, I found this a very awkward size. This is not necessarily true for Anglo concertinas designed/built by Concertina Connection. The Jackie is not an Anglo concertina. The Minstrel and the Clover are Anglo concertinas designed/built by Concertina Connection, both measuring "6 1/4 inch across the flats" according to Concertina Connection's website. >>
  6. I started with a Bastari M CG 30, bought locally for cheap, and then a Swan from McNeela, and then a Morse Céilí from Button Box (and then others with concertina reeds). I still have the Bastari because it's too cheap to sell; it's somewhere in my office, currently closed due to the shelter-in-place order. The Swan has found a new home. Even I now own some concertinas with concertina reeds, I'm still playing the Céilí, and plan to do so for the foreseeable future. If I were to start all over again, I'd start with at least a good-hybrid such as Morse Céilí o
  7. I have arthritis on my left hand. Sometimes it's painful to play. A set of "upgrade" handrests help tremendously. In the photo below, the highest point of the handrests is about 1", the lowest is about 0.5".
  8. This is exactly why I asked you to post your location. I’m glad it works out.
  9. I finally gave up and paid $200 to UPS to get the concertina. If I wanted to challenge that, I'd have to fight with UPS Billing Department and I'm not sure it would be worth the effort. Over my friend’s objection, I contributed the payment as my birthday gift to her husband (I'll also find something for his "proper" birthday). That's a big chunk of changes, but I figured I wouldn't be any poorer or richer for $200. We finally received the concertina. It is good, but has some very minor issues. The seller said he would take care of it. Note that this was not the seller'
  10. This is more of a shipping issue, but it is related to a concertina.... A friend of mine is about to celebrate his 60th birthday, and his wife wants to give him a surprise present. She asked me to buy on her behalf a high-end concertina from Ireland. The concertina has been on her husband's wish list for quite some time. She couldn't order it herself because the charge would show up in the credit card bill. The man would see it and that would spoil the surprise. So I ordered the concertina for her. The seller is very accommodating. He customized the concerti
  11. >> 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. Interesting. I came to the same conclusion when comparing a Morse Céilí and a Kensington. But the difference is much more pronounced in "live" listening. Sometimes I prefer brass, sometimes woodwind.
  12. >> CBA will be impossible to find literature for.... I use this book: Complete Accordion Method I have this but dropped it for the one above: Metodo Complete for Accordion (it's OK. but the left hand fingering doesn't suit me). They have both PA and CBA fingering. I think that's sufficient, and then you develop your own fingering, styles, ..... Note that bellows techniques and the left side are the same for PA and for CBA. The only thing CBA can't do (or to be exact, I don't know how to do) is glissando. But how oft
  13. If you decide to go with accordion..... I started with PA, just because used ones are abundant and inexpensive on local Craigslist. A year later, I switched to CBA and never looked back. I know of many people switching from PA to CBA but I don't know of anyone switching the other way around. There must be reasons why. To me, the main reason is the CBA's compactness (and me being an engineer, its "logical" button board). Do a quick comparison of two comparable Roland accordions: FR-1X and FR-1Xb. They are identical except for the keyboard (2 octaves) vs the b
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