Hello to Everyone
I am very new to this forum and not yet sure what I will be able to contribute but by way of an introduction I have for almost 30 years now been selling all things squeezeable including Accordion, Melodeon and Concertina.
I did not start in music until I was in my 30's and have always tried to help other "late comers" see that its never too late to get into playing music.
My musical journey has allowed me to rub shoulders with many of the great musicians and makers of our time and now after the twists and turns that life takes and the hand that it deals I find myself once again working with a factory in China who I believe has come up with the perfect beginners and Improvers Anglo CG Concertina.
The problem with the cheaper Chinese instruments as you will all know is that they are not really up to the job of helping people learn to play, quite often the beginner is fighting both buttons and bellows and succeeds in spite of the instrument not because of it.
So with this in mind I said to my Chinese colleagues I would let it be known that they have produced a concertina that can meet the needs of a beginner and improving player that is fit for purpose and is at very well positioned price point.
I have exhibited the prototype for several months taking it around festivals including CONSAIRTÍN The National Concertina Convention in Ennis Ireland, Chippenham Folk Festival and Sidmouth Folk Festival. It will be at both Folk East and Towersey this August 2019.
The reaction has been very good and the instrument has been well received by players whose abilities are far greater than my own.
This is an instrument that solves many of the problems the Anglo Concertina student faces and as long as they practice and apply themselves with this instrument, in my opinion they will succeed and open the door to a world of music only the lucky ones get to see.
Should anyone wish to find out more please let me know and I will point you in that direction.