Here’s greeting from China.
Not surprisingly, any kind of Concertina is very niche in China. Although this country produces many models that are common on the market, very few people play it there.
But bandoneon is an exception, because of the influence of tango music, bandoneon has a certain popularity. But due to the generally high prices, bandoneonist is actually very rare in China.
But in Japan, Concertina has a large number of fans, which made me feel a little puzzled at first. I guess it might be because Concertina was widely popular in the world when China was in a period of revolution and war, so this musical instrument failed to enter China. At the same time, Japan was actively accepting new things in Europe, so Concertina has retained a certain degree of popularity in Japan to this day. However, due to the influence of the Soviet Union after the war, the accordion (bayan) was actually very popular in China until today.
Recent days my friend bought a Bastari 40 keys Anglo from Japan(Taniguchi Gakki, recommended store by Toru Kato)for me as a gift and I’m struggling on it. It seems that it is impossible to find a teacher to learn, because there is no or it is difficult to find someone who can play this instrument in this country. What I’m thinking is maybe I should buy a 30 keys model first to practice and then try to shift to 40 keys later, since almost all the tune-books that I can find are written regard 30 keys.
And here’s a discovery. Hohner is like the 1st famous foreign accordion brand in China and I thought they also have good concertinas. But when I browse a website of a Chinese instrument factory, Yuewei or Rowell of Tientsin(http://www.yueweimusic.com/list/1/385/), I found almost all the hohner model are actually re-labeled from their concertinas. Of course, like a common sense, Chinese Concertinas do not give the performers a good experience of play, but they are indeed, very cheap.
This really confuses me. If you guys have any suggestions for my situation, that would be great.