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  1. I asked an expert about this, and he said the fourth factory you've mentioned may be the "Parrot(Yingwu)". They used to made some D40 for Hohner but they ran out of the business about a decade ago, and only the piano and Bayan accordion chain of them were took over by other merchants. I believe the CC budget concertinas are from Rowell(Yuewei) which is in the northern city called Tientsin(Tianjin).
  2. Check this man plays multiple harmonicas at same time, in somewhat harmonic style: https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1qi4y1c7P7?spm_id_from=333.999.0.0 I think that's almost how an Anglo Concertina works. The difference is that seems impossible to play note from different harmonicas(for anglo from different rows,) to accomplish a chord.
  3. My first thoughts on this topic were several German instruments, but it seems those bass instruments are even bigger.
  4. What I thought about was, all kinds of the duet concertinas share the same "duet idea," so I put all of them into the duet section. But I think you are right, it's make sense that the early duets made some influence to the Jeffries. I think I should find some details about this, or do you have some of those on your hand?
  5. I aware the hybrid instrument, it's not only because I'm playing one but am also living in China. Since multiple of these concertinas, English, Hayden duet, 20b, both Jeffries and Wheatstone/Lachenal Layout Anglo have the hybrid models, it's gonna be tricky to arrange all these categories together in one chart. Maybe I'll figure a smarter way to put them in one or more charts. I have seen the Franglo and other systems which not popular on some webpages, but their informations are not as plenty as all the systems I've put in the chart. Obviously I need more readings!
  6. I've recently read some articles on concertina.com, as well as Dan Worral's The Anglo-German Concertina: A Social History, and I've got a rough idea of the history of these lovely instruments. But I haven't seen a flowchart yet that helps me remember these (did I miss it?), so I made one. I don't have the confidence to guarantee that I didn't make a mistake in this chart. So, please point out anything which is not in the right way in your reply. Sorry for making this flowchart by hand, I may make a digital version later. P.S. Everything can be ignored if it's not written in English - they're my own note in my language!
  7. I've had a similar question all the time, that is I've never seen anyone in Europe and United States use the numbered musical notation that is common in China and Japan, which looks like: The interesting thing about this kind of notation is that it does not represent the exact notes, but the relationship between each note regards to the key clarified at the beginning. For example in this piece, it clarified it’s in Eb major, then the 1 is going to be Eb, 2 is F, 3 is G and so on. This kind of score is widely used for traditional woodwind and string instruments in China and Japan, and sometimes also for harmonicas. I guess it may be because it is similar to the musical notation used in ancient east Asia. But actually I didn’t ever used it. I start to learn music with accordion which the scores are usually way too complicated to be recorded by this kind of notation.
  8. This is a beautiful Irish air I learned from Gary Coover's Anglo tune book "In the Harmonic Style," but my video is actually followed Hector Awol's performance on a C/F melodeon. Recently I've been trying to use the drone button in some tunes. After couple weeks of practice I can eventually press some other button on left hand side with the drone simultaneously. I had never played any other Anglo with a drone except this Bastari, so I don't know if it is or isn't normal to have a conspicuous gap when changing bellow directions. Please leave a comment if you have any suggestion to me about the drone button.
  9. I've played some arrangements from Adrain's book he mentioned in his reply, and that's probably my starting point to realize how those extra buttons featured. I'd like to add more information about 30 button+ instruments. There are various number of buttons for both Jeffries and Wheatstone, but 38 for Jeffries and 40 for Wheatstone are the most common. I don't know the reason about this, except the hybrid 30 buttons newly built, any kinds of Jeffries are antique, hard to find one and usually super expensive. But the same level Wheatstones 40 buttons are less rare and slightly cheaper, plus some fine makers and massive producers are still actively building those nowadays. I'm currently playing a Bastari/Stagi 40b Wheatstone Anglo, a massive produced budget instrument, which is absolutely playable!
  10. I know some people are playing concertina (or accordion, piano, etc) with their guitar nails. Probably not the smartest way.
  11. If your are looking for play classical on Anglo, then my suggestion would be 40button Wheatstone or 38b Jeffries. One of the major way to play on Anglo is in the bouncy style like English dance musics, but for 30b instruments, for many cases the melody can be only played in the seesawing bouncy style although the sheet says there should be an even accompaniment with a fluent melody. A 40b or 38b have many alternate buttons for the notes that 30b already have but on another bellow direction, it's very helpful to move the melodies to right hand side as much as possible and sometimes make the whole bar or phrase can be played on one same bellow direction. I'm not saying the issue would be totally ceased on 30+button instruments, but it surely will reduced. Anyway, for myself, more button doesn't mean more confusion but more simplicity.
  12. If it were me, I would choose the latter without any of hesitation. I’ve played Scarlatti (in China branded “Blazefine”) for a while, it gave me a terrible experience because any part of it was fragile and smelled like bad plywood. Im playing a Bastari (now Stagi) 40 button instrument, it’s surely not a fancy box but still way better than a Scarlatti. I'm not sure if Bastari from different eras will come close in quality, but I don't believe any of them will be inferior to the Scarlatti. Edit: £275 is quite a good price if the instrument is working as supposed.
  13. That's funny to say, I've never had the chance to touch my favorite instrument yet. The instrument in my dream is a 40 button Anglo Concertina, but this kind of instrument are so rare on the market, they're either too expensive that out of my budget or too Bastari-ish. Actually I am playing a Bastari W-40-MS now and I guess I need to play it for a really long time until I can find, or afford a better one.
  14. I made this range chart based on a piano keyboard, to help myself when arranging tunes couple months ago. It shows what note a concertina can play and how many of them on it. Hope this chart would make helps for some people on some purposes. Forgot adding in the chart, it's for CG instruments. Actually I was kinda shocked when I found out all the "accidentals" are only on one direction of bellow movements for 30b, but many of music composers can still make good music for it.
  15. A little off the topic, but the URL with Chinese domain "concertina.cn" was registered and holding by a concertina wire factory......
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