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Andrew W

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    Anglo concertina, Button Accordion
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    Brisbane, Australia

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  1. Thanks so much Alex. Your modified hand rests look great. It seems that this is the kind of thing I’ll need to do. I really appreciate you asking. And yes, weird times we’re living in so totally understand if they’re not comfortable with it. Andrew
  2. Actually very useful thanks Bill. I’m not too worried about budget, I would just like a high quality, good sounding instrument that is comfortable to play. I think because I already know a couple of hundred Irish tunes on BC accordion, it will just be a matter of relearning them on the concertina! Hopefully I won’t find it too difficult 😅 I just want to be able to blend in at sessions and not offend anyone’s ears!
  3. Thank you Ken! Looks great, I’ll do the same thing. Just have to track down the right instrument now. Not an easy feat when there are apparently none in Australia to try 🥺
  4. Thank you so much Gary. More great advice. I’ll definitely aim for a handrail height of 1’’ if at all possible, and you’ve given me a great way to be able to compare and measure from one instrument to another. I’m assuming by ‘top row’ you mean the row where all of the accidentals are… Hopefully I can track down an instrument with a non-cramped layout such as those you mentioned. On another note, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on some of your books such as the AC in the Harmonic Style, I’ve heard great things! Thanks again, Andrew
  5. Thanks Don, that’s great advice. Makes me feel more confident that I should at least be able to play the instrument. By DIY do you mean something solid like a piece of timber? Or something which can slot over the top like a piece of solid foam?
  6. Hi guys, I’m considering taking up Anglo concertina, mainly with the desire to play Irish tunes etc. My background is in piano/pipe organ, but I do also play B/C Irish button accordion. Recently I’ve become more and more enchanted by the sweet single reed sound of the conc, and I think I will pick it up quickly due to my experience with another bisonoric instrument. I don’t own a concertina yet. My concern is that my hands are quite large. They are not overly wide but I have long and skinny fingers. On a piano I can easily reach an 11th interval (eg C1 to F2). On a standard 30 button 3 row concertina, I’m worried that I would have to curl my fingers too much to reach the inside row and that my hands would cramp - this could have an effect on my speed and accuracy of playing. The other issue is that I live in Brisbane, Australia and there are literally no music stores which sell concertinas so I don’t even have the opportunity to play one or hold one to see what the spacing and comfort is like. Of course if anyone here lives in Brisbane and would be happy for me to have a look at their concertina that would be great! Any advice anyone has would be greatly appreciated. Are there any other large-handed Anglo players out there? Am I wasting my time learning and should I just stick to diatonic accordion? Any suggestions or a good intermediate starter instrument better suited to larger hands? And out of curiosity what is the distance between the palm rest and the inner most row of buttons? Thank you so much, Andrew (excited newbie)
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