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  1. I just had a look at the registration form for the Northeast Concertina Workshop and discovered that the description of Brian Peters' English-style Anglo workshop, which interests me a whole heck of a lot, has a note saying "C/G desirable." I have a question, and my question is this: just how strong is this here desire? I'm a beginner with a mere six months or so on my G/D Morse anglo, which will be my only concertina until I'm feeling a bit more wealthy. Will the workshop's being geared toward the C/G be a serious handicap to my getting the most out of Mr. Peters' teaching with a G/D instrument and, er, somewhat limited skills?


    Edited to add: I see the initial post also says a C/G is a good idea--might have asked my question earlier if I were paying more attention...



  2. By the way if, saxophone players are called saxophonists and flute players are called flautists and fiddle players are called fiddlers and concertina players (the real ones) are called concertininsts, what are chemnitzer players called?


    I might be sorry I asked.


    If tin whistles are made out of tin. What are foghorns made out of?




    Fog! Fog!


    I don't suppose Lonnie Donegan had a concertina player in his band...



  3. John, always 5 dancers for Rapper, plus Tommy and Betty, Longsword teams are 6.


    Theo, I don't know about teams more steeped in tradition, but my wife's Boston-area rapper team has at least one six-person dance. Their musician plays a five-string fiddle, but one thing I had in mind when I took up the concertina this summer was playing for them if he couldn't make it...maybe I'll be good enough by this time next year...



  4. Jeff says:

    Buy as much instrument as you can afford and a little bit more. Don't waste time wishing you had spent the extra few hundred dollars, 'cause once it's built it's too late.


    This is in line with my growing impression that there's no such thing as a really good cheap concertina, unless your definition of cheap is "under $2K" (which also defines the price range I'm willing to consider). Good enough given budget constraints, sure, but really good, no.


    Richard Morse adds:

    The Morse (and other hybrids) are much better than any Stagi (however turbo'ed) and Jack/Jackie. Not only in sound, size, weight, response, but also in durability too. They *are* considerably more expensive, but most people move up from Stagis (and all below that) in fairly short time anyway.


    This is the resounding "no" I expected in answer to the question of whether the difference in price between Stagis and Morses (inter alia) makes up for the difference in quality...



  5. Phil says:

    Try to get a good Anglo though. Avoid those cheap ones that you often see in music shops or on E Bay.....also, if you buy a twenty button, you'll soon wish you had a thirty button.


    This is where I am now. I'm a rank newbie; I got a Hohner 20-button on Ebay before I knew any better and am teaching myself to play it (with an eye toward playing for English country dance and morris eventually), but it took me very little time indeed to figure out I'd want something better right quick. I'm in much the same position as the Bear (though I don't plan on selling my cheap concertina until I have its replacement in hand). Next for me is a 30-button C/G Anglo, and I'm not yet prepared to pay for a vintage or high-end modern instrument. From reading this thread and other things on this site and elsewhere, it looks like my choices are:

    • A Rochelle, once they become available next month.
    • A Stagi (from the Button Box, properly overhauled and tested).
    • A Morse Ceili, a Herrington, a Tedrow or something else in that range.

    Has anyone had access to a pre-production Rochelle, or can people only guess how it will be based on the quality of the Jack and the Jackie? How is it likely to compare to a Stagi? If I'm able to pay the price of a Morse (I live in Massachusetts, so it seems a better choice to drive to Sunderland than to correspond with Homewood or Rowlett), am I likely to be better off with that than with a cheaper instrument?


    No doubt this will all come down to a favorite saying of my mother's: "Only you can decide." Nevertheless, I'd be glad of the benefit of your experience.



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