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Martin Essery

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About Martin Essery

  • Birthday 06/02/1954

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    Metaphysics, I am a cartographer of consciousness, a vagabond of reality's farthest reaches, Grand Concert Harp and Concertina. Rochelle 2, 30 button Anglo Wheatstone.
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    South Wales

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  1. Other than colour, is there a difference between a Flynn and a Marion? What does the extra 50 quid get you?
  2. I am thinking of travelling and not happy about taking one of my more precious instruments. So, if you wanted a cheap 30 button anglo that actually works and is not embarrassing to play in public, which model would you go for? I have had a Calleg Las, which was awful and a Rochelle-2 which was just about bearable. Which model do you have for such purposes, or would have if you were to have one? Obviously has to be a hybrid for the price. I cannot see anything less that 500 quid being worthwhile, and would be reluctant to spend more than 1,000. Does anyone play a Swan? Is it worth the extra to get a Phoenix or a Minstrel?
  3. I have a top of the range, very expensive, Wakker, and a Marcus Deluxe. Most of the time I pick up the Marcus, and I would support everything everyone else has said about them. Particularly good for me they are only 2 hours away, but I doubt that applies to you 😄 And they do some of the finest hand straps, hand sewn by lovely lady on the premises. Who needs an excuse for a second instrument, it's nice just to own a Marcus 🙂
  4. A friend visited and was expressing how long it was since we last met and I responded, "It must have been several concertinas ago!" 😄
  5. Can I place an order? I have a reed organ that was sold as playable, but is not, so I could harvest the reeds 🙂
  6. I am! 🙂 But he makes the coffin shape, not the regular hexagon, which I would prefer. Mind you, he seems to be the only option to get my hands on one in less than two years 😄
  7. Thank you so much, that is a great help, I wonder who I can get to make one? 🙂
  8. I am trying to work out if Cormac's 'bass' is the normal G/D, or whether it is a 'contra-bass' in C/G? I have not come to a conclusion yet, can anyone do better?
  9. Does anyone know what Cormac is playing here? Whatever it is, I want one!
  10. Page 9 in the Rutterford Tutor 🙂 Rutterford-Duet-Concertina-Tutor-FourthEd.pdf I bought it to play the Bach cello works at pitch. Long way to go yet.
  11. Excellent, so, even though a lesser quality, how can Startone make a concertina with 12,000 moving parts for 850 quid?
  12. If we are into parts count, then it is 12,000 for a big accordion. They may have more space, but have a lot more moving bits too. I will accept the market forces argument though, and economy of scale. If this Startone tunes out to be even vaguely decent, I shall enquire if they want to start making concertinas, the cheap ones on the market that I have tried are unplayable!
  13. Yet he does that all day every day for years and stillhas all his fingers 😄 Accidents only happen to people not paying attention, and no amount of safety procedures and equipment is going to stop that.
  14. I thought I would reawaken this thread, as I am about to put my money where my mouth is. I played accordion in my youth and am curious how much has changed for me in the half a century since, but do not want to commit multiple thousands for a decent accordion just to satisfy my curiosity. So, I am getting a 120 IV bass Startone from Thomann's, 850 quid. So for the price of a top of the range Stagi, I get this monster. Now I am not expecting anything fantastic for sure, but I am expecting it to be playable. Thomann is a large company, also selling some decent stuff, and this comes with a 30 day money back offer, and 3 years warranty, so it would seem foolish of them to be selling these if they were complete garbage. I am not expecting the best tone, but I am expecting to be able to play music. Let me compare: there are 41 treble keys, and just one bank of reeds is more than the Stagi, but there are 4 banks of reeds selectable in 11 different sets plus two repeats, plus a master control, so, reed wise, already worth 4 concertinas! Then there is the 120 bass with another 4 banks of reeds, selectable in 7 different sets. Although 120 bass is not 120 reeds, that is still a lot of complex mechanism. Is Stagi a fair comparison? Maybe a cheap Chinese concertina for a couple of hundred quid would be better? But this instrument still has way more in it than 8 concertinas. When I first wrote this post, some were saying you could not get an accordion for the price of a concertina, well, here it is. It was also pointed out that economy of scale would bring the price down, but, really, that much? If this company was to make a concertina, I wonder how much it would cost? Already paid for, awaiting delivery, but sharing my thoughts ahead of time. Maybe, I should rephrase the question to, why are concertinas so expensive?
  15. If I feel overwhelmed by the MacCann pattern, I look at a bandoneon and feel much better 😄
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