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  1. NESI - Sorry, if you've been here less than a year you haven't seen the long discussions every year of the largest squeeze-box event in North America that I know of, the North East Squeeze In. Usually held on a weekend in September in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts (i.e., not a long way from you), it is the best chance I can think of to see, try (with permission), and compare a lot of different instruments, makes, etc. It may happen this year but the date and venue will differ (our usual venue is closed), or it may be virtual as in 2020. The organizers are working on that now and will post something soon I'm sure at https://www.squeeze-in.org/ . Back on topic: I don't notice such details about the buttons when I'm playing, maybe some do. The Ceili has delrin buttons, which can make quick motion between keys easy for some, but metal-capped buttons as on the Clover as much preferred by others. Details that matter to someone else may not matter to me and vice versa, but I won't go into more minutiae here (it is an endless topic). I've found I can switch button type/feel without any effect (that I notice) on my playing. I even switch between Jeffries and Lachenal layout on anglo with a couple-of-minutes brain reset, so I don't rule out a design detail a priori when choosing among models. Unfortunately, IMO you can't intellectualize a way through this; if one design were clearly superior the others would already be extinct. It is really a matter of feel, how it works for you personally (if it matters at all). So again, you can pick one now (flip a coin?) or wait for a chance to try them both first. Good luck, welcome to the madness. Ceili on left, Clover (built by me from one of the few kits Wim did over a decade ago) on right. Ken
  2. I have both (well, the Clover is my wife's). You won't go wrong with either model or either dealer/manufacturer. One may suit your taste more than the other, but you'd need to try both to see what you prefer. You have two ways to address that. You can wait until you have a chance to try each one (NESI was always a good chance for that; we'll see if it happens this year), or just choose one and go for it. Ken
  3. [OK, duplicate threads and I replied to the wrong one. Have merged them] Where are you located? Maybe we can find a nearby member with a better-grade instrument you can try. Then you'll know the difference. Ken
  4. Folks from the eastern US and Canada may have encountered Judy Minot at the Northeast Squeeze-in, so the name may be familiar.
  5. My understanding/experience is the keys in the name of an anglo concertina or a melodeon/diatonic button accordion are giving lowest key first. So the G row on a C/G anglo is indeed a fifth higher than the C row. Melodeons differ; on my G/C Hohner, the G row is a fourth lower than the C row. If I have omitted "key" details I know others will sort it out for us (as always). Ken
  6. In 2006 on a visit to Australia I got to have a visit with Richard (kindly arranged by Chris Ghent). Richard lived up in the mountains west of Sydney - very scenic - with birds and wallabies running/hopping about the house and yard. I went up by train and the railroad platform was dirt. It was fun to see the shop and what he was working on. IIRC the fires were hard on that area some years later. It certainly wasn't a setting you'd associate with tech like high-speed internet. Note the Kookaburra birds in the fretwork of this instrument! Ken
  7. If you happen to know what keys it is tuned in (C/G for example) that information would help you find the right buyer. Good luck. Ken
  8. The content here related to concertinas has been about ways to transfer funds internationally, and some of the pitfalls we should all be aware of on the internet. Assuming we have covered that it may be time to recess the rest of the discussion to another forum. Back to your concertinas, thanks. Ken
  9. Actually we have ads all over (banners top and bottom of each page) - helps Paul pay for server space. But we do this mostly for fun...now where did I put my concertina? Ken
  10. This has come up before, with sellers in the past asking that general discussions and debates be in separate threads. I suppose I could try to police this in every thread, but it would be simpler if all of you would do it when you are tempted to make comments. 😶 Thanks. Ken
  11. I don't know how this project has worked out for you, but a beginning player near me would probably be interested. He has done quite of job of teaching himself English concertina in just a few months, but is now getting interested in Duet systems as better suited to his music. I told him he should consider Crane system. The only instrument hereabouts that he can try so far is an Elise Hayden so this is one way he could get a feel for Crane. I don't know exactly what touch device he uses, but I know it is not Apple or Mac/iOS. Ken
  12. Duplicate thread removed. Interesting gear, David! Ken
  13. Based on what we've heard in the past, I wouldn't expect Wim to change the note layout of the Elise. Whenever questions arise about, for example, offering a G/D Rochelle or Clover model or more notes on the Elise, my recollection is that he says he is selling what the worldwide market is buying, not just a single genre of music or nation of music makers. I can see his point - it is sales volume that supports creating so many new models, which is something for which Wim deserves significant credit. I can't think of another maker that offers as wide a range as he does. If I am mistaken in this impression I'm sure someone will correct me. 😉 Ken
  14. All true, except my impression is the Rochelle trade-in policy (at both C Connection and Button Box) is they will trade in instruments originally bought from their store - not interchangeable among businesses SFAIK. Ken
  15. Looks like more than 30 buttons on your baritone? That can help with music like this! Great! Ken
  16. OK, I just pulled the trigger and joined. Thank you Daniel for repeated suggestions. I meant to do this (literally) decades ago. At the time (if my recollection is not addled) it was suggested I should send a draft in dollars by post to the UK. Knowing what headaches that causes the recipient in another country, I hesitated to do so. Much easier now, even if the middlemen do take a cut of the proceeds. Ken
  17. Is it in C/G? Should probably add that info. Good luck with the sale. Ken
  18. That Icelandic Hymn was recorded by Fiddle Fever about 40 years ago (how time flies) - Jay Unger, Evan Stover, Matt Glaser, et al. with a similar tempo and feel on multiple violins. Very nice on duet concertina! Tap, Didie describes his Morse Beaumont with extra bellows in this thread. Ken
  19. The Button Box in the US sold case covers made by Cavallaro. I have one and agree that it has held up great after nearly 2 decades. That company has ceased production IIRC, but according to the web site they still have some of the larger covers for the cases for their 7-inch concertinas. Anyone interested could ask the BB about case covers. Ken
  20. Ciaran, I'm sure I speak for the boss when I say it is fine to post this. There is another thread on the new VAT challenges (or confusion) shipping from the US to the UK but we won't let that discourage anyone on the west side of the pond from getting in touch. I'm sure you are used to dealing with that. Ken
  21. Love the title of the clip in the middle of the page: "Scatter the Mud on Concertina." [Don't try this at home, folks! 😎 ] Seriously, good to have more models available. Ken
  22. I recall humor at the time the Jack baritone appeared as a follow-on to the Jackie treble: That Wim would introduce a bass model and call it the "Ja." It was a joke, of course. Ken
  23. If I had an instrument from a family member I'd be strongly tempted to hang onto it until I could afford to fix it and play it. But that's just me, and the pile of various instruments in my house shows I'm not very practical. 8o) Ken
  24. Unless I'm missing something here, a Crane is neither an anglo or an English-system concertina as most of use think of them. It is a duet, and has its own way of playing. You might edit the title of this thread to change "anglo" to "duet" which may help attract the duet experts to chime in and advise you. Ken
  25. I have experience with a slightly earlier Wheatstone anglo (33xxx IIRC), hook action, mahogany ends. It had "Linota" stamped on the handle. This may be less significant than in the earlier concertinas; my impression is that all anglos got this label in the 1930s at Wheatstone. That said, it was a reasonably nice instrument if not quite up to the level of the "golden age." Our real experts will no doubt know more and whether I have the right impression. Ken
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