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  1. I am sure that all three would have served me well for a while. But I was lucky enough to have sold a few more things at the right time to stretch for the 22. As I suspect many of us came to the concertina from other instruments. I think many of us, regardless of skill levels have found that we hit a wall in our increasing abilities vs the capabilities of our instruments. I felt I hit that with the Lachenal. And having an AC Norman Anglo, I had a benchmark as to how a concertina could be. The Norman, by contrast, was like a Ferrari. Nimble, fast and expressive with a huge dynamic range. Not having a ton of experience, I have no idea if the Norman is great, good, or poor compared to the population of what is out there. Maybe when the 22 lands I will realize that the Norman is not that exceptional in contrast.
  2. FWIW... the choice actually came down to the 22 or the Holmwood. i opted for the 22. Now I wait for delivery.
  3. Stephen (and all) this is really helpful. i know that it is near impossible to generalize. Or make a 100% informed decision without hands on side by side comparison. Especially in terms of 100+ years of time, use, wear, care etc. but I am in mass and Greg is in Ky. if action and response is pretty similar. And. 21 can be described as a “honkey Anglo” while sounding pretty politically incorrect and possibly quite racially charged.. that seems to be more inline with what I am Anglo-ing for... I will wait for others including Greg to weigh in.. but that and saving a bunch of cash leans things a bit in the 21 direction.. add to that buying a 21 close to 2021. Gets a pseudo numerology voodoo magic thing going And now I can’t seem to get The Who “So you think 21 is going to be a good year” out of my head..
  4. Ok as a follow up to the 21 vs Holmwood thread.. I had taken the advice of the crowd and opted for the 21.. sent my Lachenal and the money to Greg J.. and then something happened on the way to Kentucky . I sold something else. I could now get a 22 that Greg has. It is a good deal of money difference.. and I am NOT a great player at this point. Should I just take the plunge and do it. Or save the money and work up to it? is there an $800 ish difference? But what is the wisdom. Of the sages here?
  5. rac.. I am arguing from the if you have been self quaranting for what ever reason. Then I would probably suggest not taking the gig. If you have been out and around then, I would take the gig. if it were me.. I have gone to work every day, been shopping regularly and generally trying as best as possible to go about my life as usual. I would either take the gig, or be happy to support him by going where would be playing and having a drink or eating.
  6. Imo... if you are currently and have been self isolating then I would say no. Don’t do it. if, however, you have been out and around, going shopping, in grocery stores, picking up take out, etc.. then I would do it. I would assume that you will be set up at least 6-10 feet away from customers. And if they have a small stage you can set up at the far or farthest point. if you don’t sing, wear a mask, etc.
  7. I am struggling to sell enough for one.. two is way out at this point.
  8. Not by any means an accomplished player. but I started with Anglo with the intention of doing mainly ITM. the Anglo just never clicked and made sense to me. I picked up an English and that just made a whole lot more sense to me.
  9. Definitely no complaints about you.
  10. Greg.. yes the Holmwood is gorgeous and yes. You ARE killing me.
  11. Theo, aside from the weight? Is the 21 just a faster, louder, sharper instrument? And just all around better, maybe just not as attractive?
  12. Geoff, so far that seems to be consensus. A 21 is within reach, a 22 for time being is out. but this (so far) seems to be based on people having hands on experience with the Wheatstone. And not based on experience with the Holmwood. The Holmwood could be a superior choice. But there just seems to be a lack of feedback due to rarity.
  13. FWIW.. I am not a duet player. Possibly because I had a stagi. It looked nice. But it was massive. Sound was anemic and the reeds were very slow.
  14. All, I fainally traded something and am within striking distance of making my upgrade happen. Looking for a bit of advice from the people that know a lot better than I do. I currently have a 48 button Lachenal. Steel reeds 6 fold. It sounds good. But looking for something faster and louder. The intent is at some point to do Irish sessions. And for a bit of reference, I have a metal ended AC Norman Anglo that I am making the fast/ loud comparison. trade to be transacted through the ever awesome Jazzy Greggie J.. the two available that I am looking at are a Wheatstone 21 and. Holmwood 56 TT. the 21 seems like the “everyone agrees” vote. But the Holmwood seems to be everybody’s “coulda woulda shoulda.. the one that got away. And . I should have grabbed it when I could” vote. Greg has also advised that the shape of the Holmwood buttons are not like everything out there. And this is not the lightest of beasts. can those that have immensely more experience give some thoughts? and unfortunately, with all that is going on “going out and trying them” is not possible. thanks in advance.
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