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  1. Sebastian

    445 Hz?

    When I started to venture into concertina-land, I was interested in taking a new approach. I mean, I pressed keys for all my life, and I know this one-key-one-note-thing. A bisonoric instrument was interesting for me, because it combined key pressing with something new (bellows direction). In the beginning I tried a 30b anglo-german concertina too, but neither did I like the sound nor did the layout make much sense for the 'harmonic style' I'm used to think in. I think you should begin somewhere (maybe with a fairly standard english concertina), and if you later don't find it to your liking, you could sell the instrument and switch to a different kind of concertina (a duett). A concertina has a resell-value, so not all of your investment would be lost. And you can't ponder on everything before you have gathered enough first-hand experience. There will always be surprises.
  2. Sebastian

    445 Hz?

    It depends on what you want a concertina for and why you want a concertina. I'm a "classically trained" organist, and the instrument that turned out as "the best fit for me" is a 20-button german concertina.
  3. Sebastian

    Ab/Eb 20 Button Anglo Concertina for sale

    It depends on the playing style. For me the base note in this position is indeed very helpfull, whereas I have no real use for the third note of the scale in this position.
  4. Sebastian

    Ab/Eb 20 Button Anglo Concertina for sale

    I listened to your playing on YT and the layout seems normal (besides the first button of the inner row on push of course). I put it on my watch-list on eBay, but need to think it over a little.
  5. Sebastian

    Ab/Eb 20 Button Anglo Concertina for sale

    Lovely! And in the right keys. Would you send it to Germany?
  6. Yes, they are indeed tuned an octave apart (more or less), and the second set of reeds sounds one octave below the normal register of an anglo-german concertina (à la bandoneon or Orgelstimmung). I am not shure whether Puppchen would sound acceptable or not on a single-reeded 20-button concertina, because it makes frequent use of the highest notes of the G-row. The same may apply to the Marino Waltz. Single-reeded german concertinas shouldn’t be tuned in C/G in my opinion, but a bit lower, e. g. in A/E or G/D. Even on the double-reeded C/G concertina the Puppchen-melody sounds a bit high pitched. Therefore it is advantageous to underpin the high melody notes by some lower notes from the current chord (normally a third or a sixth below the melody note), I think.
  7. Hello Sebastian.  I thought I'd PM you so as not to clog the thread.  From what I gather from the web, ( the information is sparse and somewhat conflicting) The "Tromba" refers to the notes of a non-valved horn such as a bugle ( harmonics only).  The main string passes over a "buzzing" (or "rattling" depending on how it is adjusted) bridge, one foot of which is set to just clear the sound board.  It's this that I thought I heard in Fane's music.





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  8. Yes. In German it's called "nuns' trumpet". 😃 But I wonder: I never encountered monks using horns!? (Maybe it relates to cornetts? But still ...) Thank you, I'll take a look at them.
  9. Very nice! I toyed a bit with Paulstretch filters when a tune was to simple. What kind of filters did you use? @wunks A tromba marina, or how is it called in English?
  10. Yes. For example to follow the moving school holidays. :)
  11. Alas! It's at the same weekend as the german concertina meeting near Munich.
  12. When I started to play the concertina, I toyed a bit with an Anglo, too. But I quickly let it rest in its box, because it was boring (or too complicated for my brain) and not fun to play. It was a good move to try it, and an even better to let it go. 😊
  13. You might want to go to mel.net and search there for the term "dutch reversal".
  14. Sebastian


    If you read german, you might be interested in the Höselbarth-Anweisung (I learned to play by it) and maybe in my Konzertina spielen lernen.
  15. Yes. It hast two reeds per note, tuned (more or less) an octave apart.