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    Retired electr. tech, play guitar by ear, and am attempting same with Anglo concertina.
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  1. You are right - a major difference, in appearance at least, is that the Stagi has more buttons. However, in my opinion, the additional right hand buttons( highest notes) are near useless. When first choosing the Stagi, I assumed that the additional buttons would give me more range, versatility. But because of the difficulty of re-locating my entire hand thru the strap to hit them, and because they are rather thin, weak sounding, I dont use them. After reading the above responses to my question, and thinking more about this, I suppose the best approach for me is to find an Elise that I can try out, as see if I like the "feel" of it. Based on my experience with accordions and anglo concertinas, the Stagi seems a bit stiff and not as manageable as I would expect.(I could go on about Stagi's , but it is possible to have fun with the instrument, which is the main reason I play music.)
  2. I currently play a Stagi Duet, and can verify the criticisms that have appeared on this site in the past. But I have accepted it's limitations, and am having fun with it. But it is clearly not a "high end"instrument. Since I cannot afford an older restored instrument, my question is, would and Elise duet be considered an upgrade in playability and sound ? Thanks in advance for your time Felix
  3. I play, by ear,the Stagi Hayden duet concertina, and also a bit of accordion, but can't read music, and know only a little theory. Given that background, I hope someone can answer my question in the context of those two instruments. My question is, "When the left hand presses a button on a Geuns Hybrid Bandoneon, does it play a chord (as an accordion ) or does it play a single note,(as my Stagi duet?) I have found a lot of discussion about the Geuns hybrid, but this detail eludes me. I tend to play so-called "oom-pah" accompaniment to the melody, and altho I can afford a Geuns, I am not sure it is intended for what I like. An accordion is well suited to this, given the arrangement of buttons on the left. Thanks in advance for your time Felix
  4. What is the rule, or etiquette, on this site, for posting some of my concertina music that is copyrighted by someone? Assuming I only want to share the music, and expect no profit from the post, is it OK ? Thanks in advance for your time
  5. flix

    Morris tune

    I enjoyed that tune. Since I am new, would you please give me a sentence or two about the type of concertina? Thanks
  6. I have been playing and enjoying my new Stagi Hayden duet for the last month, and have only one concern. The right, or treble side is easily smothered by the left side, most probably due to the smaller reed size on the right side. In fact, the upper row of treble notes is so faint that only single note runs are useful with those notes, and even then, they are relatively faint and hard to hear with any background noise. My question is, is this a problem with all duets, or is there a type that has double reeds or some other difference that balances the left and right sides ?
  7. I don't feel qualified to join either side of this interesting discussion, but I would like to speak from an entirely different perspective. I belong to the group of people who don't play for money, or large concerts. We play for our own amusement or to entertain friends and maybe an occasional small audience. We are amateurs, or hobbyists. And it seems to me that the number of people who just play for fun of it is decreasing. I regret this, and when I can, I try to share the enjoyment I get from the concertina, and encourage others to try it. And so, given that background, I would hope that as a community, we make decisions that draw more people into this area, and I hope that we can avoid excluding information that might help beginners into our wonderful, satisfying endeavor.
  8. This thread reminds me of a conversation I once had with a man from Switzerland. He mentioned that those big multi dialed watches called chronographs were rarely seen in Switzerland, altho they were manufactured there. He said they were jokingly referred to locally as "American watches," but he never saw a local actually using one.
  9. Hi I recently learned the hard way a basic rule for shipping a concertina. I bought a concertina on eBay,including a lined, hard case. It arrived very well packed, with a very thick cardboard box and lots of protective foam and bubble wrap between the case and the cardboard box. However, the concertina was loose inside it's case, with between 1 inch and 2 inches of unrestricted travel inside the case. The result ? One reed block is loose, several keys fell off, and there is a good air leak, (I don't believe these issues were there before shipping.) And so, the lesson I learned is, protect the concertina in a way that prevents movement inside the case. I know that shippers do not always handle our precious cargo with the same affection we have toward the instruments, and each time the box is tossed, stacked ,jostled or wedged between two other boxes, the fragile concertina takes another bump against the inside of the case. Next time I order anything thru the mail, I will require/specify that the instrument is packed and insulated inside it's own case.
  10. I have not posted here before, and need some advice. I play an Anglo, and want to "upgrade" to an English type concertina. However, I want to spend the minimum amount for it. Of course, I don't want something which defies repair due to bad design, or cheap construction. But since I am not sure I will continue with it , I don't want to spend a great deal of money for one of the better known classic instruments. If I am not being naive/unreasonable here, I hope someone can suggest a source or model that might fit my criteria. Thanks in advance for your time
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