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  1. Actually I was looking to spend around 500 dollars, or 350 english pounds. It is too late for christmas of course, but I'd still like to get her one. She has long expressed a longing for a squeezebox of some kind. I will try to find out what that means exactly. I just wanted to get her a cheap but good concertina to get started on - if she likes it, then she can spend the big bucks in the future. As for type, I was only thinking Duet because people said it suits piano players and sight readers. I just want one that is fully chromatic and reasonably easy to knock out a tune on. Personally
  2. not a straightforward process? it's a bleedin' nightmare! So I think I've misunderstood again - it's not that there isn't an A flat, it's just there isn't one in one of the ocatves? - is that right? (you can tell I'm not much of a musician myself). What I mean is you could play a scale and when you come to the missing A flat, play a lower A flat instead? I'm afraid I just can't afford to spend more than around £300, that's why I'm keen on the Elise.
  3. I didn't know it was missing A flat / G sharp? I thought it was fully chromatic? This gets even more confusing! Which of the concertina types from Concertina Connection is chromatic? I originally posted as I was looking for a concertina that would suit a piano player. If it's missing a semitone from every octave then it's not going to be much good!
  4. Well I may just order an Elise from concertina connection, so I can surprise her. If she gets on with that and gets really into it, then we can look at investing in a high quality instrument.
  5. I think a chemnitzer Is probably too bulky for what she's after actually. I think an Anglo is a definite no-no for her, but I'm still a bit confused as to whether a duet or an English would suit. As I understand it the difference between an English and a Duet is that on the English the notes alternate from hand to hand going up the chromatic scale, and on a Duet all the low notes are on the left and the high notes are on the right, like on a piano? As duets are so hard to come by, do you think an English would be ok? At the end of the day, do they sound any different? Or is the only di
  6. Newbie here, and I'm trying to source a concertina for a gift for my partner. She's a good piano player and sight reader, and the research I've done seems to suggest a duet concertina would be best. She'd like to play american folksy waltzes, kind of 'waltons' homespun music, but she'd also want to play french and italian tunes, country and western etc. However, it seems there is very little teaching material for duets, is that true? I then found you tube videos of a chemnitzer concertina, and I think she'd love to be able to play oom pah style like that. This has confused me even more, as
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