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Mystery Jig

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  1. Folk music is what I have always played. Singing is what I've always done. I learned to play the five-string banjo when I was in high school and devoted to Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Towards the end of school, I discovered girls liked the guitar much better, so I picked that up too, along with a harmonica around my neck. In the 1990s I made a living in an Irish pub band and added tin whistle and bodhran. Tenor banjo seemed like the thing to play when I joined a jug band ten years ago. But, for years, I always wanted to play the concertina. It wasn't until last year I realized there was more than one system. After watching lots of youtube videos, listening to recordings and reading pages and pages of information online, I settled on the Hayden system. I've had an Elise since April 2010 and I couldn't be more happy. It really fits me. It's almost never in the case. I can't keep my hands off it. I've already started saving for an upgrade, which will have to come sooner than later. The Elise is not made to last forever.


    To recap, my instruments, in order of how much I play and/or perform with them are as follows...


    1. Guitar

    2. Tenor Banjo

    3. Harmonica

    3.5 Hayden Elise

    4. Five-string banjo

    5. Tin Whistle


    Singing goes without saying.

  2. The original post asked: For those who have been playing it for a while, how is it settling in? Not: please rant for the umpteenth time how much you don't think the Hayden system is worth learning.


    As I said, I'm sure you all can play better than me. But you can't tell me I don't have a ball playing the Elise by ear and not worrying about my future as a concert concertina-ist.

  3. I don't doubt it. But what's that got to do with getting an Elise and enjoying myself? Your dislike of the instrument is well documented. Now your ego is also well documented, too. If I had wanted to insult you personally, I would have used your name. Get over yourself already.

  4. Hi, I think the Elise has been out for over a year now. For those who have been playing it for a while, how is it settling in? I'm not concerned with accidental mechanical failure. I'm still thinking of exploring the duet system and I have a budget. I would expect to use an Elise for 2-3 years before an upgrade. So, I hoping for verdicts on sound, bellows, and longevity and playability over the one - two years you have had the instrument. Thank you! Eric in Montana


    I'll have had mine a year next month. It's been a lot of fun. I play it, probably, five days a week. Usually, I have it sitting on the kitchen table and I pick it up a few times a day. The bellows were stiff for a long time and they appear to be made from duct tape. The buttons are a little wobbly, too. It's the cheapest (and least expensive) duet concertina you will find, for sure. But I love it for what it is. I don't dislike it for what it is not.


    If your plan is to explore and enjoy yourself on a budget, go for it. If you wish to play in a serious ensemble, reading all those squiggly lines on the staff and being a curmudgeon, then don't go the Elise route.


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