Steven Posted May 6, 2004 Share Posted May 6, 2004 (edited) The reason I'm asking if there's a standard is that there seem to be two diametrically opposed standards, but everyone seems to think there's just one. Here's the story: I started on a Bastari 43-key English. On this concertina, all the notes that fall on the lines on the staff are on the left, and all the spaces are on the right. Fine. The description of the keyboard layout at Don Nichols' site (here) says that this is how it is on an English concertina. Period. So then I bought a 48-key Lachenal. On this concertina, all the lines are on the right, and the spaces are on the left -- just the opposite of the other one. This confused me. All the tunes I had committed to muscle memory on the other one were now useless. I mentioned this on Saturday to Rachel Hall, who is a professional English concertina player (formerly with Broadside Electric, now with Simple Gifts), and she said she had never heard of such a thing. She referred to it as being "backwards from everyone else." This concerned me a bit, so I decided to do some research on the internet. I did a Google search for English concertina. One article I found right here on Concertina.net (which can be found here) shows the chord relationships on an English, and it clearly shows the buttons the way they are on my Lachenal. Another site that shows the keyboard layout also has it the same way as on my Lachenal. Finally, I found a site with pictures of the concertinas owned by the site owner (Paul Hardy -- I believe he hangs out here sometimes?), and it showed pictures of two trebles that have the bone buttons with the Cs in red. This allows you to see that both of these concertinas also have the same layout as my Lachenal. One is a Wheatstone and the other is a Lachenal. OK, so what's the deal here? It clearly is not always one way or the other. How did this come about, and why does nobody seem to talk about it (or even know about it)? This would seem to be a major issue whenever you want to buy a new concertina, because you'd have to make sure it had the same layout as you're used to, or else you'd have to unlearn and relearn everything, as I'm having to do now (unless you're a fabulous musician, which I'm not). Any help or insight that you folks could provide would be most gratefully appreciated. Thanks, Steven Edited May 6, 2004 by Steven Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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