LoiS-sez Posted March 23, 2010 Share Posted March 23, 2010 In a previous topic I talked about the "joys" of starting out inexpensively. When I started on guitar I started with a cheap beginner instrument & later moved up when I needed it. Well I just stepped beyond my cheap Chinese made Cozart to a Stagi. O.k. it's not a major step, but I've gone from a 20 button to 30 & am slowly exploring the differences. Was told most people starting out as I did give up the concertina. NOPE! It let me try it out & see if I really wanted to play concertina. YES! I'm hooked. I learned I wanted to stay with an Anglo because it is perfect for Celtic music I love. I'm especially fond of Scottish music & need to write a separate topic asking more about any Scottish concertina traditions. I also expected I'd want a G/D since I find Drop D tuning on my guitar & playing in those keys seems perfect for my voice on the guitar. Guess what? I can manage a C/G by singing an octave lower. The benefit is that kids can hear that higher octave of the instrument, which is better for their voices. I also have to do less transposing with a C/G of many folksongs. That row of accidentals is making that even less necessary. LET"S HEAR IT FOR A B FLAT!!! I remembered Stagi being a topic at the Button Box's site, so I just went to see what they say is needed: Our skilled technicians enhance Stagi concertinas by: checking for and repairing leaks completely tuning all reeds so that the instrument is in concert pitch (a=440 Hz) checking and repairing the action mechanism to ensure that it is quiet and responsive adjusting valves to minimize noise adjusting the reed set to make sure that the voicing is even. We spend considerable time on each concertina before it goes to its new home, and we guarantee new instruments for one full year. You may see a Stagi concertina sold for a lower price by another retailer -- but there may be hidden costs. Customers who bought a Stagi elsewhere have spent hundreds of dollars with our repair department to fix problems that the Button Box takes care of before you buy. ************************************************* Mine is a new Stagi with no leaks. Haven't checked for concert pitch, but don't foresee playing it with others, although that may change since I'm a member of a local folk music society. The action is both quiet & responsive. I'm not sure if the voicing is even, but I think the only time it's not is due to the amount of air available. I do find it louder & at times it has made me think of a car horn. Some say Stagis are mellow, but I'm not sure about that. Part of this could be that I'm still getting used to concertinas in the 1st place. Somewhere here I read your playing improves just with a better instrument. I know the extra row is something that trips me up a bit. One reason I decided to "step up" right away is the fear of picking up bad habits. I don't notice this making my playing improve except in 1 way: the bellows motion is more fluid. I still have the same needs for air in just about the same places, so that's not a factor. I bought it at Castiglione's here in the Detroit metro area when I had a storytelling performance nearby. I'm told there's a 1 yr. warranty. Aside from getting to know it by playing & playing, any suggestions on what I should check out during this year? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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