Long Haired David Posted May 5, 2011 Share Posted May 5, 2011 Having had some interesting discussions here about spending £300 on a new concertina, I ended up buying a 20 key Lachenal C/G. I now have even more problems. Firstly, when it arrived, it had a drone on the push from a stuck bottom G. In discussion with the sellers I got that fixed and am now confident about opening it up and re-aligning pads and so on. So I set about starting to play it. Consider that all I had before was a yellow and blue Stagi Gremlin that cost £75 on EBay. I have four problems that are making me wish sometimes that I should go back to El Cheapo. Problem 1. The bellows have been refurbished and it has quite a stiff action. I am told that this should ease over the next six months but it is giving me problems due to the arthritis in my hands. It is also (not sure how to express this) bouncing back and playing the note on the other action. Problem 2. Because of this stiff action, I am finding myself holding the right hand end with my finger tips to move the bellows and thus have a bit of an issue when playing anything on that side. Problem 3. It is a 5 bellows instrument as opposed to the 9 that was on the previous one and it runs out of puff much quicker than I am used to. I suppose that the answer to this one is that, instead of just playing my way through the book, I will need to concentrate on a couple of tunes and get the fingering right to counteract this. Problem 4. The keys are slightly different. The actual key layout is better as the problems I had playing D E F across the rows on the left hand, for instance, have gone away. However, the rows are in a different place and I am finding it hard to cover both rows on the left and to reach anything other than the first two buttons in both rows on the right. Problem 2 will solve once Problem 1 eases. Problem 3 is a case of practicing properly rather than just expecting to get better just by playing any old tune I fancy and living with the mistakes. Problem 4 should solve with time but I am finding it hard to set the straps so that I can get enough pull on the bellows whilst providing enough movement to get to all the keys. I think that I need to get my right hand to the same place that my left hand ability is sitting. All in all, I was really looking forward to getting a better concertina and have ended up frustrated. Getting back to learning the whistle sometimes seems easier. Please tell me it will get better - smile. David Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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