Josh Birch Posted February 13, 2014 Share Posted February 13, 2014 As is probably obvious from my flurry of posts recently, I'm in the market for a new EC and I'm down to choosing between a Lachenal New Model treble and a 64-key Aeola extended tenor-treble in fantastic condition that's almost twice the price. In fact, the Aeola is really rather more than I can reasonably afford, but at the risk of seriously upsetting my wife I could probably make it work. Theoretically, all that range, in a package only barely larger and heavier than a Jackie, seems like a great idea. I could play clarinet and cello repertoire, in addition to flute and violin! No more worrying about range ever again! Real bass notes! I know, though, that sometimes ideas look fantastic on paper but run into trouble when translated into reality; I can't help noticing that there aren't a whole lot of people out there playing 64-key instruments. For those who have a 64-key English, or who have had one in the past, I would love to hear your observations. How do/did the larger size and weight affect the way you play? Are there ergonomics issues? Can you actually reach the notes on the upper and lower end? Does it work better/worse for particular styles of music? In case it's relevant, I play primarily classical music on the English, with a bit of folk and ITM for fun. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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