JimLucas Posted May 14, 2014 Share Posted May 14, 2014 In this post, Henrik suggests further discussion of his modifications to the traditional design of the English concertina. I definitely think it's worth a discussion, but here, since I'm sure its relevance is broader than whether one can play Irish music on the EC... and vice versa.In the past, others have also proposed their own modifications, and I think a combined discussion of these various ideas would be more useful than taking each in isolation, so that's what I'm proposing for this Topic. As I find time (and if someone else doesn't beat me to it), I'll try to locate and link to those prior discussions. I'll start here with quotes from a couple of comments in the above-linked thread. Hand strap a' la Anglo, but no thumb strap etc de la English. Now that is interesting. I think what he's doing is using the wrist strap with which some ECs were fitted (listed as WS in the Wheatstone ledgers) but holding it like an anglo strap, with his thumb over the strap. It looks like he's used the screw ordinarily used for the thumb strap to hold the top of the wrist strap, although some Lachenals I've seen have a fitting for the strap in that position. Can't tell whether the pinkie grip is still there. Henrik isn't playing a modified vintage instrument, but one he's built from scratch, incorporating some personal modifications to the "traditional" design, as documented here on his web site.Here's a question from our friend Wolf, copied from the other thread: Regarding EC design you wouldn't rate your design (which appears to be quite helpful for what you're doing with the EC) as favouring playing melody with chords in "harmonic style" as well, would you? Let the discussion continue. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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