Geoff Wooff Posted May 16, 2014 Share Posted May 16, 2014 (edited) comfort is a big part of it for me, but not the whole thing. i am feeling that the valves and reeds aspirate and sound most fully when "attacked" coming down at a straight angle from above, a la the "attack" on anglo. on EC, you are slanting your reach to get a good bit of the range rather than coming down square. i feel it affects the sound, the oomph or feeling of lift, and is particularly annoying, again, in those notes "south" of the thumb strap. i think that is some of where that "refined " feel comes with EC that is very nice for classical-ish, chamber-ish stuff, but not optimal for dance, session, ceili, band, etc. playing. here's to new re-design options... So Ceemonster, please tell us , on what models have you had problems with your Attack on notes South of the Thumbstrap ? I ask this because " not all concertinas were created equal". Also, although I have pointed out on various occasions that buttons need to be approached at accute angles on the EC, it is when playing the whole keyboard that this is most apparent. When playing single line melodies ( most of what would normally be expected when playing ITM) it is easy to rotate one's hands a little to attack the low notes. Of course the fifths being in line can cause some problems but each and every keyboard ( especially the chromatic ones) will have its difficult intervals. I have overcome this one, by dint of practice, but I'm sure people with large hands and thick fingers might find the EC keyboard too claustrophobic. Looking at the Hand Rail for use on the EC: first a somewhat humerous suggestion is to 'Velcro' ( bande scratch, scratch band or whatever you call it in your country) the ends of the EC to your thighs, so's it does not shift around and use a sliding bridge type of hand rail that allows forward and back motion to position the fingers comfortably on an extended range keyboard. Serously though, looking at the stretch needed on the Maccann I find that I have shifted the hand rails slightly so as to be able to reach all the notes and this gives me a minimum distance, from the back of the hand rail to the button centres, of 44mm and max distance of 112mm ( this on my 67 key Aeola)... I can just manage at each end of the range but find it a little cramped at the lower end and buttons being operated by almost flat angled fingers at the far reaches. Sliding my hands in and out of the straps is also needed. Relating that to the EC; whereas my 67 Maccann has a button position range of 68mm and a 48 EC's distance from lowest to highest buttons is 62mm . One other thing that comes to mind is that whilst my hands are engaged in playing the 48 Treble EC they pretty much cover the whole of the ends and perhaps they act as a baffle to the exiting tones whereas on my similarly sized 46 Hayden it is only half my hand that might inhibit any sound projection. I'm sure this must be similar on an Anglo... perhaps extra holes drilled in the side frames might allow more freedom to the notes of an EC ? Edited May 16, 2014 by Geoff Wooff Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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