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Accordion v concertina reeds keeping in tune


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I could be mean and say that accordions are out of tune by design so no-one notices when they're out. I speak from experience having played in many sessions in Aberdeen with 1 or 2 fiddlers and umpteen accordion players.

 

See the thread on reed tuning to see Dave Elliot's thoughts on the perceptions of concertina in-tune-ness.  Again from experience, concertinas can be way out and still playable in sessions. As an aside, I've a concertina here at the moment which is over 100 years old, hasn't been tuned since the day it was born, spent a long time in America and still plays acceptably in-tune (albeit in old pitch)

 

Alex West

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