Syncopepper Posted December 17, 2020 Share Posted December 17, 2020 As this post touches on multiple topics that individually could better go in other forums, I thought is best to put them in the general forum to be considered together. I have been playing a Lachenal New Model 56 key extended-treble for many years. As it is used for accompaniment to my vocal range, I play mostly at the bottom range of this instrument. I have noted that the thumb straps are now wearing out and it appears that the wear is due to twisting to reach the lower buttons. When I traded up in quality years ago I moved from a cheaper tenor instrument which I still own. Losing the lower range was a consideration when I purchased the New Model but the lost lower range has not really been an issue except for the ergonomic problems with thumb strap wear, and recently, arthritis in my left thumb which I think has been caused, or exasperated, by my concertina playing. The thumb problem has reached the point where I must do something to continue playing and I have considered two possible options. The first would be to replace the thumb straps on the New Model with thicker and/or more flexible straps and have wrist straps installed to relieve pulling pressure on the thumbs. The second option would be to trade up to a tenor, baritone, or treble (with an extended downward range) to better position my hand in the lower range (and probably also wrist straps). My intention is to trade up to a comparable or better quality instrument as the current New Model. Fortunately in the past few years I have sat down at both the Button Box and at Barleycorn and played many concertinas allowing me to have some idea of what I am looking for. My big take-a-ways from trying so many instruments is that I do not like the harsh loud sound of metal ended instruments and that some of the more modern ECs, many of which are hybrids, are better than I expected. As this will be my big chance to do a trade up, I’m considering Aeolas, Ediophones, and other ECs of that caliber or one step below, depending on what I can get for trade in value on the New Model. I am also considering the possibility of a more modern EC but would still want to move on from the current New Model so might have to then sell it separately. If anyone has suggestions or thoughts or other options I should be considering please let me know. I could use some advice. Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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