gtotani Posted October 16, 2021 Share Posted October 16, 2021 (edited) Folks, Hello from Japan. I have acquired Rochelle-2 this July, and today I had a chance to put my hands on a standard Rochelle of some years old that belongs to a friend of mine. They are different exactly as described in the website of Concertina Connection. http://www.concertinaconnection.com/rochelle-2 anglo.htm In termes of 7-fold bellows, they looked quite similar and I felt they are of same quality. The aged bellows of original Rochelle were less stiff. To my surprise, when extended, the lengh of the standard Rochelle's bellows was longer. You might get disappointed if you expect smoother bellows on Rochelle-2. In terms of reed sound, I thought original Rochelle has a little bit brighter sound than Rochelle-2. If you prefer mellower sound, R2 could be your choice, but I do not think this would be a definite reason to choose R2. Both original Rochelle and Rochelle-2 that I played do not have "loud" voice, something like "muffed" sound where you cannot put all the power of air into the airflow of reed. Reeds of original Rochelle are mounted on accordion style bank with beeswax, where those of Rochelle-2 are mounted horizontally with screws. As for buttons, as it is explained in the official page, keyboard layout, rake, button size of both models are identical. Standard Rochelle has off-white plasticky buttons where Rochelle-2 has matte black-buttons. Neither of them are bush-felted, but do not make umpleasant noise. As same as other higer-grade model of Concertina Connection, buttons are skinny. As a consequence, the playability of standard Rochelle and Rochelle-2 do not seem to differ much. But, I believe that my Rochelle-2 is of the first batch and there could be some improvement in the following production. Who knows? (perhaps Wim does ) What makes Rochelle-2 better than original Rochelle are, from my point of view, 1. It is NOT bulky and close to standard sized concertina (still a little bit bigger than Minstrel) 2. Finish is matte black and not shiny celuloiid piano finish 3. Reeds are fixed horizontally on the reedpan with screws which would make it easier for the owner to get access to the reeds (for maintenance and fine tuning) 4. You pay less if you decide to upgrade to higher-classed Concertina Connection/Wakker concertina. I am very happy with my Rochelle-2 as my “camp” instrument or let my nephew give a try and I do not hesitate to recommend both models to any starters. As a conclusion, if someone asks me for an advice for his/her concertina, my first suggestion would be standard Rochelle. If he/she does not like the look of bulky&glossy instrument and ready to pay extra USD210, then Rochelle-2 would be a good choice. If he/she has desire to open the box and explore inside it, Rochelle-2 would be better. (I am sure Wim would not like the idea, though.) If any of you have original Rochelle or Rochelle-2 and have different perspectives, please share. Totani p.s. FYI, my main instrument is Concertina Connection Minstrel with Wakker Bellows upgrade, and I am getting used to the Herrington "Hercules" that came from Steve Shulteis through this forum. Such a lovely instrument! Edited October 17, 2021 by gtotani uploaded comparison photos 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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