gtotani Posted October 17, 2021 Share Posted October 17, 2021 (edited) Hi, Folks, My main concertina is Minstrel with Wakker bellows upgrade that I boughtin early 2018, and I have acquired Rochelle-2 this year. Since both of them are hybrid Anglo concertina provided by Concertina Connection, I suppose some of you may be interested in how different they are. First of all, please have in mind that I know nothing about the default bellows that come with standard Minstrel. Secondly, according to the website of Concertina Connection, bellows for English (or Duet) differ from those of Anglo. http://www.concertinaconnection.com/replacement bellows.htm Therefore, what I write here, especially on bellows, may not apply to English concertinas and Duet concertinas. Thirdly, my Minstrel is version 1.0 with Hat design. Current Minstrel is version 2.0 wity Lyre design. (Origin) Minstrel - Made by Concertina Connection in USA Rochelle-2 - Made in China under instruction and supervision of Concertina Connection, shipped to customers from USA (Reed) Minstrel reeds sound and respond far better. One is able to control from pp to ff at ease. Rochelle-2 sounds somewhat "mufflered" but Minstrel sounds good. You can choose Jeffries layout for Minstrel when placing an order. Reeds are screwed to reed pan horizontally on both models. (Bellows) Very, very different. 6-fold Wakker bellows are as smooth as they should be from the day of purchase. 7-fold Bellows that come with Rochelle-2 are decent, but I felt that air capacity difference between "compressed" and "stretched" is inferior to 6-fold bellows of Minstrel. (fretwork) Fretwork of Minstrel is a beauty. You can enjoy the rivet action moving. Fretwork of Rochelle-2 is fancier that that of standard rochelle, but the area is limited to a minimum extent. (Type of wood) Both of them are black (ebonized, do you call it?). I think the quality of Wood is quite different. Is there any other questions? I would be glad to answer if I can. Totani Edited October 18, 2021 by gtotani added photos 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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