Geraghty Posted April 5, 2022 Share Posted April 5, 2022 (edited) Anyone want to play "Which concertina should I buy"? I am in the market for a G/D concertina. I've been toying with the idea of getting one for a few years now. I primarily play Irish traditional but my partner mainly plays Morris/English music. I also just generally like playing around with different keys. There are no sessions in my area (Oregon US) at this time. I currently have: A Dipper C/G - primary instrument when I do get to play A Tedrow 8-sided C/G An Edgley C/G (needs repairs and am saving for my kids to learn on if they wish) A Bb/F that is probably a Jones or similar, restored by Barleycorn. It's not quick by any means. A German mini Eb/Bb (more a novelty than a properly playable instrument) A German mini G/D an octave higher than normal (restored by AC Norman but still somewhat in novelty-land) A 13 button AC Norman mini I could go one of two ways on this...go big and get something really nice, or go medium considering it won't be a C/G. Options that have come up include the following: A very early Dipper G/D (late 1970s), and it would still need to be available in June when I will be in the UK. A new Kensington G/D - wait time is about 2-3 months currently, and mailing within the US is straightforward. A new Carroll G/D - wait time is about 10 months currently, and mailing within the US is straightforward. One of two secondhand Morse G/D that have come to my attention in the past few days. One is in the UK. The other is outside both the US and the UK and would likely incur customs fees on mailing. With the exception of the Dipper if it's still available in June, I wouldn't be able to try any of these before purchase. Trying it would require an entire day of driving to get there and back to where I am supposed to be in the UK, and it's only a ten day trip. I like instruments that are quick and lightweight - I know that as a lower instrument than a C/G, it will have longer reeds and more weight. Also my Dipper is a very small one so anything else is going to feel big. Price is not the defining consideration. I am likely to have enough in my Concertina Savings Account to handle the purchase, especially if I can sell a mini anglo that I listed recently. I prefer wooden ends over metal, and warmer tones over super loud. Kensington says wooden ends would be possible. Carroll offers wooden ends as a standard option. The Dipper has metal ends. Both Morse have wooden ends. The one in the UK has a G drone on the left side. I'm not sure whether I should go the cheaper route and get one of the Morse, or figure "you only live once" and get one of the others. I started this journey assuming I'd get the Dipper, but the age of it worries me slightly. And I don't think I've heard any of these makes in person. I think my gut is trying to decide between the Morse in the UK with the drone key (the cheaper option) or the Carroll. I guess the Kensington is the middle option. What would you recommend and why? Is there something else (instrument or factor) that I should be considering? Edited April 5, 2022 by Geraghty Adding final sentence Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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