Jack Gravez Posted December 29, 2022 Share Posted December 29, 2022 Hi all. I’ve been on-and-off interested in getting a concertina for a few years now, and I am now more seriously considering diving in. I’ve done a fair bit of research around the best option for beginners on a budget (£600~) and have come up with the 3 options but am struggling to decide which I should go with. Within my price range for new concertinas are the Rochelle 2 and Wren 2. I’ve seen some info around the Wren being somewhat inferior to the Rochelle due to sticky buttons, but I’m not sure how prevalent that is? Plus as far as I’m aware, it would be easier to ship a Wren here than a Rochelle. The other option I’ve found is some specialist dealers in the UK have some 20b Lachenals available within my price range. Whilst I understand that these should be superior instruments due to their use of proper concertina reeds, there’s a fair few pieces of music I really want to play that can only be played on a 30b. The dealer does offer 100% refund upgrades however, so I could progress to a good vintage 30b at a later date, funds allowing. I mainly want to play folk/sea shanties, with some examples of these being the books by Gary Coover, or A Garden of Dainty Delights by Adrian Brown, as well as possibly expanding into Irish tunes further down the line. I was just wondering what you guys think is the best option? Buy new, and if so, which one? Or go for the 20b, and then upgrade to a 30b at a later date, even if it means I can’t play some of the tunes I like currently? Many thanks in advance, and sorry if I’ve made any mistakes anywhere, first time posting on the forum. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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