McCarthy Posted February 11 Share Posted February 11 (edited) 5/14/23 - I have found a 48 button crane to suit my purposes and this thread has completed its purpose. Thank you for all of the interest and assistance! Hello, I am a fairly new concertina player and have started off with anglo. Been through a Wren 2 concertina from McNeela which I am in the process of returning as it was defect. They're handling the return situation fantastic so all's good there. Ended up with a used Clover from CC and love it. Also have lucked out and found a few old Lachenal's from ebay that I need to clean up once they are delivered. Just all 20/30 button C/G's. Now that I've got the itch, I would like to branch out to a duet concertina as it sounds very interesting and intuitive. I don't really want to start out with an Elise / Stagi even though I'm sure they would be a great stepping stone. Even a 39 or 46 key Lachenal seems kind of like an inappropriate stepping stone due to note selection. Go big or go home is my thought here. Have my mind set on a 57 Key Maccann Duet but am open to other duet concertinas. Mostly just looking for one that is not lacking the low C on the left hand. I've heard it can force the player to move an octave up at times. Considering going for a 62 key or larger duet concertina but am worried that they will be too large for a new player to get used to. Barleycorn has a really nice 62 key on their website which I'm sure is worth it but as a new player its a bit difficult for me to justify when I'm already still learning. It seems patience with finding the right concertina online really pays off, I've only been looking around for a few weeks so surely something would come around with some more time. Going out on a whim and upgrading from a beginner Wren to a Clover was a great move for me and I think I might have to accept that its going to cost a comparable amount to find the type of concertina that I'm describing here. I didn't think I'd end up there but the fact the concertina I bought at first only lasted a few days before it failed, I was kind of forced to accept the reality that it's worth spending an appropriate amount on these instruments. And the same approach I feel I applied to my anglo concertina I'd like to start right off with on the duet. Hope my ambition in seeking out such a wonderful instrument as a beginner is not percieved in bad taste. I recognize these instruments are best suited in the hands of those who are adept at them. We all have to start somewhere. Any advice as to my approach as a new concertina player here would be greatly appreciated as well. I'm using the McNeela Jack Talty music lessons as well as the OIAM music lessons. Thank you for any views and replies to my post. Live in Virginia, USA for shipping context purposes. Take care! Edited May 14 by McCarthy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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