LAFidel Posted October 28, 2006 Share Posted October 28, 2006 The one point I can agree with in the topic starter's message is that it is virtually impossible to play Irish music on a Stagi. A poor instrument hinders a musician's ability to develop and improve his technical skills. A quality instrument, on the other hand, facilitates technical mastery and rewards practice with the bonus of beautiful sound. For this reason, I believe that it is the BEGINNER who can benefit most from a well-made concertina. An experienced player can make even the worst instrument sound good, if not great. A novice can't. Where is the incentive to practice if the concertina is not worthy of the effort? I might add that I have been playing the concertina for 6 or 7 years now. During that time, I have owned a Stagi, a Wheatstone, a Suttner and a Carroll. I have a Kensington and another Suttner on order. I have never paid more that $4500 out of pocket for an instrument. I live in rural Ohio, I don't have any special pipeline to the makers, but I haven't had a big problem finding decent concertinas, affordably priced. What I HAVE done is to keep in touch with fellow students from Noel Hill's Cincinnati class, and to visit the buy/sell and forums pages on this website daily. Working your contacts and your sources; it ain't rocket science. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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