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Hi.

 

I'm planning to buy one of the following 2 concertinas:

 

http://www.hobgoblin.com/local/bigpic.php?ID=GR4812 at £249.00

Scarlatti. Chinese made, plastic buttons.

 

http://www.hobgoblin.com/local/bigpic.php?ID=GR4802 at £499.00

Stagi. Italian made, leather bellows, steel reeds.

 

Is the price difference worth it? It's probably something I'll keep for quite a while, so I'm inclined to think that the better materials of the Stagi would be more durable. But I've been told that the sound is quite similar...

 

Any advice?...

 

TIA, Pedro.

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Shouldn't you consider a Lachenal too? I don't follow English prices but my impression is that you could get a beginners instrument that would appreciate rather than depreciate and probably be better as well without going too overboard price-wise?

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Shouldn't you consider a Lachenal too? I don't follow English prices but my impression is that you could get a beginners instrument that would appreciate rather than depreciate and probably be better as well without going too overboard price-wise?

 

I started with a second hand 30B Stagi, which I brought up to as new playable condition, it was a great start. I paid $120 for it on Ebay, then put about 4 hours into fixing bellows and buttons. Shortly afterwards I bought a 20B Lachenal, and the Stagi NEVER gets played anymore. I bought my Lachenal on Ebay for about $300, and it is far more satisfying to play then the Stagi. I had to fix it up too, but nothing major. I would never recommend paying full retail price for a Stagi. If you're not into fixing things up, buy one that's already refurbished. They go for about $400 - $500. Just my opinion...

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I started on a 48 button black Stagi just like the one pictured. It wasn't too bad. About 6 months later, after I sort of figured out the fingering, I bought my first vintage Wheatstone. I notice the Chris Algar has a Stagi on ebay right now you might want to consider. I find the vintage Wheatstones I now have much easier to play and I like their sound better. Unless I'm playing where I expect the conditions to be bad I now play them instead of the Stagi. (I still use the Stagi for our annual dancing in the lap pool party.) I recommend that you check availability of low end vintage EC's. At approximately 500 pounds you may find that there are other options open to you.

 

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It's probably something I'll keep for quite a while, so I'm inclined to think that the better materials of the Stagi would be more durable.
I don't know of anyone who's kept such instruments for "quite a while" - unless there is absolutely no way they could afford anything better. In such case they have to put up with them despite their problems/limitations all while realizing more and more how much better the better ones are.

 

-- Rich --

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It's probably something I'll keep for quite a while, so I'm inclined to think that the better materials of the Stagi would be more durable.
I don't know of anyone who's kept such instruments for "quite a while" - unless there is absolutely no way they could afford anything better. In such case they have to put up with them despite their problems/limitations all while realizing more and more how much better the better ones are.

 

-- Rich --

 

I started out on a Hohner many years ago, then put it into "storage" when I acquired a Wheatstone Treble and a Wheatstone Baritone. Recently I pulled it out the Hohner and played it. I was surprised at the ease of fingering jigs and reels, and the reasonable tone in playing airs.

 

I had understood that Hohners and Stagis were made by the same producer. Is there a difference between a Hohner and a Stagi?

 

Rod

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