ragtimer Posted September 14, 2007 Share Posted September 14, 2007 I'm feeling really stupid about missing NESI, but as of this afternoon I'm having my own private Concertina Fest right here. The postman just delivered my new (but vintage 1980-something) Bastari Hayden Bandoneon, which arrived in fine shape from England. It has 67 keys, goes down to low F (just under Bass Clef) on the LH but only Middle C on the RH. Same as the Bastari concertina version. It's square, 7-5/8" per side, with a center frame piece in the bellows. Both sides have octave reeds for M+H effect, no register switches. It looks much like any Stagi model -- natural mahogany finish. Buttons are felt bushed and the action is very light and easy. The button spacing is much closer than on my Stagi Hayden, and is taking some getting used to, as I overshoot the rows on the RH side. But the closer, smaller buttons are in keeping with the high quality Haydens I've seen, so good for me learn. Should be easier to play once I adapt. All sharp and flat buttons are black, while the naturals are white; looks like the back of a skunk Some Cranes were made this way too. This makes it a little easier to figure out your finger positions when starting a piece, since some rows have 8 buttons. Yes, lots of Flats and redundant accidentals. I can play an Ab major of F minor scale as God (well, Brian) intended! The hand straps are more rugged than on the Stagi, and one's entire hand goes thru them -- the thumbs rest on a notch cout out of the hand rests. An improvement, I think. Since this instrument was made in the 1980s and never out of the box till now, the bellows are a bit stiff (especially in the gussets), and the reeds need a bit of pressure to speak, especially the octave voices. I trust these will "play in" with time. Also the upper two rows of the RH are weak compared to the lower rows, but again, give it some time and exercise. As Rich Morse noted earlier, the tone is actually softer than the single-reeded Stagi and others. But that octave Bandoneone sound is really welcome in the LH. I'll keep posting with further impressions, and maybe some photos. Especially if/when I unscrew the ends and look at the reeds and action. Yes screws, not side pins as on the Stagi Hayden. But no protection for setting it down on a less than pristine surface -- may have to stick on some self-adhesive feet as I did on my Stagi. Also no straps to fasten the bellows closed, but I can live without those. I'd love to be at NESI, passing this around the clustered Haydenites right about now. I promise to make the Workshop next spring! --Mike K. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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