Need Beginner Advise on Anglo Concertina

Need Beginner Advise on Anglo Concertina

My dear wife has lately gotten interested in learning to play. I would welcome any useful information on how to find and choose a decent beginner’s instrument (needs to be able to play in G and D etc, so I guess we want a three-row?).
How much in US dollars should we expect to shell out for such an instrument? What brands are good?
We live in Denver CO USA.
Thanks very much in advance.

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I’m a great fan of Bob Tedrow’s instruments for a new player (and even more experienced). Plus he’s a very nice guy to work with.

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Murph,

If you have the patience to read it all, there are a ton of opinions (including mine and Mr. Eskin’s) in two places on concertina.net. At

http://www.concertina.net/guide.html

is some older writeups on various brands. More current info on prices and newer makers is on the forums.

http://www.concertina.net/forums/

Be prepared for sticker shock; you can learn on an inexpensive (e.g. USD 300) instrument, but to manage at typical session/dance tempos you are looking at a enough money to buy a very decent guitar/flute/fiddle/etc. (easily USD1500). I think only pipes are more money to get started on, but I didn’t find out until too late. When a punter in a bar tells me my conc. is cute, is it easy to get one? I suggest they look at button accordion first - cheaper, easier to get, more teachers, etc. That said, concertina is a fun madness, like all the instruments here (several are on my to-learn list!)

There are some C.net members in Denver (including one who plays both anglo and English systems) who can probably tell you/show you more in person.

Ken

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Thanks everyone for the info- would you say we should stay away from the Hohner 2 rows- they’re pretty inexpensive, but she wants something she can get started on.

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Not forgetting the rule Caveat Emptor ( let the buyer beware ) you do also get a fair variety on Ebay. Remember also that if there’s no indication of restoring having been performed, you will have an extra bill, maybe $600 or so, to get it to good playable quality.
A good indication of a good instrument is metal ends, and/or metal or glass buttons, steel reeds. Remember that Lachenal made economy instruments, as well as top-range ones which are well worth the money.
Cocoa111 seems to be a reliable seller of quality gear.
Avoid the Hohner and other non-British makes if possible.

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I just got a box of the Rochelle Anglo concertinas in the shop, They have the most bang for the buck and are priced around $300.

I do take them back in trade when you are ready for a nicer concertina.

Bob Tedrow
Tedrow Concertinas
Homewood Music
http://hmi.homewood.net

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Allegedly, you only get what you pay for with a hohner (if you are lucky)

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G. Pete, Hohner isNOT an English made conc. ( either as a Anglo or a English ). It’s Italian made by Stagi. A Bboorinwood W15MSc is a very much better "box " & with mahogany ends Distributed by G.M.W. ( boorinwoodmusic.com ) & only £220 or less, in a " flight " case, & if export (out of EEC ) then cheaper again. The construction seems to be VERY similar to Stagi & only 1/2 the price. The thick mahogany ends appears to help stop the sticking button ( from pressing the buttons sideways )
" You get what you pay for ", so if 1 dealers gives you X% discount & another charges 5% extra for the SAME model ( even if the name is diff ), is your argument still correct ?

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i have a hohner D40 and though you may not get the best quality, it does the job and has a very nice tone, plus it’ll only put you back about 150$

look it up at www.musiciansfriend.com