Relative merits of varieties of Anglo Concertinas
Hi: I am looking to upgrade to a better concertina and I need some advice concerning the various options available. I am hoping that I can get some of that advice from the collective expertise of sessioners.
For the last couple of years I have been teaching myself to play a concertina made in what was East Germany. It has no maker’s name on it. It is a 20 key g/c, it is leaky and slow and hard to play, and it is bigger and tuned to a lower octive that other concertinas I have come across. I think it is a baritone.
I have been saving up my pennies and now I am looking to upgrade, but I have questions.
I rather like the baritone sound. Are there any disadvantages to the baritone that I might regret later?
I notice that there are G/D concertinas available. That would make life easier for me in some ways. What are the advantages/disadvantages of G/D vs G/C?
I know that there are different layouts for the third row of keys. What are the advantages of the Jeffries and other layouts?
How many folds should the bellows have?
That should do it for now.