Concertina confusion - beginner’s alternative?
First post here, but I’ve been enjoying reading threads on here for some time.
I’m really keen to learn the anglo C/G concertina. I’m seeing a lot on the internet about staying away from basically every concertina other than a Rochelle for a beginner (ie. stay away from anything Chinese, the Scarlatti’s, the Stagis, etc). But the problem I have is health issues which makes upper body movement painful. I was reading someone on here asking for tips on what NOT to do when starting out with concertina, and here is a reply one person wrote which stuck with me:
"Re: Top three things not to do on the Anglo concertina
I have just had my Chris Ghent concertina stolen and am back to the Rochelle.
So my first tip is: save up for a proper concertina, a Rochelle is too much like hard work and doesn’t sound like a real concertina anyway. I may improve my upper body strength with the Rochelle, but I’ll never be able to play fast enough for a session, until I buy another good concertina. I’m saving, but also hoping that I’ll find my old one in a second-hand shop!
Second tip: If you get a proper one, get someone to put an F# on the Push. Chris made my 2nd key on the RH Option row an F#. Triples of D-F#-E are very common."
I thought that the Rochelle looked very big from the outset, and hearing that it takes some upper body strength means this is a no-go (also the comment that it will never be fast enough for runs). Should I forget even attempting this instrument? I don’t mind saving up for something non-beginner price range if it means I can get something that I can physically play. But I’m so lost where to look. I am housebound, so everything is buying blind online. If anyone can recommend where I should be looking I’d be grateful.
So, just to clarify: wanting to get an anglo concertina that doesn’t require much physical strength, something possibly smaller than the Rochelle? (I’ve small hands) and something that will sound great and be able to do fast runs.
Can’t say that money is no object (who of us can?!) but certainly willing to save up for a time to get something decent. I don’t have a history of quitting when it comes to musical instruments, so the adage of ‘try it first, you might not like it’ probably won’t come into play here.