Concertina purchase question

Concertina purchase question

I have been playing a very nice inexpensive Stagi for a couple of years- it was nicely tuned and regulated by the Buttonbox in Massachussets USA, is the instrument I have been learning on with an excellent teacher who checked it out before I bought it and had BB do their magic, and is a very playable instrument. But the time has come to consider a step up. I am looking for advice on a good long term instrument that won’t require me to remortgage the house. 🙂 As much as I’d like it, Herself will not tolerate buying one of the excellent German concertinas the are running around $7 grand US and don’t have an Irish elderly relative who might bequeeth me the family Jeffries.

I would most appreciate advice from the the more experienced players as to what concertina makers would be worth exploring? I know BB has their in house brand which seems well received by several players I’ve talked to.

Thanks for any assistance?

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What about something in the middle like this:
https://theboxplace.co.uk/product/lachenal40me/

Not top end but not one of the “hybrids”

I’ve played the button box ones and they are great. You will find them a big improvement over a Stagi.

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I like the Morse, from BB, very much. Light, good sound, good volume, plays with good response. The people at the BB are great to deal with.

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I agree with David ("Hi, David"). I started with a Rochelle and within a month I knew I wanted something better, so I got a Morse Ceili. I’ve been quite pleased with it. I’ve been playing it for 4 or 5 years. You can probably resell it for a good price if you decide to upgrade even further.

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Email: jthomas@thomasconcertinas. com. Phone: 240-522-7631. Post: Thomas Concertinas. 504 E Oldtown Rd. Cumberland, MD. 21502. USA.

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I purchased a Frank Edgely last year and have been very pleased. He offers many choices of materials, etc. Prices are similar to Morse. He also has some great instructional materials available.

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Thanks for the good advice! A friend advised she plays a Carroll. Again in the refinance the house price range 🙂
Pretty instrument nonetheless

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I’ve had a Morse Ceili C/G Anglo concertina (already mentioned here several times) for about 10 years, and I’ve yet to "outgrow it". They are a good choice, I think.

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There’s a new German maker - 7 Mount. They make affordable ‘real’ concertinas,
not hybrids. I want to get one myself if I can get some money together. Not as many
options as you’d get with Suttner, Wakker and others.

http://sevenmount.de/?page_id=32

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Two of the concertina makers mentioned here, The Irish Concertina Company with their Vintage model, and 7 Mount, use factory Eastern European concertina reeds. This isn’t to say that they are better or worse, just a different system from other makers who make their own reeds.

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7mount are nice instruments, I have tried two in Germany last year and the C/G was lovely, I would like to get one in Bb/F as soon as money allow.

I have to disagree with Eastern European category though. The reeds are made in Czech republic in city of Louny, which is 300km to the west of Vienna. Well yes, I am from Czech rep myself 😉 and we tend to see ourselves as central European. The company http://www.harmonikas.cz/en makes range of reeds for accordions up to very high standard and they produce concertina reeds in the last few years too. Btw Jürgen Suttner get semi-made reeds from them too, doing some adjustment (won’t bore you with details, but ask/PM me if you would like to know more).

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I took delivery of a Wolverton concertina last year from the maker Jake Middleton. Its a hybrid but you’ll struggle to get anything as good for the money. I had a choice of layouts and various options are available. I dont know if his prices have increased since but mine was £1500. I absolutely love it

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The Morse has a few advantages—In the states so shipping is easy, it’s a nice sounding, responsive instrument, the BB trade in policy is excellent, buttons easy on the fingers, lovely looking, BB folks are the tops!

I have one, btw. It is my step-up instrument. I may someday win the lottery and buy something with real concertina reeds, but until then I’n totally satisfied.