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Offline ScallyAnglo

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Re: why concertinas
« Reply #45 on: Monday, January 4 2010 04:28PM GMT-1 »
Errmm I'm pretty sure it's wheatstone layout. Good luck with the fundraising.

If it matches this layout it is Wheatstone.

Thanks tallship - my C/G Sherwood is a Wheatstone!
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« Reply #46 on: Wednesday, January 6 2010 03:27PM GMT-1 »
thanks tallship and scallyanglo,
the wheatstone layout is the closest to the stagi layout so hopefully the transition from one to the other should be prety smooth.   :aemo_squeeze:

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« Reply #47 on: Monday, January 11 2010 06:00PM GMT-1 »
thanks tallship and scallyanglo,
the wheatstone layout is the closest to the stagi layout so hopefully the transition from one to the other should be prety smooth.   :aemo_squeeze:

just found out that the man who makes sherwoods is nowhere to be found. will have to get another £450 and buy a marcus  :(

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« Reply #48 on: Tuesday, January 12 2010 09:05PM GMT-1 »
I believe the man behind Sherwood used to work for Andy Norman - his concertinas are worth considering too.

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« Reply #49 on: Tuesday, January 12 2010 10:58PM GMT-1 »
thanks tallship. completly forgot about norman concertinas but i cant seem to find a price on there site. ah probably have to ring them up and ask.

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« Reply #50 on: Tuesday, November 23 2010 10:39AM GMT-1 »
I'm keen to take up melodeon or something (I already play various other instruments) but I certainly can't afford £1000! Can anyone recommend a cheaper option to get started on?

Also, does anyone know of a decent teacher in the Bristol area?

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Re: why concertinas
« Reply #51 on: Tuesday, November 23 2010 10:43AM GMT-1 »
I'm keen to take up melodeon or something (I already play various other instruments) but I certainly can't afford £1000! Can anyone recommend a cheaper option to get started on?

Also, does anyone know of a decent teacher in the Bristol area?

What do you play already?
For concertina's look here  http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?act=idx
and for melodeons here  http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php

I started with anglo concertina (there are 3 types ad that's before you decide what key you wish to play in), and quickly moved onto the melodeon (which I found easier and you will probably find 'cheaper' if looking at 2nd hand instruments).
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« Reply #52 on: Tuesday, November 23 2010 10:49AM GMT-1 »
I play guitar and piano mostly, but I grew up with a music teacher dad, so I'll have a go at most stuff. I have a knackered old piano accordian that I can get a tune out of but I don't really like it.

I'm still learning about squeezeboxes, don't know much. What makes the melodeon easier?

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« Reply #53 on: Tuesday, November 23 2010 11:00AM GMT-1 »
I play guitar and piano mostly, but I grew up with a music teacher dad, so I'll have a go at most stuff. I have a knackered old piano accordian that I can get a tune out of but I don't really like it.

I'm still learning about squeezeboxes, don't know much. What makes the melodeon easier?
That's just my opinion from my POV, but others have different opinions. It would be good if you could have a 'try' of the different instruments and see what you found comfortable. Also look through youtube and find what 'sound' you like. I found that was a deciding factor too.

Coz I know I instantly liked the 'push and pull different note' thing hence going for anglo concertina and melodeon.

But others find that hard to get their head round and would go for an english or duet concertina. Its best to do your research rather than jumping straight in though.

Looks like there is a hobgoblin shop in bristol
http://www.hobgoblin.com/local/shops/index.php
could be a good place to try different boxes out.
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« Reply #54 on: Tuesday, November 23 2010 11:11AM GMT-1 »
Hi Ant, it seems you suffer from that same malady that many of us do - wanting to play a squeezable thing! I know it's the wrong side of the country, but Melodeons and More workshop day includes beginner's classes on anglo, harmonica and 1 row melodeon - well worth going along to to meet, try etc. I'm unlikely to be there next year, but plenty of other members of this forum will be.

There's been plenty of discussion around this topic - have a read of this: http://forums.spiersandboden.com/index.php?topic=269.0 (think there's prob some older relevent threads around too - dig around :)).

FWIW, I started playing melodeon about 2.5 years ago (eeek, has it really been that long?!) and found it pretty easy to pick up - it seems that either you get on with push/pull or you don't. Go and have a fiddle with some. The thing that makes the melodeon 'easier', to my mind at least, is that you don't have to think about making up the left hand chords like you do on an anglo - they're there ready for you. There's levels of subtlety of course (many that I've yet to discover!), but it's very easy to pick out a tune to start with, which is quite satisfying  :)

Edit: Also, you'll find more information than you ever wanted to know about melodeons at http://forum.melodeon.net/  :D


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Re: why concertinas
« Reply #55 on: Tuesday, November 23 2010 11:15AM GMT-1 »
Thanks for that, guys. I'm going to check out hobgoblin this week and see where it leads.

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« Reply #56 on: Tuesday, November 23 2010 11:26AM GMT-1 »

FWIW, I started playing melodeon about 2.5 years ago (eeek, has it really been that long?!) and found it pretty easy to pick up - it seems that either you get on with push/pull or you don't.

Just realised M&M 2011 it will be 3 years since I started playing melodeon. Scary...
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