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I've been playing the English concertina

for quite a few years now and seriously

for the last few months and a couple of

weeks ago I got interested in trying to

learn to play the Anglo Constantina

which is a different system in case you

don't that and our designers are going

at the real budget end of the instrument

and just to see if I like it or dip my

toe in the water so I thought I'd share

my experiences with you in a form of a

blog so this is block number one why am

I doing this blog well in 2011 when I

studied learners play the melodeon

another Squeezebox instrument I decided

to do the same thing to kind of local my

process right from day one and I really

was green as grass with Squeezebox

instruments then didn't have a Vegas

Club and released starting this

instrument I have got some idea of it

that's going to stand me in good stead

but I really am a total beginner and it

will be interesting to see how and if I

develop with this fantastic instrument I

really enjoy playing it not sure it's

going to replace my English concertina

playing but I'm certainly enjoying

learning it so this week I took delivery

of a constantin that I got on eBay which

cost me thirty pounds this is it and

there'll be a concertina owners

Otherworld cringing when they see this

because this is a Rosetti Rambler which

is quite infamous in the world of

concertinas actually it was 30 pounds

including postage and it's in incredibly

good condition there's hardly a mark on

it I had to laugh when I took it to the

Martin Myers that my guide local to me

who bins and fatals all mice of squeeze

boxes he told me that the the wood grain

effect is actually a black felt-tip pain

which is pretty pretty impressive isn't


but anyway it's quite a nice looking


it has to be sitting it's pretty

lightweight I'll just undo these straps

one there and one there

keeps the bellows nice and tight and

let's just open it up for you obviously

a name go you put your hands through the

straps there's an air button which is

part of the plane Technic as well but

actually it's kinda nice looking thing

isn't really you didn't really know you

probably think that was a really nice

instrument and so it's one two three

four five six and nine fold bellows and

as I say wood grain of fate at what I

didn't know until I got it is that it's

not a CG is actually a GED so there are

our 20 buttons on this concertina

set out in two rows you've got a ten

this side 10 or so and basically it's

it's in two keys it's in the keys of G

and D so this our line of buns here

gives you all the notes in key of G

starting low they're getting higher and


and then carrying on and here so the row

of buttons nearest to the front of the

Constituent as you're holding it that is

the zero and the road inside that is the

D low starting low and here and carrying

on down here as I say you've got the

Year button and keep thumb one and what

does it sound like well you're about to

find out I'll play you a little tune and

she's called go tell aunt Rodie I'll

plant the key of G the lower of the two

keys ooh good idea

so I mean it's not too terrible really

is it it's a little bit out June let's

listen to the notes on their own by the

way there are two reads per button so

the city Aeronautics and that is the G

right now the D ro

and the ends are held on by three screws

one two three

the good thing about the in size and I

will show that in a separate videos you

can get to all the reads so I'll play

your little single note melody this is

little donkey Christmas song and it's in

cheese I'm going to use that notes up

and down the giro the row nearest to the

front of the constitutes the lower of

the two rows so obviously with a

Constantine like this in case yeah now

you get different notes on the push in

the pool so here we go

but I

all right


and her

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I move it

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you get the idea so you can hear the

tunings not brilliant but it's you know

30 pounds I mean what to expect for 30

pounds I was expecting it to be a lot

worse than this have to say yes he is a

bit out of tune it's a bit wheezy it to

be a nasty but you can definitely get a

tune out of it and it certainly piqued

my interest enough to have a look at

another constantly I'll tell you Batman

to be honest with you I have seen no

intention of buying another Anglo

constituent over quite a long time I

mean English is what I play is what I'm

really into but just for happen that

yesterday my wife and I were browsing

around a real old type of music shop

local to where we live and if you think

about something you might have seen in

the 60s this shop was piled high with

everything you can possibly imagine old

guitars ukuleles violins piano

accordions those are set of bagpipes in


you name it you could have found it in

there and in amongst all the other stuff

there were quite a few concertinas the

guy said to me how about this one and he

handed me this now again this will set a

concertina experts running for cover

because again it's a sort of budget end

instrument as you can see it's a lot

better finish than the Rosetti Rambler

that I was just playing this is a Hohner

got this rather nice bellows traps it

starts on this one undo that one as well

I'm just to strap the hand strap

decliners because they are adjustable

via these buckles that's a distinct

improvement on the other one err button

I'll open it out and you can see all the

pillows this is a d40 d stands for

diatonic 4 T stands for the amount of

a reads 20 buttons and of course each

button gives you two night so two reads

per button as your 48 and there are 10

folds to the bellows it's quite a pretty

thing I particularly like the ends they

appear to have a kind of a wood wooden

finish not quite sure what it is rather

nice kind of purfling here and it's

angled and it's finished off pretty well

it sounds a lot better than the other

one does I mean with the other one apart

from anything else the buttons they

disappear through the hole so when you

play they feel like fingers going to get

swallowed up while you play not so with

this one this is a much nicer these are

much maligned on the Internet

lot of people really hate these things

about 479 pounds I wasn't really that

worried I think they're about 179 pounds

new and so I was pretty pleased with it

and so it's 20 button now as I say I was

bit surprised and got the other one to

find that it was a GED I think I'm right

in saying that most people who play

there and go tend to play a CG now this

is the row nearest forefront is the C

row starting low they're carrying on

over here and the row behind it is the

Cheever and obviously this is only 20

buttons it doesn't have the third row

it's not a 30 button like a lot of

anglers are and that extra row gives you

lots of accidentals or black notes if

you like so you can play far more tunes

than you can on a twenty bun but the 20

button is quite capable of doing with

lots of basic photos now to be fine

until I get any further with it and

we'll see what happens with that as it

has an air button has a rather

uncomfortable screw here where that

screw is holding the end in there is

actually quite uncomfortable the

on the hand but and we'll see how we get

on with that

he's quite nicely finished on the

outside having said that I opened it up

this morning and it's pretty horrible

inside and again I'll do that in a

separate video but it there is literally

a great ward you of either glue or wax

all over the blocks where the reeds are

holding them in and I could only see the

push we couldn't see the pull reads gets

money to do any work on those I have to

somehow melt all the the glue or the

West wherever it is to get the block the

blocks out but that's a long way down

the line for me and so let's play those

same two tunes my family tunes I know at

the moment I'll give you a bit of a go

tell aunt Rodie first of all that the

young part so we're going to play it in

the key of C the lower of the two keys

and so there's my heart playing at a

single base and - I was to go to give me

a cold and I'll play the tune on the

right hand side

and here that's a bit more sophisticated

it appears to be pretty well in tune and

that's the weazy and nasty as the other

one I said I still quite a lot the other

one of the Mon keep in time I'll

probably hate and pair of them I'll be

desperate to buy a really expensive one


I'll give you a bit of little donkey

interestingly enough of course what I

was playing on the road nearest the

front which was the Giro okay on the

other concertina I could transfer to the

the back row and still be playing in G

albeit an octave higher so I could be


like that I'm going to choose to play on

the sea where I play in the key of C

that's the road nearest the front of the

concertina so in C little donkey

pay me

the other part

and so on so forth so there we are those

are the two tunes I know at the moment

and obviously this homeowner d40 is a

lot more sophisticated than the poor old

resist you ramble I got earlier on the

weeper is to a budget aimbot so that's

more less the end of blog number one me

learning to play the Anglo concertina

well I'm glad I've got this this whole

release I feel like I'm on the same page

as most concertina players and time will

tell whether I stick with these budget

end models or if I go for something a

bit more sophisticated obviously a lot

more expensive

you don't know Constantinus are pretty

expensive things when you start getting

into the the sort of the better models

you do have to pay quite a lot more I

mean I've got to console tuners that

were more than 1,000 pounds each

secondhand give you some idea and these

to Anglos 30 pounds and 79 pounds

obviously are very very cheap anyway I

hope you found that interesting and

we'll see what happens in block number