Help me out to find a good Concertina as Beginner

May 24, 2023, 6:36 AM · I am looking for traditional Irish music concertina as a beginner, would love to hear recommendation by teachers/students who are using it. Must have easy to play and value for money.


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May 24, 2023, 8:10 AM · I get phone calls from folks wanting guitar lessons who seem surprised that I don't play guitar...
May 25, 2023, 1:22 PM · I have an English concertina I inherited from my grandfather. It probably wouldn't be a good idea to play Irish music on it.
Edited: May 25, 2023, 3:21 PM · For historical reasons, Irish musicians normally play Anglo concertinas which are limited to certain keys. They have a harsh bright sound.

English concertinas have a gentler sound which some Irish musicians don't like, but they are chromatic and can play the same range of notes as a violin in first position with a couple of notes more. Though they are not traditionally used for Irish music, it's easier for someone new to play a wider variety of tunes in different keys and with accidentals. I know because my husband plays Irish music on an English concertina.

People wanting new instruments have a choice of 'Jackies' which are made with accordion reeds and are looked down on by experienced English concertina players, or else they have to buy an older reconditioned instrument.

I wish you luck in your quest, though it seems strange to be asking the question on a violin forum.
is a concertina forum which might help you.

The Session specialises in Irish Traditional Music and has members mainly in the UK, Ireland, and the US and Canada.

May 25, 2023, 8:36 PM · Concertina player here -

Yes - you should be asking this question on

Standard beginner concertinas don't give a very authentic experience and will only hold you back. Better to invest in a premium beginner instrument like this:

Edited: May 30, 2023, 9:50 PM · Look at McNeela music:

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