Concertina(Rochelle)

The Leg of the Duck, The Geese in the Bog (jigs) - Concertina Solo

I think I learned these jigs from my friends. I like playing simple jigs like them.

I played my 30 key C/G Rochelle concertina.

The Blackthorn Stick (set dance) - Concertina Solo

I learned this tune from The Final Round by Kevin Joyce. It is an unusual tune which has only 15 bars. It's fun for me to play it!

I played our 10 concertinas...Rochelle, Clover, Edgley, Wakker, Suttner, Dipper, Crabb, C/G Jeffries, Bb/F Jeffries, Ab/Eb Jeffries. Can you match the sound files with the makers?

No.1

(Set dance) The Blackthorn Stick (1) by Tomoyuki

No.2

(Set dance) The Blackthorn Stick (2) by Tomoyuki

No.3

(Set dance) The Blackthorn Stick (3) by Tomoyuki

No.4

(Set dance) The Blackthorn Stick (4) by Tomoyuki

No.5

(Set dance) The Blackthorn Stick (5) by Tomoyuki

No.6

(Set dance) The Blackthorn Stick (6) by Tomoyuki

No.7

(Set dance) The Blackthorn Stick (7) by Tomoyuki

No.8

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No.9

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No.10

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The answer is...

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No.1  Edgley

No.2  Rochelle

No.3  Wakker

No.4  Jeffries (Bb/F)

No.5  Crabb

No.6  Suttner

No.7  Jeffries (C/G)

No.8  Jeffries (Ab/Eb)

No.9  Clover

No.10  Dipper

I hope you enjoyed matching them!

Sarfield's Jig, The Killaloe Boat (jigs) - Concertina Solo

I learned this set from The Eagle's Whistle by Michael Tubridy. I like the first jig very much!

I played my 30 key C/G Rochelle concertina.

The Princess Royal (set dance, O'Carolan) - Concertina Solo

I don't remember who or what I learned this set dance from. But you can find it in Paddy and Bridget and Their Great Friends 2 or Conversation at the Crosses by Pat O'Connor & Eoghan O'Sullivan.

I played my 30 key C/G Rochelle concertina.

The Ballydesmond Polka, Sweeney's Polka (polkas) - Concertina Solo

I think I learned these polkas from my friend in Japan. He plays the button accordion. He loves Cork and Kerry music.

I played a 30 key C/G Rochelle concertina.

Humours of Tullycrine, Mikey Callaghan's (hornpipes) - Concertina Solo

I learned these hornpipes from a fiddler at the session in Tokyo. I think he learned this set from Traditional Music From East Clare  by Mary MacNamara.

I played a 30 key C/G Rochelle concertina.

Saint Patrick's Day (set dance) - Concertina Solo

I learned this set dance from Mr. Moriyasu and Irish Traditional Music compiled by Michael Tubridy and published by CCE. I used to play it with my friends when I began to play Irish music.

I played a 30 key C/G Rochelle concertina.

Anglo concertina: Rochelle

I bought a C/G Rochelle anglo concertina from Concertina Connection Inc. (Wim Wakker) for my daughters in March, 2011. It cost 419 dollars including a soft case and the shipping cost. It came with a tutor, especially written for this instrument.

Layout : Wheatstone layout
Bellows : 7 fold bellows
Ends : Flat plastic ends
Keys : 30 plastic keys

Rochelle1 Rochelle2 Rochelle3 Rochelle4

Rochelle5 Rochelle6 Rochelle7 Rochelle8

Rochelle9_2 Rochelle10 Rochelle13_2 Rochelle11

Its middle notes are responsive and loud, though its high notes aren't so responsive. It is much larger than other anglo concertinas, but I think it is worth more than its cost.

Rochelle14 Rochelle15

P.S.

I noticed that the A note in G row on the right hand side wasn't responsive. So, I tried to fix it the other day.

I dismantled the end of the right hand side and remove the reed frame from the action box because the reed tongue of the A note is located inside. I slightly decreased the gap between the reed tongue and the reed frame. Then, I put the white cellophane valve on the other airway slot so that air won't go through it when you pull the concertina to make the A note.

End End2 Reed1 Reed2

Now, the A note is more responsive than it was. I'm happy with it!

Judging from the fact that wood screws are used as end bolts and reed frames are glued to action boxes, I think you aren't supposed to fix a Rochelle concertina by yourself, though I enjoyed fixing it.

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P.P.S. I sold this concertina in 2014.

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