This concertina is an advance beginner concertina by McNeela Instruments. It uses Italian Cagnoni reeds and it has a good sound and tone for it’s price. The traditional riveted action gives it ease of play but the mounting of the double steel reeds using screws assures that the sound is not muted and produces a good volume sound. This is a gold standard for concertinas in this category.
This concertina by Bob Tedrow from Homewood Instruments is a quality concertina in this category.
A good intermediate concertina hand crafted with accordion steel reeds and stainless steel action with stainless springs. The bellows are hand-built using quality goatskin leather for durability and the ends are ordained with excellent designs.
I can play a number of tunes on the harmonica and that is the extent of my musical ability. That skill was learned on numerous backpacking trips over the years. I ordered up the D40 Concertina and Mel Bay's book. I received the concertina a couple weeks before the book. I managed to work out the details of Red River Valley in the first couple hours I had it. Couldn't play well at that time (still can't) but had the notes figured out. Once I got the book, it was a little easier to learn a new song.." T. Rahl
A very fun instrument to learn! I recently picked up your $80 base model off of eBay that was made from China and had many issues with it. I had to open up the instrument to sand down some of the components and adjust the buttons in order to get the action to the point where the buttons wouldn't stick. If you ask any skilled concertina player what kind of instrument is a good starter -- every single one of them will tell you to get the best one you can right off of the bat, otherwise, you can be plagued with problems such as mine, or stiff bellows causing a lot more air to be required to move the reeds. . R. Wiltbank