Jackie and Jack

September 14, 2014

The Jackie and Jack are 30 key english system concertinas, developed in Europe by the Concertina Connection and produced, using partly European parts, exclusively for the concertina connection and to their specifications in China.

Both instruments are identical in appearance and sound, but differ in compass. The Jackie is a treble concertina, with a range comparable to a violin. The Jack is a baritone concertina. It has the same fingering as the Jackie, but sounds one octave lower.

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Jackie treble concertina package

For shipping destination outside EEC export price is $420
To shipping address within EEG region price is Euro 375
Shipping to Belgium or Netherlands Euro 10
Other EEC countries Euro 20

Price includes:

  • Treble concertina: 30 keys, ranging from G below middle C to the second C above middle C. Fully chromatic.
  • Tutor, especially written for this instrument
  • Gig bag

Jack baritone concertina package

To shipping address within EEG region price is Euro 375,-
Shipping to Belgium or Netherlands Euro 10
Other EEC countries Euro 20
For shipping destination outside EEC export price is $420

Price includes:

  • Baritone concertina: 30 keys, ranging from the second G below middle C to the first C above middle C. Fully chromatic.
  • Tutor, especially written for this instrument
  • Gig bag

Sound files played on the Jackie from the Tutor:

 

 


“Lilliburlero”  (MP3 70kb)
“Kelsterne Gardens” (MP3 60kb)
“Parting Lovers” (MP3 60kb)


Sound files played on the Jack baritone from the Tutor:

 


“Jack’s Health” (MP3 325kb)
“My shining hour” (MP3 550kb)


For Whom The concertina is a wonderful versatile instrument, that is relatively easy to learn and suitable for all kinds of music, ranging from folk tunes, to pop music, jazz and classical music. Because of its small size it is very portable, and it blends perfectly with other instruments.

The relatively high price of vintage concertinas and ‘mid priced’ new models, has kept many prospective players from trying the concertina.

Both Jackie and Jack have been developed to cater to this group of potential players. They are the perfect instrument for anyone interested in trying out the concertina without having to invest a large amount of money to purchase that first instrument.

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The  Jackie and Jack have been developed especially for beginning players on the English concertina. Although the instruments are perfectly capable of  meeting the requirements of intermediate players, we understand that many players might want to upgrade to a vintage or  new instrument later on.

With this in mind, we made all the important features, such as key board layout, spacing of the keys, key diameter, key travel (the height of the keys),
number of bellows folds, type of thumb straps, etc. identical to traditional English concertinas, to assure a smooth transition to a higher class concertina
later on.

Both  Jackie and Jack english concertinas have a traditional riveted action, normally only found in expensive hand made instruments. The action is designed by us and makes the instrument ‘feel’ much like a high priced vintage instrument.

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Specifications

  • (the Jack sounds one octave lower than notated), spacing, key diameter and key travel (key height)
  • 6 fold bellows
  • traditional thumb straps.
  • Accordion type steel reeds.
  • Soft bag.

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Tutor

The instrument comes with an easy to understand 47 page tutor available in English and German, specially written for this instrument.

It will teach you the basics of playing concertina and music notation, rhythm, music theory, etc..

The tutor is suitable for both self study and for use in formal lessons (e.g. music schools, private instruction, etc.).

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