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Improvers Concertina. Recommendations Please.

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#1 Charlie Hitchen

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 01:59 PM

Hi this is my first post. I am looking for advice. I was given a simple Scarlatti Anglo C/G 30 button concertina for my sixtieth birthday. After a year or so I find that I can knock out a tune or two on it. I am looking to upgrade. If I had a budget of £1000 to £1500 what would your recommendation be  for a replacement?  Same key and same number of buttons please. Thanks

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 03:21 PM

Several options.


If you want a traditional reeded vintage instrument, you may well be able to pick up a Lachenal 30 button within that budget.  Try Barleycorn Concertinas.


If you prefer something newer, but with accordion reeds, you should be able to pick up something like a nearly new Marcus or a Norman within your budget.  Other mid and good quality makes are available!


Try before you buy, if at all possible.


Think hard about what you want:

1) 30 buttons, or more than 30?

2) Traditional reeds or accordion reeds?

3) Brand new, refurbished, or needing some attention?

4) Metal ends or wooden ends?


Decide what you want, then try to find one.  If you let price lead your decision, you may end up with one that you later regret.


Good luck.



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Posted 12 March 2018 - 06:54 AM

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