This novel design was mentioned in the "Makers" thread with some speculation, so I figured it best to just contact the maker directly. Here's his reply which he consented to have posted on Cnet:
Hello Matthew !
Thanks you for your email , I send you pictures and flyer of my concertina “Mélodina” .
At first one of my friend , Eddy de la Rochelle (17), want me to build for him a standard hexagonal concertina , it was difficult for me, to realize the hexagonal template.
So one day He went to see me and said me why not do one rectangular ?
And was born the Mélodina !
Today, I only realize two model , with only two rows . one G/C and one A/D .
I’m thinking about one with 3 rows .
The rectangular size
The keybord very ligth
Reeds have a really good attack (Ciccarelli reeds , Italie)
I make one with Padouk wood, without blowhole, the sound come out by only 2 blowholes under handles, so his sound is like Bandonéon .
It ‘s a really new instrument.
Last year I met Mister Colin Dipper, and we talk a lot of technical, He tried my Mélodina, and said it’s really lovely . (ça c’est bon !)
I only work on order, and I am ready to make other.
People come to me like when you go see a violin luthier to be making a rare piece.
My price for a 2 row: 1500 €
My price for a 3 row: 2000 €
My time is 1 year. (Colin Dipper is 5 years time ...)
(because I also manufactures diatonic accordions)
I am very interested that you post pictures and information of my Concertina on your Forum “Concertina.net/forum”.
Could you send me by email the weblink , when you will post my information please.
Have a nice day !
Best regards .
Stéphane Le Lan.
He sent a lot more detailed pics as while as a flyer (attached to this thread as a file). If you need the more detailed internal pics, fretwork, etc. you can PM me, or just get in contact with Stéphane: http://www.accordeons-du-marais.com/
His shop is in Fontenay-Le-Comte, an hour south of Nantes, if we happen to have any members in the greater Bretagne/Breizh region who can give us a hands-on report.
Prospectus Mélodina.pdf 243.06KB 594 downloads
Edited by MatthewVanitas, 24 August 2014 - 08:01 AM.