Regarding the Minstrel (anglo), Busker (English), and Troubadour (duet, available 2018) models….
A few facts:
Except for our entry level models (Jackie/Jack/Rochelle/Elise), ALL our models (34 in total; 6 hybrids and 28 with traditional reeds, ranging in price from $445 to $34100), are made here in the USA.
The only parts we import are the (accordion) reeds for the hybrid models (we make our own traditional reeds), and the bellows for the Minstrel/Busker/Troubadour models, which are made for us in the UK.
We also import our tonewoods for the Wakker models ourselves from all over the world, because the quality and aging is not available in the US.
We noticed that a growing number of (new) players were financially unable/not willing to make the jump from our entry level models to the next model up. We wanted to introduce a concertina line between our entry level (Rochelle, Jackie, etc) and intermediate hybrid models (Clover, Peacock, Rose) that would be
- affordable (starting at $1030 with a trade in).
- dependable: comes with our life time warranty and guaranteed trade in value when moving up.
- comparable to other hybrid models in performance and materials:
All wood construction (non-tonal), synthetic glues, acoustically invisible finish (ebonized), same (accordion) reeds as you’ll find in all the other hybrids, 6 fold traditional concertina bellows, delrin buttons (like most hybrid makers use), and a traditional rivet action.
-bellows travel: resistance free travel with standard bellows:60-70% (same as all other rig made bellows), with Wakker bellows: > 90%
-chamber/pitch deviation: <8 cent
-chamber airflow dist.: free to G3, minimal below.
-harmonics: balanced 5th-8th above D4. (= bright)
- equilibrium, dynamic range, reed responds is comparable to other hybrids.
- 6 ¼” across the flats, 2.4 lbs
-Available options: metal capped flat or domed buttons (real concertina buttons), and Wakker bellows
The lower price is possible because of design and production process changes. Especially with hybrid concertinas, most of the cost is in construction time, not materials or parts, which are only a fraction of the total cost. With dedicated machines and tooling developed especially for this model line, we were able to cut production time by almost 70%... same parts, reeds, etc., but at a much lower price.
Concertina Connection Inc.
Edited by wim wakker, 02 February 2018 - 05:13 PM.