Can Anyone Tell Me About This Lester Concertina?
Posted 26 November 2017 - 04:35 PM
Posted 26 November 2017 - 05:25 PM
Well, it's definitely German, as the label on the box says. Typical German Concertina features are the pattern of round holes (as opposed to the often floral fretwork on English-built instruments) and the fact that the button rows lie parallel to a straight side. The sound-holes in the side are often found in German free-reed instruments, but more usually in diatonic accordions.
However, yours doesn't look like the notorious, cheap Klingenthal concertinas that come up in Ebay so frequently. It would be interesting to have a look inside. If the reeds are mounted on large zinc plates, five reeds each side, it would be a traditional German concertina. The cheap modern ones have accordion reeds, mounted two to a plate. Traditional German reeds have a very rich sound, totally unlike their English or Anglo-German cousins.
Posted 26 November 2017 - 06:06 PM
Best wishes - Wolf
Posted 26 November 2017 - 06:21 PM
Great thanks for the information! I was a bit wary of trying to disassemble it for fear of breaking it.
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