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  1. Hi


    If you can afford a Lachenal rather than a hybrid with accordion reeds I recommend the Lachenal. The hybrids are good for beginners because usually the action and response are good and won't hold you back. But the tone does not have the richness of a concertina reeded instrument.


    I just think there is something special about a lovely old instrument (if it is a good one). It's the aesthetics of old craftsmanship, richness of sound and having the real thing, not to mention resale will be easier.


    This instrument that is listed in the for sale section seems like good choice.

    I have no relation or benefit in recommending this, I just think it looks lovely and if David restored it and recommends it, you can take that to the bank.


    This lachenal might not be as quick or agile as a new hybrid, and be more challenging to play at first(or not) but I believe some advice I received when I was fretting over what concertina to acquire: "Just find a good instrument and learn how to play IT".





  2. Hi


    As far as I understand it Paddy is raising money to create the album and that it is not released or finished yet. I could be wrong.


    I took a number of lessons from Paddy when he was living in San Francisco a number of years ago. He is a wonderful player and a very good teacher too.


    I encountered his video announcing his CD project and did not waste a moment signing up and on to get my copy when it is ready.



  3. This is a 26 button Lachenal Anglo concertina in the keys of C/G. It is in very good condition for its age. It is serial number #94542.I was told it is from around 1900.


    This is a really wonderful instrument. I don’t believe there are too many of these. It is agile. The reeds respond quickly. It has a brightish tone and can be played with surprising volume.


    It is light weight, compact and easy to play. It has a newer bellows that work quite well. When I got it it was in very good condition but I had the Button Box do more work on it to lighten the spring pressure as much as is possible and just to go over and fine tune anything that would benefit.   There are a few well repaired cracks or weak spots on the ends. I have shown photos of the backside of the ends to illustrate the small and effective repairs. The rosewood ends are sturdy.


    I got this instrument specifically for travel because it is a smaller size and also I didn’t want to risk my main concertina when traveling. I have determined this instrument is just as wonderful and precious on its own, and as unreplaceable. It did accompany me on one great trip to Guatemala.


    It comes with a pretty custom homemade case that works quite well. I had it made as small as possible. It is of thin wood yet sturdy. It doesn’t have much cushioning but has felt wherever the instrument makes contact. The case measures 6 5/8” square and 5 ¾” high.  It would not offer robust protection from severe traumas as other sturdier, larger type cases, but it is cute, compact and offers enough protection for everyday use.  


    Please contact me by message with any questions or requests for more photos.


    I am hoping to sell it within North America to keep shipping etc. simpler, but I can be flexible on that.


    The price is $3000.00 U.S.    OBO


    I would consider some sort of trade for a non C/G, interesting concertina.






    Here is a link to a video that gives some idea of how it sounds and plays.  













  4. Hi 

    I suppose this topic could get tiresome, but I am intrigued by it.


    My newly acquired Lachenal Baritone Anglo is numbered by stamps on both reed pans as 92189.


    I discovered when working on it further that there is a hand written ink note stating:


     "No. 92189 Manufactured by Lachenal & Co June 1884" see photos


    The ink seems to bleed so it isn't modern ball point pen ink. That doesn't mean in anyway that this is a factual statement. 

    I think the designation of "Lachenal & Co." could imply a much older date (contemporary with the manufacturing) for the note. 

    Is there any clue in the style of writing?

    Why would someone falsely put such a specific reference stating the month along with the year?



    Or....who cares??




    Lachenal Baritone date.jpg

    Lachenal Baritone date inside.jpg

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  5. Thanks for that information.


    I have seen that price list. 

    Does there exist an illustrated list of each model?

    I'm interested in seeing the "Newly Improved", "Special Model", and the New Model Anglo" and compare them. 


    Are there any articles that describe the technical differences in the materials used and the type of skilled labor that was designated for each model. How quantifiable was the quality difference between Anglo models?


    I sure would love to try an Edeophone Anglo, or even just hear one.


  6. Hello


    I understand that Lachenal made a range of different Anglo models, from the basic to the top quality models, that were offered in their catalogs.


    Can someone elucidate the different models specifically.


    I believe the best Anglos had the inset metal ends for example.  (correct ???)

    I believe also that the most basic were the mahogany ended with the simple cut out pattern. (correct ???)


    I have tried to find a catalog  online and cannot find one with all the models listed.


    So can someone please spell out these different models and their attributes for me. And if someone has a link to an old catalog with these models listed that would be of interest too.





  7. Hi


    I have read about other make concertinas with fake Jeffries markings dishonestly added, presumably to get more money for them at a pawn shop or wherever. Here is a cool example of that on a very nice Lachenal 26(+"drone" button) baritone that just entered my pandemic bubble.


    It is a very nice instrument. I suppose a real Jeffries would be even nicer but this one is quite fine on its own. Perhaps someone thought this instrument was so good a Jeffries logo might fool a buyer into thinking it really was a Jeffries. Although one of the hand rests has the typical Lachenal "English Make" stamp into the wood.

    The Jeffries stamp was  "scratched out" at a later date.


    Here is a photo or the fake marking, and also a photo the authentic mark on an authentic Jeffries(I hope).









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  8. Hi

    I think if you are playing an instrument that you enjoy playing and pleases you profoundly in all the aesthetic categories (playability, tone, volume, visual look) than you have a right to be content.


    Trying out other makes of instruments can be fun and if you are not careful set you up for some developing dissatisfaction with your current instrument if it does not compare favorably. 


    Something that is wonderful about concertinas for me it is a man-made object that can  truly thrill and gratify, unlike so many consumer items and mass produced products. When ever I pick up one of my treasured instruments( each with its own character and magic) I am thrilled and delighted. Not many "things" in this life can do this. I think that whatever instrument you are playing that should be the goal, whatever anybody else says.



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