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  1. I think you have to have a go on it....there seems so much variation in various concertinas that its hard to say how it will play. I think as a general rule they're loud and 'squeaky'(my wife's description....), but how well it'll play quietly is any ones guess.


    Andrew Norman has said to me that model 21s tend to be louder than model 22s....however I sold a model 22 a couple of years ago to Geoff wooff that was exceptionally loud (ear bleeding)


    I also have a model 22 at the moment that isn't anywhere near as loud as Geoff's but it plays exceptionally well quietly.


    5 fold bellows might be an issue , but it might not!!! it depends how little air the reeds use / whether there's any leaks etc.


    Good luck ...I hope its a cracker!!

  2. 48 key '81' fret ebony ended aeola treble for sale





    a delightful and powerful treble English concertina from wheatstone's golden period this aeola plays very quickly and consistently through its range with a dry and interesting tone.The concertina was rebushed , valved and touch tuned a couple years by nigel sture.It has immaculate 6 fold bellows which are crabb replacements in 1984.


    A stonking all round treble for someone.........


    Asking price is £2750 o.n.o and the concertina is in the westcountry(England!)

  3. hi all,


    I'm after a brass reeded English concertina, condition unimportant for my 7 month to play with/ eat/ become the next regondi........


    It can have leaky valves , wheezey bellows and battered woodwork, I'm sure he won't mind but I guess I'd like it in tune with itself?


    He's been paying particular attention to me playing carols over the last few weeks and my wife has suggested he should have one!!!


    all the best,



  4. I have 2 superb treble wheatstone English concertinas for sale.


    The first is a 48 key aeola treble.

    ebony ends (with fretwork between the buttons)

    concert pitch

    new bushings ( 2 years ago !)

    immaculate 6 fold crab bellows (1980s)

    original box with some nice history

    circa 1912.


    this is easy to play and has a beautiful dry consistent sound through the instrument......great balanced chords so I've always used it for Christmas carols!!!


    the second is a metal ended extended treble model 22.

    raised metal ends

    concert pitch

    new bushings

    original 5 fold bellows

    original box



    this plays quickly and is more dynamic than the aeola, but holds less air, so this gets used for the speedy irish stuff........Personally I prefer this to the metal ender I sold to Mr. wooff a couple of years ago....although its not as loud as his mean green machine, I feel this is a better allrounder .....


    both concertinas are located in devon, England


    the aeola is priced at 2650 and the model 22 at 2000.......English pounds.


    my phone number is 01271 814609


    best wishes ,



  5. well, as roughing up the gasket chamois made such a difference I thought i'd have a go at the chamois between the reeds. :unsure:

    there are no 'marks' on the bottom of the action board from the chamber walls so i thought over the top leakage might have been an issue so I have raised the reed pan by putting one layer of bushing felt on the top of the 6 corner supports under the reed frame at each end.


    Its made a fantastic difference..thanks geoff!


    shame i spent so long in the dark looking for holes in the bellows!


    obviously( in hind sight!!) the bellows compression was good when not playing so I should have therefore discounted pads and bellows?

    now I've just got to replace the valves and I have a very nice concertina ;and I've learnt some more concertina stuff :D

  6. i have about a dozen valves on my english concertina ,they are not quite covering the slot (maybe 1/2mm short).would this make the concertina use significantly more air on these notes? or am I being obsessive and should continue rather with looking for holes in the bellows with a smoking torch :unsure:

    When does one give in with airtightness?

  7. i bought a rather sorry looking metal ended concertina yesterday...... :unsure:

    it looks like its spent a considerable amount of its 100 + years on the beach.the ends are pretty green in places.I've wire wooled it all (0000) and now I'm trying to polish it with peek metal polish but its not coming up as shiney as I'd hoped :( . Any advice /help please,


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