Mikefule Posted June 30, 2022 Share Posted June 30, 2022 Hi, I'm thinking of a short piece for our concertina group newsletter, but I'm not sure if I'm barking up the wrong tree. I have a perception that there are very few high end 20 button Anglos around. I own a decent Lachenal 20b C/G and a similar quality Lachenal piccolo C/G and have seen and played many Lachenal 20b Anglos in C/G, G/D and one in D/A. However, I cannot recall ever seeing a 20b of "top quality". This is not criticising the humble but honest Lachenal — I love mine — but I am being objective about the simplicity of the fretwork, the cheapness of the bone buttons, the typically clicky action and the economy of the standard 5 fold bellows. These are all things that give the instrument charm and character, but the fact remains that top end 30 (or more) button Anglos such as my old Jeffries or my current Dipper tend to be smoother to play, less clicky, feel nicer to the fingers, have longer and better bellows, and look prettier. I am drawing a contrast with the melodeon, where the "humble 1 row" has become a bit of a Thing, with some boxes being custom made to the highest standards. It seems to me that the limitations of the 1 row melodeon have given it a prestige and cult following, whereas the limitations of the 20b Anglo have left it as the "poor cousin" to the 30 or more button versions. However, I am aware that this may be no more than my own perception and limited experience. Are there "top end" 20b Anglos out there? How many? is it that they are jealously guarded by enthusiasts, leaving the market awash with the more basic Lachenals, or is it that the 20b was seldom or never made to the same standards as the "bigger" boxes? I am asking here about early/vintage boxes and also about modern ones. Based on my own limited exposure to such instruments, the only modern "basic" Anglo of any quality that I can think of is the Marcus Traveller — and even that is a 21b rather than 20b. I'd be interested in anything you can tell me about the history and availability of "really nice" 20b Anglos. Thanks. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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