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23 key Lachenal anglo


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Hi All,

I'm a noob here and have just acquired a Lachanel Anglo 23 key (22 + air) steel reeds, 7 fold (6 ribs). I can only find reference to 20 key models. Can anyone shed light about the age or other history of this configuration. S/N 77156.



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There's a little info about 22-key Anglos at https://concertina.co.uk/stock-selection/anglo-concertinas/lachenal-22-key-anglo-in-c-g-7726/ .  I'll let the Lachenal dating experts comment on the date.


Those look like steel reeds to me.  They're in brass frames which were standard in vintage British-made concertinas.

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Just FYI this circa 1895 catalogue lists 22 button configuration (pdf). http://www.concertina.com/pricelists/dealers/pricelist-henshaw-loebell-c1895.pdf


I also have a 22 button instrument with mahogany ends with simpler fretwork and shorter 5-fold(ribs, in your terminology) bellows, and I think yours is a superior one. (Sorry, but I don't want to disassemble it to check the serial number.)

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Lachenal Anglo S/N 77156 would have been made near the end of 1882.


22-key Anglos would have been an early step in adding semitones to the instrument, and they continued to be offered for many years as a cheap option for people who wanted to play in more keys than a 20-key offered.


Those would normally be described as 6-fold bellows.

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