I recently had a hankering to learn concertina, so I've been reading and absorbing all sorts of information from all side. I figured my budget would allow me a 20 button anglo (that also matching the type of music I was interested in playing).
Anyway, I hesitated buying a cheap new instrument (good new ones costing $$$) so I've been watching eBay for a reasonable vintage instrument. I recently won this one ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...item=7329655708 ) with a hunch that it might be a Lachenal. The fretwork looks similar to others I've seen on the net.
I received it today and it looks and plays great (to my very untrained ears). The bellows are in wonderful shape and all the buttons respond well. I took off the right end to find a serial number and was amazed at the number I found:
I took a picture before reassembling everything just as a record.
Am I right in thinking that it most likely is a circa-1850 Lachenal? If not what else might it be (manufacturer, I mean). And if it is, what suggestion would you have for such an old instrument - such as for having it check out or maintaining its good shape?
Thanks from a very new member,