Lachenal concertina for sale, what do you think?

Re: Lachenal concertina for sale, what do you think?

Hey, if I were you, I’d say take this info to that friendly bunch of Concertina experts, over on C.net, they’ll be able to give you the best advice.

http://www.concertina.net/forums/

Re: Lachenal concertina for sale, what do you think?

If you wanted a Lachenal 20 key this is potentially one of the better ones, with the more defined end pattern. However they vary wildly in reed quality and it is impossible to predict how good it might be. It will have a sweet tone.

If you want it for ITM be warned; it will never be fast or loud enough for a session, and the 20 key layout does not include a C#.

Also there is the state of it. It looks like it is in one piece, but often much work is needed to get concertinas playing well. Some internal items are readily fixed consumables, pads, valves, bushes etc; but internal woodwork cracks and warping are common.

Should you buy it the only people in the region capable of doing good work on it are Richard Evans and Malcolm Clapp, both in NSW. Mailing a concertina there is easy…

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Re: Lachenal concertina for sale, what do you think?

Without a bit more info it’s too soon to judge. However the wooden ends and bone/ivory buttons are an indication it’s not one of the top end of the range. On the other hand, the elaborate fretting on the ends, and the shaping of the edge, as opposed to a straight right-angle, indicate this is a touch or two above the bottom-end Lachenals. It would be useful to know whether it has steel or brass reeds, steel being the better for tone.
You could be facing a bill of £250, or the equivalent, to get it into modern concert pitch and fully refurbished generally as well.