Best concertina Reeds?

Best concertina Reeds?

I have seen lots about brass/steel reeds etc and wondered if someone can tell me whats the best to go for?

Re: Best concertina Reeds?

Brass reeds were used on budget Victorian instruments. They give a quiet mellow sound which would be easily overpowered in a noisy situation or outside.
Steel reeds were used on higher-priced antique instruments and are capable of much more volume.

As far as I know, modern instruments would have steel reeds. I’m happy to be educated if someone has a counter-example!

Re: Best concertina Reeds?

Brass reeds are also noted for eventually failing, the metal doesn’t hold up to the flexing nearly as well as steel. Once the metal starts cracking the reed pitch drops drastically. There’s no fixing this, the only option is to replace the reed.

Re: Best concertina Reeds?

Your best bet is probably concertina.net. As it’s a specialist site, they are more likely to give you a definite answer.

Re: Best concertina Reeds?

Sometimes people learn on a brass-reeded instrument, because they are often less expensive. Also, some singers like them as the mellow voice is better for background. There are also those playing largely at home who prefer the softer timbre.

That said, the "gold standard" would be steel reeds in brass frames (rather than steel reeds in aluminum frames).