Paul Hardy's Lachenal Edeophone Tenor/Treble Concertina

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Description of Lachenal Edeophone Concertina

My Lachenal Edeophone tenor/treble concertina is 12-sided and black, with 56 metal keys. The ends are metal fretwork. The bellows are black.

One one end, in an oval chased into the fretworkcan be read "Lachenal & Co, Patent Concertina Manufacturer, London". On the thumb strap buckle it says "Lachenal & Co, Maker, London W.C.". At the other end is a serial number, 57970. This dates it to the 1920s. On the bellows at both ends is chased in gold another number "Rd. 129662"

It is an English concertina, which means that it produces the same note when a key is pressed, regardless of whether the bellows are going in or out. The other main type of concertina is the Anglo, which gives different notes according to bellows direction, like a mouth organ does.

It is in good condition, all notes play, and it is reasonably accurately in tune with itself and is in concert pitch. It has its original box.

It has 56 rather than the usual 48 buttons, with the others being an extra row at the bottom of the range on both ends (to C rather than G). making it a Tenor/Treble rather than a Treble. The reeds in this instrument are steel.

My time with this concertina

The instrument was bought from at the West Country Concertina Players weekend at Kilve, Somerset in March 2002 for the sum of 1500. The seller was John Bateman.

Barry Wallace said at the time:
"The Lachenal Edeophone Tenor Treble was never owned by me but as I recall used to belong to a folk singer named Maggie St. George. It was purchased by Barry Irwin (W.C.C.P. member) from her partner after her death. It was sold to Beryl Whitehead (W.C.C.P.) who found it too heavy to play and then sold it to John Bateson. I believe there was a tape with it featuring Maggie St. George playing and singing."

I took advantage of the fact that Colin Dipper was giving a concertina maintenance workshop at the weekend, and he dismantled and examined it, pronouncing it in very good condition for its age, looking almost unused. He said that it could probably be "played in" to make a nice instrument.

Sold!

I liked playing it, and it was in excellent condition, but I didn't use the extra lower notes in the sort of music I play (see my tunebooks). I also find a lighter tina better for my slightly arthritic joints. So I found that I was not playing it very often.

Eventually, after a discussion on concertina.net as to its value, I sold it to Mike Acott of Ipswich on the 2 March 2011 for 3000. I wish him much pleasure in playing it.


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