Paul Hardy's Lachenal English Concertina - 32801

Pictures of Lachenal 32801 before restoration

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Description of Lachenal 32801

It is hexagonal with 48 well-worn coloured bone keys. The ends are rosewood or mahogony fretwork. The bellows are 5-fold black with decorated bellows papers. 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.

On arrival, the apertures in the fretwork which should have the serial number and the makers name were empty, and there was a coarse material baffle behind the fretwork instead of the original leather. However, inside is a label giving maker as Lachenal, and the number 32801 is stamped on both the reedpans and the action frame. This would date it to about 1894.

My time with this concertina

The instrument was bought in September 2020 from Ewbank's auction through Invaluable. With shipping it cost about 300. Condition on arrival was OK, (considering its age of more than a century), but it had obviously not been played in decades. One key was stuck down. There were various notes not sounding properly.

I replaced a broken spring, and generally cleaned the instrument It then became sort of playable, though still in major need of fettling, as several notes are wheezy or out of tune. The reeds are steel, in brass shoes. It was not tuned to modern concert pitch of A=440, but to old London philharmonic pitch of A=452. Further maintenance needed will include replacing the pads, which look original, and the valves, which have drooped as the instrument has been stored on end for decades.

More Pictures of Lachenal 32801

Reeds in Reeds out Action
Padboard Inside baffle

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