This is a Wheatstone 48-Key Tenor Aeola (serial number 36478). It has newish pads and valves, and has been tuned to concert pitch (A=440hz).
The Tenor concertina is perhaps the most desirable instrument for English system players these days. It is essentially a tenor treble without the top two rows of buttons on each side, meaning that is has the most practical range that musicians are looking for without the extra weight of the high notes that often go unused. This concertina also has the huge benefit of aluminium reed-frames, which make the instrument incredibly light. Aluminium reed frames are notorious for breaking apart over time on early Lachenal concertinas, but by this late period they had been made properly by Wheatstone and will cause no issues.
The concertina plays very well and fast, and has a lovely mellow tone. Whilst this period of Wheatstone is certainly not great generally speaking, this is a lovely concertina, and its construction period means that it’s in fairly tidy and original condition.
Tenors are fairly rare yet incredibly in-demand, so get in touch today if you’re interested because it won’t be around for long.
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