This is a Wheatstone 56-Key Extended-Treble with steel reeds. It has been fitted with new bellows, pads, valves and straps in recent years, and is tuned to concert pitch (A=440hz).
This is the third or fourth time we’ve had this concertina back with us in the last few years, and whilst that may sound like a negative thing, it’s quite the opposite. Every time it’s been sold has been to somebody looking to upgrade from a first English concertina or something like a Lachenal Paragon, and each time it has come back has been to upgrade to a top-level instrument. The evidence suggests that this is a concertina a level above the usual starter/mid-range concertinas, and allows somebody’s playing to move to the next level with it. For a later Wheatstone it has a lovely action, is incredibly responsive, and being honest, is far better than it really should be. The tone is well-balanced, and you also now have the benefit of a concertina working at 100% of its potential due to being played-in so thoroughly over the last few years- all of the reeds and valves are working optimally.
We’d recommend this concertina to anyone, and expect to see them back for an Aeola or an Edeophone in the near future!
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