Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mexican Bocote Heritage Concertina
This is the latest concertina to be completed at Edgley Concertinas. It is made from a very beautiful Mexican Bocote with an ebony trim. As with all our concertinas, we do not use thin veneers, but cut the wood from the stock wood we have in the shop. There are seven fold bellows covered in leather and with stainless grills. Wooden end grills are also available. All Heritage models have English-style reeds fitted into a traditional radial reedpan similar to those made by Wheatstone, in the early 20th Century. Our concertinas have whisper quiet action, because of our unique mechanism design and use of felt bushings and dampers. May 2020.
Handsome Mexican Bocote Concertina
This is one of the more recent concertinas. It is a Heritage concertina, meaning that it is made the same way English-made instruments were constructed.....English-style reeds with steel tongues and brass shoes. These reeds are individually made tapered to a 5 degree angle. Every note has its own reed, installed into the reedpan which is laid out by hand. The reed pans are made and fitted into the bellows frames. Edgley concertinas have a radial reedpan which, in my opinion, gives them a strong, but mellow tone. Hybrid concertina are differently made with the reedpan installed permanently into the body of the instrument. Our hybrid concertinas are made using special hand-made (A Mano) Italian-style reeds. There are two reed tongues to each reed frame, which make them less complicated to construct. Both types of concertinas produce a beautiful tone, but slightly different from each other. The same quality of materials and workmanship are present in both types of instruments.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Rare 30 button Wheatstone fingering C/G concertina, in excellent shape and tune. This instrument was made by Frank Edgley Concertinas from Southern Australian eucalyptus burl. This is a rare and expensive wood, and looks great with the rosewood trim. The owner cannot play due to health concerns and needs to part with this beauty. Please text me at 519-991-3100 for further details or email me at fedgley@cogeco.ca.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Spalted Maple

This is a recently completed instrument. The customer requested that I make it out of spalted maple. I added  trim of padauk to add  definition. This is a really unique instrument.....probably one of a kind anywhere, made by any maker. I believe that not only should your concertina sound and play well, but that it should also look good. A few years ago, we recovered a stolen concertina which was being advertised for sale on the internet because it was unique and easily identified.

I have also used spalted maple on the concertina pictured below. This is kingwood with spalted maple trim.....on the body as well as the handles.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

New Wood
I plan on adding a new wood in the shop which is a beautiful addition to our offerings.....Grenadilla. It has a beautiful grain pattern and finishes up beautifully. See the sample box here:


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Recently posted for sale. It has been spoken for. If there are any changes to this I will post it here.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Current Project
We are currently working on a Kingwood concertina with ebony trim. It will be complete with "cut-away" handles, also capped with ebony. The body is complete and I am applying the finish. The reedpans of this "Heritage" model (using English-style reeds) are well along in construction. As with all my instruments, it will have a seven-fold bellows finished with Goat nappa leather. The end grills will be polished stainless. It will not be too long before it will be displayed on this blog. All my instruments are hand-crafted and made to order. Many of them are unique in appearance. I can make your instrument according to request, with whichever wood / wood combination you request. These instruments are heirloom quality and can be passed down to the next generation. We also make the Professional Model concertinas which are constructed using hand-made (a mano)Italian-style reeds. Please e-mail me for price lists or other inquiries.