Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Where Are You?

I am putting up this post in an attempt to contact a Mr. A, who ordered the concertina which can be viewed below, on the previous post. The customer is previously from Quebec, but has moved to Japan for a few years in connection with his work. He was very specific with his order... wooden ends, mellow tone. contrasting trim on the body, "cut-away" handles, and  the same contrasting trim on the handles. This was a bit of work, more so than most other instruments. The instrument has been tuned and completed for well over a month, but in spite of numerous emails to two different email addresses, and reminders sent by Pay Pal, and a phone call I have had no response. If anyone should know this gentleman, or have other contact information, please let me or Mr. A (or myself) know so we can resolve this issue.

This happened once before with an order bound for South Korea. We tried for three months to contact her, to no avail. Finally, it was put up for sale and sold within a couple of days. Was that the end of the matter? No! A month later I was contacted by the purchaser to find out how the instrument she had ordered was coming along. She used the same email I had used in trying to contact her, but she had not responded to emails, Pay Pal, even a phone call to South Korea. I am now in the process of building another instrument for this person. 

This instrument (wooden-ended) will be sold if I do not hear  from Mr. A soon.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Latest

This concertina was just finished. The new owner ordered a wooden-ended concertina with contrasting trim on the body, cut-away handles capped with the same contrasting wood and bellows papers. It will soon be off to the new owner in Japan.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Indian Rosewood with Mesquite Trim

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.