Thursday, November 19, 2020


    Edgley Concertinas has been in the business of making concertinas for over 20 years. Before we started making instruments, the founder, Frank Edgley, repaired and tuned vintage concertinas like Wheatstone, Lachenal, Jones, Jeffries and Crabb for 20 years more. Frank Edgley and Harold Herrington collaborated on their early designs, but eventually developed their own signature way of making concertinas. Edgley Concertinas uses the best quality "Hand-Made" reeds available from Italy for the Session Box, Performers and Professional Models. The quality of all these instruments is the same....the best we can make it, no exceptions, as all our instruments are made in Canada, one at a time, and are all hand-crafted. Our action mechanism is unique and the quietest of any concertina made. Further, it will NOT develop a "clicking sound" as most other instruments do when the rivets develop wear. Our mechanism is also the fastest by our design's ability to reduce the friction which Wheatstones, Jeffries and other actions of their type suffer from. It is also far superior to Lachenal action which is notoriously noisy when trying to play fast tunes. We recently (2019) had the experience of seeing our first concertina made over 20 years previous. It had no problems other than it could have used a bit of a tuning, and is still playing today. Edgley Concertinas are well-built to a very sturdy design. As part of our custom service, customers can specify the wood they would like; a contrasting wood trim; trim on the handles. We offer wooden ends or stainless steel ends, which will not corrode or discolour. With the aforementioned models, the Italian reeds are screwed down to the reedpan, NOT waxed in, and we use a leather gasket under each reed for tone purposes and to ensure an airtight fit. This makes it very easy for dust removal, and the eventual touch up re-tune. (in 5 or 6 years depending how hard it is played.) On all our bellows we use SEVEN folds ensuring that it is quite unlikely that you should run out of air. With our Professional Models we install what we call the "angled reedpans" which are unique to Edgley Concertinas, and provide our Professional Models with the most refined tone of any concertina using Italian reeds.

     About 10 years ago we began our Heritage Model. These are concertinas using traditional concertina reeds. This is a completely different design within the instrument, with single reeds per reed frame (Italian reeds have two reed tongues per frame). These reed frames are tapered and bevelled to a five degree angle, and are fitted into the hardwood reed pan. On some traditional concertina reed pans, like Lachenal instruments, and some others, the reed pans can warp over time and this is not a good thing and very difficult to remedy. We use a different wood than any other maker. This wood does not warp, and is proprietary to Edgley Concertinas. It also provides a very good tone.

    We stand by our concertinas, as we have since we began the business, but have had very few concertinas returned for repair or modification. If you are interested in acquiring an heirloom quality concertina that you can pass on or resell at a good price, please contact Frank Edgley at , Ph. 519-991-3100, or Gwyneth Edgley at I believe there is no one making concertinas with as much experience as we do. Also, you can visit our web page at and our Facebook page.

Friday, October 30, 2020

 Some Shop Pictures

I recently came across a few old pictures taken in my shop. I can't date them, but they are a few years old. I thought I would share them.

Birdseye maple with ebony trim.

                                                      A very red piece of bubinga.
Ebony with maple trim.
                                                            Matching wooden Handles.
Wooden-ended oak instrument.
                                                                     Sapele Concertina.
                                                                Book-matching the body.
Sorting the reeds for a Heritage Concertina.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

A Rare Opportunity!

I have just received one of my instruments, which the owner wants me to sell for him. For whatever reason, he did not really play it since he purchased it a few years ago. It is in MINT condition... no signs of wear. You can tell by the fact that it still retains that polished look even where it would be played over the knee. Also straps do not show wear. This ebony instrument will be sent to the new owner after I double check the tuning and make any adjustments, if necessary.

 If you are interested in buying yourself an early Christmas gift, contact me at could be on its way to you within a week of me receiving payment. 

This instrument has been sold.

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.