The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-006.

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Item Type: Concertina

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Fingering System

Fingering System: English

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Key/Buttons Summary: 32 ivory keys, (16/Left - one bone replacement -and 16/right) in a continuing progression from the 24-key 'Symphonium' layout, the accidentals with black cores and the natural notes stamped with note-names. Its white-keys are also stamped on their flat tops with their note names; this practice was adopted to help guide and direct the amateur musicians (who were beginning to take up the fashionable new instrument in ever greater numbers) to locate and play the correct notes. Throughout the nineteenth century, note names appear on the white keys upon the vast majority of Wheatstone concertinas with ivory keys, with the substitution of red-stained keys for the 'C' keys on instruments from about No. 230 onwards.

Keys/Buttons Material: Ivory, with accidental keys black-cored.

Keys/Buttons Labelling: Natural notes have note-names stamped on their flat end

Keys/Buttons Bushing: No

Keys/Buttons Base Mounting: The Ivory keys have brass base pins screwed into base of each key, which enter into holes in the action--board. A leather pad has been added to the pin at the base of each key.

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The Concertina Museum Collection

Created August 2009 by Neil Wayne
Last Modified 07 February 2012 by Neil Wayne, Chris Flint, Wes Williams

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