Item Type: Concertina
Fingering System: "English" System.
Fingering System Site Links: www.concertina.com/english
Key/Buttons Summary: 24 ivory keys, (12/Left, 12/right) in 'Symphonium' layout, the accidentals with black cores, and the natural notes stamped with note-names.The black-cored accidental note keys are NOT stamped with # or 'flat' symbols, which are present on some of the later open-pallet models. Its white-keys do not have note-names stamped on their flat tops; this practice was adopted on instruments made for sale, 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 Wheatstone concertina No. 230 onwards.
Keys/Buttons Quantity: 24 ivory keys, (12/Left, 12/right) in 'Symphonium' layout.
Keys/Buttons Material: Ivory, with black resin "cores" inset to Accidental notes.
Keys/Buttons Labelling: The black-cored accidental note keys are NOT stamped with # or 'flat' symbols, which are present on some of the later open-pallet models. Its white-keys do not have note-names stamped on their flat tops.
Keys/Buttons Bushing: No bushing.
Keys/Buttons Base Mounting: The flat ends of the ivory key-bases insert directly into the carved recesses in the rosewood action plinth; a nickel pin at the end of each ebony lever inserts horizontally into the side of each key.
Air Button method: None
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Created August 2009 by Neil Wayne
Last Modified 07 February 2012 by Neil Wayne, Chris Flint, Wes Williams
This page created Tuesday 14 February 2012.