The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-117.

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Item Type: Concertina

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Fingering System

Fingering System: English

Fingering System Compass: Low C to high C

Fingering System Site Links:

Key/Buttons Summary: 45 ivory keys, (22/Left and 23/right) in a continuing progression away from the 24-key 'Symphonium' layout. The accidentals keys are stained black (not 'cored' as in many earlier models) and the natural notes stamped with note-names. Its white-keys are also stamped on their flat tops with their note names, except the 'C' Notes, whch are stained red - an early appearance of this style. 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 Quantity: 45 ivory keys, (22/Left and 23/right)

Keys/Buttons Material: Ivory, with accidental keys stained black, and Cs stained red.

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

Keys/Buttons Bushing: No

Keys/Buttons Base Mounting: Standard peg, two red felt washers.

Air Button method: None

Effects Buttons: None

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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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