lachenal concertinaIn a competitive concertina-manufacturing and selling environment, the Lachenal company produced a range of very fine instruments, including many "student" models. Anglo Lachenals are, as far as I know, all considered "student" grade. They're good instruments with "real" steel or brass concertina reeds and construction, but the action and sound won't be as nice or as consistent as some other makes mentioned below. These instruments were all made in the UK, so "vintage English" usually refers to a Lachenal, Wheatstone, Jeffries or Crabb, and implies superior compared to the Italian Stagis quality of construction, sound, and playability action. If you can afford it, one of these vintage concertinas will be a fine instrument on which to learn, and frankly, you might never need to purchase another instrument as long as you live.
They're good instruments with "real" steel or brass concertina reeds and construction, but the action and sound won't be as nice or as consistent as some other makes mentioned below.
Dating lachenal concertina
These instruments were all made in the UK, so "vintage English" usually refers to a Lachenal, Wheatstone, Jeffries or Crabb, and implies superior compared to the Italian Stagis quality of construction, sound, and playability action. If you can afford it, one of these vintage concertinas will be a fine instrument on which to learn, and frankly, you might never need to purchase another instrument as long as you live. They had a metal-ended model available for a little more, but since I was already a bit over my budget, I got the wooden-end model.
Some people say the wooden-ended models have a mellower sound and so are better for accompaniment if you plan on singing at the same time, but I think this is a very general rule, and probably varies a lot from instrument to instrument. The type of reeds and layout of the reedpan also affects sound quality considerably see the note below by Rich Morse of The Button Box for more details.
Try to get a button though, as a button would be very limiting musically, as you would have only the C and G rows, and no accidentals besides the F of the G scale. Lachenal duet and accompanying brochurephotos courtesy of Kevin Gow kgandll juno. Thursday, August 29th, Home Forums Privacy. Anglo Concertina Buyer's Guide Lachenal In a competitive concertina-manufacturing and selling environment, the Lachenal company produced a range of very fine instruments, including many "student" models.
David Aumann aumann netspace. It sounds remarkably like the unusual instrument described by J. I have just come into possession of an edeophone treble by those truly progressive makers, Messrs.
This fine instrument played by Mr.
My Lachenal concertina is hexagonal and black, with 48 metal keys. I have been told that it is a Lachenal Excelsior, probably dating from This is late. Resources in the Concertina Library for dating vintage concertinas. lachenal-sig- wheatstone-concertina-ledgers Wheatstone Concertina Ledgers; Directory. (Dating of Lachenal Concertinas) By David Aumann. The story goes that Louis Lachenal, who had been employed by the Wheatstone company, left to set up his .
So perhaps No. The date they closed down is problematic.
It all went for as little as a hundred quid, including the gas oil that drove the machinery. The site of the old Lachenal premises at nos. Just beyond it is the three-storey Georgian building at number 8 which was Louis Lachenal's original address in the street. Housed for a number of years at the former Concertina Museum, Belper, Derbyshire, they are now part of the Wayne Archive at the Horniman Museum, London, where they are in the process of being digitised by Robert Gaskins; when that work is completed, they will be made available for research both on the web and on a CD-ROM which will be available from the Museum.
Note added June all of the red books are now on the web at that location.
The Red Books, with the numbers given to them by Neil Wayne and retained by the Horniman Museumconsist of the following:. Bennett Zon Aldershot: Ashgate,65 and n. Brown and Stephen S. It was named after the non-denominational school founded there by the British and Foreign School Society in It was in British Grove that Frederick Walton invented linoleum in Whichels, but with no owner listed.
A photograph reveals that Digby House was a five-bay, three-storey over basement Georgian mansion, whilst an Ordnance Survey map shows that it had an extensive garden behind it, with a rear carriageway and outbuildings my thanks to Ms. Wheeldon for sending these, and diligently answering other questions from me.
I have walked from British Grove to Lower Mall in a little over fifteen minutes. Well my grandfather was, until the patent ran out, with Wheatstone, and Lachenal had made all the tools for the plant, and he started on his own. John Crabb c. Interestingly, his name seems to have been added as a late entry, in different ink, the house having earlier been marked as unoccupied.
He seems to have first moved to the area between the christening of his second daughter, Emma Louisa Crabb, at St.
Their fourth child, Henry Thomas Crabb d. Peter, in Hammersmith now St. Finding this advertisement was the first clue that there had been a factory in existence at Chiswick. Wheatstone inand when he died in was succeeded by his son, also Edward Chidley, who died in I entered the business in and have managed production since —and am still in harness! The firm had borne his name alone in directory entries sincealthough the concertinas continued to be labelled C.
Certainly, Chidley was living at 29, Conduit Street, close to the Wheatstone shop, by Aprilas he was enumerated there for the Census.
In all, I would suggest that is perhaps a more likely date for his acquisition of C.
His article is particularly helpful if you have a non-Wheatstone concertina, and is probably Dating Lachenal concertinas is unfortunately very hit and miss. The 40 or so Lachenal concertinas in the Collection show the development of his Dating Lachenal-made instruments is not as easy as with Wheatstones. In conclusion, the tabular compilation that follows provides both a 'quick guide' to dating certain features of Lachenal's concertinas and some notes about.
Moreover, other models of treble, as well as all the tenors, baritones, and basses, were still being made by hand though using reeds supplied by Lachenal, except for the basses, which used French harmonium reeds. In addition, though there are potentially more than 9, Red Book entries during this period allowing for a missing volume, between April and Januarynot all of them would have been for sales of new concertinas, as numerous entries in the surviving ledgers are for instruments that were lent, hired, or sold second hand, sometimes several times.
All further references to CMC numbers are to instruments from that catalogue. Class XVI.
Directory: Dating Vintage Concertinas
The first English-system Lachenal in my database having over entries is No. Or is could have been made after but with a serial number corresponding to the earlier manufacturing period.
Thanks for that. What you say rings a bell. It was reconditioned or serviced professionally just before I bought it and I think I remember being told the label was renewed.
I'm not sure about the reeds - how might I tell? I wouldn't know by listening as I'm a complete beginner. I bought this shortly before having a brain haemorrhage which robbed me of some of my dexterity so I haven't really got into it yet and I wouldn't recognise the difference.
Sadly I'll probably end up selling it but it'll be a shame because it's a lovely thing.Lachenal Concertina 28b for sale on eBay Ebay Item Number: 190776382656
The database has not been distributed. I am making extensive use of the data in the article on Lachenal production, which I am currently drafting. I should have indicated that, if you send me a serial number and description for your Lachenal concertina, I will gladly provide an approximate of the year of manufacture. It will be a while before I complete my article on Lachenal concertinas and the estimated manufacture dates.
There are photos in the first post of this thread. We think the labels were renewed as part of the refurb and may not be the original ones. I would not be concerned if I could not tell if it is a 3 or an 8. For the last two digits of a serial number it is of no concern for estimating the year of manufacture if the digit is wrong.
But it makes a total difference, of course, if someone is unsure about any of the first 2 digits of a 5-digit serial number, or any of the first three digits of a 6-digit Anglo number. Could someone date my Lachenal EC from its' serial number please? It is According to the formulae I found on here that would make itbut given that that would be at the end of WW1 would that make sense with the country on a war footing? I know because I made some calculated guesses on this subject way back in the 70's and although others have made later and more accurate dating suggestions From the Wheatstone ledgers it can be seen that concertinas were made throughout that war and we can assume the case will be similar at Lachenal.
I would date your No Lachenal English concertina to circa Sure, it is tough to estimate the year of manufacture of Lachenals, but we do the best we can. I can tell you that my estimates are more accurate than what you find on the internet.
LACHENAL CONCERTINA PRODUCTION (Dating of Lachenal Concertinas) By David Aumann. I'm currently restoring twin Lachenal Anglos, # and #, and found. Concertina Timeline. Page 1. DATE WHEATSTONE. SCATES. LACHENAL. JONES. NICKOLDS. AUSTIN. CASE. CRABB. CHIDLEY. Born 9th January. Yes, a Lachenal, as have been any other Winrow concertinas that Ive seen (the same firm was better known as a major importer of French.
And of course Lachenal et al operated during WW1. Thanks for the advice gentlemen. It's only a "student" model, with brass reeds sharp of concert pitch, but plays nicely. Interestingly it still has both its' cloth baffles, with the serial number stamped on in ink and an undamaged label.