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Very Rare Early Wheatstone 48 Key English


Type : English
Make : Wheatstone
Model : 48 Key Treble
Price : £2250.00
Concertina Description

This is a very unusual instrument. It has a Wheatstone label which has been glued under the fret on the right hand side-it is one of the Victorian period labels. It also has "Wheatstone" stamped on the inside of the metal ends so it really must be a Wheatstone because these are the original ends. It does however have glass buttons-which I have never seen on a metal-ended Wheatstone before, it also has gold tooling-which again is rare on later period Wheatstones. 
When I looked inside the reeds were not riveted but did not look like later period Wheatstone reeds.

The only explanation I have is that this is a late Victorian transitionary model when Wheatstones were changing from the riveted reeds of the early Chidley period and starting to take on the improvements which the Lachenal factory had introduced in order to compete with the firm that-at that time-was the top manufacturer making around 7000 concertinas a year while Wheatstone were only making about 100 instruments in a year.

It has new pads, valves . straps and is tuned to concert pitch.

It plays well and is bright in sound but not too piercing. 

Comes in a carbon fibre hard case.

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