|Type : English|
Make : Lachenal
Model : 48 key Treble
Price : £1100
Just back from restoration-a very nice Paragon model with rosewood ends, metal buttons, steel reeds and 5 fold bellows.
It has refinished ends, new bushings, straps, pads, valves and is now tuned to concert pitch.
It plays well and quickly and is the cheapest of the lower middle quality concertinas which are better than the tutor models but not at the higher levels of instruments.
A decent Paragon is the cheapest that has all the following features-steel reeds, metal buttons and 5 fold bellows.
To be honest-a Paragon is good enough to be the only instrument needed for most of us who take up the instrument but are never going to be great-but once you get hooked and try other peoples quality concertinas we tend to desire those-and it does help you play better when you have a top instrument-so we move on. If that happens I always take the old instrument back in an upgrade situation at the same price that it was bought for-if it is still in good clean condition of course!