|Type : English|
Make : Louis Lachenal
Model : 48 Key Treble
Price : £650
A very sweet Louis Lachenal which rather confused me at first as it has the name "Jones" on the label so I thought it was George Jones until it was opened. I then realised that the label is for a "Jones and Son, 6 Ampton St, Gray's Inn Road, London" who I presume owned a music shop.
It has rosewood stained ends, bone buttons, brass reeds and 4 fold bellows.
I seemed to remember that the serial number was around 10-12000 when I looked inside as it is missing from the left hand end. The original pine baffle has been replaced and the number has gone with it.
It has been fitted with new pads, valves, straps and tuned to concert pitch. Like the one I listed just before- it has that glorious tone which I associate with instruments with baffles and which might well suit a singer.
It plays really well for a tutor model-much better than a later period Lachenal tutor and is very sweet.
I think it is a much better instrument to play , to listen to and to own than the modern Chinese tutor models which are only a couple of hundred pounds cheaper and don't even have all the buttons.