Albion English Concertina
We are pleased to be able to offer our own line of concertinas. These instruments are meticulously designed and crafted by us right here in western Massachusetts. Our goal is to produce high-quality, reliable, affordable, and available concertinas to fill the niche between the lower-priced Italian models and the increasingly scarce and correspondingly expensive vintage concertinas.
The Albion is our 37-key English model, which is available in treble and baritone ranges (see note layout here). The Albion measures 6-1/4" across the flats and comes with a fitted hardshell case: $2,600.
From the Button Box:
A Morse concertina can be ordered by placing a $50 non-refundable deposit here, or by contacting us. Morse concertinas are built to order; the average delivery time is currently around 6-8 weeks. To see what is available immediately, visit our Instruments in Stock page. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Click to place an order and pay a $50 deposit.
Delivery time is estimated at 4-6 weeks.
Ordering in the United Kingdom:
UK customers can order a Morse through The Music Room in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire.
The Albion is a 6-¼" (across the flats) six-sided instrument, designed and carefully crafted to effect the best features typical of high-end vintage concertinas. Cherry is the most popular choice for woodwork; black is also available upon request.
|Action:||We use a brass riveted action and stainless steel for quick and even response.||
|Reedpan:||Our reedpan and action pan are integrated making our instruments significantly lighter than most other concertinas. This design also enhances certain tones of the reeds which results in a full and bright sound.|
|Reeds:||We use high-grade accordion reeds set to give a response and dynamic range that is equal to - and in some cases surpassing - that of many vintage concertinas.|
|Bellows:||Our traditionally-constructed bellows have six folds and are made of acid-free card stock, goat and cow leathers, and linen for strength, flexibility, and durability.|
|Endframes:||The ornate ends are made of solid cherry. They are durably finished with a rich natural stain or a black opaque stain.|
|Buttons:||The buttons are made with black Delrin® with slightly elliptically-domed tops.|
|Fittings:||Our concertinas are fitted with brass endbolts and thumbscrews.|
|Our concertinas comes with a fully lined and blocked hardshell case and a 5-year warranty against defective parts and workmanship.|
"As soon as one tries to play on it you are struck not only by the lack of weight - but the feather lightness of the touches - you hardly notice any resistance under the fingers - and yet there is no feeling of sloppyness - you really feel comfortably "in control" all the times. It's such a pleasure to play that I really feel reluctant to return to my Wheatstones or my Lachenals where the fingerwork is so much harder." Jon McNamara review
"I think it's a great instrument - love the tone, the responsiveness, and the amazing lightness. Also found it had the full dynamic range which I need." Gill Noppen-Spacie