R. Morse & Co.
The Albion is our 37-key English concertina, available in a treble or baritone range. Finish choices include a rich natural 'rosewood' stain or satin black. Like all R. Morse concertinas, the Albion is crafted to offer the best features of high-end vintage concertinas and comes with a fitted hardshell case and a 5-year warranty against defective parts and workmanship. Instruments are made to order. Base price $2,875.
The Button Box, Inc., has been making high-quality, reliable concertinas under the R. Morse & Co. brand since 1999. Our concertinas are nimble instruments with a full, bright tone, satisfying to play and appealing to the eye as well. These instruments are meticulously designed and built by us right here in western Massachusetts.
|Buttons:||37 keys, plus air button. Made of black Delrin®, 3/16" across with slightly domed tops, offering comfort over many hours of playing. Natural felt bushings contribute to a smooth and quiet action.|
|Dimensions:||6.25" across the flats, approx. 5.75" end to end when compressed. Weighs 2 lbs. 5 oz. (1.1 kg)|
|Tuning:||a' = 440 Hz.|
|Range:||Choice of treble or baritone (one octave lower).|
|Case:||Custom-made fitted hardshell case included.|
|Action:||We use a traditional riveted action and stainless steel springs for a quick and even response.|
|Reedpan:||The reedpan and action pan are integrated, making our instruments unusually light and offering a full and bright sound.|
|Reeds:||We use high-grade Italian-made accordion reeds, providing a response and dynamic range equal to or surpassing that of many vintage concertinas. Our standard reeds strike a good balance of response and tone. Hand-finished (tipo a mano) reeds are also available for an additional charge.|
|Bellows:||Our standard bellows have six folds and a traditional construction of acid-free card stock, goat and cow leathers, and linen, providing strength, flexibility, and durability. A seven-fold bellows is available for an additional charge.|
|Endframes:||The graceful fretwork is made of a strong cherry laminate with a rich natural 'rosewood' stain or a satin black finish.|
|Fittings:||Our concertinas are fitted with our own brass endbolts and thumbscrews.|
From the Button Box:
An Albion can be ordered by placing a $100 non-refundable deposit here or by contacting us. Morse concertinas are built to order, and we will contact you once your concertina is completed to arrange payment of the balance.
To place an order select options below. Delivery time is estimated at 8 weeks.
For those who desire a particularly bright tone, we now offer a hand-finished (tipo a mano) reed option for an additional $70. When completing your order online, please indicate in the "special shipping instructions or comments" box that you would like your instrument to have hand-finished reeds. Please contact us if you have any questions.