R. Morse & Co.
The Beaumont is our 52-key Hayden duet concertina, featuring a clear satin finish on cherry. Like all R. Morse concertinas, the Beaumont 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 $3,950.
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:||52 keys, plus an air button on the hand rest. Made of black Delrin®, 1/4" across with slightly domed tops, offering comfort over many hours of playing. Natural felt bushings contribute to a smooth and quiet action.|
|Dimensions:||7" across the flats, approx. 5.75" end to end when compressed. Weighs 3 lbs. 2 oz. (1.4 kg)|
|Tuning:||a' = 440 Hz.|
|Range:||The left side starts at the Bb below the C below middle C, and continues to the B on the third line of the treble staff. The right side starts at the Bb below middle C, and continues to the D in the space above the second ledger line above the treble staff. See notechart.|
|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 clear satin finish.|
|Fittings:||Our concertinas are fitted with our own brass endbolts and thumbscrews.|
From the Button Box:
A Beaumont 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.
For those who desire a particularly bright tone, we now offer a hand-finished (tipo a mano) reed option for an additional $100. 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.