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R. Morse & Co. ESB Baritone Anglo Concertina

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The ESB is a 31-key baritone* anglo concertina, available with a Jeffries or Wheatstone/Lachenal fingering layout, in C/G or D/A with tipo a mano reeds. The current run of ESB concertinas are built with walnut ends and a clear finish. Like all R. Morse concertinas, the ESB 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. and free shipping within continental U.S.

*A baritone anglo concertina plays one octave below the standard instrument.

Morse concertina case

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: 31 (includes left-hand thumb key). 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. Raised thumb buttons.
Dimensions: 7" across the flats, approx. 5.75" end to end when compressed. Weighs 2 lbs. 11 oz. (1.2 kg)
Tuning: Available in C/G or D/A.
a' = 440 Hz.
Layout: Jeffries or Wheatstone/Lachenal are standard. Custom layouts upon request.
Case: Custom-made fitted hardshell case included.
Inside view of the action and reedpan
Action: We use a traditional riveted action and stainless steel springs for a quick and even response. Lever arms are cut from brass sheets, eliminating the 'spring' effect produced by lever arms fabricated out of brass rods.
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. Stock reeds on the ESB are hand-finished (tipo a mano).
Bellows: Our standard bellows have six folds and a traditional construction of acid-free card stock, goat leather, and cotton muslin, providing strength, flexibility, and durability. A seven-fold bellows is available for an additional charge.
Endframes: The graceful fretwork is made of a strong walnut laminate with a clear finish.
Fittings: Our concertinas are fitted with our own brass endbolts and thumbscrews.

C/G Jeffries notechart: PNG | PDF

C/G Wheatstone notechart: PNG | PDF

ESB in C/G (Video 1)

ESB in C/G (Video 2)

ESB in C/G (Video 3)

ESB in C/G (Video 4)

ESB in D/A

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ESB in D/A

Current Stock

R. Morse & Co. ESB

Serial #1439, 31-key D/A baritone, Jeffries note layout. With Italian hand-finished reeds. Rosewood-stained cherry ends, 7-fold leather bellows. Delrin buttons, riveted action. With fitted hardshell case. New



March 19, 2020:

To Our Customers,

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has left The Button Box without the necessary staff to fulfill, in a timely manner, orders for new R. Morse & Co. concertinas. Everyone here is healthy so far, but are making choices to keep themselves and co-workers safe and healthy. As a result, we will not be accepting new orders for concertinas until further notice. We will post any changes to our situation on our website as soon as our staff levels improve to the point that we are able to resume our production.

Best Regards,
The Button Box, Inc.