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R. Morse & Co. Céilí Anglo Concertina

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The Céilí is our 30-key anglo concertina, available with a Jeffries or Wheatstone/Lachenal fingering layout, in a variety of keys. Finish choices include a rich natural 'rosewood' stain or satin black. Like all R. Morse concertinas, the Céilí is crafted to offer the best features of high-end vintage concertinas and comes with a fitted hard case and a 5-year warranty against defective parts and workmanship. Instruments are made to order. Base price $2,825. and free shipping within contiguous U.S.

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: 30 (option of left-hand thumb drone for additional charge). 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 air button.
Dimensions: 6.25" across the flats, approx. 5.75" end to end when compressed. Weighs 2 lbs. 4 oz. (1.0 kg)
Tuning: Available in C/G, G/D, D/A.
a' = 440 Hz.
Layout: Jeffries or Wheatstone/Lachenal are standard. Custom layouts upon request.
Case: Custom-fitted case included.
Inside view of the action and reedpan
Action: Traditional riveted action paired with 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 board are integrated, making our instruments unusually light and offering a full and bright sound.
Reeds: High-grade Italian-made accordion reeds provide 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 (C/G and G/D only).
Bellows: Six folds, with 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 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.

C/G Jeffries notechart: PNG | PDF

C/G Wheatstone notechart: PNG | PDF

G/D Jeffries notechart: PNG | PDF

G/D Wheatstone notechart: PNG | PDF

Céilí, C/G with rosewood stain

Céilí, C/G with satin black finish

Céilí, G/D with rosewood stain

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Direct from The Button Box:
Order a Céilí by placing a $100 deposit here or by contacting us. We will contact you once your concertina is completed to arrange payment of the balance and shipping.

To place an order select options below. Delivery time is estimated at 6-8 weeks. Free shipping within contiguous U.S.


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For those who desire a particularly bright tone, we now offer a hand-finished (tipo a mano) reed option for an additional $70 (C/G and G/D only). When completing your order online, please indicate in the "special instructions for shipping" box that you would like your instrument to have hand-finished reeds. Please contact us if you have any questions.

In addition to ordering from The Button Box, you can order R. Morse & Co. concertinas from these authorized dealers:

Micheal O' Raghallaigh - Rathmolyon, Co. Meath, Ireland. tel. 00353 07 7996670 or

Red Cow Music - Stillingfleet, York, UK. tel. 07812064322

Accord et Musique, Lyon, France.