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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 $2,675. and free shipping within continental 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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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.