The Concertina: the nearly 200-year-old musical instrument considered the father of the contemporary accordion

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Where does the word 
“concertina” come from ?

From the Anglo-Saxon term “concert”, which in Spanish means concert, and the “ina” which is a suffix of Latin origin (in Latin “inus” whose meaning includes that it belongs to or relative to something, such as how we call the inhabitants of Argentina or the Philippines: Argentines and Filipinos respectively. That said, it must be confirmed that there is currently a great debate about the exact origin of the word:

Many do not agree that its meaning is related to the concert, because although the expression concert has a certain annex with the instrument itself, it can be confused since it does not specify what type of concert it is.

A musical orchestra, the one of all life, the one of yesteryear, well it does confirm that link but, today, concerts can vary a lot and among all, those that are most abundant, are those where the singer or singer simply goes on stage. the singer, grabs the mike and begins to sing. Speakers and dancers do the rest

This is why many decided to call it “instrument bellows” ( bellows instrument) or “little accordion” (small accordion), because its predecessor and brother model, better known, is the accordion, which we all know, with the keys as prominent as a piano. Others assimilate the meaning of concert with the word “concertado”

Synonyms such as word of mouth or agree are attributed to the word in quotation marks that we put for you above. Agree, doesn’t it sound to you that most of the letters in this word are used in the accordion, the predecessor of the concertina?

Everything fits. By this we mean that others refer to it as “instrument concerted” because, metaphorically, they resemble the sound it emits with a typical situation of conciliation between two people who agree with each other, without opposition, or damages, nor any type of remorse and everything developed in a peaceful way and in peace

Despite all the meanings and all the existing debates, the meaning of concertina has remained and remains since its circular shape is reminiscent of the “other concertinas” that today we see everywhere on any border wall or in prisons: the security wires or safety concertinas

Click here to see what we mean. Not only is it reminiscent of their shape, but also of the ability they have to roll from the inside out and from the outside in, which would be the bellows of the instrument we go, pressing in and out, without detaching at any time. That of curious links that we can find in our lives and more than one we do not even imagine, do we?

What are the principles surrounding the concertina accordion?

The first signs of use of the instrument date from the 19th century, back in the 1830s to 1840s. Two concertinas were patented: the German class and the English class. They were both very alike. One varied from the other by the size of the head, by the number of pins they had, by the size of the bellows and because one was more attractive than the other. The first had a minimalist design the second a more standard design

The German concertina accordion stood out for being quadrangular while the English concertina accordion stood out for being made up of a more hexagonal shape. At the time those instruments with totally straight sides were highly valued, since in Germany any object with horizontal and perpendicular sides was highly valued, as it was considered one of the principles that governed German society

So much so, that both concertinas, despite being the same in terms of the purpose, which is to play, were used for different events depending on whether it was on English or German soil: in German society the concertina was only used it touched those workers who received precarious wages. It was used by the most miserable in society. The bosses of Germany considered an obligation that was perpetrated by the lower classes of society since, in this way, they made their lives more enjoyable and more digestible to live.

Also because many of these people were seen as a problem: many of them took to the streets to protest. As a sign that they too had a place in society, the inmates presented them with an instrument that, to date, was used by very few people. They had to feel privileged. So it was. That is why many of these protests did not reach more and managed to dissipate the masses.

Quite the opposite is the role that the Anglo-Saxon concertina played in English society: it was used by the highest class of society, those who lived the best and the top dogs of the country. They saw the concertina as a unique instrument, a valued value that could only be used by the most privileged in society. They did not consider that it was touched by the most precarious societies as it happened in Germany, since it was to combine two things that have nothing to do

We all know the struggle against equalities and civil rights that has occurred throughout history. Well, something like this is what happened with the Anglo-Saxon concertina and the most vulnerable people. Many of these people, seeing that the most superior enjoyed things that they could not enjoy, without any justification, took to the streets in protest. They magnified why it happened to them and, far from doing that, the opposite happened:

Many of these people were imprisoned and until the beginning of World War I, there were episodes of riots that did not lead to any concrete resolution. It was after World War II that in Germany and England this inequality that existed in the concertina was finally extinguished. The irruption of several companies dedicated to the manufacture of instruments echoed this in particular

Many of them gave it a stamp as if it were patented by themselves. Other brands gave it their own finishes, and towards the 1960s, back in the 20th century, all concertinas stood out for having their “subtly” round shape. The first concertinas had few buttons, some of them up to 20 pegs, 10 on each head. Decades later the number of pegs was reduced slightly, reaching 10-15 buttons, a standard of what we see today in English concertinas.

The irruption of Irish folk music, also throughout the 1960s, gave rise to what we now know as the Anglo-class concertina, noted for having more pegs, some of them having up to 30 buttons, 15 on each side. The English concertina has always had more classic finishes in black and white, but the Irish concertina was the first to give it finishes in colors, until then, nothing used in instruments, such as red, green or blue

In addition, this fact made the concertina not disappear. This is explained by something that we see a lot today: times change and over the years we have to adapt to what is coming. The constant renewal of instruments and the first glimpses of the piano in the first third of the 20th century, led to the patenting of the same but with a wind system . The influence that, at that time, the concertina possessed gave rise to what we know today as the accordion, that rectangular wind instrument, with a large bellows and black and white keys, like those of the piano.

This, together with the mass production of other instruments, gave rise to the chronicle of a foretold death, but thanks to the irruption of Irish folk music, giving it its own gifts and own designs, the concertina became like one of the most valued, oldest and best instruments of the contemporary stage of history

This, together with the mass production of other instruments, gave rise to what could be said as a chronicle of an announced death, but nothing is further from the truth: it was the Irish who raised the concertina to the altars, giving them their own touches, as happens with the addition of flexible straps on the heads. Until then, the concertina had always been played on surfaces due to weight and to achieve a precise strike, but the Irish bourgeois society saw this as nonsense.

As with any instrument, the concertina had to be played wherever it was, that is why they decided to add those colorful cananas that distinguish the concertina so much. However, many English concertinas today also incorporate waistbands in their heads. You see, in the end what happened is something that we see today: life is constantly changing, it is day to day, adapting to changes. The English concertina was somewhat obsolete in terms of predisposition for the user

The Irish, worried that this concertina would be exempt from being used by many novice people who had never seen the instrument, decided to seal it with that finish that even adapted to the size of the hand, something that at that time was very little seen. Many companies from China, Italy and Germany decided to manufacture concertinas with the gifts that the traditional folk orchestras of Ireland had given them, being considered this country as the main progenitor of the instrument and leaving aside the United Kingdom

Currently, there is much controversy about whether the instrument is of Irish or Anglo-Saxon origin. What happened was something that in these times happens a lot: like that mobile that does something disruptive in terms of its design and then, different brands, faced with something that they know can mean a novelty well received by users, they all decide to implement it , with its variants, to give him his own gifts.

Well, something like this happened with the concertina: The form as such of both was inspired by the Irish in the Anglo-Saxon, but the addition of more modern finishes and more flexible models, less large, less heavy and with the addition of straps, comes purely from stamp Irish

What elements is a concertina bandoneon made of?

A musical concertina is made up of 4 very distinguished elements from each other. They are as follows:

The head or caletre of the musical concertina

It is the part of the side or the left and right sides where we will strum and move our fingers at will and with meaning , which, depending on the model we have in our hands, can have larger or smaller caletres.

The range of colors in which the heads of musical concertinas can be manufactured is very diverse: from warm tones such as red, green or sky blue, to more classic tones such as silver, black or dark brown

The openings or slits in these heads also play an important role, since from their finishes to the number of holes present, they are very heterogeneous. Normally these finishes are pointed, do not follow a defined uniformity and are present around the button area.

The bellows or crease of the concertina accordion

It is in charge, depending on the kind of concertina you have, of emitting a different sound or not. The material that the bellows are made of varies depending on whether it is a high or low class musical concertina

All of them have one characteristic in common: They are made of a kind of polystyrene that is highly resistant to moisture and to suffer some kind of fragmentation. Surely this sounds like something to you:

As time goes by, every product deteriorates and it is important that any piece meets minimum requirements, in this case the concertina blower, which plays a fundamental role as each of the components that give shape to this instrument.

The strap or band of the concertina instrument

This waistband covered by nylon skin around it , a material that, as we mentioned with the gusset, allows it to last over time and does not wear out when you grip it every time you touch it with your two hands. Depending on the kind of concertina in front of us, the arrangement of the straps will be one or the other.

In the center there are usually those straps that are surrounded by more than 15 buttons, all with the aim of making the typing process of each of the pins more enjoyable. There are also those that are located on both sides, always on one of the two sides: on the left or right. In some it is the left, in others it is the right

Those with less than 15 buttons present this arrangement , however, models like the high-end ones can be made of buttons and, in turn, have a central and not lateral arrangement. There is no definite rule. What is certain is that the centric straps on the sides are not both constituted in the same head of the concertina

The buttons or pegs of the concertina accordion

With them we will be able to achieve the main mission of any instrument: to emit the desired melody. Depending on the range, they can have from 10-15 pins to 25-30 pins. The number of keys varies a lot in some concertinas and others, that is why we do not establish an exact number and we will tell you about approximations of what you can find by inquiring on our website or in some of the online stores with which we work

These pegs, especially in the medium-high and the most premium ranges, are made of carbon fiber, so that their preservation against fingerprints and external agents is assured. In the lower ranges we find them made of a substance with more plasticity, which is not as resistant as the carbon strand, but which is acceptable considering the total amount of money we spend.

The arrangement of the pegs in a curved sense is found in many “Anglo” type concertinas Something more rectilinear and perpendicular we have them in the “Anglo-Saxon” type concertinas All pegs are printed by an enamel layer which, depending on the type of concertina instrument, may differ in shades of white, black or silver.

These are the artists or 
“concert players” who are the flagship of the musical concertina in the French, duet, German, English and Irish style:

  • Emmanuel Pariselle: Considered one of the main precursors of the Franco-Irish style concertina, he used to interpret its melodies on a diatonic scale of C and D Major. As a curious fact not discussed so far, today seeing the franglo concertina instrument for sale is very utopian
  • Stor Piazzolla: This Italian artist was the main brand of the German-style concertina. As in the beginnings of the instrument, back in the 19th century, it was common to see it play in accompaniments of Tango groups in Argentina, many of the melodies were accompanied in acute tones of diatonic scales in D, G, C and A
  • Giulio Regondi: The banner of the concertina of the aglo-Saxon type. Since ancient times it has always been played in a pair of octaves, a double pair (4 octaves) and a triple pair on musical scales tuned to C, D or F. The way he types the English concertina is very similar to what is done in current times, with some nuances
  • J.Hayden: There is no precursor as such, since this is one of the most recent concertinas, but we can give it a name, the one we put in the heading above, since it was the main precursor in giving light on the market this particular model. This concertina accordion duet is usually played on a musical score in C or C Major
  • Scan Tester, John Spiers, William Kimber, and John Kirkpatrick: These are some of the outstanding insignia of the Irish-class concertina. They used to interpret their melodies in musical scales of Do, Re, La and Si. There is no main interpreter as such because this concertina, along with the English one, has been considered as a single

What types of musical concertina instruments do we find for sale today?

The different models of concertina that we can find differ according to the position of their buttons, according to whether they are unisonoric or bisonorous, according to their musical scales and according to how they have to be held. They are as follows:

The Anglo or Irish musical concertina

It is a bisonoro type concertina and you will wonder what does this mean? Very simple: they are those wind instruments capable of creating different sounds depending on whether we stretch or compress their bellows

The arrangement of the buttons is found on both sides of the concertina and they are slightly curved.

Depending on the model, it can have ten keys or more on both sides of the support and is characterized by being slightly curved so that it perfectly follows the trail of our fingers.

These Irish concertinas originate melodies on a larger diatonic scale and to hold it, the only thing we have to take into account is the following:

Our index, heart, ring and little fingers must be inserted through the leather shoulder straps . Once this is achieved, we can press each of the keys at will.

And with our spare thumb, we can manipulate the air exhaust located in the rear area of ​​the concertina at personal taste , in case we want the instrument not to sound when extending or contracting its bellows.

With our thumb we can manipulate the air escape if we want the instrument not to sound when extending or contracting the bellows and with the remaining fingers we will press each of the keys that are on both sides of the concertina

According to various sources, George Jones is considered the founder of this concertina so widely used in Irish salons, hence its name.

The English musical concertina or Anglo-Saxon class

It is a unisonoric type concertina so regardless of whether we compress or stretch its bellows, the instrument will produce a similar sound.

The keys of this concertina range are arranged in horizontal columns one below the other , respectively.

On its supports, we find numerous buttons and unlike the concertina that we mentioned earlier, it is fastened in the following way:

Our thumb this time if it will go inside a strap and with the remaining 4 fingers, two of them ( the ring and the little finger ) will go on a kind of metal support in a shape similar to a “J”, leaving the index finger and middle finger. free to press the keys

English concertinas are capable of emitting sounds on a twelve-tone or chromatic scale

Two of the columns in the center, divided on both sides of the instrument, are established in a diatonic scale of C major while the rest of the keys will help us achieve the chromatic scale with flats and sharps (C-C #, D-D #, my-my #, fa-fa #, etc)

The forerunner of this instrument was Sir Carlos Wheatstone

The concertina duo

This concertina, like the English one, is unison and its note system is also based on a chromatic scale.

The main difference that we find in this concertina with respect to the rest, is that on the left side of the instrument its keys are capable of producing low and high sounds while on the right side its keys are capable of emitting high and low sounds.

These types of concertinas are the least abundant today

The Chemnitzer or German bandoneon concertina

German concertinas are characterized by being bisonoras , having a fastening system similar to that of an accordion and some notes in chromatic or diatonic style

As a curious fact, in the northeastern part of the United States, the ordinary concertina is directly linked to the Chemnitzer concertina because it is closely linked to the bandoneon , an instrument that was patented by the German Heinrich Band

Why buy the second-hand English or Anglo-style musical concertina instrument on our online site?

If you decide to buy a second hand Irish concertina, we strongly recommend that you contact the seller beforehand and make sure 100% if any part of the instrument is defective.

On more than one occasion we have found cases of people who simply for the modest price of this range of concertinas, do not hesitate for a moment to buy them and then find these setbacks that take them by surprise. Being cheaper Irish concertinas it was obvious that this was the case, but always remember something: better safe than sorry will not allow that to happen to you… That is why we left that job, apparently yours, to us. Convenience and no research here and there to acquire the range of used Irish concertina you want!

We always prioritize the novelty and we make sure 100% that they are in perfect condition so that you do not have any problems . In addition, we have ranges of used Anglo concertinas available on our website for all tastes: low range of second-hand Irish concertinas, medium-low range of used Irish concertinas, medium ranges of second-hand Anglo concertinas and medium range- high of used Anglo concertinas

What are the prices of the different models of used Irish and English concertinas instruments?

Depending on the range of Irish concertina that we want, the total amount of the same will vary accordingly. Normally, the prices at which we have available second-hand Anglo concertinas are usually not too far between the range of € 80-150.

There are exceptions, especially when it costs more than € 150, but we always recommend that you do what we mentioned above . Some people (not all), take advantage of the inexperience of the user searching the internet or the impatience that arises when they want to get their favorite concertina range.

Due to the use they bring with them, the great advantage they have is that Irish concertinas are cheaper than new ones and, in addition, their cheaper costs allow you the possibility of obtaining a second-hand Anglo concertina of medium or medium range- high-end at an affordable low-end price. A bargain, wherever you look!

Why buy the Irish or English concertina instrument in our online concertina shop?

You can find new Anglo-style concertinas for sale in reputed companies such as Amazon, Ebay, Mercado Libre or Ali Babá. We work with 3 of these companies that we will reveal to you below, but if in the area where you live Mercado Libre is better for you, tell us and we do our best to collaborate with them and provide you with the best unused Anglo concertinas of this type. business. It does not have to be expressly this company, as either one or the other will be indifferent to us. We will always do 120% by 100% to get what you want

In our online store of musical concertinas you have for sale the Anglo or Irish type concertinas fresh from the oven and the most demanded of today at a price that will always adapt to your current budget. We have the models of Irish or Anglo-style concertinas adapted and accessible for any user:

Low-end unused Irish concertinas, mid-low range of new Irish concertinas, mid-range unused Irish concertinas, upper-middle range of new Anglo concertinas, premium range of unworn Anglo concertinas. Any range of unused Irish concertina that you want to buy, here you will have it 😉

Another detail that we could not ignore and the luck with which you have when working this site with reputed companies such as Amazon, Ebay or Alibaba, is that you even have the possibility of choosing to buy a classic Irish concertina from the 19th century . Incredible right? Of course, it will be somewhat used but having the first Anglo-class concertinas in history is a privilege that not everyone has the fortune to enjoy

What are the prices of the different models of Irish or English concertinas instruments?

Low ranges of Anglo concertinas are found by figures that range between € 100-€ 200. The most premium Anglo concertinas, the high-end ones, are available at a price that ranges between € 800-€ 1500. Here it is necessary to clarify something:

And it is that the costs of these new Irish concertina models are very expensive given the age they have impregnated: from who was the first to play it, to its materials. But if these concertinas stand out for being used, why are you now telling me that they are? Let’s see, for something we told you about “specifying”

There are always exceptions, if we have such a model available, believe us, it has been used little or hardly at all. It is likely that people with “renown” used it at the time and therefore the high value at which they are available

Another spectrum of ranges of Irish concertinas at a more affordable price and accessible by users, are those of the lower-mid-range, mid-range and upper-mid-range, models that stand out for bringing together elements typical of the Anglo-type concertinas. Exclusive at reduced amounts, with prices that vary between €250 and €500

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What is the musical concertina instrument?

It is the predecessor of the contemporary accordion differentiated by having keys in the form of small buttons and a narrower bellows