Its fully chromatic range was suited to classical pieces, with its fast action lending it to "party pieces" such as The Flight of the Bumble Bee. The already-existing family musical instrument firm of Wheatstone & Co switched over to manufacturing concertinas, each one expensively hand-made by highly skilled craftsmen, and at first the concertina was very much an instrument of the middle and upper class drawing room.Initially the term Anglo-German only applied to concertinas of this type built in England, but as German manufacturers adopted some of these techniques, the term came to apply to all concertinas that used Uhlig's 20-button system.Use of the "German" part of the title Anglo-German ceased in the UK during World War I. For example, if the row closest to the player's wrist is in the key of G, the next outer row is in the key of C below.Within a few years of that date, the German concertina was a popular import in England, Ireland, and North America, due to its ease of use and relatively low price.
Facts about concertina history and brief self-explanatory clippings arranged in a timeline. Please e-mail me with any corrections, additions and comments. My partner in crime, Anne Gregson, plays the English. I would welcome any information from players elsewhere in the world that I can incorporate into later versions.Lachenal was apparently a good businessman (he used to work for Wheatstone before going into business for himself) and so was especially successful at producing low-cost (relative to Wheatstones) models, and these are what you're likely to find today priced between 00 and 00.If you can afford it, one of these vintage concertinas will be a fine instrument on which to learn, and frankly, you might never need to purchase another instrument as long as you live.