Top 5 Concertinas under $2,500
If you graduated from a beginner’s basic anglo concertina and it is time for you to look for concertinas that will showcase your skill level as a player, the following is a list of the Top 5 mid-range Anglo concertinas in the keys of C/G.
5. AP James Anglo Concertina
At number 5 this anglo concertina has the features of an advance beginner’s concertina. It prides itself with its clean bright sound and its quick response. This 30 button concertina Tipo A Mano Italian steel reeds and handmade in England with stainless rivet action. The 6 leather bellows that has individual card pieces makes this instrument flexible. It comes with steel ends or solid Sapele ends and both have solid Sapele hand bars with adjustable straps. APJ Music sells their anglo concertina for $1833. http://www.apjmusic.co.uk/apj_30button_anglo.htm
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4. Clover Anglo Concertina
This 30 button hybrid concertina is on the C/G key and is designed by Concertina Connection is one of the mid-range concertinas on the market. With the traditional riveted brass action it gives a fast response action during the play in addition to its six fold leather bellows and bushed button holes and action. This concertina is fashioned with metal buttons in Wheatstone or Jeffries layout and it also has wooden ends as well as frames, boards and reed pans. Button Box sells this for $2400 together with a concertina case. http://www.buttonbox.com/new-concertinas.html#anglo
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3. Sherwood C/G Anglo Concertina
This Anglo concertina is fitted with Antonelli steel reeds, with six leather bellows and black plastic buttons. This instrument produces bright tone and has a fast action response. The reeds made of Antonelli accordion reeds are fitted into a modified reed pan. This handmade instrument is manufactured in England. Red Cow Music sells this for $2290.
2. Standard Tedrow 30 button C/G Anglo Concertina
This handmade anglo concertina uses accordion-reed but uses the traditional method of handcrafted concertinas. The ends are solid mahogany, has riveted stainless steel action and also uses stainless springs. The 7 black folded leather bellows is hand-built cut. Homewood Musical sells this instrument for $2250. http://hmi.homewood.net/standard/
1. The Swallow
The Swallow Concertina is the best fit for intermediate players as it has the features that will have players who graduated from the beginner’s class making a better quality music instantly. The Swallow concertina is the best value concertina on the market. It has the best quality Italian reeds inside it made by Voci Armoniche. It has 6 fold leather bellows for better response as it allows more air to the reeds. It has riveted action which eases the play and gives it a professional performance. McNeela Instruments also give a great after sales service for this instrument in addition to its 3-year guarantee. It easily tops the list because of its quality-to-beat at a very affordable price. It is sold at IrishMusik.com for €1537.