Bellows are a vital part of a concertina and determine largely the
playability of an instrument. Traditional
concertina bellows consist of leather, linen and card parts. Our bellows are
constructed out of individually cut card panels, not the 'accordion type' folded card board.
We use different types of (acid free) card for the different models we make.
The card we use varies in thickness and flexibility.
We use the finest quality goat skin available for our bellows,
tested for impurities and air tightness.
We import the hides ourselves from Europe.
English and Duet bellows
Bellows made for
english/duet concertinas have
thinner folds and are
The weight of the bellows in relation to the ends is
very important. For
English and Duet concertinas the
bellows should be as
light as possible.
Anlgo bellows folds are thicker. They allow less side
movement of the
bellows. The most important asset
of anlgo bellows is
stability. When playing an anglo,
the bellows movement is
very short and irregular.
Because of the rapid
changes it is important that the
folds themselves do not
move. Fold 'bounce'
results in lost of energy
and slower bellows changes.
English: W-E1 |
W-E3 | W-E4 |
Parnassus | W-B51
W-A1 | W-A2 |
W-A3 | W-A4 |
W-A5 | W-A6
| Oversight |
W-H1 | W-H2 | W-W1 |
W-W2 | W-C2 |
Bellows | Finish
| Wood choice | Trim
Technical: Making of an Anglo |
Reeds | Custom:
Custom Made |
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