The Parnassus english is the
result of my personal quest of many years as a professional soloist and chamber
musician. My goal was to have an instrument with a perfect tone equilibrium,
clearness of sound and dynamics.
The many years of research and study
that went into this project resulted in an instrument that uniquely combines
traditional concertina and modern free reed knowledge with centuries old luthier principles.
Although based on the traditional
concertina construction, the Parnassus incorporates many techniques used by
luthiers for centuries, such as the choice of woods and sound post construction.
The uniform harmonic spectrum of the instrument is the result of advanced sound
reflection techniques, rather than the traditional 'damping and cutting' of
harmonics by fretwork and baffles in traditional concertinas.
The heart of the instrument is the uncompromised (no
shortening of the bass reeds) reed
scaling, with the smallest scale increases of any concertina, to guarantee the
highest possible degree of sound uniformity.
Rather than the traditional
concertina fretwork, the Parnassus features a double layer rosette. Rosettes are
a centuries old tradition used by instrument makers of the Renaissance and
The overlapping symmetrical patterns of the Parnassus rosette relates to
technical aspects of the instrument, such as the reed chambers, scaling
and action multiplication.
The two types of wood of the rosette represent the principle 'inside and
outside' woods used for the instrument.
Due to the complexity of the
instrument, we will only make 2 Parnassus concertinas per year. For this we
reserve 2 time slots at the beginning of each year.
Parnassus on youtube:
12 sided ( TT, Baritone, and Bass
Engelmann spruce flat ends with double layer rosette.
Long scale reeds
with custom scaling
Domed or flat metal keys/delrin® cores.
All leather 7 fold bellows
The Parnassus is available in the
- Treble: 48 keys
- Tenor: 48 keys
- Tenor-Treble: 56 key,
- Baritone: 48 key,
- Bass: 40 key, double
models are also available in both 'small' and 'full' consort. Since the 17th
century the term (whole) consort has been used for instruments of the same
The Parnassus Consort instruments
are build from the same tonal woods, and normally have the same frame veneers,
button types and finishes.
Harmonically, consort instruments are voiced in a continuous equilibrium,
ensuring that each instrument harmonically matches the other consort members,
while at the same time maintaining its individual tonal colour.
The Parnassus small consort consists of 3 instruments. There are 3 options:
- A) Treble, Tenor,
- B) Treble, Baritone,
- C) Tenor-Treble, Baritone,
The Parnassus full consort consists of 4 instruments:
- Treble, Tenor,
Treble in English Walnut, gold buttons, finger rests and thumbscrews
Parnassus hand support
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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