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Reeds

The reeds in a concertina are often thought of as the soul of the instrument.  Although many factors contribute to the particular tone and play-ability of an instrument, the reeds certainly play an enormous role in both regards.  From a manufacturing standpoint, because of the incredibly tight tolerances and the various angles that need to be machined into the reed shoes, they also present the biggest challenge to the concertina maker.  In our instruments, we only use what are known as “Traditional Concertina Reeds” which we manufacture ourselves.  As in the vintage instruments, our reed shoes are made from brass and the tongues are made from blue tempered spring steel.  The tongues are carefully profiled using sophisticated computer controlled grinding and cutting machines followed up by intensive hand filing.  Our reeds are closely modeled on the reeds from a 1914 Wheatstone Linota.