The ideal concertina for traditional Irish music

The design, number of buttons, tone, volume, range, materials, robustness, portability, warranty, and ease of use can all be used to determine the best concertinas on the market. In London, Sir Charles Wheatstone received a patent in 1829 for a free-reed musical instrument. Hexagonal hand bellows are attached between two sets of boards that hold the reeds in fraised sockets, as well as the finger buttons and pallet valves that allow air to be admitted to the reeds only when it is needed. The steel or brass reed tongues are screwed to the individual brass frames.

The “double action” concertina for sale produces each note using two reeds, one of which resonates when the bellows are pressed and the other when they are retracted. In the original and most well-known form, the chromatic scale is divided between the two hands; in some later variants, like the duet-system concertina, a chromatic scale is provided for each hand. With a focus on the US, UK, Europe, and Ireland, McNeela Instruments has one of the best selections of concertinas.

Prior to purchasing a concertina, keep the following in mind:

  • Reeds: Concertina reeds can be crafted from steel or brass. The latter has a louder tone, whereas the former requires more frequent tunings. On the other hand, a concertina with steel reeds will last longer and require less tuning than one with brass reeds. Sound can be produced much more quickly. Brass normally costs less than steel, though.


  • Design: The concertina comes in three different designs: English, Anglo, and Duet. Pick a concertina that has the proper fingering. Only concertinas manufactured in the Anglo style can play a variety of notes on the push and pull of the bellows. English concertinas are fully chromatic and have rectangular-shaped buttons. The less well-known duet concertinas have the widest variety, but they are also the most difficult to play. You should select a concertina based on the type of music you want to play.
  • Key count: Different concertina models come with different counts of buttons. While some have at least 20 buttons, others have up to 48. The concertina you choose should fit your skill level and be suited for the musical genre you plan to perform. On more basic models, the buttons frequently stick to the housing. This commonly causes beginners to lose interest in learning the instrument and get dissatisfied. Consider investing additional money in better concertinas to get out of this predicament.