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Anglo concertina: Rochelle

I bought a C/G Rochelle anglo concertina from Concertina Connection Inc. (Wim Wakker) for my daughters in March, 2011. It cost 419 dollars including a soft case and the shipping cost. It came with a tutor, especially written for this instrument.

Layout : Wheatstone layout
Bellows : 7 fold bellows
Ends : Flat plastic ends
Keys : 30 plastic keys

Rochelle1 Rochelle2 Rochelle3 Rochelle4

Rochelle5 Rochelle6 Rochelle7 Rochelle8

Rochelle9_2 Rochelle10 Rochelle13_2 Rochelle11

Its middle notes are responsive and loud, though its high notes aren't so responsive. It is much larger than other anglo concertinas, but I think it is worth more than its cost.

Rochelle14 Rochelle15

P.S.

I noticed that the A note in G row on the right hand side wasn't responsive. So, I tried to fix it the other day.

I dismantled the end of the right hand side and remove the reed frame from the action box because the reed tongue of the A note is located inside. I slightly decreased the gap between the reed tongue and the reed frame. Then, I put the white cellophane valve on the other airway slot so that air won't go through it when you pull the concertina to make the A note.

End End2 Reed1 Reed2

Now, the A note is more responsive than it was. I'm happy with it!

Judging from the fact that wood screws are used as end bolts and reed frames are glued to action boxes, I think you aren't supposed to fix a Rochelle concertina by yourself, though I enjoyed fixing it.

Wood_screw

P.P.S. I sold this concertina in 2014.

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