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The concertinas are designed and built according to the historical English instruments. The buttons are made of German silver. All instruments have hardened springsteel reeds. Every reed is mounted in a single brass frame and finally tuned by hand. The instruments are tuned to the Standard International Concert Pitch A = 440 Hz. The concertinas come with solid cases.


A1 / Anglo ConcertinaA1: Anglo concertina

  • Keys: 30 keys and air button, solid German Silver
  • Ends: flat, made from mahogany
  • Bellows: 6-fold leather bellows in black
  • Tuning: C/G
  • Keyboard layout: Jeffries system
  • Levers: riveted
  • Reeds: single steel reeds in brass frames
  • Reed pan construction: parallel
  • Size: diameter 150 mm (5.9 in.)
  • Description: instrument with classical concertina sound

A2 / JeffriesA2: Jeffries type Anglo concertina

Suttner A2-32A2-32: Jeffries type Anglo concertina
(Pictured at right) As above, but with 32 keys. Available only in C/G tuning.

Also available:
A2s: Jeffries type Anglo concertina, for small hands



A3 / Wheatstone LinotaA3: Wheatstone Linota type Anglo concertina

  • Keys: 30 keys + C drone + air button, made from German silver
  • Ends: Wheatstone design, flat or raised ends, flat ends from German silver, rosewood, ebony or cocobolo, raised ends from German silver or hardwood in black
  • Bellows: 7-fold leather bellows, goatskin, in black, other colours on request
  • Tuning: C/G, C#/G# and Bb/F
  • Keyboard layout: Wheatstone system, changes on request
  • Levers: riveted, for fast action
  • Reeds: single steel reeds in brass frames
  • Reed pan construction: reed chambers are arranged in a circle
  • Size: diameter 160 mm (6.3 in.)
  • Description: crisp tone, fast action

A4 / Jeffries raised woodA4: Jeffries type Anglo concertina


Suttner A5 Anglo ConcertinaA5: Anglo concertina

  • Keys: 34 keys + C drone + air button, made from German silver
  • Ends: flat ends made from German silver, rosewood, ebony or cocobolo
  • Bellows: 7-fold leather bellows, goatskin in black, other colours on request
  • Tuning: C/G, also available C#/G#, Bb/F
  • Keyboard layout: modified Jeffries system
  • Levers: riveted, for fast action
  • Reeds: single steel reeds in brass frames
  • Reed pan construction: reed chambers are arranged in a circle
  • Size: diameter 160 mm (6.3 inch)
  • Description: crisp tone, fast action

E1 / English, german silverE1: English concertina

  • Keys: 48 buttons, solid German silver
  • Ends: raised hardwood ends in black or raised German Silver ends
  • Bellows: 6-fold leather bellows, goatskin
  • Tuning: treble tuning, range from g to c''''; tenor tuning, range from c to f'''
  • Levers: riveted
  • Reeds: single steel reeds in brass frames
  • Reed pan construction: Wheatstone construction, reed chambers in a circle
  • Size: 160 mm diameter (6.3 in.)
  • Six-sided

Wood or Metal Ends?

One of the most difficult things for me is to describe the tone of a concertina and the difference in tone between the models and materials used. It is a fact that metal ends sound harsher, they have more overtones and are louder. Wooden ends are softer, more mellow. With solid wood there is the risk that it might crack, but up to now I haven't heard of someone having problems with that. The harder the wood the higher the potential risk of cracking. On the other hand the harder the wood the better is the sound. The hardest wood I use is ebony. Wooden ends are a bit lighter than metal ends. I think it is mainly a matter of personal taste though if a player prefers metal or wooden ends.

Keyboard Layouts

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Jürgen Suttner
Suttner Concertinas
Gewerbestr. 26
D-57078 Siegen
Germany

Tel: ++49-271-8706939
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