Charles Wheatstone, a man from England, invented the concertina in 1829. McCann, Jeffries, Jeffries, and Lachenal were also great makers. The instrument and how it is played have not changed much over the past two hundred years. You may be able to find a Wheatstone or another vintage concertina, if you’re lucky. However, modern instruments are more than capable of doing the job.

The concertina, the smallest instrument in the squeezebox family, is the compact test. It was popular among sea-going men in the early 19th centuries because it was small enough to store in their small sea containers. Modern folk musicians often sing sea shanties while being accompanied by a concertina.

It is lightweight and easy to use. Anglo and English are the most common types. However, the Duet is less common and harder to find in modern times.
Concertinas are played with both the right and left hands.

The Anglo Concertina produces different notes on the ‘push’ and ‘pull’.
The English Concertina produces the exact same note on both the ‘push and ‘pull’.


  1. avatar
    Casey says:

    Charles Wheatstone did a great thing in the past. I love to play concertina.

    1. avatar

      Thanks for your appreciation.

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