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Labelled Lachenal & Co, Patent Concertina, Manufacturers, London, and: 158177 on reverse, diameter 159mm (6 1/4in) with six fold bellows, thirty-one bone keys, with rosewood fretcut endplates of floral design, use and wear, in fitted wooden case. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department.
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They had a metal-ended model available for a little more, but since I was already a bit over my budget, I got the wooden-end model.
Some people say the wooden-ended models have a mellower sound and so are better for accompaniment if you plan on singing at the same time, but I think this is a very general rule, and probably varies a lot from instrument to instrument.
The type of reeds and layout of the reedpan also affects sound quality considerably (see the note below by Rich Morse of The Button Box for more details).
These instruments were all made in the UK, so "vintage English" usually refers to a Lachenal, Wheatstone, Jeffries or Crabb, and implies superior (compared to the Italian Stagis) quality of construction, sound, and playability (action).
Lachenal was apparently a good businessman (he used to work for Wheatstone before going into business for himself) and so was especially successful at producing low-cost (relative to Wheatstones) models, and these are what you're likely to find today priced between 00 and 00.