Edgley Concertina Testimonials
**NEW** - An unsolicited testimonial. May 2004.
The following are some testimonials from owners of the "Edgley Concertina", from letters, emails, and posts to www.concertina.net.
Last year I ordered a concertina to be made by Frank Edgley & in just 5 months I'm playing this lovely instrument which looks & sounds as nice as my friend Warren's Conner/Wheatstone. The bellows flow so nicely and the action / response is so crisp & fast you would think you are playing an instrument a lot older than it is. It has hand-made Italian reeds which make the tone so rich & pleasant to hear, I am so happy with it that I just couldn't put it down for three hours when I got it in my hands!! Thank you so, so much Frank Edgley, and I hope any one wishing to purchase a wonderfully crafted instrument will contact you at your web site.
I just received my Edgley, and I can't keep my hands off it. I never knew that triplets were so possible. After spending 5 years on an air sieve Renelli (with all crocked buttons), this is such a relief. I find I have to move faster to keep up with the speed of response of the new Edgley! Reels can be played with a lot more grace and all the notes sound perfectly. To put it simply, my sister admitted to me that now she "doesn't mind the sound of the concertina", and that is a Big compliment, Frank! I recommend it to anyone and everyone. I don't think I'll ever need to "upgrade" because these Edgleys are already at the top.
Just received my Edgley concertina from Frank, and what a wonderful instrument it is. Been playing it all week, and can't put it down!
I had the opportunity to try the new Edgley concertina and I was extremely impressed. It is quite handsome with its metal ends and the response is terrific. It will literally play as fast as my Colin Dipper. It has a loud voice and a pleasant tone. Frank used the highest grade handmade Italian reeds. If anyone is searching for a very fine concertina at a reasonable price, you can't go wrong with an Edgley.
- Posted by Warren Robinson, Jan. 7, 2001
Your beautiful instrument arrived today. I don't have enough words to express my gratitude to you for making such a wonderful concertina. You are an excellent craftsman. The tone is magnificent and has perfect tuning & voicing. This was VERY important to me. I can't believe how quiet the action is & so very responsive and fast. Anyone looking for a wonderful Anglo Concertina with superb workmanship & beautiful tone you must consider the Edgley Concertina. I received mine today & it is wonderful!! Very responsive & with handmade reeds. (Pictures are in the Buyers Guide (see Edgley)).
- Posted by Darwyn Patz, Mar. 30, 2001, and letter Mar. 29, 2001
I wanted to pass on to you my thoughts on the Concertina you recently sent to me, after playing it for a while now. (1) A classy instrument, in my opinion your instrument has the X beat, hands down. I owned a X for over a year and recently sold it in June after purchasing my C/G Jeffries in April. (2) The action on your instrument is very tight, smooth and responsive; easy for ornamentation; however, having only played for a short time, I have a lot to learn in that area. The feel of your instrument is very nice and compares well with my two Jeffries. (3) I like the buttons on your Concertina as I can feel the "edge" on them when I play. I'm partial to small "pin-like" metal buttons, which are on my Bb/F Jeffries (my C/G Jeffries has bone buttons, a bit smaller in diameter); however, yours I could get used to and very comfortable with. I did not like the large somewhat rounded edge of the buttons on the X. (4) the Bellows compare really well to both of my Jeffries. I have no doubt they are going to break-in very nicely and only get better with playing. With my Jeffries, I feel like I have to "control the bellows" as opposed to pushing and pulling them. The X was push-pull. On your instrument I feel more control then push-pull. As I said, I have no doubt over time they will only get better. (5) The reeds are all in tune and have nice tone. (6) The hard case is great; after seeing many different cases at the WCSS and NHICS, I must say, yours is the classiest.
- Letter from D.K., Nov. 2001
In February of this year I ordered a 30-button Anglo from Frank Edgley. Two weeks ago the seven-fold bellows, Mahogany-Silver ended, Delrin Button Concertina arrived. The instrument is beautiful and plays very well. The accordion reeds are all in tune and the sound is as you would expect; the upper octave is sweet and the lower octave has that "honky-tonk" quality. The bellows for a new instrument are extremely flexible; and, I predict will break-in in no time; actually, they are quite nice at present. The action on the buttons is very fast, making the instrument very responsive. In every respect this is a very "classy" instrument. Frank certainly is a master-maker of fine instruments; and anyone who owns one of his Concertinas is in for a treat.
- Posted by: Dennis Kiick, Nov. 27, 2001
I have now had a few hours to spend with your concertina. I am very impressed! I have been playing for a few years and have had two Stagi's and have a rosewood Lachenal. Your instrument is far superior to these. It is much faster, much smoother, and if I choose, louder. It is very easy to play, and the tone is excellent. I was immediately able to play at a substantially higher level. I also like the Celtic lion pattern (very clever) and the solid, well-built feel of the concertina.
Thanks very much,
- E-mail received Feb. 18, 2002
Thank you for your lovely concertina ! I'm really happy to have it so soon. I love its beautiful design and nice rich sound. The response is much, much, much better than my old one. It's more than I can believe! My musician friends all liked it when I played it at a pub session the other night. Some of them are also concertina players and they all praised it very excitedly. Frank, with this new wonderful concertina, I'm going to practice all the harder.
Thank you so much, Frank!
- E-mail received August 25, 2002