7 fold all leather bellows for a Lachenal Edeophone
We use the finest quality goat skin for our bellows, tested for impurities and
air tightness. and use traditional
construction methods and
materials to traditional concertina bellows.
Our bellows are constructed out of individually cut card panels, not the
'accordion type' folded card board.
Because of this and the
usage of leather hinges, our bellows are very flexible.
The standard colors available are black,
Amboyna brown and Victorian green.
Depending on preference,
our standard bellows have
either four, five or six folds. Additional folds are, of course, available.
Bellows Papers page for more details. We offer (almost) every
bellows paper design used by
George Case etc..
Example of 'fancy' Victorian Lachenal bellows papers. The bellows are Victorian
green and 'glazed'.
The same papers on black bellows
a common design found on Victorian concertinas used by both
Wheatstone and Lachenal. The same design is also available in black and green.
a modern variation on a classic theme: gold stars and stripes on
English/Duet versus Anglo bellows
Not all bellows are the
same. There is a difference between bellows
made for an English or
Duet concertina and for an Anglo.
Bellows made for English/duet concertinas have thinner folds and
are very supple. They
should not 'pull back' when you play on them.
The weight of the bellows in relation to the ends is very important.
For English and Duet
concertinas the bellows should be as light as
possible. Just like the
bow on a violin, it should almost be weightless
in order not to interfere
with the musical movement.
Anlgo bellows folds are
thicker. They allow less side movement of the bellows.
The most important asset
of anlgo bellows is stability. When playing an anglo,
the bellows movement is
very short and irregular. Because of the rapid changes
it is important that the
folds themselves do not move. When the folds 'bounce'
when you change bellows
direction, you lose energy which results in slower
bellows changes and less
control over volume.
This does not mean that
they should be stiff. We use an acid-free type of card
for our anglo bellows,
with a higher weight. The card does not bend itself and
provides a solid base for
the typical anlgo movement.
The heavier bellows feel
more stable and give the player maximum control over
all leather anglo bellows
prices and time schedules
We make a very large
number of bellows per year. Because of this, we buy our materials in
(over 100 hides per
year)and get the best quality (first pick). We
have a wide selection different leathers
and other materials which
allows us to make bellows in several gradations of weight, balance,
expansion. We make
different models, ranging from hexagonal early Victorian with a
narrow waste, to 8 and
12 sided ones for aeolas
We developed our own
specialized machines for leather skiving, cutting etc. This
guarantees a constant high
quality at a very
We usually are able to
deliver within 4-6 weeks.
Prices for both English and Anglo bellows:
Standard bellows, in black:
- Hexagonal (6 sides) concertinas up
to 16cm/6 inches across
(standard size for treble Englishes,
anglos and small duets):
$420.00 for 4 folds. $50.00 for each additional fold.
e.g. 6 folds: $420 +$50 + $50 = $520.00
- Hexagonal (6 sides) larger than
16cm/6 inches, but smaller than 20cm/8 inches across:
Standard size plus 10%, e.g. standard 6 folds: $520, larger size
$520 + $52 (10%) = $572.00
- 8 sided instruments (Aeolas):
Standard or oversize hexagonal price plus 50%. e.g. 6 fold
standard $520 + $260 (50%) = $780.00
- 12 sided instruments (Edeophones):
Standard or oversize hexagonal price plus 100%. e.g. 6 fold
standard $520 + $520 (100%) = $1040.00
- All leather bellows, add $400.00 for 6 fold
standard hexagonal, $440.00 for 6 fold oversize.
- Bellows with bellows papers: price= standard
bellows + $18.00 per fold.
How to order
To place an order, please
follow the 5 steps in "How to prepare your
bellows for shipping to us".
You only need to send the
bellows frames or old bellows.
We offer a five year
warrantee on materials and workmanship.