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concertina is a small, hexagonal instrument that looks like a small
Unlike the accordian, the concertina's bellows are attached to hexagonal
having handles and buttons (finger pistons), and it is smaller. It is
instrument; its tone is produced by free reeds. It is made in single-action
and double-action versions.
Sir Charles Wheatstone invented the concertina in 1829. He was reportedly
inspired by the action of the sheng, an ancient Chinese mouth
In South Africa, accordian instruments, including
the concertina, are called "squashboxes".