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The concertina is a small, hexagonal instrument that looks like a small accordion.
Unlike the accordian, the concertina's bellows are attached to hexagonal blocks
having handles and buttons (finger pistons), and it is smaller. It is a chromatic
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".


Concertina FAQ
Free Reed Festival: The Concertina
Sir Charles Wheatstone