Monday, March 5, 2018

Current Project
We are currently working on a Kingwood concertina with ebony trim. It will be complete with "cut-away" handles, also capped with ebony. The body is complete and I am applying the finish. The reedpans of this "Heritage" model (using English-style reeds) are well along in construction. As with all my instruments, it will have a seven-fold bellows finished with Goat nappa leather. The end grills will be polished stainless. It will not be too long before it will be displayed on this blog. All my instruments are hand-crafted and made to order. Many of them are unique in appearance. I can make your instrument according to request, with whichever wood / wood combination you request. These instruments are heirloom quality and can be passed down to the next generation. We also make the Professional Model concertinas which are constructed using hand-made (a mano)Italian-style reeds. Please e-mail me for price lists or other inquiries.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Kingwood with Spalted Maple Trim
Here is an instrument just finished this week.....Kingwood with spalted maple trim, and matching handles. Kingwood is a species of rosewood, and has a distinct grain. I think this instrument speaks for itself. Please contact me if you would like to own a distinct, or unique concertina. All my instruments use the best hand-made reeds available, and have a very quick action.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Reactions to the Latest

Merry Christmas Frank!
 I have now been enthralled with my concertina for one month.  I saw the blog post you posted with photo of this gorgeous instrument which I am so happy to have, you must be a little proud every time you finish a concertina.  It is outstanding and exceeds my wildest dreams, I play it every day and have signed up and bought online instruction from OAIM (Online Academy of Irish Music).  Thank you so much for making concertinas of this high quality, I am learning through my lessons what you have done, the buttons are quiet and smooth, the tone is beautiful (even my 2 cats do not object as they do with the bass accordion) it is my dream instrument.
 Have a joyous and bountiful holiday!
"Karen"

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


 The Latest
This is a concertina that was made recently with kingwood. As you can see, it is a beautiful wood with a striking grain pattern. This one has matching handles. I have a small supply...enough to make a few more instruments. Contact me at fedgley@cogeco.ca if interested.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

An Unsolicited Testamonial

Dear Mr. Edgley,
Just wanted you to know how pleased I continue to be with my recently purchased concertina-- professional model with maple “tree of life” grills.  I have attempted to play during the last two decades, but without instruction, except some great books and CD’s I had found the challenge not worth the effort.  We live in the middle of blue-grass country, and not a lot of the music I love is available.
Beginning with a very inexpensive 20 button model, I was hooked.  I moved up to a better 30 button, produced in UK, but it never felt quite right—it was loud, heavy and never seemed to get “broken in.”  Early last year I found an instructor, who had some minor experience with concertinas, but was a Celtic musician and percussionist.  It’s been extremely helpful having direction regarding the inner workings of Irish music and a patient instructor.  He strongly encouraged me to watch as many YouTube videos, etc., to learn more about techniques.  I ran across Daddy Long Les Titford’s video blog regarding his own efforts to learn the Anglo even though he was well-versed in other instruments.  Watching his struggle with the purchase of at least two instruments and frustration with them, he was finally satisfied when he received one of your instruments.  After a brief interchange with him, I decided to take the plunge and order one for myself.  I must admit I kept the secret from my spouse until I received notification that you were shipping the new instrument. 
When it arrived, I immediately knew I had made the right decision.  It feels as if you customized it just for me.  The design of course was my choice, but the feel of the instrument is wonderful.  During my progress over these past two years, most has occurred since my Edgley arrived.  I love the wooden ends, design and the tone is wonderful.  It is so mellow and I may have hope that I might be able to address Irish music without a great deal of embarrassment.  My instructor also feels that the instrument responds better for me--buttons work much better, less pressure is needed, the bellow action gives more air, and the result is a smoother run of notes.   Plus, my practice time has increased substantially!
Keep up the excellent work.  It has been a pleasure to communicate with you and I will use your learning resources for many years to come.    
With highest regards,
H.M.M.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hello Frank, 

I came home last night after work to find my package had arrived.

When I opened the case, your concertina really took my breath away. It’s unbelievably beautiful and has such a rich tone- I couldn’t be more pleased. Your craftsmanship is remarkable and much appreciated- from the excellent wood selection/finish like fine furniture, to the amazing crisp leather work and fretwork grills that gleam. It’s like a jewel- but the voice it produces is truly amazing...full and sumptuous- It will be such a joy to “let her rip!”

The custom fitted case snuggles the concertina secure, beautiful on it’s own merit and deserves some of the limelight.

Thank you for the opportunity to own an Edgley,
~ Eileen