HOW IT’S MADE
Bob Novak and his team at Echo Concertina custom built this very special instrument. The concertina is constructed of solid cherry wood with a natural finish that has been expertly engraved, painted with fine details, and set with beautiful rhinestones. All external metal is plated in 24 karat gold. The quadruple, Salpa plate reeds are tuned to the key of C (5 Press A).
Special recognition goes to Jerry Smith, Mike Smieja and George Hebaus. Jerry is responsible for crafting the solid cherry wood pieces into a flawless case. The joints and seams are virtually invisible, making this concertina appear to have been sculpted from one solid piece of wood. Mike is the master of the concertina’s mechanics, constructing and adjusting the button and air valve mechanism until it performed extremely quick, smooth and silent. George is the genius behind the expert tuning of the Salpa plate reeds. He has the special skill to improve upon perfection, resulting in a solid sound with just enough vibrato to please my “Chicago-style” taste. These gentlemen, under Bob Novak’s leadership and direction, delivered a modern masterpiece.
If you happen to see me out and about with this Echo in-hand, please stop and ask to play it. I will gladly allow you to share in the joy of making sweet music with this special concertina. The following series of photos allow you to follow the construction of this chemnitzer concertina from start to finish. Clicking on the thumbnail image will display a larger version of the photo.
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