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Wheatstone Concertina and/or Radio Production Company?

July 5, 2013

NCRA logo, which I can't quite tell what it is...a mic in a hand? with rays, lots of rays going out from it.This morning a call went to the Canadian National Campus/Community Radio Association (NCRA) email list about a local station looking for a new control board.  They’re considering the Wheatstone L-8, which looks nice.  My enthusiastic and useful response was that if our station (Co-op Radio in Vancouver) ever got one of these, our Accordion Noir show hereby claims “premier” rights in the name of Charles Wheatstone (who these upstarts named their company after).  Most significantly well-known for inventing the concertina in 1829 – pretty much co-starting the whole accordion idea (as mentioned here before) he also of course did trivial stuff like co-inventing telegraphy, optical fun like 3-D glasses, and that boring old Wheatstone Bridge that electrical-engineer type people still tromp over today.  He exemplifies the wacky British upper-class inventor, with a head on his shoulders for a salable idea.  

So, duly noted that my 140 year old Wheatstone concertina calls for “first slot” on a new board if Co-op Radio ever gets one.


Also note that this is not an endorsement since I have no way to judge the quality of these new-fangled products.  I endorse the name though, but they’ve got a lot to live up to.


1829 technology

Wakker English Concertina W-E2b (modern)

2013 technology

A digital mixing board, the Wheatstone AIR-4, chosen because it has a lot of buttons.




Question: which will still be usable in 2150?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2014 2:33 pm

    Announced today that Co-op Radio is getting a new board, and it’s from these Wheatstone folks! I’m pleased in my historical-tangent way. We can play Wheatstone concertina music through this thing now, double the pleasure:

  2. Ryleigh Boone permalink
    April 27, 2015 5:52 am

    I find this quite funny, I’m a concertina maker, specializing in beginners and it would be great to create a digital concertina, basically a concertina shaped keyboard! Now that would be still around in 2150! –

  3. April 27, 2015 11:37 am

    Hi Ryleigh,

    There have been a few digital concertinas. There’s several available for smart-phone/tablets. Easy to switch keyboard systems – carry English, Anglo and Duet in your pocket! Also a ton of button-boxes, flutes and pipes from this guy.

    And there was the Thummer, which didn’t make it past startup but looked fun. Sort of a Hayden Duet crossed with a Nintendo controller:


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