R. Morse & Co.
The Button Box, Inc., has been making high-quality, reliable concertinas under the R. Morse & Co. brand since 1999. Our concertinas are nimble instruments with a full, bright tone, satisfying to play and appealing to the eye as well.
Our woodwork begins as a solid cherry log, hand-picked and custom-made for us into solid cherry plywood. Stronger than solid wood, it withstands stress and resists cracking.
Once cut, the fretwork is fitted, shaped, and finished by local craftspeople in Western Massachusetts.
Each button is bushed with a sliver of natural felt.
Traditional materials, from natural wool felt and acid-free linen to beeswax and fine natural leathers, are durable, strong, resilient, and flexible.
Fine Italian-made accordion reeds provide excellent response and dynamic range.
Our bellows are crafted by hand using the best traditional methods and materials.
The leather for our bellows is skived by hand, requiring a good eye and nimble hands.
Our selection of jigs allow us to produce uniform parts efficiently without sacrificing the niceties of individual attention.
Installing lever arms is the first step in constructing the action.
We fine-tune the action by hand, guaranteeing a fast and smooth response.
The reeds are tuned and voiced to exacting standards.
A CNC router and dedicated machine room allow us to fabricate many parts on site...
...including our own lever arms, cut from sheets of brass.
Old-fashioned craft and new technology are not mutually exclusive. We favor the best tool for each job.
Fully assembled ends are a milestone in the production process.
We assemble 589 individual components, give or take a few valves and helpers, to make one finished Céilí.
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A video message from Doug Creighton, store owner, regarding our sales and services during the current Covid-19 state of emergency.
I’m Doug Creighton, owner of The Button Box in Sunderland, Massachusetts. I wanted to provide you with an update on what you can expect from the Button Box in the coming weeks, during this unprecedented and strange time we’re all experiencing.
As in many other states, the governor of Massachusetts has currently closed all non-essential businesses to walk-in customers and staff, and encouraged continued online business. Because our staff is not able to be at the store, our capability has been limited.
However, I’ve been working on setting up at home, and I’m happy to announce that we now have increased capability for you to do business with us online.
We look forward to returning to full capability back in Sunderland at some future date. In the meantime, we appreciate your continued business, and send our good wishes to you and yours. Please stay safe and healthy, and play lots of music!
Offer applies only to new R. Morse concertinas shipped within contiguous U.S.
Use coupon code FREESHIP at checkout to apply discount. Free shipping is by USPS Priority Mail or UPS Ground at our discretion. Please let us know if you have a preference for one of those services.
Free shipping within the contiguous USA on all in-stock instrument orders. Orders will be shipped via UPS Ground or the United States Postal Service at our discretion. If you qualify, free shipping will be applied automatically when you enter your zip code in the shopping cart.
Please note that we will charge a 2% re-stocking fee for any returns on orders using the free shipping option. See our full return policy for details.