The Anglo originated as a hybrid between the English and German concertinas.
The Anglo concertina is typically held by placing the hands through a leather strap, with the thumbs outside the strap and the palms resting on wooden bars.
This arrangement leaves four fingers of each hand free for playing, and the thumbs free to operate an air valve (for expanding or contracting the bellows without sounding a note) or a drone.
Within a few years of that date, the German concertina was a popular import in England, Ireland, and North America, due to its ease of use and relatively low price.
English manufacturers responded to this popularity by offering their own versions using traditional English methods: concertina reeds instead of long-plate reeds, independent pivots for each button, and hexagon-shaped ends.
They had a metal-ended model available for a little more, but since I was already a bit over my budget, I got the wooden-end model.
Some people say the wooden-ended models have a mellower sound and so are better for accompaniment if you plan on singing at the same time, but I think this is a very general rule, and probably varies a lot from instrument to instrument.If you can afford it, one of these vintage concertinas will be a fine instrument on which to learn, and frankly, you might never need to purchase another instrument as long as you live.I bought my first anglo concertina -- a 32-button Lachenal rosewood-end C/G model -- in May 1996 from The Button Box in Amherst Massachusetts, USA.A full transcription of a manuscript now in the British Library, catalogued there as: Additional Manuscript 71124 Q, Recollections of the manufacture of the English concertina from 1844, by George Jones; . Dealer's pricelist from Henshaw & Loebell, Manchester, listing models and prices for German and Anglo concertinas, including instruments made by Lachenal & Co. As published in Concertina Magazine, 13 (Winter 1985): 4–5, and 14 (Spring 1985): 4–7.