I will certainly not let her down but get her back to playing order. As I'm very reluctant of replacing the beautiful bellows and my impromptu repairs are not all too uneffective, I will first have to replace the valves once again, using more suitable leather this time (and then see what I can make of the instrument now).
However, the Wheatstone is in need of replacement valves (particularly in the higher register) even more then the Excelsior ever was (prior to the unsuccessful replacing, I should say), so I might get me two full sets and approach them one after the other.
In the outcome regarding the Excelsior I hope to achieve a reliable back-up instrument and an extra voice for slower tunes which will benefit from the lovely tone. It's just that I will have to accomplish my treatment of the Wheatstone first. However, I'm in fact musing about sending the Excelsior away to a professional as she's no longer the only one at hand (but would have to raise another amount of cash first then).
Best wishes - Wolf
Edited by Wolf Molkentin, 15 December 2017 - 10:13 AM.