Posted 18 August 2004 - 11:24 AM
Can anyone offer a remedy for this?
Posted 18 August 2004 - 11:30 AM
Posted 18 August 2004 - 01:35 PM
And here I thought your thread was about a rancid river!
And as you can obviously discern from the title of this thread,... I also have a spelling problem .
Actually, I'm heartened by the fact that ewe no ewe maid eh miss-steak. People's awareness of spelling has gotten so bad that I cringe at the errors even in the New York Times, never mind on the internet.
Posted 18 August 2004 - 02:28 PM
The musty smell is most likely due to mold which grew while it was stored in a damp place. If it hasn't been recently restored, a general professional cleaning is probably in order. If it has been cleaned and still has some odor, I would recommend keeping in the case some bits of orange or lemon peel, or slices of apple. (Change them frequently enough that they don't get moldy.) If the smell is in the interior of the concertina -- and if you can bear to not play it for a while, -- you might want to separate the ends from the bellows and put all parts in an enclosed box with some citrus peel for a couple of weeks.
I have a very old concertina with a musty odor ... The musty smell comes from very extended storage.
If the moldy smell also permeates the case, you might want to get a new case.
Posted 18 August 2004 - 06:06 PM
Posted 19 August 2004 - 03:31 PM
Posted 20 August 2004 - 12:22 PM
How sad can you get?
Posted 20 August 2004 - 02:15 PM
The smell of old concertinas is great.
I love the smell of old concertinas !!
The smell of old mildew is not!
Posted 30 September 2004 - 04:38 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll be trying them out.
If you'd like to see pictures of this instrument I have them posted in this thread:
Thank you everyone!
Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:23 PM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:01 PM
I have had good results using fabric freshener "febreze" to remove musty smells from a melodeon bellows. Spray sparingly into the inside of the bellows to apply a light mist to all the inside surfaces, having first removed the ends to a safe dry distance. Then allowed to dry naturally befor reassembling. The smell then disappeared over aperiod of a week or two.
I have seen concertinas with white strands of mildew and fungus growing out of the insides of bellows folds, around pads and on valves, nasty and very smelly. I was directed to the book binders to use one of their preparations as this is a common problem in old books (apparently) I suggest you poke around for contacts in your locality, or at the local museum,
Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:22 PM
I have to say, I haven't tried it for concertinas (none of mine is quite that bad), but I do know of a good source if you want to try it! (short of either raiding the supermarket for cheap tea or shredding your favourite camellia).
Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:58 AM
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