I do 'Mickey Mouse' fixes of my concetinas myself (I have two) to save money and time.
I do it handyman style, 'would horrify and disgust artisans who make beautiful instruments and repairs (and charge a lot for it)
But I play every day without fail, enjoy the music, tolerate imperfection, have fun with friends.
AND I've invented some VERY successful improvements that make it much easier to play, e.g.
- swivel thumb straps for my English,
- under-knee strap that enables me to pull the concertina out with my legs, gaining 30% more bellows capacity
- replacement buttons that don't break, for my junky but good old Stagi tenor see attached picture (I just pushed a stick of it through a stove-heated bolt hole to get a nice round rod to cut into buttons)
On YouTube you can see those at and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDyjTI1K1M4
I'm resigned to the risk of ruining parts or the whole instrument, but I've many times done repairs free or low cost that would have cost a fortune.
In this forum there's lots of good pictures and advice and people far more capable than me, and you can get parts if you Google 'Concertina parts'
Send away for the Concertina Repair Manual, excellent, by David Eliot. I gained a lot from it, it's well written, pictures, clear, comprehensive.
You can Skype me if you see me online, my ID is palmytomo
Generally I think the concertina needs a major redesign, because it's about 200 years since it was created.
I wrote a requirements specification for that, the 'Concertina Nova'
If interested you can view at https://drive.google...E5SNW03UXc/view
Note, I haven't yet got any of it 3D printed, but one day that's what I hope to do.
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