Hi - just joined the site
I've bought a LACHENAL 20 button - serial 104203 - but it needs a bit of work to be 'up and running'
my initial project concerns the velums?? under the fretwork at each end - they have curled up and pulled away obviously letting air through although they are not torn and appear complete
judging by the difficulty in removing the end sections the instrument would appear to have had little or no corrective work and be in almost original condition
QUESTION - should I try and repair and fix /glue the existing velums - keeping as much of the original instrument together and maybe sustaining it's value - or should I try and fix it with a newer and better material which will last for a few more years ??