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#1 nicx66

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 07:48 AM

I am curious if any forum members have attempted to combine 2 sets of (5 fold) bellows into one set of 8 fold bellows?Both sets have damage. Four and a half folds on each set are in good order, as are all the ends. I was thinking of a framing/divider element in the middle as to marry the two sets. I suspect it would be easier to buy a new set, but I am a cheapskate. 



#2 Mike Jones

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 10:05 AM

Hi Nicx66,

 

Yes I have, as I'm also a cheapskate but also like a challenge.  I have some old bellows from 48 key EC's that appeared to be in reasonable(ish) order, nothing a partial rebind and a few gussets would  not cure.

 

After cutting card for some delaminating cards, inserting new  fabric hinges, and spending two days removing old  end papers, rotten leather and replacing half a dozen gussets I gave up and ordered new bellows, it would prove cheaper in the end once I realised that it would be better to disassemble the whole thing and start again. Really minimal repairs may be workable but its like buying an old car, the rust you see is 10% of the rust you will find and the cost rises to match.

 

All the best with your project. I've given up on mine for the moment but may go back to it in a few months once I have finished restoring three other concertinas to working order.

 

Mike



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 12:12 PM

I think it would be simpler to do it without the dividing frame. The hardest part is removing all the old leather and linen without damaging the cards.

#4 Geoff Wooff

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 01:39 PM

As the Bellows  is  the  Lungs, if not the heart, of a concertina   it is an extremely  important part of a  wind instrument  and a new bellows is a joy  to use. If you are a cheapskate  buy one from   'sandylaneman'  ... you'll find him on Ebay...  and fit it yourself.  He makes a reasonable bellows  at a very reasonable price.






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