I am new to the site, and the world of concertinas. I have been building a restoring wooden flutes, and thought I would try my hand at restoring one or two of these beauties.
The first patient is a 48 key Wheatstone English, made in 1865. brass reeds, and all that stuff. I have started restoring the rosewood fret board, having to rebuild some of the fretting that is missing. I found some nice dark Hondouras Rosewood, with a similar grain pattern form Gilmers Hardwood, up in Portland, OR. I was wondering what kind of finish to use to re-finish the fret boards? I could mix up some French polish, layers of lacquer, or some sort of varnish?
I am starting today to replace all the valves, springs and pads, recieved thse from "The Concertina Connection" nice folks. The concertina was living in Uruguay, South America, who knows how it got down there? Maybe imported by a German imigrant after WWII? The tropical climate took it's toll on the poor bellows, so they will need to be replaced. I will probably have Bob Tedrow make me a nice 7 fold set, with all the trimmings.
Edited by Jon C., 13 September 2008 - 01:40 AM.