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  1. RWL

    Replacement straps

    Don't forget to put some type of release agent on the screw or you'll permanently glue the screw to the instrument. The usual recommendation in metal working groups is to use Johnson's paste wax as the release agent, but IIRC grease also works. In theory, epoxy being a plastic, if you forget to coat a screw with a release agent, you can heat the metal to the point that the epoxy melts and then back it out. I've read that the usual epoxy begins to melt somewhere over 200ºF. If you used JB Weld (in the US) it melts at around 450º-500º F which is the temperature that wood begins to char.
  2. Send more photos. I want to see the completion of this and how it works.
  3. RWL


    I don't play every day, but I do play often enough. My fingertips still get a little tender if I've been playing for an hour or two. Not unbearably tender, but I do notice them.
  4. With regard to the green lining. You might try looking at a fabric shop for ultrasuede. It may or may not be a match. Or you could take the case itself to the fabric shop and ask if they have any material that matches. You're unlikely to find the perfect color match, but you may find the right fabric in a shade that's close.
  5. I made a (too) heavy case for my TT Edeophone several years ago. A year or so ago I sewed a shoulder strap for it. The shoulder strap was a big improvement, but I'm planning to replace that case made with 1/2" plywood with one made from 1/4" plywood. When I made it, I allowed extra length so I could put in my hand held recorder, music glasses, and a 3D printed holder for the screwdriver & pencil. A .002" cleaning shim that Greg Jowaisas gave me resides in the bottom of the box sandwiched between cereal box cardboard.
  6. No Concertina tree this year Greg? We miss it.
  7. RWL

    No Concertina Christmas Tree???

    Yay. Thanks Greg. Keep building it. It's fun to go window shopping and also to see what you've been working on.
  8. I made a custom case for my concertina and left a little extra room in the end for an audio recorder, etc. I need to place the blocks in the case next and I'm not sure how far apart to space them. In its natural resting state, the instrument is 5-3/4" long. With a little pressure it compresses to 5-1/2" With a strong press it is 5-1/4" long How far apart should the blocks be? What is the reason for storing a concertina in the compressed state? Is it harmful to compress a concertina "too" tightly?
  9. Here's a funny Budweiser beer commercial with a concertina sighting at 24 seconds. The original was an mp4 file which most viewers could probably open, but it was almost 5 Mb so it couldn't be attached to this thread. The only way I could find to shrink it enough to make it attachable was to convert it to a windows wmv file - and in ntsc format. Some on the other side of the Atlantic might not be able to view this. If there's another workaround to make it more universally viewable let me know. Bud_Commercial_w_concertina_@_24_sec.wmv
  10. Both VLC media player and Pot Player will play wmv files and both are freeware, but I wouldn't install a program just to see one file.
  11. I'm glad to know it's viewable by at least some outside of the US. VLC and Pot Player (what I use) are both good video viewers. Whether it's viewable to Apple users or not I don't know. For those who can't see the video it's a classic story line - Salesman's car breaks down and he goes to a farmhouse for help. Farmer has a pretty daughter. Spends the night at the farmhouse. Salesman and daughter sneak off in the night, knocking a concertina off an upright piano in the process, leading to loud sounds. Father doesn't wake up until he hears the sounds of bottle caps from the beer being popped off.
  12. One of our concertinas falling off a piano isn't funny, but it was a square shaped instrument and I suspect it was an inexpensive ebay prop bought for the occasion. If it had been my Edeophone, I'd be crying.
  13. In a couple of recent threads, flat vs round topped buttons were mentioned and it prompted me to ask the question - am I the only one whose finger tips get tender from playing my concertina? My main instrument is a 56 key tenor treble Edeophone whose buttons are rounded and relatively small. Admittedly it's possible I'm hammering my buttons, but I wondered if tenderness was common to small round topped buttons.
  14. If you find someone in the Portland area, great. Many of us are self taught and used the Butler tutorial on the English concertina: http://www.concertina.com/butler/butler-the-concertina-tutor.pdf
  15. RWL

    Perfecting a setup

    Welcome Michael. I have little to add other than to point out Dave Elliot's book The Concertina Maintenance Manual 2nd Edition which you may have to source from him because of the ridiculous Amazon price. I have "known" Michael through several years of a luthier's discussion group TOBI (theory of bowed instruments) where he has freely shared information on instrument repair. He is one of the premier restorers and is one of the few who have actually worked on and photographed Stradivarius and other similar age instruments.
  16. Is it a tenor treble or an extended treble? What is your expectation on price?
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  18. Enough to see the shape of an Edeophone.
  19. Yes. I added 1/8" to my height calculation to allow for the saw cut.
  20. My son has access to a laser cutter at the university where he works and made me aware of this site http://www.makercase.com/ when I asked him to cut some 1/4" plywood for a case I want to make. You just enter the dimensions of the case and it generates the laser cutter case plans. You don't even have to calculate exterior dimensions. If you know the interior dimensions and the thickness of the material, it calculates the exterior dimensions for you. It gives you a choice of flat joints, finger joints and t slot joints and generates those for you as well. It's a neat web site. Out of curiosity for those of you who have made cases, what thickness of material do you use? I'm wondering if I could drop to 3/16" luan since the finger joints make a pretty secure join and it does those joints for not only the sides but the top and bottom as well. Or even use 1/8" masonite??? I was planning to add a strip of wood inside the rim so that the screws for the hinges (and handle) would have something more to bite into. R Lamparter
  21. I checked with my son. They're using an Epilog Fusion 40 (75W laser, 40" x 28" bed area) https://www.epiloglaser.com/company/pr/fusion-40-release.htmand it has a maximum height of 13.25" not 13.5 as I initially said.
  22. I don't know how much power the laser has, but it did do it in one pass if I understood my son correctly. He said it would't be a problem to add a straight line cut to the pieces to create the top at the time it was initially cut. By the same token, he said the device has 13.5" of head room so it could be used to cut through an already glued box to create the top.
  23. I plan to put it on my table saw and cut the lid off the glued box. It's just how I've always made the few cases that I've made. That way you know your sides are going to match up. I hadn't thought about using the laser cutter to make the lid cut, but that's an interesting idea. My son is the one who set up the laser cutter.
  24. Here are some photos of the case as cut by the laser. I used some Lauan that was lying around the shop. The contrasting wood color at the joints is pretty enough I considered just varnishing it, but then I decided I'd have to treat the box like a piece of furniture to keep it from getting scratched when I carry it around, so I'll just cover it with black nylon cloth instead. The first photo is approximately how the program laid out the pieces for the laser cutter. The second is the box assembled without any glue. The third photo is of the end with the specifics of internal dimensions I chose and material thickness. My case will be longer along the front to give me an area to the right of my instrument to store a recording device, reading glasses and a screwdriver. Even without glue, the finger joints seem pretty strong. In a previous case I made, I used wood for the top and bottom thick enough that I could drive thin nails in from the sides to keep the top or bottom from ever dropping out. With finger joints for the top and bottom I think I can rely on the glue. That really helps with case weight. The wood pieces as they are now weigh 1.75 lbs. (~0.8 Kg)
  25. RWL

    Sea Of Thieves Sighting

    So what make of concertina did you buy in Philly?