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Mr. Bellows

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  1. Well, thanks for catching the mistake. Must have been some other configuration. But, the fact is that the person referenced was talking about re-pitching the entire instrument using solder to weight the tips. If it wasn't G/D, it was some other configuration that is feasible. That is all. Sorry to cause you alarm.
  2. FYI, In North America, I've heard that Frank Edgely has a lot of experience using solder to repitch reeds; to lower a reed a semi tone, or a tone. I know of someone who has a G/C wheatstone, but would like to have a G/D. I heard a well known concertina player/instructor, who visits the USA every summer, tell this person use the solder method to repitch his C-row to a D-row. Richard, you may want to ask this "well known concertina player/instructor" about this when you take his course in August. I am pretty sure that he is a proponent of using solder. What is attractive about using solder is that the reed can be returned to its original state simply by removing the solder. So, if you have an experienced repairer add solder and the reed buzzes, you can remove the solder and try again without harming the reed. If you have a G/C concertina repitched to a G/D using solder, with very little work you can restore it to a G/C at a later date. On the other hand, if you file a reed to repitch it, you will never be able to restore the metal that you file off.
  3. Sold for $6,720.00 Great Googley Moogely! The world has gone mad!
  4. To answer the original question: My Jeffries sounds great at all volumes. It has a beautiful tone when played softly. It sounds just as good when played loudly. This range of playing volumes where the concertina sounds good is much wider than that of other concertinas that I have played. I had an accordion reed-concertina that was limited in this aspect. It sounded good at medium volumes. It sounded not so good at low and high volumes. Having a good sound at all volumes, IMO, opens up a lot of doors for musical expression. I would think that this type of range is something that you would find in any fine-instrument (violins, etc). Anyone disagree with this?
  5. Agreed. A few months ago I had the oportunity to play an Edgely. I was very impressed with the nice tone. Good sounding reeds.
  6. Holy cow! War breaking out in europe! And it all started on concertina.net j/k
  7. Could you please post a picture of the parts?
  8. If he has misrepresented the instrument, you have cause to back out from your bid. Contact the seller and tell him that you want to retract your bid and explain why. If he tries to hold you to the bid, and he gives you negative feedback, you can explain via response the misrepresentation (and what Mrs Bayne said etc...). Do not pay him if you feel that he has falsely advertised. Good luck!
  9. I found that the best way to learn how to make a bellows is to buy one and take it apart. Don't buy a good bellows for that purpose. Find a conertina on e-bay that has a bellows beyond repair (englishes are usually cheaper). Get a big kettle, fill it with hot water. Hot, but not boiling. Drop the bellows in. It should fall apart in a matter of seconds. Send it through a spaghetti strainer. Lay all of the parts out flat on towels. You will need a lot of room for this. Dry carefully and try to keep things flat. You should have a large number of pieces from which to take measurements. The rest is reverse engineering. Concertina makers are more likely to help you once you take a stab at making a bellows by yourself. Good luck! Keep us posted on your progress!
  10. All things considered, I don't think that it matters whether you use a solvent or an oxidizing agent to clean your buttons. Just find a cleaner that you know will not damage your buttons and use the the appropriate concentration. On the other hand, if dental cleaners are safe for my teeth, I would feel that they are safe for cleaning concertina button. I haven't tried gargleing with solvent yet! This is a very conroversial subject. Where's the moderator?
  11. If the buttons are made of bone, wouldn't denture cleaner or tooth bleaching compound (flouride) be best?
  12. I'm trying to buy a concertina from a private party located in New York State ( I live in the South West US). Can anyone recomend a reputable third party in the Plymouth New York area? I need someone who can verify the concertina's condition and who can handle the money. Thanks all.
  13. This Jones Anglo has some interesting features! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...&category=37975 Anybody here know the history of bird calls and sound effects buttons?
  14. Given the interest in Haydens that I am always reading about here at concetina.net, I am surprised that your instrument has not had more bids! Likely, most of the action will happen in the last five minutes. It might help things for people to know what the reserve price is.
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