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malcolm clapp

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    Concertina, melodeon & accordion enthusiast and repairer. Retired from repairing recently after 30 odd years, but still do the odd fix for friends.
    I play anglo and English, but not at the same time!
    My style on both is akin to a frustrated duet player. (Also have a Crane aeola).
    Happy to assist with concertina problems and give, hopefully, helpful advice.
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    Woolgoolga, NSW Australia

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  1. Are the top and bottom sides slightly elongated, or is that just the angle of the photo? My Jeffries Brothers ex-Ab/Eb has that feature, presumably to allow a little more space for the length of the lowest left hand reeds. AG is, I suspect, Anglo German, so perhaps the straight lines of buttons were an attempt to copy the configuration of many German-made concertinas, presumably as requested to order by a customer. Solid Bel??? No idea....
  2. Sorry, didn't see Richard listed, but he's retired as well. And Chris has stated that he doesn't see himself as a repairer, but a maker who (rarely) has to repair one of his own creations. Maybe this list is due for an update???
  3. Actually Rod, there's only one repairer listed there as far as I can see, and he's retired. Forgotten his name 🙂 Have faith in Australia Post, Peter. They have never let me down in 40 odd years of shunting concertinas and melodeons around the country and abroad. A stout cardboard box around twice the size of the instrument and well padded out with bubble wrap and/or scrumpled up newspaper will see it safe and sound to its destination I'm sure. If you are sending a case, make sure that there is no movement for the concertina within the case. (Better still, don't send the case unless you need repairs to it.) George will see you right; I believe he is mainly an English player, but his mentor is Richard Evans, a fine Maccann player and repairer, and though he is retired, I'm sure George can ask for his advice in the unlikely event that he might need it. Good luck.
  4. Larry, I'm in Coffs Harbour, NSW. During "normal" times, I would suggest a trip to Peter's workshop, seeing that you are both in Melbourne. Best to take the entire instrument to him. Probably a "while you wait" fix, though Victoria's Covid-19 restrictions may apply... Is your concertina accordion reeded? If so, it may be simpler to just replace the C#/D reed plate with a C#/C#. Readily and cheaply available, and might save you a bit of work. (Please note that I have amended my original reply, replacing the incorrect web link with a mobile phone number.)
  5. Down a tone, surely, D# to C# Solder needs to be applied to the face of the reed at the tip. If you should be uncomfortable with the process, may I recommend Peter Anderson at West Heidelberg, ph.0402454830 who will, I'm sure, be able to help. Good luck.
  6. Yes, I wondered about the date too, in fact I changed it in my post a couple of times because of conflicting information. 1938 came up a couple of times too, so maybe that is more likely....
  7. Probably Alf Edwards (near end, middle row) with the Jack Payne Orchestra, c.1932 recording Love Is The Sweetest Thing
  8. Before you shimmy with the chamois, two things might make this repair unnecessary. Firstly, check that the action box and the reed pan surfaces are not uneven or warped; pretty unlikely on a Dickinson of that age I would have thought, but weather and/or climate changes as a cause can't be ruled out. More likely could be that whatever supports are beneath the reed pans may have become loose or otherwise ineffectual. Sometimes a gap occurs between the supports and the reedpan and needs a shim of wood (or chamois?) glued to the offending supports to raise their height. And one other point: without overtightening the end bolts, make sure that the ends are firmly attached."Tight but not too tight" is the mantra, but maybe that should be a whole new thread.... Good luck.
  9. And a few advertisements towards the bottom of the page, showing 509 King Street Search results for 'concertina + "jim gale"' - Digitised newspapers and more - Trove
  10. A newspaper photo of a Jim Gale of Kings Cross, Sydney, in 1949. Might be our man..... 21 Dec 1949 - Experts on the "squeeze" - Trove
  11. Would not surprise me; you would think that a locksmith would have the metal working and fine work skills for fixing concertinas.
  12. I tried to do some research into Mr Gale many years ago,(pre-internet???), but found little information.. Maybe worth doing a bit more research now that newspaper archive and such are on line.... From what I remember, Gale called his brand "The Nightingale", which was etched into the end frames of a couple of English models I knew of, both quality Wheatstones. Gale was a locksmith by trade according to a later "rubber stamp" I've seen. From the late 19th century onwards, King Street developed into a thriving retail precinct. After its initial prosperity, it became run down for much of the 20th century, when Newtown was a low-income blue-collar suburb, often denigrated as a slum; at the crucial time when Victorian era buildings were being demolished elsewhere, Newtown was too unfashionable to make development profitable. By this sheer luck, King Street, as a whole, is the best-preserved Victorian era high street in Sydney. and is again a fashionable address. (Wikipedia quote) I have different addresses for Gale, being both no. 501 and no. 509 King Street at different dates, but I believe there may have been some re-numbering (or maybe he just moved a lot!) That's about all I can remember from my early efforts, ,but I'll see if I can dig out my old notes on Gale and post again if they reveal anything of interest.
  13. Happy to vouch for him. Bought a few things from him and found his prompt communication, helpful advice and delivery times especially welcome. I'm loathe to place his name and email address on an open forum; he obviously has his reasons for keeping a low profile, which we must respect. I have not tried his end bolt and anchor sets, and I wonder about the extent of repairing damage to the end frames caused by removing the old traditional style anchors if restoring old bellows.. His anchors appear to be a bit wider than the typical bellows frame, so some creative woodwork may be required. I note that the OP is talking about a new bellows, so may be less of a concern, designing the bellows frame to fit the anchors. However, I'm sure he would advise.on the best method....or he might be willing to fit them for you on request (for a fee) if you were to send him the concertina. Dunno.
  14. Very likely a valve touching the chamber wall. Certainly the first thing I would check.
  15. John, I think Sir Charles had been dead for some 20-odd years prior to the introduction of the earliest Aeola, so not sure we can credit him with choosing the name.
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