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  1. Hello, I'm actually also a learner bookbinder but I have also won some first and second prize in our state fair competition! For what you want to do, PVA glue is fine. You can water it down with a bit of wallpaper paste mixed in water if the glue is thick, but it should not be runny. The trick is to spread it over the paper with a stiffish paint brush if you don't have a more traditional round brush, and then flip onto the pasteboardfrom the edge avoiding as many bubbles and sticky fingers as possible, as well as bits of hair or dirt. Then use a bonefolder or a plastic ruler edge to squeeze it down and get glue that is squeezed out away from the edges. The flipping or laying bit is easier said than done. Use a waste sheet underneath, past outwards. Then, lay it all between two pieces of board, between sheets of WAX paper, and lay some bricks or weights on top for a few minutes, so that it absorbs the moisture. In fact, check it, and you should still clamp it for some time to prevent what is called cockling - curling and in fact, keep it weighted until it is quite stiff. you may want to use 3mm paste board or something thicker The video shows how https://bookmaking.wonderhowto.com/how-to/glue-bookbinding-195805/ with a simple version. In this version, the paper goes over the board and is folded nicely on the back. Good instructions.
  2. I hope I am reading this date correctly, but if it is true, please oh please may it be put online by a kind person, even TG4!! He is the promo clip- put on English subtitles from Gaelic. They are well, partly ok. https://youtu.be/Po4xDGwmp1I Noel Hill - Aisling Ghéar | Dé Céadaoin 18/4 9.30pm | TG4Clár ina dtabharfar léargas géar ar chúlra, ar mheon agus ar cheol duine de na ceoltóirí traidisiúnta is cáiliúla in Éirinn, Noel Hill A searing portrait of one of Ireland's most renowned traditional musicians - concertina player Noel Hill. Larry
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    Lachenal 20 Key C/g Angl0- Relisting

    Sold!
  4. I am relisting as a scamster tried to get money out of me (see the scams list). I am asking for AUD$600 plus postage (under $40 in Australia I think to most places) or come by if you are in Melbourne. If it goes overseas I will need to look into that. I will negotiate a bit. I'm upgrading, so I am reluctantly selling no. 74526, to help pay the bills It dates from approx 1883 from advice I got on concertina net. It was restored in 1970 by Frank Pitt, Box Hill (that is Melbourne), as written inside and was owned before me by a woman active in Bush music circles. I don't know much more than that about its history. I have replaced a number of bushes that have worn out as well as the bits that go in lever arms to stop the wobbles, but due to my skill level at repairs I've not gone further out of respect. I've looked quite a bit into what to use for busines and the lever arms and I have found that bookbinder's leather works fine (that is my other thing) rather than incredibly expensive piano baize. I have an envelope of stamped bushes left over. I've also carefully brushed out dust etc. There is a buzz on keys left 1a and 1b that can be fixed by reed or flap adjustment but as I said, I didn't want to enter in that space (lack of skill). It is very very sweet sounding, 'fast' and responsive, the bellows don't leak. I made a sound file for Chris Ghent in the Blue Mountains some time back and he thought it pretty ok. The box has aged well though the strap is snapped but that can be replaced. It looks as if the lock was replaced by a 'snap' at some point in time (maybe the key was lost). Larry I can provide another sound file but don't judge my playing! I suppose I could skype if you wish (serious people only).
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    Beware Of Scams!

    Paypal scam. I just had someone try to scam money out of me before paying for a Lachenal 20key c/g. The scam is they want you to transfer money to a Western Union a/c to pay for a shipping agent because monies are due to Paypal for a shipping agent and you get a Paypal looking statement about this. They say the Paypal money is being held up but if you transfer the sum, your total funds to paypal will be released to you. It is clever. Watch out.
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    20 Key C/g Lachenal For Sale

    Sold!
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    20 Key C/g Lachenal For Sale

    Seasonal spelling seems to have infected this post..but I hope it is reasonably clear.
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    20 Key C/g Lachenal For Sale

    I am relisting as one sale didn't go ahead and a scamster tried to get money out of me (see the scams list). I am asking for AUD$600 plus postage (under $40 in Australia I think to most places) or come buy if you are in Melbourne. If it goes overseas I will need to look into that. To the US, UK etc, courier is about 70 AUD. I will negotiate a bit. I'm upgrading, so I am reluctantly selling no. 74526 , to help pay the bills It dates from approx 1883 from advice I got on concertina net. It was restored in 1970 by Frank Pitt, Box Hill (that is Melbourne), as written inside and was owned before me by a woman active in Bush music circles. I don't know much more than that about its history. I have replaced a number of bushes that have worn out as well as the bits that go in lever arms to stop the wobbles, but due to my skill level at repairs I've not gone further out of respect. I've looked quite a bit into what to use for busines and the lever arms and I have found that bookbinder's leather works fine (that is my other thing) rather than incredibly expensive piano baize. I have an envelope of stamped bushes left over. I've also carefully brushed out dust etc. There is a buzz on keys left 1a and 1b that can be fixed by reed or flap adjustment but as I said, I didn't want to enter in that space (lack of skill). It is very very sweet sounding, 'fast' and responsive, the bellows don't leak. I made a sound file for Chris Ghent in the Blue Mountains some time back and he thought it pretty ok. The box has aged well though the strap is snapped but that can be replaced. It looks as if the lock was resplaced by a 'snap' at some point in time (maybe the key was lost). Larry I can provide another sound file but don't judge my playing! I suppose I could skype if you wish (serious people only).
  9. Hi, I may want to sell it if I decide about another. Private message.
  10. Hello I've been playing for about a year now, slow and steady, bad memory, I need to read the tablature, but I know that the 30 key c/g Wren I have is physically SLOW when it comes to the bellows and keys which are tight in letting air out and playing faster. I know this because I picked up an old 20 key Lachenal that I posted about some time back and she runs fast, very fast. I don't have all the money in the world to spend...any recommendations? Is the Phoenix any good ? Is there anything else worthwhile under $2000USD?
  11. Hello, I actually have one I got about 6 months months ago. I've given it some internal TLC as best as I could using that repair book and online help, but there are still buzzes. It was rebuilt about 1970 a/c what is written inside. She is very sweet, very fast, but I am reluctant to part with her yet..., unless.... but what have you to trade. I'd love a better 30 key than the wren I have that runs slow and a 30 key best meets my needs. It has an original box. Something that lets me play faster. I am being held back.
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    Heresy?

    Chris Ghent gave me a bit of help with a trial piano felt to make bushes to go into keys, so that the lever arms are snug. But... as a (learning) bookbinder, I have ready access to fine, good, the right thickness leather from my Maestro that is snug, offers a cushion on the top part of the hole, or if you turn the 'bush', the tiny sausage sideways, to the top and bottom of the hole. Likewise, I can punch out the tiny pads that fit over the pads on the ends of keys. I've done a couple, and my Lachenal has not complained. I don't think it will rot or fall apart quickly. Have I committed a venal sin? Thanks Larry
  13. Morgana, I'm a bit slow to respond to this. I have a copy of the concertina repair book if you need help. I am in Melbourne. Let me know.
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    Lachenal C/g 20 Key Serial # 74526

    Thanks very much for the info. I've been tinkering a bit and seeing what needs fixing (key grommets/bushes - and Chris Ghent is providing kind advice. For others' info, inside is written that it was restored by Frank Pitt in Box Hill (Melbourne) in 1970. I see that he wrote for FreeReed magazine (Google is wonderful). Larry
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