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Sprunghub

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  1. Dana's template corresponds with what I have previously posted somewhere for our's. Notation (4).docx
  2. I (we) have a Jeffries, albeit 38/9 button, I can tell you what that is, but it may not be much help given the extra buttons.
  3. By the power of the mighty Google !!😉 More Googling may suggest how they get it to "stay" bright gold ( to the eye ).....it makes little sense that a base metal 'powder' can not be reconstituted, but I don't know if they add something to it as an anti-oxidant for that perpetual brightness. "The light brown powder is gold, if you crushed it with a glass stir rod it would look like gold, (or smeared in under pressure onto a piece of paper it would leave a gold streak), the pure powder will do this where impure gold will not do this or as well. To get the brown powder look like gold it is melted, it has something to do with particle size and reflection of light as to why this fairly pure brown power does not look like gold."
  4. I think this chap implies he gets 2.5gms of gold 'nugget' from 1Lb of gold 'dust' after smelting.......🤨 I am hopeless at maths ( math ) so no idea of the implications for 60gms of dust.....
  5. I think these are really interesting - there was a one-side Crane on the market a while ago. I think the suggestion is that they were made for servicemen ( and presumably others ) who had lost an arm in conflict or accident.
  6. How did you effect the 'choke', Alex ? was it something solid ? I don't know if you have come across 'Mull'...it is a bookbinding material ? it's like a 'sized' or starched open(ish) weave, cotton gauze - typically what old books had down the spine. It's value is that is quite stiff. Stiff enough to 'fix' across the chamber or the 'inside' of the sound hole. It might be worth considering - I can let you have some if you want to try it.
  7. Hi Don, I have PM'd you..... RCR, pretty good detective work if you were looking at the previous owner and party who had the restoration work carried out at their behest, but not the current one, hence I do not live ( or have ever lived in Spalding ) and have not advertised it previously and that is not my 'thread' 😉. A little knowledge as they say....
  8. Were it a cylinder head of comparable age - which I appreciate it isn't - you would put some wet & dry on a sheet of plate glass and fettle it flat - probably aided by some Engineers 'Blue'. Of course if you did that you'd almost certainly have to shim the slots.
  9. Is this 'elsewhere' on the Forum ?
  10. Purely with regard to the posting issue from GB to USA, I have sent two packages to the USA from the Uk recently, a Concertina and a Concertina sized parcel. The first was collected by FedEx on a Friday morning and arrived at it's USA destination on the Monday. The second was collected on a Monday late morning here in the West Country and was delivered to it's recipient in Maryland at about 7.30pm the NEXT DAY! That is quicker than post from our next village arrives with us. On the other hand, a parcel coming this way with USPS arrived at Heathrow last Thursday and has gone into a Covid-19 shaped Black Hole. I don't know who Chris Algar uses but I would certainly trust FedEx to get it there.
  11. Hi sprunghub,

     

    I could probably help with the transaction. We *may* be visting Wales in June, so I may even be able to drop off the parcel to a post office once in the UK, but given these times, I can't make a promise.

     

    There are two reasons why German sellers may be hesitant to sell outside continental Europe: 1. The money exchange process is totally unpredictable. You may lose a good amount within the banking system. Been there. 2. Insured shipping from mainland Europe to the British isle is perversely expensive (when I sent my Wheatstone to Norwich for maintenance, the cheapest I could get for insuring the value of the instrument was around EUR 100), so if both sides want to be safe concering insurance, it'll drive the price up. If I were in the middle and would need to send someone else'e concertina from Germany to the UK, you bet I'd want to make it as safe as possible...

     

    Send me an email if you think that's an option!

     

    Stay healthy! RAc

     

    1. Sprunghub

      Sprunghub

      PM forwarded....

  12. Just wondering, given these strange times, is there anyone based in Germany who would be prepared to "send on" a parcel for me. It is an Ebay option, seller will let me bid/buy, but not post to the Uk. I can never quite understand why given that they use the same carrier that would bring it to me and I would be paying all costs but, hey ho. They will post to a German address. I can organise collection and pay all costs my end if anyone might be able to help. The label would be forwarded via email. No need to 'risk' unpacking etc, just apply new label and await collection. It may not come off if I don't win, but it's too late to ask the other way around! I have recently received an item via DHL, so there is no problem with it getting through. Hand washing and distancing advised.
  13. I have 'backed' leather straps with suede. Mark L-A sells them backed.....it's quite nice ( if nice is your thing ) not padded per se but comfy and arguably 'holds' to the back of the hand better than bare leather ? Plenty of sources for no money on Ebay in multi colours. Bookbinders glue does a good job of connecting suede to leather. For long line cutting I use a simple Rotary Cutter. I'd like one of those lovely half moon blades but I suspect I would have my fingers off.
  14. The vendor has a fairly healthy history ( in feedback ) of selling "nice", mid value £2k and above value Concertina's, which may provide some reassurance. When I was first looking for a Concertina for my wife initially I found an on-line selling site akin to Gumtree/Preloved based in southern Africa which had a lot of Wheatstone's. They were marginally outside my pocket, although several sellers were happy to post. There were quite a few very nice ones about, albeit mostly those 1950's ones which folk know about as having been produced for the market. The market was presumably there before the '50's, so no surprise some good ones were in circulation.
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