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Rod Pearce

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  1. Back to question 1 - Are you saying that the instrument is airtight (no leaks) if you do not press any keys but try to operate the bellows?
  2. Daniel, thank you for your input. I have a small collection of 20 key and 48 key instruments that I have restored over the last few years, Lachenal and Wheatstone.. The 'Campbells' Lachenal I am currently learning on actually came from Chris Algar about 18 months ago. I bought it as needing the pads and valves replacing, and one of the ends was badly damaged. I made a new end for it, updated the internals, polished and tuned it. I am very happy with the result and I think it is the best player (before and after pictures attached). I did contact Chris earlier this year with regard to a 30 key for restoration but at the time he had none available. I will probably refresh my interest and see what develops.
  3. Ken, Wolf, Dave Thank you all for your replies, very helpful. Best regards Rod
  4. I am on the lookout for a 30 key anglo that I can restore, with the intention of keeping it as a progression from my existing 20 key (Lachenal, badged as Campbell's Glasgow). I do not want to pay more than £400 to £500 for the instrument before renovation as I am still in the early stages of learning, but would naturally like to get as good a quality as I can. AS EBAY is the likely source for me, seeing / playing the instrument before buying is probably not an option. Are there any rules of thumb that would indicate overall quality. All I have to go on at the moment is price, look (eg fretwork) and makers name. For example, - is the complexity of fretwork pattern and indicator of quality? - are the reeds better in more expensive instruments? - ditto action? I would be grateful for any thoughts. Rod
  5. Dave Thanks for your advice. I have decided not to risk it and have agreed with the seller to return the instrument. I am really disappointed because I was looking forward to getting to grips with my first 30 key anglo
  6. Dowright Because of the issues I deceided to return the instrument, but took photographs beforehand. The number in the Action box bezel is 149241 Right hand reed pan is 188108 Left hand reed pan is 198854
  7. I have just purchased an instrument described as a Lachenal 30 key Anglo as a keeper for myself, fully expecting it to require some work. On opening it up I find that the reed pans each contain 16 reeds , but there are only 15 buttons per side (excluding the air button). Both have different numbers stamped on them.and both are different to the number in the action box bezel. So, parts from 3 different instruments. There is also an inscription inside saying the instrument has been repitched to B flat.from C. I want the instrument to be in C, so will have to retune it. All components do seem to be in good condition, except for wear and tear. eg it needs new pads, valves Should I be concerned, or just go ahead with the renovation?
  8. Is it not possible to take a photograph of the reed slot from the end of the pan, blow it up and print that? You could also blow up the angle as you suggest.
  9. Frank, Theo I have checked the fit of the reeds and they are all tight. However I did notice as I removed the reed pan that the inside chamois had become flattened and hardened with age. I roughed this up a little and re-closed the instrument. Hey presto! The breathiness has disappeared and the reeds in question are much louder and more responsive. The whole instrument feels much tighter. Next step is to repeat on the remaining chamois. Thanks again for your invaluable advice. Regards Rod
  10. Frank Thank you for your response. I'll check it over and see if any of this applies. Regards Rod
  11. I have a 20 key Anglo that I have recently restored and tuned, but I am now having trouble with 3 reeds on the left hand side that are breathy, causing them to sound quieter that the rest and a lot of bellows travel. The reeds are steel. Several times I have adjusted the reeds and the breathiness reduces but it comes back after playing the instrument for 15 mins or so (I say playing, but as a beginner I really mean attempting to play). The worst case is note C (3rd finger, push). Can anyone offer any advice on how I can sort the problem? Thanks in anticipation. Rod
  12. No problem Bill. Glad to be of assistance. Best regards Rod
  13. Bill have made 2 sets of straps from the kit, and still have the CD with the instructions on. I can send you the files by PM later. There a 4 files on the CD, the larget being 9mb. Rod
  14. RAc I made the suggestion of using a chromatic tuner as Larry's original post was referring to a tone generator, which would have required a very good ear to tune the suspect reed. He was also only concerned with a single reed, not a complete re-tune. The suggestion was made in good faith.
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