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    Instrument making of many types. Bagpipe maker at hamonbagpipes.com
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  1. I recently got this to use as a template for drawing up some plans to make an Anglo mini. It’s a nice instrument but I have different ideas about the way I want to design my mini than how Stagi doesn’t it. The thing looks brand new and was recently bought from another member on here. All the notes play fine and everything just looks new. Comes with a case and a note chart for the button layout. I have it on eBay now Seth
  2. I’m always leery of any eBay seller selling high ticket items with zero or only a few feedback ratings. I like to see close to 100% feedback with 100+ buyer ratings and an account that’s been around for a few years at least. Seth
  3. I see the issue, you gave the wrong serial number in your original post. In your original post above the serial number given was14,949 which is a very early serial number and what my replies have been based on. I see you have updated this since my original post with the correct serial number. Being off by one digit makes a huge difference. Seth
  4. Yes, my Lachenal is an Anglo like yours but with 20 buttons instead of 30. I actually have several Lachenals and a few others, duets and Anglos, no English systems.
  5. Yours is surly much older than that. My 79,001 is supposedly 1886 I believe without looking. Seth
  6. Any condition is welcome as I intend to use it for inspiration on a mini build as well as a template for size, etc. Cheers, Seth
  7. That’s a great idea. Thank you for the suggestion. Cheers, Seth
  8. “Choking” is the word I was looking for, Thanks Dave Elliott. I have 5 Lachenal’s in the shop and this is the only one that seems to be like this. The reeds act the same as any other on the tuning bellows. There is no baffle, and I haven’t checked the key travel as Dave suggested but when I replaced the pads and grommets I don’t remember seeing the pad elevation height being an issue but I’ll double check. Maybe I should swap some out from another set of the new valves doesn’t speed things up a bit. I haven’t had time to change the valves yet as I’m finishing a 7 key Northumbrian Smallpipe first. I’ll let you chaps know how it goes. Cheers, Seth
  9. The Riley stamp is barely noticeable now which is unfortunate but it appears to have been mostly a stamp in the finish layer. Seth
  10. I have several Lachenals and you would be surprised at how the bottoms size varies from one to the next. The English ones have even smaller buttons. This Riley Lachenal has the largest buttons I’ve seen on a Lachenal comparable with a Jones set I have which also has 20 buttons. That Swan looks nice, are the bellows all leather? Cheers, Seth
  11. The first couple sets I made had the white edges when cut but I went around it with a black sharpie and it worked great, looks uniform, and wasn’t messy at all. An ink pad was very messy as it doesn’t dry fast but a good permanent marker like a sharpie works. If someone would make papers with solid black papers I would buy them but they all seem to be made from white paper. Marking the edges is quite time consuming. Seth
  12. The Riley / Lachenal is restored. You might be glad you didn’t get it if you were set on a C/G instrument as it’s tuned to A/E. The Riley stamp is barely visible after restoration and I just stripped the finish, no sanding, so it mustn’t have been stamped after the instrument was made and finished. Anyways, it’s a nice little box and was fun to restore. The tuning was a complete surprise too which threw me off for a bit when I started tuning.
  13. It seems the Lachenal I’m restoring plays slow, almost like the air flow is being restricted. The reeds are very responsive on the tuning table but seem slow when I’m the instrument. The only thing I haven’t changed yet are the old valves which seem thicker than others I’ve seen. My guess is these valves are part of the issue. I can switch to a hybrid reeded instrument and play as fast as I want, but this Lachenal actually forces you to slow down. I’m going to change the valves and see what happens. I cannot see any other reason for this. Learning as I go... Cheers, Seth
  14. I have a 46B MacCann in my small library of concertinas waiting restorations. It mainly just needs new bellows, but still will need other maintenance and tuning as the Restoration always uncovers. Seth
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