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  1. many thanks for your input ..there are some valve issues with mine but the mechanics seem to be OK at the moment..can't say for how long this level of workmanship & materials will holdup with the amount of playing I am currently doing and lack of finesse I have .. there are already some noticeable tuning & resonance issues which are becoming increasingly irritating. Hopefully these can be resolved.. but the instrument still sings and the music is quite intriguing although far from set pieces in the concertina catalogue.. so far the mystery is still spellbinding,.. and yes i enjoy a good challenge of an upgrade..the single reed plate may be the Achilles heel and my eventual Waterloo if there are no options once the integrity of the reed has been compromised past the point of practical resurrection. I played the saxophone professionally for many years so I am only too aware of a reed's relative lifespan cheers rD
  2. Many thanks for the input.I agree the bellows are tight and the squeaking is slowly fading with use... yes the inner row seems to have more resistance although it doesn't bother me too much at this point since I am still quite slow. I will check the spring tension once I am less hamfisted . thanks for the heads up on that ... still finding the placement of the hand rest to be the biggest impediment at the moment. yes the sound is a bit inconsistent to my ear would you happen to known if the reed plates are replaceable ? ..if so where can one order them? (they are like a harmonica set up) cheers rD
  3. Frank thanks for your comment.. yes I suspect it maybe a case of making a silk purse out of a pig's ear. but occasionally I am interested and curious enough to take the challenge ..I worked in Ajax Ont as a repair tech for Long & McQuade so I have a bent for "fixing" things ... I already have a tuning table made for my accordions perhaps the direction this instrument will take may be an addition to the table.. but I would like to play this Scholer as long as possible and perhaps tweak and smooth out some construction issues while in the discovery mood & mode...This instrument was a gift that only just got taken out to the box after 11 or more years of silence.. but that's another story... cheers rD
  4. Gary I have raised the hand rest already but it doesn't solve the issue. I examined the inside and it seems ty be doable with a little time and caution. mostly i was wondering about how it would play after the alteration . Aa I am at the immediate discover stage full of awe and wonder the magic of this new world I don't wish to have to spend time unlearning a playing technique or lose interest from it being too physically uncomfortable to play.. I am also spending a quite a few hours daily to bring my technique & ear to the point where I don't get lost and can play what I hear.. My wrists are getting painful at times .. maybe age related byt why not eliminate one potential issue/cause many thanks for your input rD
  5. many thanks for these links.. fascinating to see this instrument actually on Youtube ..mine is an all wood production number .. very low end but still able to make music .
  6. Greetings from Quebec I am very new to the concertina, having started 3 weeks ago. I was given a Scholer Anglo 2 row. I understand my model (Made in Germany) was some time during/after the 1980s and is a low entry model in construction and design. I play accordion (piano) and harmonica professionally so I am familiar with the ins & outs. With the Scholer I have , the hand rest is mid-hexagon and all the tone holes at the wrist end . The hand rest is extremely low and hand straps ridiculously thin. This leads me to believe that this was done to market to young beginners with smaller hands ? or ? .... despite my lack of familiarity with the instrument I have yet to see a design layout such as the one on my low-end Scholer. Having large hands and long fingers is it possible to successfully relocate the placement of the hand rest or will it change the balance and travel motion of the instrument when playing. .The size of the straps & their place on the hand seems to have an impact on the ergonomics of playing the instrument. I have made a new set of wider ones, but the current placement of hand rest with the wider straps is a major impedance to finger movement and comfort. Any comments would be greatly appreciated cheers rD
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