I am re-waxing half a block of reeds on a 120 bass accordion, because I noticed 2 or 3 reeds on that side that were starting to rattle loose. I removed all the reed plates, scraped away all the old wax (what a tiresome job!) and now I'm happily and patiently awaiting the arrival of a block of accordion wax in the mail.
In preparation for the task of re-waxing, I am practicing placing the reed plates on the block where they will be waxed in place. However, the issue I'm running into is that some of the chamber cutouts seem to be a tiny bit wider than the reed plates, maybe by only a half millimeter, but that's enough to let the plates fall in, much to my frustration. I can get them all on there, but the equilibrium is so unstable that even picking up the block (which I will need to do for waxing) causes them to fall in again.
Should I whip up some wood filler to sculpt a little more of a stable surface for the reed plate to sit on, or is there some kind of secret reed plate balancing act or waxing trick that could possibly solve my conundrum? All the videos I find either have different style blocks in which the reed plates are nestled snugly within the wood, or the video begins with all the reeds resting flat on the block before the camera started recording.
Thank you kindly for your time and assistance!