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  1. You might check out the organizations listed here: https://concertinamusic.com/concertina-clubs/. The US midwest has a lot of folks who play chemnitzer. Here is a company that does repairs http://eagconmfg.com/services.html.
  2. I let this sit in my brain for a few days and decided I didn't want to add grease to my instrument either. I took inspiration from the well known Bastari fix for loose buttons: silicone tubing. I got some 2.5mm ID, 4mm OD clear silicone tubing and slipped it over the left hand side buttons, then pierced through it a few times with a needle to allow the button to slide back over the rod. I've been playing it with this change for a few days and have not had a single buzz. The buttons are much more stable in their orientation, which in my case means they are not all perfectly perpendi
  3. What a thread! Was any further development able to happen with this project?
  4. Jim, I had considered that and tried taking the other end off, but I could not get it to budge after taking out the end screws. I decided not to push my luck when I didn't have a pressing need to get to that side.
  5. Thanks Don, it was in fact leakage through those holes. I was able to temporarily fix it with some thin tape. I was also able to grab some excess wax from elsewhere and put it where I needed with an old soldering iron. I guess all that's left is to find some grease and email Wim about what size screws I would need to put there. All of this should help make playing a little more enjoyable while I figure out if it is worth investing in an upgrade.
  6. Ah, I hadn't considered the button-lever interface as a source of buzzing, but that makes sense. I checked the end, and there are 3 corresponding holes that would match those I've already found. At least one of them passes enough light to suggest it could pass air as well. I will, after putting this end back on, have to check the right hand side to see if there are intact screws over there. I might try some electrical tape as a temporary fix to see if they are worth plugging if reflowing the wax near the reed doesn't alleviate the problem.
  7. Hi folks, I recently acquired a used Rochelle, and I have noticed a few issues with the left hand side. One is that most of my left-hand keys produce a faint buzzing on both push and pull. I am not sure what is causing that, but the waxed in reeds make it a bit hard to investigate for me. The other, which I think is unrelated, is that air is audibly leaking through somewhere on that side and stealing my bellows travel. It is most noticeable when I extend the bellows and let it sit, as well as when I play higher notes on the right hand. I don't suspect it is
  8. Speaking of 39 button Chemnitzers, I came across this odd thing on Facebook marketplace: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1069769106872548 I've also pulled links to the pictures used in the listings here, here, and here. It differs most obviously in the button distribution, with 19 and 20 per side rather than 16 and 23. I've messaged the owner, and she seems to have no idea of the provenance. Anyone familiar with this particular variant? Zach
  9. As has become habit of late, I was reading about concertina history to relax before bed, and a series of links brought me to Concertina Connection's site, where something caught my eye: http://www.concertinaconnection.com/rochelle-2 anglo.htm Looks like a smaller Rochelle with a flat mounted reed pan. Glad to see something more in line with their other hybrid designs for not much more money than the original Rochelle. Zach
  10. Man, what a tough thing to try to search for on this forum: a four word named instrument where three of the words are probably the most commonly used three words on the forum. Using google, I was able to find this thread wherein 2 members offer their opinions on the "Vintage": Other searches about the Clare don't produce much of benefit, and those for Sean Garvey seem focused on models of his from a decade ago. Gregor Markič is a frequent contributor on here who recently got a Clare after starting on McNeela concertinas, if I recall correctly. He may be able to offer opinions
  11. I think that the Irish Concertina Company might fit, though their Clare model comes standard in Jeffries I think. No harm in asking if they can make it Wheatstone. I don't know what Harry Geuns has available or his pricing, but he is on the list of current makers. Zach
  12. It kinda sounds like you are looking for a nice webcam. Webcam tech has kinda stalled for the past decade, but you might look into the logitech 920 series, which have 1080p and stereo mikes. Not sure how it would compare to iphone cameras. With an iOS device specifically, it seems like you can hack together a solution for some hardware combinations, but it might not be anything quick. See here:
  13. Kathryn, I think your latest video sounds great. I saw a video with an interesting solution I have not yet seen discussed here. In said video, a Japanese man seemed to be demonstrating some concertinas at a shop while elastic bracelets held something like lapel microphones at each of his wrists. I would link the video here, but I am unable to find it in my history and cannot verify all I'm describing. Certainly quite a bit of faff with wires hanging off your wrists, though. EDIT: It was probably a Toru KATO video, similar to this short one here. Zach
  14. Also, Frank Edgely is located in Ontario as well, and while he doesn't have anything in your price range, he was very friendly in his emails with me and may be able to point you towards resources in your part of Canada.
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