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  1. I have another question for you guys: Look at the end plates of this concertina, normally, on the edge of the end plate the plate slopes down to the edge and then there is a flat edge section where the screws goes through. On this concertina the edge of the end plates goes up into a rounded edge and only the small portions where the screws go through are flattened. I have not seen another Wheatstone with this end plates- was this a single model or what.....?
  2. Thank you Theo. I am going to try to make one from the shaft of an old drill bit, but how do you drill into hard steel?
  3. That is a good idea Theo. How did you make it? Do you perhaps have a picture? Thank you
  4. Thank you Alex, I appreciate your input. I have ordered aluminium and acetal rods. I think I will practice on the acetal and then make a set of aluminium. Another question: I need to make some new pads and I see that there is a little "button" going through the shaft that is glued to the cardboard disc. What do you use for that little button? Thanks
  5. I have also found a supplier of white 6mm diameter deldrin/acetal rod. Which one will be better, aluminium or deldrin? Thanks
  6. Wow, that is a lot of money. I think I must get a piece of 6mm diameter aluminium rod and make a set of new buttons on the lathe. What do you guys think?
  7. Theo, I have about 100 pounds invested in it, so I do believe it is worth restoring it into a working piece. I have started cleaning the reeds and, thanks to you Theo, they do not look too bad, and they are making a sound again. We will see later how much tuning is needed. I have also started patching the bellows inside with thin leather patches and PVA glue. I will later invest in new bellows, one day, when I am big. 😉 Some of the buttons have their tails broken off. Can the buttons work without the tail going into the hole, or will it move around? I was thinking of drilling a 2mm hole in the bottom of the button and then glue a piece of wire into the hole? Thank you for all your help and advice. I appreciate it.
  8. Thank you gentlemen, I appreciate your help. Any tips on making new pads? Thanks
  9. And here is the action. Some of the buttons have their "tails" broken off. What were the buttons made of, casein? Any suggestions of how to make new buttons?
  10. Thank you for your help. I appreciate it. This is what the reeds look like:
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