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Mike Pierceall

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  1. Rather nice looking example. It's here:
  2. I've never come across an English tuned in fifth comma although, as you say, they were originally designed with that scheme. Did they come out of the factory that way, and, if so, why would they have been altered to equal temperament? My 1909 Aeola, for instance, is tuned to old pitch but in equal temperament.
  3. Congratulations on your Aeola. Any chance you could record something to demonstrate the effects of the tuning? What type of music do you regularly play on the concertina?
  4. Should work now. Evidently I uploaded a draft previously.
  5. Thanks. This Aeola is such a well-balanced instrument, I think it can handle just about anything I can imagine.
  6. Sounds good, but unless they can make one that looks like a guitar or an iphone, it would be an uphill battle
  7. Whenever I restore an instrument I try to sympathetically return it to somewhere close to how it might have been the day it left the factory. I like an instrument to look good and to play well. My current plan for the embedded bolt heads is: - remove all finish - remove side veneers as appropriate - drill out the bolt holes to a stop just less than the depth of the wooden end hoop - insert a hard wood dowel into the hole and drill through for the bolt - the end plates bolt holes to be machine out with an cutter just larger than the size of the damaged holes - these to be plugged with a piece of wood made from pear laminate - stained, glued in position using hide glue - cut the moulding using a router - refinish the ends If threads are damaged on the bolts and/or receiver plates, I may make a decision to replace all bolts and receiver plates. Overtightening the end bolts is done to try and cure an air leak (it never works). Air leaks can arise as the chamois gasket flattens over time, damage or warping. Using a larger screwdriver, sufficient torque can be applied to force the bolts into the relatively softer wood of the end hoops. The screwdriver head also serves to open up the bolt holes, making it more likely that the bolt will start to bear down on the wood of the end hoops - as will an ill-fitting screwdriver. A sound plan, indeed.
  8. Thanks for listening. Enjoy the journey, as they say. Mike
  9. Thanks, Randy. I've been kicking around that arrangement for awhile. Likewise, I enjoyed your ensemble piece and your many contributions to the repertoire over the years. Inspiration for us all. Mike
  10. The concertina is a musical instrument that seems to invite cosmetic restoration though I prefer to leave the normal signs of aging and concentrate on functional repairs. I'd be curious to know how you solve the issue of the embedded bolt heads, particularly if there is thread damage to the point of the screw. I've often wondered how overtightening alone embeds the bolt heads, perhaps the blade of a ill-fitting screwdriver scouring a divot or even purposeful countersinking to reach good thread.
  11. I am sure if he were talking about English concertinas the number would be much smaller
  12. I read music and, when I write a transcription, I use publishing software to typeset it so I have hard copies of everything for my own use. Once I have the file on the computer, I can transpose it into different keys to suit. Even pieces I've played hundreds of times may fall out of memory if I haven't played them in a while, but I have the sheet music to bring me up to speed in that case. The only time my "ear" playing comes in is when I'm composing the arrangement.
  13. Jazz standard based on Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu. Played on my 1909 Aeola treble. Here: or on Soundcloud for the full version.
  14. Steve, the serial number is actually 34624. It's a model 10a Baritone with nickel-plated ends, made May 25, 1937. Not from the best period, but a fine instrument, nevertheless. Others here are better at estimating value of a baritone than I. Perhaps someone close by could appraise it's condition. We have a Buy/Sell forum on the site should you consider posting it here.
  15. Added link to slide show video and performance here:
  16. Lachenal New Model Tenor-treble c 1916. New pads and valves and a custom case. Tuned to A440. Any and all questions, please direct to me via personal message. Photos of reed pans, action boards, etc., available. Performance videos available on my Youtube channel. A slide show of the instrument can be seen here with an accompanying performance. Edited to add link.
  17. Out of season, but still fun to play. It's here:
  18. Yes, definitely a very important step. Fortunately, I was able to replace the pads within specs on that instrument with minimal adjustment.
  19. Hot wet rags will soften the glue bond. It can be a slow process and no guarantee that some damage won't be done to the old bellows, particularly if the cards get wet. Wring out excess moisture from the rag so it won't be dripping wet. It's a difficult proposition.
  20. Thanks for the kind words. I only work on my own instruments. Like a lot of folks here, my collection changes from time to time as I buy and sell as interesting instruments become available, but only to support my hobby. I have a tenor-treble that is not getting a lot of use as I prefer arranging for the treble so I may offer that one next.
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