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  1. This concertina is still available. €1900. Located in Piemonte, Italy.
  2. I've no plans to drink it - we've got plenty of very good wines in Italy
  3. I think that the water content, since it doesn't evaporate as readily as alcohol, remains in the shellac for some time after application, resulting in the shellac remaining soft and tacky. I guess this then necessitates the use of a lubricant at the polishing stage. And yes, I'll ensure my containers are tightly closed
  4. Hi Geoff I found the 90° variety in hardware shops here didn't dissolve the shellac too well - it's mostly used for cleaning, and maybe there are other additives. It's also coloured red. I bought my 99.9° ethyl alcohol at Amazon Italia, and it's specifically for French polishing. However, I think a 5-litre container of ethyl alcohol will last me an awfully long time
  5. For French polishing, I have previously used methylated spirit as my shellac solvent. Here in Italy, the nearest substitute doesn't contain enough alcohol to dissolve shellac. I had to look for an alternative. I found a supply of denatured ethyl alcohol (99.9 degrees) and its use in French polishing is far better than using meths. I found that the application of the shellac with the rubber is far smoother, the alcohol evaporates quicker, the tacky phase of the applied shellac is shorter, and the surface hardens quicker than with meths. I've even not had to resort to applying a lubricant during the polishing phase. Also being clear, with ethyl alcohol there's no risk of a purple colour being imparted to light shellac finishes. What has been your experience of using ethyl alcohol?
  6. Thanks Chris If bellows are so far gone, I've taken them apart to get the dimensions of the components. The beauty of using templates for bellows parts, is that I can easily fabricate them in brass rather than wait weeks to order and have them shipped. I won't be ordering any clicker dies for bellows parts, since there are a great variety of different bellows shapes and sizes requiring any number of dies. And a quick calculation suggests at least 4 dies per bellows - more for stretched bellows. With regard to the die press, I've not yet made a decision about whether it is right for me. I did however receive some very thin punches in the post today - the largest is 6mm in diameter - these should be ideal for making lever arm beads. I'll try them out later today.
  7. Using a press with the clicker dies, set me thinking about what else it could be used for. For example, having clicker dies made up for bellows making - the alternative of course is to make templates for the parts.
  8. I've found someone on Etsy who can make clicker dies for valves, and an oval die for a pad. Circular clicker dies are available off-the-shelf. I'll need a clicker press too, and a modest small press costs less than €200.
  9. I'm sick of the additional charges for import to EU - we recently received a gift for my son, declared value £20 - we paid €12.37 in import duties and VAT. Looking to import commercial goods from UK into Italy should attract 0% UK VAT, but according to the Italian customs site, 22% Italian VAT (which is the norm) and 5% customs fees. Not too onerous, but still on principle I'd like to avoid dealing with Brexit Britain.
  10. I looking to source some screws for attaching the wooden button hole board to the metal end (Wheatstone). I'm after 6 of these. Does anyone have a scrap concertina handy for donating some screws? Willing to pay for them, and postage to Italy.
  11. A Lachenal New Model 48-key Treble English concertina, with steel reeds. Reconditioned with new pads, new valves, and tuned to concert pitch (A=440Hz). This is a good example of a metal-ended New Model treble, plays well with a bright tone. The metal plating shows some sign of patina and finger wear acquired during the years, but this does not affect the playability of the instrument. One great feature is the provenance - having belonged to Owen McGohan, born in 1877 - and presumably, he acquired it new as a young man - around 1895 or so. This concertina would make an ideal upgrade from a tutor model - and will hold its own in a session. Includes the original case. €1950 Located in Alessandria province, Piemonte, Italy.
  12. Thanks - I have wad punches for the pads in a variety of different sizes. My guess is for valves I'll have to have custom shapes made.
  13. Given the difficulties in obtaining spare parts from the UK - essentially due to Brexit - I'm thinking to reconsider tooling up to make my own parts. I've got a lot of tools already, but what I'm missing are valve punches. Any recommendations for someone who can make me a set of punches for valves? Thanks
  14. Thanks all for the replies. Another alternative is sandylaneman in Co.Kerry, Ireland. Does anyone have any contact details for him? He advertises on eBay, but I'd rather not use that site for comms.
  15. I had a chat with CA Cornish - damned Brexit might make the prospect of sending to Italy prohibitively expensive and a load of paperwork is needed. Even they can't source some leathers for concertinas because of import requirements as a result of Brexit. There are no Brexit benefits.
  16. Thanks Dave - sounds like just what I'm looking for. I'll send you a PM. One of the concertinas I have on my bench is a rather nice Wheatstone baritone with awesome non-ferrous reeds - it sounds like a harmonium.
  17. I recall some time ago seeing sheets of gold stars printed onto white paper suitable for cut-it-yourself bellows papers. I don't recall where I saw them - may have been eBay or Concertina Spares. Does anyone have any intel on where I may be able to source such? I had loads of parts in stock, but now things are running low. I'm tooling up to make my own, but I've a 'tina I need to repair and I'm after valves, pads and bushing felt. Previously I'd sourced some parts from Concertina Spares, but now I'll have a chat with CA Cornish about the leather parts - including hides for bellows. I'm still after the bushing felt though. I'd appreciate tips re. suppliers for parts, and especially the bushing felt. Thanks
  18. I have a brass-reeded Aeola TT which I use for song accompaniment. I used to use it for playing Nordic dance music but TBH the reeds quickly went out of tune. Now it awaits being retuned to 1/4 comma meantone.
  19. I see that a 56-key ebony-ended Aeola TT (S/N 32619) sold yesterday at auction for a hammer price of £320. Someone got an amazing bargain. Although I was registered for the auction, I was unable to participate - so I missed out possibly.
  20. Peaking in through the fretwork, I think I discern a Lachenal-style action. Another diagnostic - does the handrail have a reed symbol stamped onto it?
  21. I always describe my concertina as a 'small accordion' - never using the word 'concertina' unless on the rare occasion the security person recognises it.
  22. Take a photo with a newspaper, date/headlines clearly visible, in a clearly identifiable location.
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