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  1. I've pretty much got all my tools in place for making most part of a concertina. The final set of tools that I need to make is a set of valve punches. My thought is to use lengths of tube of various diameters and squash in a vice to the shape of the valves, grinding down the edge (as with wad punches used for the pads) so as to make a sharp edge. What have makers/repairers done in making valve punches?
  2. Any chance of a button/note diagram?
  3. When I was a student in Leicester (1977-1980) I had the chance to buy a bass concertina I'd seen in a junk shop. I'd been playing concertina maybe 6 months by then and I didn't really appreciate the rarity of the bass. My regret is that I didn't buy it. I should have lived on beans for a couple of months and have given up the beer for the duration thinking back.
  4. This approach was adopted by Rock Chidley - holes in both reed pans with valves to ensure flow of air on the pull.
  5. Here in Italy we paid €12.35 on a package of delayed Christmas presents with a declared value of £20.
  6. I've been thinking for many years to build myself a low bass using harmonium reeds. I'll put my thinking cap on.......
  7. I have used rabbit skin glue for bellows work.
  8. I've had a Crane duet for some time and I'm thinking to set about learning it. I have 2 tutor books - the Bulstrode tutor and the Salvation Army tutor. They are both different in their approaches to tutoring While the Bulstrode spends a lot of time on exercises for the right hand before introducing the left hand, the Salvation Army tutor starts from the 2nd exercise with exercises for both hands. While I'm sure the Salvation Army tutor has been used successfully to train many Army officers to play, I like the approach that gets both hands working as soon as possible. For duet players - what have been your experiences of learning duet? Of using these tutors specifically? Of training right hand only or both hands from the outset.
  9. Looks like someone has made replacement ends for this, and to keep costs down was very handy with a drill press.
  10. Definitely a Rock Chidley - one identification diagnostic are the bird's eyes cut into the fretwork.
  11. My new Wakker Parnassus Tenor-Treble. One mod is I substituted the D#3 for a Bb2 on the left side.
  12. I made a 1 row melodeon at a workshop conducted by Emmanuel Pariselle about 5 years ago. Emmanuel runs melodeon construction workshops in France and UK in which he guides the building of 1 row or 2.5 row melodeons. Well worth attending one of these courses if you'd like to know how to build a melodeon - and the resultant instruments are extremely good.
  13. Interesting thread - and thanks for posting. I'm custodian of 2 concertinas that once played in Astley's band, the Oldham Concertina Band - a Wheatstone bass and a Lachenal New Model 56 key baritone.
  14. Hi Richard Do tell us about the new Wakker when you receive it. I received my new Wakker Parnassus TT about 4 weeks ago - it's a terrific instrument.
  15. Thanks - I didn't have time to look up 1950s model numbers.
  16. The number 6 stamped into the reed pan is a workshop number - it may be possible to work back from there in the ledgers to determine the serial number. Could this be your 'tina? http://www.horniman.info/DKNSARC/SD03/PAGES/D3P0740S.HTM
  17. Ah, being my usual observant self.....or maybe it was a senior moment
  18. I once had a set of bolts made, along with corresponding receiver plates, by Wim Wakker.
  19. Many years ago I needed an insurance valuation fairly quickly - I drove to Hobgoblin in Leeds to have this carried out. I rang ahead of time to ensure their concertina specialist would be available. I think they charged me a modest fee for the service.
  20. It appears it was bought by a leading concertina dealer.
  21. Take a look at this https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/arthur-johnson-and-sons-auctioneers/catalogue-id-ibart10799/lot-d1f56b86-294d-477c-9aec-ac3f010a7265?utm_source=auction-alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=auction-alert&utm_content=lot-image-link Looks like someone has grafted a 20 key Anglo onto much larger bellows. A useful idea
  22. Here is a list of everything that's included These are prices today on the snapmaker website Snapmaker 2.0 A350, enclosure and accessories €2187 accessories: - 1x CNC platform (MDF wasteboard) - 1x Extruder hot end kit - 1x CNC bits - 1x PLA filament bundle - 1x Print sheet with double sided printing stickers - 1x PETG filament bundle this equates to £2001 (plus shipping) since the prices have gone up since I ordered mine. I am asking £1968 (plus shipping) I see from the manufacturers website the the A350 is now sold out.
  23. Not concertina per-se, but this printer can be used for fabricating concertina parts, cutting fretwork, etc. I'm selling a brand new, unused, Snapmaker 2.0 A350 with enclosure and loads of accessories. Still sealed in original boxes. Some features: • Linear Modules • 3D Printing Module • Laser Cutting Module (1600mW, Built-in Camera) • CNC Carving Module (ER11 Collet) Here's a link to the manufacturers website. There is a long wait for these printers (anything up to 12 months) so mine is available immediately. It's currently located in Italy but can ship worldwide.# I'm selling for what I paid - £1968 plus shipping.
  24. I have withdrawn this from sale due to my return to Italy next week.
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