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  1. 4 hours ago, d.elliott said:

    I don't know what make or style your concertina is, but pads are a sandwich of card, felt and then the leather facing, I find it cheapest for me to buy pads and dots from people who have the buying power and the tooling to form the pad sandwich and then stamp out the pads I need. These pads are then of a consistent thickness and quality. I would look at repairers on the continent, including Eire  to buy from, stick in the Euro zone.


    It's an English concertina.

    Yes, I thought about buying a "pad sandwich". But I would also love to do all the steps myself... I guess if I can't come up with a better idea this would be a good solution.

  2. I got a fairly cheap, very broken, concertina a while ago. My plan is to restore it. I want to get to know the processes of repairing and building and mainly do it for the sake of doing it. But I'm unsure what material to get. I searched the forum but couldn't find information that suit my situation ( If there are other post/-s about this on here, please point them out to me).

    At the moment I need leather for new pads.

    The leather that has been recommended in posts about pads was always either only available in big quantities (l don't think I need a whole skin at the moment), very expensive, and/or from businesses in the USA or UK (I'm based in Germany and don't want to spend 30-50€ for shipping only).

    Can anyone recommend any shops OR does anyone has ideas about cheap DIY alternatives to new leather. Some people might disagree, but this will be my first all on my own concertina repair and I'm totally fine with not top quality options and DIY stuff. I don't have a huge budged and at the same time am aware, that I will have to spend some to get the right material. I came across car towels out of leather and was wondering  if that might work. But I don't know if those are air tight. Maybe getting a leather jacked from a charity shop and skimming/shaving it down to the desired thickness?

    Any ideas are appreciated.


  3. Sadly I can't open the link you posted


    11 hours ago, Don Taylor said:

    True, but in an accordion they are in removeable reed blocks and you can get at the inside reed tongue from inside the block.  And you can put the entire reed block on the tuning table while you are filing or scratching the reed.

    Maybe this video can help with some misconceptions here. The inner reeds are very much tuned from the outside as well.



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  4. I would jump in (I hope that's ok) and ask if anyone knows where you can get good leather in the EU. I have some experience with exchanging pads, but have always been lucky enough not to have to get the materials myself.After searching the internet, I'm not much smarter. I found this company  https://www.herzogleather.com/en/organ-building-leather/ and was thinking about the pneumatic leather they offer. But a whole skin would be too much for my needs (~50 to 100 pads max).
    I would prefer to be able to use the same leather for other things like valves as well (would that be possible?) to keep the hassle of ordering as small as possible.


  5. Just a few words about (re-)waxing reeds.

    I agree with Theo. Wax shouldn't be melted over fire. It can be melted in wax melting pots. You can find them in art supply stores (for batik work). Traditionally the wax is applied with a wax-knife or wax-spoon. Be prepared for some dripping in just the wrong moments the first time (and then a few more times). It's a bit tricky to find out how to get a nice steady flow of just the right amount of wax. But at the same time its not rocket science to get a result that might not look pretty but will do the job.

    And one more thing. If you end up with wax drips in places you don't want to(you most likely will), wait till it cooled down and solidified again. Then scrape it off. When you drip on any valves or reeds. Wait as well, then clean it with some White spirit. That way you don't destroy the valves or reeds.

  6. I recently got my hands on an old broken English concertina.

    While working on it I got curious if anyone knows more about it. like what kind of concertina it is or when it was made approximately.

    I found a stamp on the inside (picture) and was able to decipher R. or K. Flintan, Weybridge Surrey, .....?  Can't read the bottom part.

    It is also marked with the number 268.

    I don't really know much about identifying/dating concertinas, so I appreciate any information.







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