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Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

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  1. Though I doubt that this is the reason they did it: It might be that an instrument using screwed down reeds instead of dovetailed ones would be more durable in a climate with extremes of temperature or humidity.
  2. Hi David I have heard of people trying mahogany but cant be sure of the difference in sound. One would expect a harder wood to produce a brighter tone, sycamore and maple are very hard. Its difficult to prove such things as different tonal qualities produced by different woods used for a reed pan without tests. Do you have any recordings of your concertinas? I would be curious to listen as I am not familiar with huon pine.
  3. Would it really be necessary to harden 6061 I believe both 6061 and 6063 are precipitation hardened by holding them at around 300 degrees F for a few hours depending on thickness. It is not quenched after heating. T6 means that it has already been hardened either by heat treating or cold working as opposed to annealled stock. Hardened here is a relative term, only comparing it to the soft state, not to other metals like tool steel or any steel for that matter. Machining does not affect the hardened state unless it is heated much hotter and rapidly cooled. ( this has the opposite effect to quenching hardenable steel alloys ). I have successfully used my home oven for the work when making my bellows mold bars. Starting with T6 stock, you can ship any further hardening. Dana Would it really be necessary to harden or use the pre hardened 6061 though? I mean its not like those frames are going to be exposed to much stress/abrasion in their lifetime right?
  4. Couldn't understand any of it but the pictures were quite informative. Cool jigs they have
  5. a rather good way I have seen this done is by glueing up a laminate of say 4 layers of thin wood veneer, the bottom 3 being dark in colour (black tulipwood veneer apparently works well) and the top layer being brighter (classically amboyna or some other decorative wood) then the router is passed round the edge to form the moulding which will reveal the dark lower woods, its rather effective I have seen at least one other concertina maker do it this way.
  6. Hello In case anyone is interested I have started doing a video blog to talk about concertina design, repair and music. With a focus on whatever I am making at a given time before it gets sent off. Here is the first video, I hope to make some more at some point whenever there is something interesting to show people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6_EcyEyNM4&feature=youtu.be Jake
  7. coh this forum is so great for accurate historical information! I am going STRAIGHT to pet-smart to get myself a selection of young vigorous looking hamsters to help me in the workshop.
  8. you will find you have to just bend it back to the correct position. The set of the reed usually also affects its pitch to a small degree so you always have have to bear that in mind and do tuning and setting together. Try playing the instrument gently and then loudly after you have tuned the reeds to make sure the set is correct. You will normally find you have to go back and adjust the set on some reeds, which again may mean a little bit more tuning but only a small amount, changing the set of the reed never makes it go far off the pitch you are trying to reach. At least that is what I do. Others may differ
  9. nicely cut fretwork and not all of the old ones were. I have never seen or played a Shakespeare.
  10. Chris your Accordiaphone is very fun to play On the subject of weight, this is a small and almost pedantic side note but: the instruments I sell are A WHOLE 40 GRAMS LIGHTER! Than the instruments in this review. This is due to a tapped brass bar behind the fretwork which allows the hand rests to be removed without removing the whole end (each hand rest is held on with two bolts) so I can put different sized/shaped hand rests onto the instrument for people to try out. These instruments are the only ones to have this feature as they are the display models.
  11. Concertina valves can certainly be tricky. With accordion reeds I found in the end that I had better luck with synthetic valves (very very thin plastic) Which gave slightly more volume and slightly better response than the accordion leather valves. Also easier to use. Perhaps if I cut some of those plastic valves into a suitable shape for a traditional concertina and tried it out in one it might perform well... or it might just be terrible. Did anyone ever try this? Jake
  12. I am so happy people are taking notice of this tune! It is a less well known tune and its great.
  13. Rod I would love to see that anglo one day. He could only show me his first two prototypes which were quite broken and had been in the attic for like 30 years. If it was one of his last ones you have it is probably quite a bit better than the ones I saw which were only prototypes. It is a shame the bank had to do him such a bad turn, maybe the business would still be around and be making really great stuff now.
  14. That is The Quarry. A lovely traditional English tune, not widely known. Thanks for pointing that out, the tunes are all titled now. Hopefully I will see you at a festival this year!
  15. Sound samples now added to the website, check them out here: https://wolvertonconcertinas.com/sound-samples/
  16. Jim, indeed, this is something I have noticed as well. Soon I will have some recordings so people can decide what they think. I was hoping my mate John Timpany could help me with the sound recording as he has an ace home studio. For a short while he also made concertinas in I believe the late 70s
  17. Hello I will be uploading some sound files very soon. Hopefully some videos as well. Jeff - The reeds used in these instruments are Italian hand finished accordion reeds (tipo a mano) they are of a high quality. The reeds are flat mounted in a reed pan made of a hardwood ply for structural stability and strength. Further info on the reed pans as I experimented quite a bit here: When I was prototyping I decided on fairly deep reed chambers as this raised the volume and make a fuller less 'flat' sound. The chambers are shallower on the highest reeds as this improves response up that end. This practice of smaller reed chambers for the higher reeds is very much followed on traditional concertina reed pans as well.
  18. Good morning! After a long period of careful designing and testing I am happy to announce that my small company Wolverton Concertinas is open for business. The instruments I am currently offering are high quality hybrid 30 button Anglo concertinas, in either C/G or G/D with either Jeffries or Wheatstone accidentals. They are clear, responsive, loud and fun instruments. My personal area of focus has been to make an instrument which is very comfortable to play. As such I am happy to offer two optional extra features: 1: Air levers (as opposed to air buttons) off the shelf. 2: custom hand rests fitted to the players hands. To have these made the player just needs to try out our display concertinas which have a quick release hand rest system. A logical sizing system of different size and shape hand rests can be attached so the player can decide what works best for them. These new hand rests could be applied to any Anglo or duet concertina. More details are all on here: www.wolvertonconcertinas.com Have a lovely week everyone! Jake Middleton-Metcalfe (profile name previously "jake of hertford") Edited to add! Sound samples now online at: https://wolvertonconcertinas.com/sound-samples/
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