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    I tune/repair/restore and buy and sell concertinas and melodeons.
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    Gateshead, England. Land of the Angel of the North!

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  1. Theo

    Duet concertina value?

    The photos you posted show bone buttons, and dark, almost black wood which I suspect might be black painted. Sometimes Salvation Army concertinas (many of which were Crane system) were painted black to tone down their appearance. I have one like this myself.
  2. Theo

    "tenor treble"

    Something else to bear in mind is reed and chamber size. Those low reeds on a TT will be much longer, and the chambers significantly larger than the notes you are proposing to change. This will result in poorer response and volume compared to the TT. Some people are more sensitive than others to that kind of difference, so it may or may not be important for you.
  3. Theo

    Anglo playing guidance needed

    Yes I have a copy of The Anglo Concertina Demystified by Bertram Levy, complete with two original cassettes! £12 including UK postage. I also have a copy of The Irish Concertina by Mick Bramich for the same price, or £22 for both,
  4. Theo

    Anglo playing guidance needed

    I think I may have a copy of Bertram Levey's book. I'll check.
  5. Viceroy vintage 30 key "anglo" tuned E/B. Selling for £120 including UK delivery, as a restoration project. The concertina is complete and I will supply replacements for the two missing buttons. The straps need replacing, and it needs new valves and tuning. The steel reeds on zinc plates are clean bright and free of rust, and there are no broken reeds. The eight fold bellows are hardly worn and are airtight. This would make a straightforward renovation project for someone who wants a cheap 30 button concertina.
  6. The pads may be old and compressed. Quick fix as Geoff suggests above. If the pads are old it may be beneficial in the longer term to replace all the pads.
  7. If you could say approximately where you live you might be surprised to find their are instrument owners near enough for you to try.
  8. I repair lots of old Hohners and this sort of rattle is a fairly common problem on basses. It's almost always caused by the reed tongue hitting the frame. This can either be a burr on the edge of the reed tongue, a burr on the edge of the reed plate vent, or a spot of corrosion on the side of the reed plate vent if it is zinc. If it happens on opening the bellows then it is the hidden reed under the reed plate that you need to work on. It can also be the reed tongue off-centre.
  9. Theo

    Airflow and reeds

    There is still a chamber there for each reed. Don't dismiss the idea of the upright reed block, it might allow you to fit in more reeds.
  10. Theo

    Airflow and reeds

    Yes each reed needs a chamber and the size of accordion reed chambers will be a good guide. Lower pitch reeds need bigger chambers, higher pitches need smaller. There is some latitude in the size of an individual chamber. At a minimum there needs to be enough space for the reed tongue to move and for the valve on the opposite side. Both must be free to open as far as they need to.
  11. Theo

    Airflow and reeds

    I don't understand what you mean by "just stick them on". The reed needs a position to occupy, an air vent controlled by a pad, a lever and button to operate the pad.
  12. Theo

    Airflow and reeds

    I don’t think you need to worry about airflow. Much more significant is how you will fit the number of reeds you need. The first thing you need to do is to make some detailed design drawings showing how you will arrange the reeds and the action.
  13. Another two possibilities: Low humidity can also cause a reed pan to crack which can lead to a note or notes sounding all the time. If its an old concertina then pads may have had the felt layer destroyed by moth larvae, resulting in the pad failing to seal. As others have said the first step is to discover which of the many possible causes are responsible for the problem. Only then can you choose an appropriate remedy. You can learn something without taking the concertina apart from just observing the button attached to the problem note. When released does the button return to the same height as it's neighbours, or is it higher or lower? Does it feel similar to the others, or is it softer or harder or feel like there is extra friction, or does it seem to get stuck part way through it's travel?
  14. Theo

    Large valves

    The broken off wires are often get weakened by corrosion and break off. Possibly some of the chemicals in the leather speed up the corrosion. I have successfully replaced such large valves with leather valves designed for bass accordion reeds. These are usually fitted with a "helper spring" which serve a similar purpose. Examples shown here