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Everything posted by Theo

  1. Spray mount is good for sticking the template in place prior to sawing
  2. £2500 for a 63 Wheatstone that needs repair isn't a gamble, it's a looser for the buyer.
  3. eBay sellers can be very very unrealistic about prices. This one sound seriously overpriced. Much better to buy from somebody who understands what they are selling
  4. The ends are rosewood, doesn't look like a Lachenal pattern. It's common for early EC's like this one to have 4 fold green bellows.
  5. Leaking pads are very likely if this is an old concertina, sometimes even in a new one. Hold one end of the concertina near your ear and press gently without pressing a button. If you can hear air escaping it's likely to be leaking pad, or pads.
  6. Thanks for your message Annelie. I already have several interested buyers. I will let you know if all those drop out.
  7. I'd prefer a UK buyer, but I will consider sending further if i don't find a buyer in a few days.
  8. I think it means that if you want to buy the best Jeffries or Crabb concertina you should pay more attention to how it plays, and less to the name it bears.
  9. Scarlatti CG anglo concertina for sale. £100 including UK delivery. I've been asked to sell this to a beginner who would like to learn anglo, but who can't afford a new instrument. It's as new with it's bag. CG Wheatstone/Lachenal layout.
  10. Another source of material is the cheaper type of old German piano accordion or melodeon which use the same long plate reeds as your concertina. You can harvest the reeds and fit them as Chris suggests above, or if you can find a diatonic with a row of the same pitch you may be able to saw the reed plate in half and use the top half on the right of your concertina and the low half on the left.
  11. Reeds need to have valves fitted to sound properly. This is especially true of low pitched reeds.
  12. Sell it as is would be my advice. Anyone who is any good at repair work will have a lengthy waiting list, and tuning from old pitch to 440 needs someone with experience and a skilled hand with a file. Potential buyers will likely have their own preferences about who they trust to do the work.
  13. And I see they have a black constructional veneer "coming soon" which would mean a nice solid black through the cut edges.
  14. Not sure about oak core, I'd prefer something softer and with less grain if cutting by fretsaw. Walnut is nice, or sycamore as mentioned by others.
  15. Laminated is definitely the way to go. I found a veneer supplier that does the usual .6mm veneers and also a structural veneer which is 1.5mm thick that I used for the core with 2 veneers on either side. All walnut in the ones I've made and then ebonised with iron acetate. If I was going for ebonised finish again I would use pear for it's smoother texture. I used Titebond cold press adhesive and clamped in a nipping press. I had the ends laser cut by Bill Crossland.
  16. I used to sell the Jackie and Rochelle for CC, so I am very familiar with the layout of their reeds. They are quite unlike the traditional English built concertinas you are familiar with.
  17. Just to clarify: the silent C# reed when you are opening the bellows is the one that is on the hidden side of the reed plate. The reeds that you can see are the ones that sound when the bellows are closing.
  18. A general principle of selling antique items is to leave them as they are with the most basic cleaning, or preferably doing nothing. Sticking new papers on bellows that never had them will reduce the value of your concertina.
  19. You could perhaps harvest old piano accordion reeds and reshape those.
  20. This topic would be worth reading for general experience of how people chose their instrument.
  21. I think the first digit is a 3. The typeface often makes it difficult to distinguish between 3 and 8.
  22. I count 46 buttons in the photos rather than 48
  23. Peli cases are a bit lighter than the square black Italian or Chinese cases available from music shops, and much lighter than flight cases, or the military case mentioned here. The pluckable foam fillings are best avoided. With use they release small particles that can get into reeds and stop them working. I endorse John Dipper's plea above. Peli cases can be blocked, though the angles formed by the sides which slope inwards towards the base mean some careful cutting of angles to get parallel sides to locate the concertina. I've used dense styrofoam covered with soft leather or velvet. Styrofoam is easily cut, is light weight, and is firm enough to hold the concertina securely.
  24. Lachenal 35 key Crane Duet for sale, steel reeds, concert pitch, £550. Cosmetically not perfect, but it's a decent player, and not expensive. More details on my website
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