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  1. Hi Dave Have already put an order in with Dave Leese for various bits and pieces and one of my Christmas presents is the said manual! Wendy
  2. I need to do some repairs to my Lachenal 20b bellows, which involves repairing the ridges. I thought that I could put the strips of leather around the ridges, but would like to remove the papers to ensure a good purchase for the glue (the papers are discoloured). What is the best and safest way to remove the papers? I remember reading somewhere that if you use water it can cause the leather to harden and crack. Do I need to remove every last bit of the paper or if some remains behind, will it show through the new papers? Any advice would be most welcome. The bellows have holes just along one corner, but rather than just patching the holes thought it would be better to add new leather on all of the ridges and the bellows ends, the gussets and valleys appear alright. Wendy
  3. Sorry to hijack the thread, but does anyone know the probable manufacturer of this concertina? "CONCERTINA 21 IVORY BUTTONS, ORIGINAL BOX , WORKING Item number: 180313393183" http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CONCERTINA-21-IVORY-...%3A1|240%3A1318 Wendy
  4. I have now finished restoring my 20b probable Nickold concertina but did not have a case for it. Went to a local junk shop (house clearance stuff) and found this for only £5, concertina fits a treat and I have installed removable blocks to keep the bellows shut. Wendy
  5. Hi Pete, so far I have replaced the valves, pads, a few springs and fixed a split in the bellows and I have a crack in the fretwork to sort out. The concertina was sold with 4 reed shoes that had become detatched, this presented me with my first problem deciding where they went on the reedpan. The second problem (reed related) was a "mooing" reed, a reed that made a metallic twanging noise, and several that were "slow to speak". I have now sorted these out, phew! The bellows are more air-tight now, but I still have some leaks to find. As to tuning, I think the pitch is A=457 Hz, and most of the reeds are relatively in tune with each other. As I will only be playing for myself this will not be an issue. There are a few reeds that I may have a go at tuning (they are slightly sharp), if when I have finished they need it (but I would prefer to leave this). All in all I am very pleased with my purchase (£75) and how relatively uncomplicated the whole process has been, (so far). Wendy
  6. Thanks for the info, it makes the concertina all the more interesting. Now to finish restoring it. Wendy
  7. The fretwork ends are very nice, when I have learned how to play the concertina, I am hoping to progress to something with a bit more class. Wendy
  8. Hi Greg I have attached a larger photo. I am finding it very interesting finding out about the concertina, for instance, the number stamped inside is 458, so probably made early on; the concertina was stored in a box on its end and probably wasn't used a lot - the baffles on one end show the fretwork pattern where it has faded, action in this exposed end also is slightly more tarnished than the other. All in all the condition is much better than I expected when I bought it. Wendy
  9. Hi Greg, attached is a blurry photo of the pivot post. The clamp on the reed shoes does have cut-outs on either side, so it is looking like a Nickolds, the number stamped into the bellows and reverse sides of the action boards (458) does have ink present though. Wendy
  10. Sorry for being dim but what is a "Nickolds"? Wendy Have done a search and have now found out what a "Nickolds" is. Wendy
  11. Sorry for being dim but what is a "Nickolds"? Wendy
  12. I have taken some photos (apologies for quality they were taken with my mobile phone). I am not too fussed about the make as this will be my first project and I didn't pay much for it. Wendy
  13. Hi I have just acquired a 20b concertina in the hope of "doing it up". It looks very similar to the lower end Lachenals, but the label (where the Lachenal label would be) states "T. Bennet & Bennet, manufacturers, St. George's Mansion, 81 Theobalds Rd., London, so is it a copy. I had a look inside and the only number I can find is L or R 458 stamped into the bellow ends and the reverse sides of the action boards. If this isn't a copy I assume it was made very early on. I am hoping that I have attached a photo, but am not too sure how to do it Wendy
  14. Many thanks for your replies, you have all giving me lots of really useful advice, and I think that basically I should learn to walk before I run. Many thanks. Wendy
  15. Thanks for all of your replies. Geoff, the CD that comes with the book does play it a bit slower, but not slow enough, I have a mac so will have to investigate your suggestion.. I think that probably the best thing to do, at the moment is to be patient and just learn small sections as Dick Miles suggested, until I know it the whole tune off by heart and then concentrate on getting a bit faster. Wendy
  16. I have a Rochelle and couldn't get on with the tutor that came with it, so I have recently purchased "The Anglo Concertina Demystified" by Bertram Levy. I prefer how he teaches - and can play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on both the left and right sides at the same time, and "Three Blind Mice". I am now trying "Constant Billy" an English Morris Tune, but am having great difficulty getting the right rhythm. Luckily the tutor comes with CDs so I know what it should sound like, but try as I might I just can't seem to grasp it. Any tips and advice would be most welcome. Wendy
  17. Hi I have a Rochelle (from Concertina Connection) but found that the gig bag it came with was a bit of a tight fit. I purchased a fishing bag from an Aldi store (£7.99) which is padded (about 1cm thick) and has a separate bottom section so that the concertina is insulated from damage occuring through the base of the bag. It's not very compact but the concertina fits nicely inside, allowing it to be taken out of the bag in a ready to play position.
  18. Many thanks for your welcome. I do intend to practice little and often until I get used to holding and playing the concertina. Hopefully this will but less stress on my joints and in the longterm allow me to play for longer. Wendy
  19. Hi I am now the proud owner of a Rochelle concertina, purchased from Concertina Connections. I have no musical instrument knowledge except for taking a few guitar lessons at school 33+ years ago. So I am a complete beginner. I did purchase about a month or two ago, a second-hand Scarletti English from Hogoblin (who checked it over first) but I found playing it uncomfortable as I have arthritis of the basal thumb joint and had difficulties reaching the buttons closest to my palm (I have normal sized hands, so not sure why the trouble). I want to play Irish and folk music so the Anglo is probably the way to go anyway. I live in Boston, Lincolnshire in the UK.
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