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Bill N

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  1. "Tell me how pitch can be lowered by simply removing material from a reed?" You can lower the pitch by removing a bit of material from the base (clamped end) of the reed.
  2. Maybe not useful advice for your beginner phase, but a few of the modern top-end makers do offer adjustable hand rests. Carroll concertinas uses a system that lets you move the rest forward and back, and vary the angle relative to the button rows. Kensington offers different sizes of ergonomically shaped (and very beautiful) hand rests that can be easily swapped. There may be some others that I haven't encountered.
  3. Maybe a weak spring is letting the pad lift on the push?
  4. Good advice from Rod and David. I would add one tip. My secret weapon is to use a damp, 100% woolen sock, rather than the cloth Rod mentions. It does a great job of smoothing, pressing, and removing excess glue without "catching" the leather and shifting it the way a regular cloth sometimes does.
  5. "This was my first non-hybrid concertina..." I don't want to stomp on your thread, but your Herrington is indeed a hybrid (although a very high-quality one). It uses superior accordion style reeds rather than individual, traditional concertina reeds. Still, a very nice instrument and a very fair price.
  6. Sorry for the thread drift, but what is that tune? (lovely playing, and Bb/F is my favourite tuning)
  7. Those are typical issues for that style of action. The other typical failure (which might be related to the grinding and metal shavings): The brown rubber sleeves in your 3rd photo dry out and lose their "spring" and no longer do a good job keeping the buttons tightly in place. The buttons can wobble around, and the slotted shaft can move too much on the lever arm, thereby causing undo wear. An easy upgrade is to replace them with short lengths of silicone tubing (I've used model aircraft fuel line). There are some good threads on that topic here.
  8. If there are any screws (usually only 2) you''d be able to feel them through the fabric. They're usually just driven into the frame at an angle, so they will definitely be easy to feel. I've had luck using the perpendicular reed block as a "handle" to gently but firmly rock/wiggle and pull at the same time.
  9. Sometimes there are a couple of little wood screws right at the edge of the reed board. Maybe hiding under the fabric of the seal? If not, it's probably just a friction fit, and some firm wiggling and tugging should pull it out.
  10. There haven't been a lot of similar sales here to base it on, but that would be the optimistic end of the range I think. 5 or 6 years ago a similar instrument went begging for a buyer at 2000 pounds.
  11. According to an info sheet prepared by Geoff Crabb this concertina would be a little older than the 1950s. See quote below: "On metal ended instruments made for direct sale, a cartouche was included in the right hand fretwork for the name stamp: J Crabb till approx.1908, then H. Crabb till approx. 1926, then H Crabb & Son to closure (1989)."
  12. Odd that there are no photos of the ends. Pretty curt description as well.
  13. I wondered about that. I was under the impression that the "English" (i.e. not German) instruments there were all Wheatstones, but found an earlier thread here that talks about Lachenals pre-1900. Those bellows look like original factory equipment- was Lachenal doing this sort of custom/export work? Had the Boer style of playing evolved to the degree that there would have been a market for extended bellows?
  14. This is currently listed on a local on-line auction. The only description is "Civil War era Squeeze Box". Maybe a bodged Lachenal? But 11 fold bellows?
  15. I have just corrected an error in the original listing. This is of course a Treble, not a Tenor instrument. Can you tell I'm a non-music reading Anglo player? My apologies.
  16. BOVEDA UPDATE: I received the Boveda starter kit and a new, digital hygrometer and have experimented with a few scenarios. We've been in the deep freeze for a few weeks, the forced air gas furnace is running almost continuously, and the household RH is about 24%. I started by putting the new kit into a double, hard shell Fallon case with my old Morse and a 20 button Lachenal. After 5 days there was no difference between the ambient RH and the micro-climate inside the case. Possibly the Fallon isn't very air-tight, or the case and instruments are so dry that they have been absorbing all the moisture that the humidipac can pump out (or a combination of the two)? Next, I put it all in a single case with my newish Carroll. The case is a leather covered hard shell unit that came with the Carroll, and seems pretty tight. Nothing happened for a couple of days, but after 5 days RH in the case is 34%, and a buzzing reed has stopped its buzzing. So not a dramatic result, but perhaps the very gradual and modest change is better for the instrument than an abrupt and large increase.
  17. SOLD- Donation made to Concertina Net 30 buttons. G/D tuning. Wheatstone layout. Selling this for a friend who can no longer play, and who is downsizing. This is an older Professional Model, but has been played very little and is in excellent shape. All reeds are in tune and speaking properly. Straps, bellows, pads and wood work are in nearly new condition. The action is remarkable. Button pressure is light, and the action is smooth, fast and crisp. Reed response is quick, and the balance between left and right hand notes is very nice. Nice dynamic range, from soft to very loud. This would be perfect for Morris or English session playing, but is also fast enough for Irish Trad sessions. If it wasn’t in the Wheatstone layout I would keep it for myself. A lovely instrument! Comes with a hard, blocked Fallon case in nearly new condition. $1900 plus shipping. https://soundcloud.com/user-160057414/edgleysamplemp3
  18. SOLD- Donation made to this site. Trebel range. 37 buttons plus air key. Selling for a friend who is downsizing. All reeds in tune, and speaking properly. Straps, bellows, pads and bushings in excellent condition. Not cosmetically perfect-some minor dings and the ebonized finish is worn through in a few spots (see photos), but overall in excellent playing condition. Comes with a hard, blocked case in nearly new condition. $1500 US plus shipping from Canada. https://soundcloud.com/user-160057414/albion-sound-samplemp3
  19. I've never paid HST on insurance value when I've sent/received something for repair. Both I and the repairer were careful to note on the customs declaration form the nature of the shipment. No way around HST on a purchase coming into Canada though*. I think it's state-by-state in the US, depending on each state's sales tax situation. ** edited to add: I always ask vendors to use USPS/Can Post if possible. Often, especially with lower value packages, they don't bother collecting the HST upon delivery. Never had that happen with a courier.
  20. I have successfully sent concertinas in the other direction for repair, and did 2 things: *indicated on the customs form that the item was being shipped for repair, and *used the Harmonized Tariff Code (HTS) 92005.90.1800 This code lets US/Canada customs know that the contents are from a classification for which no duty is payable. I also use the Canadian/US Postal service rather than a private courier company. Although concertinas are duty-free, the private companies will still sometimes levy a customs brokerage fee. Having said that, I recently sent a concertina to someone in the US via our respective Postal Services, and it took 42 days to arrive!
  21. I am just now remembering a conversation with a relative whose entire household plays ice hockey (I live in Canada after all!). Each family member has a duffle bag filled with gear, and it gets pretty rank after a season of sweating into it. They take it all to a business that provides ozone cleaning and deodorizing for athletic equipment. The business has some kind of ozone chamber (SaniSport is the brand name). Doing a local search, I see that there are even mobile providers who do house calls. You live in a hockey playing part of the world (yay Bruins!)- maybe there's one in your area!
  22. I had a look at that, and that scene looks to have been filmed in Newfoundland. I didn't recognize any of the "musicians", and there are only a literal handful of concertina players on the island. In any case, the tunes are from a recording by a Newfoundland band called the Dardanelles. They have a great accordion player, but no concertina.
  23. It looked so neatly done that I hadn't considered that, but I think you both might be right. In any event, I wasn't planning on duplicating it on the new gussets!
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