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Jewish Leprechaun

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  1. What I'm using to make my bellows and what I think Bob Tedrow uses is about 1/16 in. thick or 1.5 mm thick.
  2. Ok I was just thinking of the pressure from the reed frame against the wood keeping it all airtight, but I really don't want air leaks, so I'll toss some leather in.
  3. This kind of goes along with reed pan construction. For a reed pan with accordion reeds does anyone put leather between the wood of the reed pan and the reeds for a better seal?
  4. Even if you're only making the concertina for your personal use, rather than commercial production, I feel it would at least be courteous to get Frank's permission. Assuming it's his design, he owns the copyright. If he's happy for you to copy it, no doubt he can provide you with the pattern, and if he objects then you shouldn't be using it anyway. I definitely agree with you. Unfortunately, much to my disappointment, I simply can't get a hold of him through email, phone, or personal message on cnet. I hoped it would be easy to contact him, but it hasn't. how long have you been trying? he may be out of town. I'm afraid it's been close to a month since the first email and I know for a fact he's not out of town.
  5. Even if you're only making the concertina for your personal use, rather than commercial production, I feel it would at least be courteous to get Frank's permission. Assuming it's his design, he owns the copyright. If he's happy for you to copy it, no doubt he can provide you with the pattern, and if he objects then you shouldn't be using it anyway. I definitely agree with you. Unfortunately, much to my disappointment, I simply can't get a hold of him through email, phone, or personal message on cnet. I hoped it would be easy to contact him, but it hasn't.
  6. The length of each of my concertina sides is 3.5in. I did not think that ratios would work, because of the angles that the pictures were taken at, but I'll give anything a try. Of course I have no idea how to go about starting this. I suppose I could make a grid on the first picture than just make it larger on a larger grid, but won't those angles throw off all of that? Maybe someone out there on cnet has a concertina with this pattern and could take a picture of it front on and post the picture.
  7. Thanks, Jim, but what does that mean? I used the name and found this. http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/1573 Is it the same thing?
  8. This is no laughing matter - a coping saw works fine. No matter what tool, we can't get away from changing of the blade from one section to the next and I am sure that process is easier with the hand tool. I am still using the coping saw I got when I was 6 or 7. I thought it had disappeared when I needed it for my fretwork and I bought a new. I don't know where it was made (I won't mention the 'C'-word) but it has gone to the scrapyard now, after I found the old one. Things aren't what they used to be... 'cheap' seems to be one of the main driving forces today and the adverts might just as well say: "It doesn't work - but it is cheap..." /Henrik I know exactly what you are talking about. I was thinking of purchasing a scroll saw. Then, I found out what they cost and what happens to them after you put some wear and tear on them. For the specific model I was looking at, it cost about $500 and after so many uses of tightening up the scroll saw blade, the tightening mechanism broke. I wasn't about to spend that kind of money for something that just broke after a few uses. Fortunately for me I fixed up the old jig saw put a scroll saw blade in and it works wonderfully and I didn't have to spend a dime.
  9. These are the only pictures I have and unfortunately neither are front on. http://www.concertinas.ca/images/Blacktrad1.jpg.JPG http://www.concertinas.ca/images/Blacktrad2.jpg.JPG
  10. Ok, I've been working on other things lately and now I'm back to the fretwork. Somebody on the website gave me a great pattern for fretwork and I really like it. Laugh if you want, but at first I was planning on using a coping saw to cut it out, unrealistic I know. Thing's have changed and I've gotten my old shopsmith jigsaw up and running with a small multi-directional blade on it. Now, I see how much of a pain it is to take the blade in and out for every cut, so I'm looking for a relatively easy fretwork pattern. Actually, I've found one. It's Frank Edgley's pattern on his Black Traditional concertina, the Celtic knots. I've tried to contact Frank, but I can't get a hold of him. Any suggestions for how to get the pattern or a similar pattern.
  11. Does anybody know what the first song that Asher Perkins plays on www.concertinas.ca is and where I could get sheet music for the tune.
  12. Stick to maple, got it Thanks for the toxicity charts.
  13. I'm planning on using curly maple, hard maple, and African Padauk for my reedpan/botton part of what the action sits on. Will this make a good sounding reedpan? Also does anybody know the toxicity of African Padauk?
  14. What kind of price range do you have?
  15. That's a good idea, smashing the wire with a vise, I'll have to give that a try. Thank you for the offer to make me levers, Jon, but on second thought I think I can find a good way to do it myself. Does anybody have any lever patterns that I can use and does anybody know where I can get steel or brass wire that's as thick as I would need to make levers out of? Also back to the other method of making levers where is a good place to get 1.5mm thick brass?
  16. Are you saying you've got the reed making process under control? Ya, he is already way a head of me... I could probably cut a set of action levers for you when I do mine, but I would need to know the lengths, and hight. The ones that I am making are for a 5 1/2". so they would be much shorter then yours. I guess we could make them long enough to be cut down if need be, but it woudl be hard to stretch them... Jon Sorry to disappoint, but I cheated and bought reeds. For my first concertina, I wasn't even going to think about making my own reeds. I'll have to get back to you with the measurements for the levers but that sounds good to me. What exactly do you mean by height and how much do you think you would charge per lever.
  17. Thanks, the article by David cleared up a lot of things. Playing without chopping is so much easier
  18. Hi, I am making mine from brass with my CNC mill. I haven't mounted them on the 20 key Lachenal yet, have to re-cut the posts. How many do you need? Jon http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=8408 I need 33 levers. I plan on making the posts out of brass rod.
  19. I'm trying to make a concertina and this is the last thing that stands in my way. How should I go about making levers? I know that there are a lot of repairers and makers here, so any suggestions would be great -Lep
  20. OK, I have two pretty simple questions, that I don't know the answer to mainly because I taught myself how to play from an instruction book. 1. Is the air key supposed to be played with the thumb or index finger? 2. If I'm going from say an A to Bb both the top buttons on the left side, do I play the A with my index and then swing my middle finer up to play the Bb? Or do I play both notes with my index? If so is it just practice that makes this transition quicker? -Lep
  21. I think Wim Wakker at concertinaconnection.com could help you out. They have end bolts and can make custom ones too.
  22. Thanks, Tallship, that's exactly what I needed to know.
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