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  1. You could use non-adhesive sew-on Velcro and stitch it through the holes in the woodwork.
  2. My current single acting Wheatstone bass has a large number of holes with valves in the bellows. I call them gills. A previous one (by Lachenal) had a few holes with valves in the ends, I think in the action boards. It was a long time ago: I don’t think it had conventional reed pans which pulled out, as in smaller instruments. The Wheatstone with the gills is a vastly superior instrument to the Lachenal.
  3. Whereabouts do you live? I have a 69 button (plus air) ebony ended Aeola for sale. The right hand starts from the G below middle C. in my view, this is preferable as it provides a better usable range before getting into the squeaky high notes that don’t fit the McCann pattern. The left hand goes from a low F to the C above middle C. Steve
  4. ....this is why I choose to play bellows operated bagpipes??
  5. Bagpipe tunes are designed to work with drones. Steve
  6. That is a thing of astonishing beauty. Steve
  7. Rather than sticking Velcro to a concertina, what about using the sew-on type and stitching it through the fretwork? No risk of damage to the finish. Steve
  8. No, not angry. Just aiming for a balanced view??
  9. I contacted Colin a long time ago (20 years or so) about a replacement for a bass concertina reed which had broken. I had a replacement within a week. Not many people would be able to do that or provide that level of service. I won’t hear a word against him. Steve
  10. Any chance of any photos of your “special”, Jim? Steve
  11. My thought is “If you like that tune enough to want to play it, why are you in such a hurry to get to the end?” Steve
  12. Put a finger through the hole in the reed pan and pull firmly. It should come out but might be a tight fit. As already said, putting your finger through towards the smaller area of the reed pan might help. Before looking for complicated/difficult solutions, check that the reed frame hasn’t become loose in its slot. Just pushing it back into place might do the job. If the problem recurs with the same reed, a very thin paper shim (cigarette papers are good) at the wide end of the reed frame should help it to stay in place. Don’t shim the middle of the reed frame as this might bend it inwards, thus touching the reed. Steve
  13. Definitely try before you buy if you can, based on my experience. I have owned English system Edeophones and never really liked them. I wasn't happy with the tone, volume, responsiveness. I used them as “reserves”, but sold them eventually. Against my experience (and my advice above!) I bought a small (46 button) MacCann Edeophone without trying it. I think it’s a great instrument: fast, responsive, loud, great tone etc. It was meant as a smaller, lighter, alternative to my large (69 button) MacCann Aeola but I prefer playing it, despite its limited range. I wish I had a large Edeophone which was as good as the small one as well! Steve
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