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  1. Thanks Stephen. I thought it might be around that time. Its probably difficult to know how many Lachenal or other makes were made in A/E. Why that key? To facilitate playing in A or E or B?
  2. I have a Lachenal Ser. No. 194099 Its a 40 button in the key of A/E. Can you give an approximate date of manufacture pl?Lachenal A E 40 key.jfif
  3. I agree with Stephen that there was a third D on the draw on the last button of the LH inside row. (Same as Lachenals) I too have changed it to a low A by loading it with a dab of solder. In addition I have seen an A/D# instead of A/Bflat on the second last button on the LH outside row. Seems like a strange choice but perhaps has something to do with chording. Anyone got views on this?
  4. Very well put Geoff. The heavy bellows does continue to make a difference especially as I have a lighter style of playing.
  5. Having relined the reedpan and adjusted the reeds I still wasn't completely happy with the response. When I took out the reedpan again to look at it I checked it on a piece of glass to check the leather seals were flush with the surface. They weren't. So I turned it over and noticed a slight rocking, Yes the reedpan was slightly warped. I removed the seals and sanded the top of the reedpan until the rocking ceased. I relined it again and lo and behold the response was so much better. It also explained why the LH side was ok, since it was not warped. So my original thought that the radial reedpan affected the sound was incorrect. I'm sorry I misled you all with this supposition. I should have checked for warping in the first instance I'd like to thank you all for your comments which were helpful in their own right. I presume Jeffries didn't stick with the radial reedpan as it was more complicated to make. He tended to favour the more straightforward methods, to save time and cost, Hence the parallell reedpans, the rectangular valves and the strap screws without an insert.
  6. Hi Stephen, I'm afraid I only got this after coming back from Milltown. I'll bring it the next time if you let me know what music weekend you'll be at where I might be too. Or if you're in Dublin anytime give me a shout. Shay
  7. Hi Malcolm and Theo. I used Columbia organ leather which is very supple. It's not as thin as I'd like but despite that some of the smaller reeds sound well. I'm now trying out a slightly higher setting on the reeds which seems better suited to the chambers and produces a better sound.
  8. Hi Richard, I agree. They're like people, so individual, even when made with exactly the same materials. I'm just trying to eliminate possible causes.
  9. Hi Dave, The reed sizes are normal as far as I can see, The reed chambers esp the RH are smaller in depth being 6mm as opposed to 10mm on the LH. (This is the same as on my 30 key Jeffries) The LH reeds are not more loaded than normal and in fact the ones from E/F down have a good growl to them. Are you saying smaller reed chambers in themselves reduce the reed response?
  10. No doubting the quality of John Connor's bellows but they are very heavy and I think do play a part in the sound from my tina. However the biggest factor is the radial layout. I swopped reeds into another Jeffries and they did sound brighter. So the radial layout does have a dampening effect on the sound. On the plus side It does have a nice tone and is very playable.
  11. The bellows is a replacement by John Connors. It is Moroccan leather and heavier than normal.
  12. Replaced the gasket with narrower strips. No appreciable difference. The heavier bellows might be a factor too but I'm not changing that. I guess it is intrinsically a softer sound due to the radial design and chamber size.
  13. Thanks, The chamois gaskets might be a factor. I might try a lighter leather in narrower strips. Might even remove the circular gasket around the centre hole to see what difference if any, it makes. Will report back in due course.
  14. Hi, I have restored a C. Jeffires 44 button anglo which unusually, has a radial reedpan. It has a softer sound ie less volume that the usual Jeffries and I wonder is this due to the radial layout. The chamber depths are similar to my Jeffries with a parallel layout viz 9mm LH and 6mm RH (excl chamois). The radial chambers are smaller in area due to their v shape and I wonder is that why the sound is different. The reeds are good and react as you'd expect Jeffries reeds to. It has new pads and valves. It is noticeable that the lower reeds on the LH from middle E/D down have a proper Jeffries growl. I would be glad to receive any views on how does chamber depth and size affect the sound and volume of reeds
  15. I had a number of dealings with David over the years when he was at Concertina Spares. It is a very beneficial source of concertina supplies which are not readily available. Good to see it being continued. I can fully concur with the kind thoughts being expressed about David. I met him at Mark Davies' Bradfield music weekend and it was obvious that he was a gent.
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