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  1. I inserted a razor blade into the most plausible joint, and gently pried. It immediately popped open. As expected, there are two wooden posts to accept a screw from the finger rest and a screw from the thumb strap anchor. Once those screws had been removed, it was apparently just the final layer of veneer polish that was holding the pieces together. It then took 10 seconds to tweak the problematic spring. Now it's playing perfectly again. For info: the Parnassus has a beautifully balanced tone. It's a bit too large and massive for my taste for Irish traditional, so it takes time to get used to dealing with its momentum. But with concertinas, everything is a compromise. I have a very nice Wheatstone English from the 1920s that is much easier to play rhythm-wise, but it can't compete with the Parnassus on depth and complexity of timbre.
  2. Thanks for the suggestions. Puzzle solved:
  3. Yes, I released that one. I have also now released the other two smaller screws to the left and right of it, but to no obvious effect. Not even sure exactly where to pry, to check whether it is free. One of the pads is not closing quickly enough, and it is obvious that the spring is exerting too weak a pressure, relative to the other springs and relative to what this particular spring was like until recently.
  4. I need to adjust one of the springs in my Wakker English. It's not clear to me how to access the action pan. I've removed the screws that I can see, but there must be something else that needs to be loosened. I've written to Wim, but no response yet. Any ideas? Thanks, Frosty
  5. Look at it from the concertina's point of view. When it got the chance to leave the house where it had been confined for years, it took advantage of the opportunity to travel and to see a bit of the world. When it gets tired, I'm sure it will come to its new home and settle down.
  6. County Clare, i.e. a bit smaller than 6”.
  7. The Wakker is livelier. The reeds respond a bit more quickly than the Dipper reeds, and with greater volume. The timbre of the Dipper is richer. Workmanship on the Wakker is faultless, but the Dippers take the workmanship to a level beyond even that. It’s a pleasure to open the concertina and admire. Bellows on the Dipper are also the best that I’ve ever played. I generally play the Wakker for a month, and then switch to the Dipper for a month.
  8. I bought a Wakker W-A4 in 2013. It is a superb instrument and well worth the money. Workmanship is top-notch. The reeds are particularly impressive. Highly responsive with rich tone. The Wakker is quite different from the Dipper C/G that I have. They are both excellent in their own waý.
  9. Hi Jim, I would be interested. Can you give me some more details. Are all the reeds original Jeffries reeds? What year was it built? New bellows by Dipper? Best, Frosty
  10. Started with a Morse anglo, which I still use when I am travelling. It's light and robust, so I can just toss it into my carry-on luggage, and it's fairly quiet, so I can play in hotel rooms without inducing irate guests and hotel personnel to hammer on the door to get me to stop. After three years on the waiting list, I got my Wakker A-4 anglo, which is my primary instrument now. A delight to play, extremely well-made, excellent sound. Michael O'Raghallaigh plays some of his tunes at a lower pitch (3½ to 4 semitones below standard pitch, using standard fingering on an Ab/Eb Jeffries), and I really like the sound of it. So a while back I bought a nice Bb/F Jeffries for playing Irish tunes that sound great when they're played at a lower pitch, especially with the nice growl that you get with Jeffries reeds. Although as Jim Lucas pointed out, you don't make friends at sessions when you show up and start playing tunes two semitones below standard pitch. Jim was evil enough to loan me a Wheatstone English concertina to play around with, and I'm getting hooked. I'm going to have to start saving up money so I can buy an English at some point. Concertinas can be as addictive as nicotine.
  11. I'm a Morse C/G Anglo, born in 2009, Wheatstone setup, looking for a new European home. I'm in excellent shape and have been looked after well. I've experienced lots of back-and-forth bellows movement in Irish jigs, polkas, and reels, but I can take it and I really enjoy it. I'm currently in Italy but will be returning to Copenhagen in two weeks. My younger virgin brethren are available from TheMusicRoom in the UK for 2200 GBP (2560 EUR) but I am pretty sure that my current partner will be satisfied with 1700 euros if you are a serious player rather than a speculator. If you're interested, send a PM to Frosty.
  12. Vincent, I'm interested, and I just sent you an email via your profile. If you didn't get it, drop me an email at frostyloechel@gmail.com --Frosty
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