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  1. I’m a new player and wondering if there are stretches or things players do before or after to keep in good working order?
  2. A little shout out to Robert Gaskins and thanks for his great article on how to create and install baffles to sweeten the sound, reduce volume and balance the sides of the concertina. I’m happy to report that it worked very well on first try thanks to his very detailed instructions. I found that the accoustical fabric (like low pile ribbed carpet) was just touching the pads a bit when I depressed the button, so I used my electric beard shaver to trim down the fabric a bit in those areas and resolved the issue.) It was so much fun to do the project and very good experience to be less intimidated to open up the concertina and work on it make repairs. I’ve also had a button or two break since I’ve owned the concertina and in a pinch had some 3-D printed, which are working nicely after I sanded them. pics below!
  3. Thank you so much for your reply, Don. I’ve gone back into the article and realized he had some text about it that makes sense. Basically i’ll Use some 1/8” in. Foam tape to make a kind of bushing board like barrier around the buttons. In the case of a wooden-ended instrument without a bushing board, there is no way to cause the baffle to fit close to the bushing board to create a narrow slit. So for these instruments, more tape is needed. I cut more of the 1/8" by 1/4" bits of tape, and assemble nearly a solid line of these along the strip of wood outside the buttons--the part overlapped by the baffle. These bits don't need to be butted end-to-end, but I close up about 85% of the line around the buttons. This reduces the leakage around the buttons to someplace close to that experienced with a bushing board--much reduced, but far from zero. This may take another 48 bits of tape, for a larger instrument.
  4. Hi. Anyone here made leather baffles? I have a technical question- I am making some leather baffles for a wooden Wheatstone Crane following the article of Robert Gaskins on concertina.net But i’ve Run across a snag. in Robert’s article he cuts the template so that the leather fails snugly between the edges of the end piece and the bushing board. (See 2 attached photos of a metal end with bushing board and a leather baffle surrounding the bushing board.) My Wheatstone Crane’s wooden end does not have a bushing board. (Photo of the ebony wooden end.) Can I still make working baffles without a bushing board? Do I have to make a bushing board as well? Best, Eric
  5. Has anyone tried 3D printing replacement buttons? if so- any tips you’ve learned? Was it succesful? Best, Eric
  6. I had a button that would catch sometimes, so I opened up the instrument to look at the mechanics. (See picture). I found that the small end of the peg was not sitting in the hole anymore and was moving around so that it catches the edge of the hole. Now- I don’t believe the button is any shorter than it used to be.. So why does it suddenly not fit into the hole? Does it have to do with the felt that wraps around the metal lever that goes through the button to operate the pad? Did the lever move to a higher position so that the end of the button peg can’t reach the hole? Thoughts? Anybody ever deal with this? Best, Eric
  7. PROBLEM RESOLVED. THANKS. Hello, Everyone. I have a Wheatstone Crane concertina that has a reed which is not firing properly. Sounds muted and a dull buzz. see video. I had taken the reed out and put it tightly in the slot again. But no luck. Any ideas? Best, Eric 56635836874__F6A258A6-E554-44DE-9164-EC968910C86F.MOV
  8. Hello, all. I am looking for a Crane with Brass reeds with at least 48 keys and good condition. Please let me know of any leads Best, Eric redbastard .com
  9. Great picture; perhaps the best yet! Awwww, Shucks! You guys are pretty beautifuuuuuul.
  10. I have an insurance co. I'm more interested in what was the issue that you had to make the claim for?
  11. Hmmm. Sounds like this happens from time to time- air leakage between the chambers. I had this happen in a lachenal- but I think it was due to a crack of some sort. And it's juuuuuuust starting to happen with the Wheatstone, even though I used a dampit. Any idea where I can learn more about dealing with Air leakage between chambers? threads etc? or things to look out for? Ways of dealing with it?
  12. Hi. I'm getting ready to insure my concertina- and my insurance says it covers everything except for natural wear and tear and overseas travel. I was wondering if people can cite me experiences of when their insurance came in handy? Best, Eric
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