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Frank Edgley

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  1. See if you can get "SYAKU" tuning program online. No, twanging would not be accurate.
  2. Lachenals are notorious for their noisy mechanisms. It could be one of several reasons. It could be that if the bushing is missing from the hole in the button, it may cause a click. If the mechanism is raising too high it may be that the mechanism id hitting the inside of the wooden grill. If the bushings under the button is missing, it would cause a click. If there is insufficient strength from the spring, it may cause the lever itself to cause a click with the fulcrum, as the lever would lose contact with the fulcrum momentarily and when the arm reingages with the fulcrum there will be a click.
  3. I have acquired for sale a handsome C/G Wheatstone concertina, made by Frank Edgley Concertinas Ltd. The body of this instrument is Southern Australian Eucalyptus Burl, with rosewood trim. This is a beautiful wood, similar to and related to amboyna. You can check it out on my blog http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com. It is in very good condition and is an excellent player. It has very fast and quiet action and has a beautiful tone. Please contact me by text at 519-991-3100 or fedgley@cogeco.ca . This instrument has been well cared for. The owner has developed physical problems which make playing impossible. Otherwise it would not be for sale.
  4. Perhaps it is louder because the pad is opening higher.....possibly (I don't know because I can't see it) the stronger spring is messing with the fulcrum post. Try a different safety pin...perhaps one of brass. or reduce the strength by holding the coil using needle0nose pliers and bending the arms.
  5. With leather that old, it may be dried out. More playing may lead to disintegration of the leather, especially in the middle east. I would think something to rejuvenate the leather should be used before damage is done.
  6. If the leather is beginning to crumble, it will probably continue to do so.....a losing battle, most likely.
  7. I would definitelay agree that it sounds like a bushing problem. Try (1) Removing the grill to get access to the bushing board; (2) Insert the pointed end of a pencil into the bushing, and work it around a bit; (3) Perhaps even put a bit of the graphite from the pencil "lead" onto the inside surface of the bushing; (4) Reassemble. That should do it.
  8. Before purchasing a Stagi, I would ask others who have (or have had) one.
  9. Just as Wolf says...doable but not as easy as you describe.
  10. Air is probably not going though the reed as designed. I have found that Lachenal instruments usually have warped action boards allowing air to escape over dividers of the reed pan. Also reed pan may not fit snug allowing air inefficiency. Air bypasses reed by going through gap instead of reed.
  11. It's possible that it didn't make as much of a difference as originally thought, or perhaps the extra time/expense did not warrant it. It could have been a reason to charge more, and was sold as an "upgrade." Neither Dippers I have owned in the past had them, but then, I have never seen an anglo with this feature, either.
  12. Are they necessary.....? Yes, if you want the pad to seal properly, in the event that the button is not absolutely perpendicular when the pad is glued on. The provide just a bit of flexibility so that you have a greater chance of success with all your pads being airtight. Can you do the job without them? Yes, if you are very careful, and a bit lucky, and your pads have enough padding and your spring tension sufficient to compress the pad(s) to form a good seal.
  13. If the note sounds continually, you need to open up the concertina and see what the cause is.....It will involve the pad in some way. ....or possible the fulcrum coming loose and rising. Once you see what's happening, it shouldn't be too difficult to come up with a solution to the problem. One word of advice to inexperienced repair persons: Never do anything which cannot be undone.
  14. Not being really familiar with the Ceili, I could only guess. Is the valve closing properly? Is the wax seal for the reed intact?
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