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Frank Edgley

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  1. Frank Edgley

    Jeffries reed swap

    Just as Wolf says...doable but not as easy as you describe.
  2. Frank Edgley

    'Breathy' reeds that won't adjust

    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.
  3. Frank Edgley

    Tapered Reed Pans

    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.
  4. Frank Edgley

    Are sampers necessary?

    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.
  5. 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.
  6. Frank Edgley

    left hand c draw is flat and muffled

    Not being really familiar with the Ceili, I could only guess. Is the valve closing properly? Is the wax seal for the reed intact?
  7. Frank Edgley

    Lever adjustment

    You have to be very careful. Bending the levers is tricky and may result in breakage.....not a good thing. How many felt rings are under your buttons? If two, you could remove one. Are the pads really too thick? as long as they raise up 1/4 inch to let the sound out, when the button is depressed, you may be alright.
  8. Frank Edgley

    making a concertina

    As far as I know, you have never been able to walk into a music store and find decent quality concertinas, although you may have been able to find cheap instruments, little better than toys. There are probably more makers than there have been in history, although some do not make many on a yearly basis. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Crabb family, a very well-known maker, averaged less than 20 per year over their 100 year existence. Now there are makers in England, Canada (me), USA, Germany, Australia, and Ireland. Some use Italian-style reeds and some English-style, and one or two make both types.
  9. Frank Edgley

    Perspex reedpans

    Personally, I am not terribly enthusiastic. I tried a concertina like this...do no agree about tone. My comparison is with bagpipe drones and chanters. No top level pipers (to my knowledge) play plastic drones although they are available. Top solo players use wood also. ( jokes about bagpipes here will show lack of knowledge or you've been listening to "beer & pretzel" i.e. not really serious, bands and soloists.
  10. Frank Edgley

    Creeping Reed Shoe

    You might try a dab of rubber cement applied with a toothpick instead of a paper shim. It will not cause any difficulty to remove the reed when needed; will not cause buzzing as it compresses infinitely; and is not permanent. i.e. it does not form a permanent bond to the wood and can easily be wiped or rubbed off at any time in the future.
  11. Frank Edgley

    Dipper for sale

    This instrument has been spoken for. Sorry for the late notification. I have been out of town.
  12. Frank Edgley

    Dipper for sale

    I am considering selling my Dipper Anglo #248....36 button C/G. It is in perfect shape, with silver plated ends. Reason for considering the sale....I haven't used it for quite a while as I am now playing one of my Heritage instruments exclusively. It would come with a case and would be retuned prior to shipping. (although it's in pretty good tune right now.) Please contact me for details at fedgley@cogeco.ca
  13. Frank Edgley

    Tuning up or tuning down

    Whether you go up or down, you will most likely have to remove steel. If you lower the pitch, you may weaken the reeds, which will make the pitch more subject to the effects of pressure. If you raise the pitch, depending on how much you raise it, some reeds may not be able to be raised that much. Then you would really find yourself in a pickle as you will already have tuned some and then find some unable to go that much. Much depends on how many time the reed has been tuned in the past, and how skilfully has it been done. The safest way to repitch is to tune down by adding a touch of solder to the tip, lowering the pitch. This does not remove any of the steel, and does not harm the reed if it is done thusly: (1) place a razor blade under the tongue, (2)get your self a heat sink (an inexpensive aluminium clip to absorb the heat of the process, thus protecting the temper of the steel), (3) Put a Small dab of flux where you plan to put the solder (at tip), Apply solder with a fine tip soldering iron, (4) Check the pitch on your tuning table and file away the solder to the desired pitch. This is a slow process, but safe and reversible.
  14. Frank Edgley

    Reed Chamber Length Experiment

    Because lower-pitched reeds are more pressure sensitive, and the size of the chamber affects the pressure with in the chamber, a chamber which is too small will create too high a pressure and affect the way the lower reed sounds. Because you can't easily change the depth of the chamber, length is one way to reduce the air pressure within the chamber.
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