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Frank Edgley

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  1. This instrument has been spoken for. Sorry for the late notification. I have been out of town.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Hi, Terence. I would urge you to stay away from 20 button vintage instruments. Apart from the limited scale, they were usually cheaply made. In my 35 year experience repairing and making concertinas, they are usually a disappointment. Stay away from Lachenal concertinas. A few are OK, but you are taking a risk. I don't accept them for repair anymore because they are usually more trouble to repair once you get into them. A well made hybrid will last for decades and they rarely need repair. Some sound better than others, but most have a good tone. Like most everything, you get what you pay for. I taught concertina at the Goderich Celtic Summer for 15 years. One year, a student came into class with a brand new Chinese made instrument. Within 15 minutes there was a stuck button. During break time, I took the end screws out and removed the body from the bellows. I could not access the button mechanism because the access was glued shut. It was fit for nothing more than a shelf decoration! Frank Edgley Frank Edgley Concertinas Ltd.
  6. As far as bellows are concerned, another factor is the depth of the bellows folds. Shallower bellows have to open wider and thus at a greater angle to get the same amount of expansion as a bellows with deeper folds. This is just as important as any other factor in bellows construction. A six fold bellows with 3/4 inch depth will not open as far or as easily as a bellows with 1 1/4 inch depth folds. A little makes a big difference.
  7. A very smart looking instrument with ebony trim, just completed and tuned ready to go with free shipping to lower 48. Professional model with angled reedpans. Check it out at http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.ca .Contact me by e-mail for more details.....
  8. Check this out http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.ca/New pictures will be added periodically.
  9. Oh, yes, I forgot to add.....a new hard shell case is included.
  10. Please visit my blog site to see the latest Edgley C/G concertina for sale. http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com. Free shipping to anywhere in the contiguous US states.....no taxes or duties. Contact me at 519-991-3100.
  11. To see pictures, please go to my blog http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com. In very good condition.
  12. Wheatstone Concertina for Sale I have a Wheatstone English for sale. It is in excellent condition with just a bit of wear on the finish where it was played against the knee. It is in old pitch, but I could retune it if the purchaser wished. It comes with a fairly new hard shell case.I will have a photo available soon. Please contact me at fedgley@cogeco.ca if you are interested.
  13. Please see my blog http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com for more details, or contact me at fedgley@cogeco.ca .
  14. In a pinch, you can make very serviceable spring by using small or medium sized BRASS (not brass plated) safety pins. They are not as stiff as steel ones. The coil is already there as well as the sharp end. You may wish to pull off the other end, which will give you more material to form the hook. You can increase or decrease the tension by putting needle-nosed pliers into the coil and either increasing or decreasing the angle between the arms.
  15. Please go to http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com
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  18. Please check out my blog http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com to see the recently finished Heritage model by Frank Edgley. It is available now with little or no waiting. Please contact me at fedgley@cogeco.ca for details.....
  19. I have just ordered a shipment of G/D hand-made reeds for my hybrid Performer's and Professional Model concertinas. These were previously not available in reasonably-sized quantities. If anyone is interested, please contact me though my website www.concertinas.ca .
  20. I would urge you to think very carefully about your purchase. There are a lot of 20 button instruments which are not made to very high standards. This can be a very frustrating thing if your instrument spends as much (or more) time being repaired as played. Make sure you get recommendations before you buy. If price is a consideration, you can get a Rochelle with 30 buttons for a reasonable price. They are not one of the a top-of-the-line instruments, but they are very reliable, and do have 30 buttons.
  21. The current exchange makes the Edgley concertina (hybrid and vintage-style), which is made in Canada, a real bargain.....less than most other domestic or European--made concertinas. Added to that is the fact that there are no taxes and duties. E-mail me for a new order form.....fedgley@cogeco.ca
  22. I've posted some new pictures on my blog at http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com. Have a look. Some are Hybrid, and some are Heritage instruments.
  23. You can see the latest Edgley on my blog http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com. This one isn't for sale as it is a prototype.
  24. A heat sink like this (http://www.robotshop.com/ca/en/elenco-soldering-heatsink.html?gclid=Cj0KEQiAuMOlBRDf6_izz93n-pEBEiQAsJCJWo3zyOoNgrfoAtH2Opupwejsbj9AN7U-b-WbFF2MYJwaAnYF8P8HAQ) works very well and is made of aluminium which conducts heat away fro the reed even more efficiently. They cost around a dollar.
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