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Frank Edgley

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  1. Thanks. Like with many reporters, not all the details and quotes were entirely accurate. Since it took several weeks for the article to come out, it wouldn't have hurt to run it by me before publication. However, all in all, they did a good job, and I appreciate the article.
  2. We recently had a visit from a crew at the Windsor Star, our city's newspaper. I just thought I'd share it. Log in to: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2014/01/15/windsors-world-renowned-concertina-maker/
  3. Tinkering with an inexpensive concertina is a good idea. It will give you confidence to do maintenance for when you get a better one. All concertinas have "maintenance issues" sooner or later. They are mechanical devices. As far as the pads on your inexpensive concertina are concerned though, regular pads will probably not work. As you said, the existing ones are very thin, without the felt layer. Putting a regular pad on, which is thicker, would lower the button height and not allow the pad to open sufficiently. They may be difficult to remove, as well.....probably hot glued onto the aluminum arm. In this case, if they are working, probably best to leave them be.
  4. The red plastic one is the same as my first concertina. I played around with it for a few months until a reed broke. Not a complete loss, however as I've used it for years as part my tuning jig.
  5. Finally, after ten or so years, I have finally arranged to have my webpage updated. The old one said that I had made almost 40 concertinas, when, in fact, I have made over 400. The new webpage has more buttons and new facts about my instruments and new photos. You may have to "refresh" your page if you have visited my site before..... at www.concertinas.ca Also, I have a few new blog posts at http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com that you might like to check out.....thanks!
  6. Please check out http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com .
  7. The problem with non water soluble glues is that, while white glues perfectly well, it is very difficult to remove when replacing the valves. A water based glue like hide glue works well. I know stronger-holding glues like fish glue also work, but we're not holding the Brooklyn Bridge together. Stronger glues are not necessary for the job. A school glue stick, applied with a toothpick also works quite satisfactorily. None of these glues will fail to hold the leather valves onto the wooden reedpan. Now for Italian-style reeds, like accordion reeds, these glues will not necessarily by satisfactory. I have found "Weldbond" works well for accordion reeds whenever they need to be replaced.
  8. I would suggest you learn the G/D with the same fingering as the C/G. I believe that's the way most concertina players who have other keyed instruments do it. This way, you will play in different keys without having to learn new fingering, just by changing instruments. If you could learn to play one instrument in all keys (a challenging task) you would not really need anything other than one concertina, unless you needed to play in another octave. In which case you could purchase a baritone.
  9. I came across someone a number of years ago whose tactics I thought questionable. It was a fellow in Toronto who would obtain, on a regular basis, the Salvation Army newsletter. I forget the details exactly, but he would find out the names of very elderly Salvationists, I think from obituaries, contact them, or more properly their surviving spouses, and ask whether they had any old concertinas. If the answer was "Yes," he would go around to their homes/apartments etc. and offer them $25 for their old concertinas. Quite a number of them agreed to the sale. He ended up with several Jeffries, Wheatstones etc. I wondered why I was getting so many concertinas from this fellow to tune, and so I asked him. After I learned what he was doing, I stopped doing work for him. I considered, and still do consider what he was doing as predatory. The elderly Salvationists had no idea of their value, and certainly were not given a fair price. I believe you can give a fair price and still make a reasonable profit. That's what I consider being an entrepreneur. What he represented was "vulture capitalism." This cheap bugger even tried to pay me with stamps, once.
  10. Instead of modifying them, why don't you remove them and install ones of your own making? This way you haven't destroyed the old ones-----just in case you want to revert to the original set up.
  11. First you have do determine whether it is a metallic buzzing or a buzzing from a leather valve.....one will sound more metallic, one will sound like a very rapid non-metallic vibration.
  12. I've travelled to Hawaii, been on a two week Mediterranean cruise as well as Caribbean and an Alaskan cruise with concertinas. I've also driven across the continent, camping all the way. The instruments I brought with me were a Lachenal (61/4"), Dipper, and more recently my own make (61/8"). The concertina is one of the rare instruments that you can do this with. I have had no problems, either with portability or climate issues. When crossing the plains during a 108 degree heat wave, I just purchased a small Styrofoam cooler, as my van didn't have air conditioning. Otherwise, I just used a soft padded case.
  13. Judah, one of my assistants in the shop, set up this Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/pages/Edgley-Concertinas. I don't know much about Facebook. Let me know if it works for you.
  14. I've made a number of "concertina-reeded" instruments over the past year and a half, in addition to the 400, or so, hybrid-style concertinas over the past 14 years. My prototype concertina-reeded Heritage concertina was made with a laminated reedpan.....aircraft grade birch. There are 10 to 12 layers per quarter inch. This is much better grade of wood than typical Baltic birch laminate, and is very hard. I am currently using the prototype as my primary performance instrument, now. Comparing it to the other concertinas I have made with sold hardwood reedpans, I can say that the solid hardwood reedpans have a bit stronger tone than the laminated one, although the tone of the laminate is definitely very musical, and very similar to the tone of the solid hardwood reedpans. ... just a bit softer. I used the laminate for the prototype for several reasons: (1) since it was my first attempt at making an English-style (concertina-reeded) reedpan, I was not sure I would not make a mistake and ruin it. If I used a solid hardwood, I would then have to resaw and plane down another piece.....not an entirely insignificant amount of work. In fact, the first RH reedpan did have to be made again for layout reasons. The laminate is already in the appropriate thickness. (2)The laminate is very stable, the same reason Colin Dipper suggested it. While I am currently making concertina-reeded instruments with solid hardwood reedpans, I would not hesitate making one with the laminate birch reedpans if someone were to request one. It's always been my policy to only make instruments that I would be happy playing as my own.
  15. Basically, you get what you pay for. If you're going to play the concertina seriously, and if you want it to last, you should get the best instrument you can afford. You will not outgrow its playing potential.
  16. Playing in G is my option. I know some fiddlers play it in A, but any music I've seen shows it in G, and that's the way I play it. There are some tunes, or versions of tunes in other keys that may sound better in other keys, but IMHO not worth the extra effort. There are too many tunes to learn & play, to take so much time mastering only one tune in a difficult key, or an awkward version. Spend the time learning friendlier tunes, or tunes in less awkward keys.
  17. No problem Ben. I do keep one on hand that I play regularly, although I am working on another one right now.
  18. I have some photos of a recent Heritage model at http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com .Bocote with ebony trim.....
  19. I have posted some pictures of a recently-made Heritage Model concertina, which was sent to a player in Toronto. Check it out at http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com .
  20. There is not yet a picture of this instrument, but to keep updated on its progress check on http://edgleyconcertinas.blogspot.com . It should be ready for sale in a few months. A picture of a recent instrument is shown.
  21. Just a thought.....I know of some very good players who use mainly their index and middle fingers. Straps are left a bit loose and they move their fingers up and down the rows, side to side, to reach notes that are commonly played with their ring and little fingers, rarely using their little fingers at all.
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