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Arthur Kay

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  1. Alright, then assuming it is a valve, what should a fellow do next? I could open it up and poke around, but as a rank novice I am a bit nervous. Maybe just take advantage of the warranty? I suppose I'm still a little confused about why the valve would be making noise when it's open already, or why it might be making sound only at the end of the notes.
  2. So, attached is audio which I hope is sufficiently clear. Also thank you so much to everyone who has helped out so far! Confounded Buzzing Noise.mp3
  3. Hah! Well, now there's two newcomers scratching their respective heads and wondering "What the devil?" So, I've spent some more time listening as closely as I can to the sound and have come to two conclusions. The first is that the sound actually comes at the END of the note, rather than on the attack. I was confused because I was pushing and drawing to elicit the sound, but I'm positive now it is at the tail end of the note, and is sort of a roughly tonal buzz/hum. The second is that I should probably use some technology to RECORD the confounded thing. I feel like a guy describing the sound his car is making to a forum of mechanics, but using text. So I'll do that recording as soon as I can. But so, if it is a valve, what action if any should we be taking, do you think?
  4. Actually, I'm increasingly leaning toward reed uptake time, although it was the valve suggestion that led me to the page with the crucial language. From this page at Concertina Connection which, compliments of Mr. Wakker, is the manufacturer of this fine instrument: "The start of the swing cycle of a reed is one of the most important aspects of the playability of a free reed instrument. Preferably the reed should start its cycle the moment the key is depressed and the air flow is generated. The size of the reed plays an important role in this. In general, larger reeds need more time to get up to maximum amplitude than smaller reeds." As I understand, this would explain why it happens in the lower notes, and why it is more pronounced at lower air pressure than at higher pressure, although it is not all that loud in any case. Also, this effect happens even when I depress the button entirely, and then begin to push or draw; it doesn't seem to bear any relation to the pushing or releasing of the button. Though, I freely admit, I get this all from a half-dozen available websites concerning the interior workings of the thing. I am no pro.
  5. Sort of like the rumbling of a large truck starting up, as opposed to a little two-cylinder. I'm with you. As I get a little more deft with the bellows work, the scratchy noise is a bit less annoying and a bit more contributing to the overall fullness of the instrument's sound. And I'm really relieved to hear that someone else gets the same sound, and that it hasn't gotten any worse over time. Pretty strongly suggests to me that this is par for the course, and it will get better as I do. Good thing, too. If I had to hand it over for replacement or repairs, I'd be moping like Snoopy in the rain right now.
  6. Very recently purchased a new Elise, which is lovely so far, but have a question about a little scratchy sound. It comes at the beginning of the note, mostly on the lower notes, on push or draw. It sounds almost like radio static for just a moment. It's most pronounced when moving the bellows slowly, and gets shorter when I give the bellows some oomph but the sound is still there. If this is just a technique issue, and I need to get used to giving the lower notes a little more gusto, I can deal with that. Sort of like a string player learning to avoid scratchy sounds with good bow technique. On the other hand, if this is a mechanical problem, and especially if it's likely to get worse, then I simply need to get it fixed. I poked around the forums and did a few searches, and I guess I just can't tell if this is 'action noise' or 'problem noise'. I very much welcome comments and suggestions. That said, the Elise seems pretty darn sweet. It's definitely not the kind of starter instrument that you want to put out of its misery, and if it had four more keys I might just buy a gold-leafed case for the thing and call it a day.
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