Bill N Posted March 29, 2012 Share Posted March 29, 2012 I have just got my hands on a 20 button Castiglione (German made) concertina in D/A. I was pleasantly suprized by the build quality (much better than a Scholer that I owned once) and the casework, bellows and action are in very good condition. The steel accordion reeds however are corroded and horribly out of tune. ( If the tuning wasn't written on the box you'd be hard pressed to figure it out). I bought this for an experiment in Newfoundland tunes which are typically played on a one row 4 stop accordion in D, or an AD melodion-various reed configurations. i have rigged up a tuning bellows, and am prepared to have a go with a brass brush and files to see if I can make it playable. No high hopes, but worst case it will be an interesting learning experience. Any advice on the following would be appreciated: What is the best way to remove corrosion? (it's black, and kind of granular-it seems to sit on the surface, and doesn't appear to have pitted the reeds very much) What sort of relative spread on the 2 reeds in each pair would create a dry-tuned accordionish sound? Should one be tuned spot on, or should the 2 straddle the note? Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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