Pistachio Dreamer Posted May 26, 2014 Share Posted May 26, 2014 (edited) Hi all, About a year ago I was commissioned to make a concertina by a friend of excellent taste, with the brief being to make it as eco/"green"/sustainable as possible, and totally veggie. I've always thought that the traditional concertinas, as very much a product of Victorian design, leave a lot to be desired in this respect; exotic hardwoods, ivory buttons, leather. All the more reason to restore and cherish them. I wouldn't say modern concertinas have bad green credentials in the slightest, but I don't see any instruments being made that specifically cater for the vegetarian, planet-conscious market, which I can only assume would be appealing to the folk music scene... Of course in achieving this there has to be compromises- and here it is, my scratch-built prototype eco concertina! Of course, huge credit goes to Bob Tedrow for his photo essay. For some more images and sound files see my tumblr blog: http://pistachiodreamer.tumblr.com/ here is the basic specification: Case, handrests and buttons: Sweet chestnut (native, reclaimed board), finished with Stones beeswax based polish. Internals and bellow frame: Native lime Hand straps: Hessian webbing with 2ply felt lining (undyed 100% merino wool) Bushings: undyed 100% merino wool felt. Bellows: 7 fold, with recycled card, linen tape, faux leather made with synthetic chamois, interfacing fabric and acrylic mediums. Straw and rhino-dung based recycled paper. Pads: Recycled board and synthetic chamois Lever arms, posts and rivets, all fixings: all brass Reeds: Butchered up from a variety of German instruments - mainly brass, with a few steel. 23 key in C/G (Lach style with the extra two accidentals in-line with the C-row, and an extra C/C drone on the left thumb.) If I were to do this again, which I hope to, I will look to improving the bellows materials and binding and using better reeds. It was great fun to make, a good learning experience, and materials-wise probably only cost about £100. It plays fine for a beginner's instrument, and the large bellows compensate for a little leakiness! Edited May 26, 2014 by Pistachio Dreamer Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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