MattA24 Posted July 19, 2014 Share Posted July 19, 2014 Hello hello, This is my first post on these forums, so an introduction, if I may. My name's Matthew, I'm from Bristol (UK), and until recently my association with concertinas has consisted of happily mashing tunes out of a couple of old Scholers. One can't read about concertinas on the Internet for long without hearing that Scholers won't do, and one really requires something from the English school of design, so when the opportunity arose to acquire an 20 key Lachenal requiring some attention, I took it. I think it's one of the later Lachneals, as the fretwork is raised slightly above the screws on the ends (does that make sense?). It also has the pretty full fretwork. The woodwork and bellows are both in good condition. The fault with the instrument is that while every key will sound, it is extremely wheezy, requiring most of the 6-fold bellows' worth of air to get a note going. I'm quite used to bashing about inside the Scholers to keep things working, but as soon as I opened the Lachneal I realised this was an entirely different sort of animal, and demanded far more measured and thoughtful ministrations than the German objects. And this brings me to you. My gut reaction to this wheezing is to replace the valves with ones that are not curling up, and reset the reeds -- all of which are either rather high or largely flush. Regarding the valves, none of my local friendly hardware shops stock the most often suggested glues (Shellac and Hide), but have seen a few people on this forum suggest Pritt Stick! Can anyone comment? My principle concern is damaging an instrument that is already three times my age. Regarding the reeds, is there a recommended method for removing them? (I mean the whole reed, not just the tongue). I don't want to force them out, but I'd like to adjust and tune them in a home-made testing bellows. Other than the reeds and vales, where would I be sensible to look for potential causes of Wheeze? My instinct suggests the pale leather gaskets around the bellows ends and around the thing with all the reeds on. Many thanks for taking the time to read my waffling. Matthew. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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