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My apologies if the subject has been covered too many times before but...

Are there replacement locks for the old wooden storage boxes available? I don't think anyone expected the litte mechanisms to be in daily service for a century or more.

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These links are to images of one of the box locks in place mentioned my posing yesterday.

 

http://www.johnphotographer.co.uk/Gallery-Seven-Archive/i-pRS58kZ/A

 

http://www.johnphotographer.co.uk/Gallery-Seven-Archive/i-DrH9sTn/A

 

http://www.johnphotographer.co.uk/Gallery-Seven-Archive/i-VvgwhrL/A

 

John Walker

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I never could see the point of the locks.

It's just as easy to steal the box as it is to open it and steal the concertina.

 

With many cases -- especially those with the handle attached to the cover -- if they open accidentally, the instrument can fall out. A lock (if locked) can prevent accidental opening.

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I never could see the point of the locks.

It's just as easy to steal the box as it is to open it and steal the concertina.

 

With many cases -- especially those with the handle attached to the cover -- if they open accidentally, the instrument can fall out. A lock (if locked) can prevent accidental opening.

 

Yes that's true. But a decent clasp can do the same, only better. If you have a lock, you have a key, which is almost bound to get lost at some point.

That's why you see so many with damaged locks and great gouges around the keyhole.

I would say that the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. Maybe the one good advantage is stopping little children getting at the concertina.

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That last comment reminded me: I obtained a blank for a second key from a clock repair shop (horological supply shop) and just had it ground down to fit at the local hardware.

The original key stays tied to the case anyway - which has kept it from getting lost, but recently I had a scare when the string broke. So now the new key stays on my key chain as backup.

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