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Mike Jones

Who Can Replace Rivetted Reeds In A Cheap Zinc Plated Reed Set?

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Recently I "won", as they call it, a small 20 button "Made in Saxony" (as stamped on the ends), 4.25 inch (108mm) across the flats Anglo concertina with zinc plated reeds sets and riveted brass reeds. I have no idea of the tuning as it was and still is unplayable. However one reed is broken and I should like to replace it if possible. The existing reeds are not transferable within or between the two sets. Does anyone know of an artisan in the UK who is competent to do such work. If someone will send me contact information I can then deal with them directly.

 

The instrument is an ideal size for my 4 year old grandson who likes in particular my 1860's? (number 18273) 24 button Lachenal (as well as all my other 'tinas) but finds it too large. He already has a toy melodeon and piano accordion on which he can noodle and find chords etc. but he still prefers my concertina.

 

At the moment "The Liliputian" as it is called, has been spray painted gold, needs new gussets in a couple of places as well as some work on the wooden lever action and some replacement wood/plastic buttons (5mm diam), in addition to the above, for a start, but I shall hang fire on these repairs for a while in case I get an affirmative response to my query above. Alternatively, if there is another concertina of the same ilk out there awaiting new ownership or willing to be donated for spare parts I would also be interested in that.

 

Thanks in anticipation

 

Mike

 

 

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Thanks Will,

 

but David only deals with "traditional" concertinas and he keeps my others, Lachenals and Wheatstones, in good voice and I know he does not have the tools or equipment to do the job I'm wanting.

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My mistake. There is an accordion club in Norwich I think - perhaps they will know someone who can help with the reed part at least :)

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Hi Will,

 

That I had forgotten about and I have several friends in the "Troshers " (less able accordion band but aspiring to greatness) and know a few other accordion players too. I shall ask.

 

Mike

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I think that you HAD several friends in the Troshers, calling them less able.

 

Dave

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Hi Dave,

 

"I think that you HAD several friends in the Troshers, calling them less able".

 

That is how it was told to me by the players not named, anyway they don't frequent this forum. We are also planning at some time in the future to have a joint concert/ session/music event with SqueezEast and the Troshers. I'll see both of them on Wednesday when we have a bit of friendly rivalry with sticks during some dancing, let them hit me on the knuckles and then when they will feel guilty and I can ask the question to square things.

 

I don't suppose you know anyone who can make and re-rivet some very small brass reeds in to zinc plated reed bank?

 

Mike

 

PS I sent you an email about a Jackie of ours you have. Any news?

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Does anyone have a suggestion for the date of manufacture of the Liliputian? I have done a search of the net and nothing there have I been able to find. Judging by the internals and materials used i would think 50' or 60's

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