Mark Rosenthal Posted July 11, 2018 Share Posted July 11, 2018 (edited) I have a Lachenal English concertina made in the mid-1880s. The person I bought it from told me he bought it from Lark in the Morning in 1978 and there's reason to believe it was refurbished shortly before then. There are a couple of things inside that strike me as odd. But I'm more familiar with Wheatstone innards than with Lachenal innards. Oddity #1: In every other concertina I've ever seen, the gasket on top of each chamber wall is made of chamois. But in this instrument, the gasket is made of some sort of hard leather, with the rough side out. However, the bellows end is lined with the usual chamois. (See photo) Oddity #2: In every other concertina I've ever seen, the reed pan support blocks are glued into the bellows frame. However in this instrument, some of them are also held in with a screw. (See photo) I'm hoping people in this forum can tell me whether the things I'm finding odd are something Lachenal would have done when the instrument was built, or if it's more likely that it was done when it was refurbished about a century later. This is not just a matter of idle curiosity. Figuring out whether or not these things are original will guide me in coming up with a solution to a problem the instrument has. Edited July 11, 2018 by Mark Rosenthal Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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