inrhearts Posted September 1, 2018 Share Posted September 1, 2018 Hi new to the forum. Although I have been trying to read and follow how your forum works. I usually don’t do forums so please forgive any errors I may make. First I have an antique chemnitzer (I am pretty sure thats what it is). From what I have been reading here most of you don’t do chemnitzer but there are a few on this board that will pop in and help out if someone posts on one. Hopefully that is what will happen. The chemnitzer belonged to my grandfather and has been stored for like 50+ years. I would like to restore it to look as close as possible to the original. (within my budget) I realize it won’t be cheap but hopefully not way out of my range. I have never “opened” to see if any identifying information is inside to scared I might mess it up. I know pretty much nothing about concertinas other than research online. I am not musically talented beyond the ability to turn a nob on the radio. But I have wanting to learn to play it so I am working on restoring it and getting the learn how to play material. I want any input others could guide me to make sure I do everything right I live in Washington state and so far haven’t found anyone that I can take it to to look at it. Does anyone know of anyone credible in Washington? I did find gentleman in Wisconsin his business/name was listed on another website on concertinas. He gave a quote based on photo’s I sent but made sure I understood that without looking at it personally he could not accurately give me a real quote. I am a bit nervous about shipping it as one it is fragile. He assured me if I did send it for repair he would tell me the best way for shipping as he has done a lot of others that way. But it is also scary to let something you feel an attachment to go to someone you have not at least shook hands with. Few things I can say just by looking at it. A few buttons loose or off ( I have them all) the the black edging that goes around the bellows some is coming off. My brain tells me the bellows are something I am sure that he will have to replace. The original bellows as far as I can tell is fabric over the bellow leather. he sent me a pic of bellow papers that he could use to to replace if needed. They are shiny and bright kinda like christmas ribbons. It might look nice on todays concertinas but maybe not on an 100+ year old concertina. That maybe all that is out there and that is what I am trying to find out Are there places I could look at other choices that I might be able to say how about these? I saw some people on this forum make there own has anyone ever made some for a chemnitzer? other than size are they different from a regular concertina? Could I just go to my local hobby store and buy acid free paper and use that cut in to the correct sized strips? or is it possible to do what was originally done and cover it with a light “calico” style fabric? Any other input that I may have missed would be helpful. Sorry for the long post. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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