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George Jones 26 button

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I have recently acquired a G Jones 26 button concertina in C/G. I guess it's pretty old but has been renovated.

I understand the Jones is not the most efficient in air management but one note will play only when I squeeze hard, ie it won't play gently.

I don't wish to cause damage by trying to fix it myself but what is the likely cause and how easy is it to fix?

 

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i hear the Jones make have broad reeds and shorter in scale, hence the air problem. stiffer reeds take more air to sound. i have a 20b and it is a little harder to play, but not that bad and has a great unique old sound. your problem is most likely the set of the reed, being to high. it also could be a gap too wide or the valve, but i would check the set first. 

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Thanks for your comments. It is a lovely sounding instrument and will sound better when I get some practice.

is the adjustments within the abilities of an amateur. I would hate to ruin an instrument with a bit of clumsiness.

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