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Long Haired David

What would make a reed sound soft

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I have a problem with my new 30 button C/G Lachenal. The B/C button the C row/ right hand side sounds quite soft against other keys. Mike Acott has had a look and has replaced the reed. However, it still sounds soft to me. I am beginning to think it is my brain but I thought I might ask if there was anything else that could cause this?

 

I attach an image from Garageband where you can see the BC on the C line followed by the BC on G line (left hand). You can clearly see how the volume is different.

 

Apart from this, it plays really nicely.

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Edited by Long Haired David

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Actually, listening to the final recording, as shown in the image attached, although they show up as different, they sound almost the same to the ear. Hmmm. 

 

I attach the mp3. What do you think?

bc button.mp3

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It sounds "mellower" than the others to me.

I am more used to melodeons and accordions - reeds from different makers can sound different in that way. I think it adds character but that doesn't help if it bugs the owner....

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Might be to do with where the pad is located on the action board, e.g. if the palm of the hand is over it?

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Is that reed located under the heel of your hand/the handset bar?  I find that reeds can have a slightly different character based on where the pad & reed are located.  Looks like Alex and I had the same thought at the time time!

 

Edited by Bill N

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Or maybe that particular reed chamber is leaking air around the gaskets? If you open it up and the chamois is dark in that area it would be an indicator you're losing air.

 

Gary

 

 

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