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I received a kit from Concertina Spares today to make new thumb straps for a Lachenal English, but it did not come with the promised "down loadable instructions", and I see that Mark has shut down his e-mail and telephone for a few weeks while he catches up on his backlog of work.  The instructions in Dave Elliott's book won't work as his design requires about twice the length of leather supplied in the kit, and there's not enough left of the existing straps to make a pattern from.   Having already waited a considerable time for the order to arrive, I am keen to get to work.  Can anyone here who has used the kit offer any insight?  For each strap I have been provided with a 2 3/4" x 7" rectangle of thin leather,  a 6 3/8" length of 1" linen tape, and a 1" x 2 1/2" rectangle of felt.

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Bill

 

have made 2 sets of straps from the kit, and still have the CD with the instructions on. I can send you the files by PM later. There a 4 files on the CD, the larget being 9mb.

 

Rod

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Brilliant!  Thanks very much Rod.  This is a good rainy day project, and we have cool and wet in the forecast for a good long stretch!

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Thanks again Rod, they turned out pretty well.  I don't think I would have figured it out without the instructions.

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No problem Bill. Glad to be of assistance.

 

Best regards

Rod

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9 hours ago, Bill N said:

 

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What is this concertina you're working on? 

Are these glass buttons?

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It's a 48 button Lachenal English, serial # 6915.  Dowright has dated it c. 1860.  48 glass buttons, brass reeds, beautifully figured rosewood ends with brass inlays at the corners, and gold embossed green bellows and thumb-straps. It was found in an attic in British Columbia, Canada by the new owner of an old house, so no ownership history to go with it I'm afraid. It's in remarkably good condition- pads, valves, seals, reeds, pad boards and reed pans all look new,  and the ends are in excellent condition.  One fold of the bellows is damaged,  the thumb-straps need replacing, and the glue holding the action box together has dried out.  I'll be doing a careful, minimal restoration for a friend who is currently playing a Stagi .(I'm an Anglo player- can't make heads-nor-tails of an English)

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Nice! Good luck with this project.

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I think it’s what we call an „Inimitable“, with the extra of glass buttons (and maybe more)...

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