d.elliott Posted May 15, 2005 Share Posted May 15, 2005 (edited) Dave Leese - the Mr UNIPART of the concertina world- and I have been debating and cooperating about concertina parts, quality, sources and repairs for some years now. We have naturally discussed various bellows options, but to my shame he (the other Dave) has gone and done it! A set of bellows fitted complete to your frames for less than £150, OR - and this is the good bit!!!! FOR LESS THAN £100 A self fix kit comprising of: - a bellows core assembly - a run of self adhesive hinge fabric - two lengths of skived end binding - bellows papers (design to be specified) - full instructions You supply glue, gum and sticky fingers. I have taken the first production self fix kit and built them onto a concertina thus saving around £130 on the job!!! The bellows were a little stiffer initially, but are already playing in nicely. Cosmetically they are excellent. This means that 'lower end instruments' needing bellows become economically viable; E-bay purchases are less of a risk; repair turnaround times are drastically reduced; the risk of loss of a set of bellows frams in the post has gone; and the concertina world becomes more accessible to us all. Sorry to you professional repairers, but you now need to sharpen your pencils, and/ or come up with your own version. You are challenged (and its a British challenge) Having now fitted one set of these bellows, and it was far easier than ever I thought possible, I think I can strip and assemble a set in about two hours, and fix papers in another two to three hours (including all the cutting out of the papers which is the boring bit). If anyone wants pix I will see if I can oblige, and post some later You can tell from the tone of this posting how excited I am about this development I just had to share the news!!!! Dave E Edited May 15, 2005 by d.elliott Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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