fred v Posted February 23, 2022 Share Posted February 23, 2022 My first EC was a Trinity Collage 34 button and the buttons pushed down flush with the end plates. I them progressed through several Wheatstone EC's. So I have had this idea in my head for a very long time. That is to make the buttons push flush with the end surface. I recently saw Henrik Muller's web site where he did just that but by having new ends made. https://www.concertinajournal.org/articles/no-thumb-straps-no-finger-rests-but-it-is-an-english-a-personal-journey/ My idea was to make plates that fit over the buttons. What I have done is totally reversible so I have done no damage to my wonderful 1922 Wheatstone model 21. This all started by removing all the buttons and reeds that I didn't need for playing Irish music. This removed almost 4 ounces of weight; a noticeable amount of weight. At first I removed the upper 6 buttons/ reeds on each side and then went back and removed the flat notes that I don't ever use as well. a week ago I went out to my shop and started making the plates which are 1/8" thick alum. with a .010" brass sheet laminated on top of the alum. I nickle plated the brass to match the end plates. I found Henrik's dimensions of the button spacing to be just an estimate. Here is my CAD drawing of dimensions from my instrument. Here is the laminated plate being drilled Here is the end result. So, What did this all accomplish? The feel of the buttons is completely different. My brain now senses the feel of the plate and has made my touch much lighter. As I play more I will soon begin to do things like sliding a finger from one button to another with much greater ease and speed. I eagerly await all the benefits of doing this modification. Also if I find, in the future, that I use more buttons I can add them back and also make additional plates for the upper buttons. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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