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Hello everyone,

 

I just buy unfortunely a Lachenal on Ebay. It is a old english Lachanal. It seem to me in reletive good condition but I have a problem with it: I can’t seperate the two fist wood part. I do not know that mouch about concertina, but it seems to be stock inside (I can inseart a knife between the part’s, but fell a strong resistance when I try to open it). I send it in a accordeon repare shop, the guy do not know how to seperate the two fist wood part and he is afraid that if he force the system, the wood will brake on the top. Is there someone who is familiar with that kind of problem ? Do someone know where should I send-it ? I can't find a place specialise in concertina here in Canada.

 

My Lachanal code is : 52687

 

Best wishes

 

David Berthiaume (trafic system)

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Hi David

 

You have to remove some more screws. I'm assuming you have already removed the 6 long bolts from each end which will allow you to lift the wooden parts from the bellows.

 

You have to also remove two or three more screws on each end to separate the two wooden parts.

First screw is the middle of three screws in the little finger rest

Second screw is the middle of three screws that holds the thumbstrap. You should undo the thumbstrap adjusting screw first and loosen the thumbstrap.

Some concertinas also have a third screw between the buttons.

 

These screws have very small heads and can be very difficult to remove on old concertinas. Use a good quality screwdriver of the correct size. Sometimes a tight screw can be eased by heating with a soldering iron placed on the head of the screw.

 

Its worth taking great care to remove these screws without damage as they are important to the structure of the concertina, and they are very difficult to find replacements for.

 

If this does not solve your problem you could tryt posting a picture.

 

Theo

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Thank you so much ! As soon as I get back my concertina from the accordeon repare shop I will do just like you wrote. If it does not work I will send you some picture.

Thank's again.

David Berthiaume

 

Hi David

 

You have to remove some more screws.  I'm assuming you have already removed the 6 long bolts from each end which will allow you to lift the wooden parts from the bellows.

 

You have to also remove two or three more screws on each end to separate the two wooden parts.

First screw is the middle of three screws in the little finger rest

Second screw is the middle of three screws that holds the thumbstrap.  You should undo the thumbstrap adjusting screw first and loosen the thumbstrap.

Some concertinas also have a third screw between the buttons.

 

These screws have very small heads and can be very difficult to remove on old concertinas.  Use a good quality screwdriver of the correct size.  Sometimes a tight screw can be eased by heating with a soldering iron placed on the head of the screw.

 

Its worth taking great care to remove these screws without damage as they are important to the structure of the concertina, and they are very difficult to find replacements for.

 

If this does not solve your problem you could tryt posting a picture.

 

Theo

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