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What Type Of Action Does My Aeola Have?


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I am currently advertising my Aeola (Model 17, 48 keys, Reg. No. 34801, 1937) on the buy & sell forum and someone has asked me what type of action it has, hook type of rivet type.

 

I have absolutely no idea, so I took one of the ends off but could not work out how to get at the mechanism. At that point, I got nervous and put it back together again!

 

Can someone help with this question please?

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Here is a picture of a mini Wheatstone's from the 1950s with "bent over action". My understanding is that Wheatstone began using this type around 1934. My Edeo/anglo #33301 has this type of action. I'm sure exceptions exist but I have the impression that most models after 33301 (or perhaps slightly before?) have the bent over action. How about a tally from cnet members with Wheatstone instruments from #32000 on?

 

I'll add that my experience with half a dozen Wheatstones with this kind of action has found that it is reasonably smooth and I have not experienced or heard about issues of wear as Dave Elliott has noted with the Edeophones' Lachenal hook and lever.

 

Early Wheatstones made by Lachenal had a hook and lever action. I'll let the historians wade in on this one

but I think it was during Rock Chidley's tenure that Wheatstone went to a riveted action. Perhaps around 1870? Thereafter Wheatstone was noted for their smooth riveted action until the 1930s change to the bent over mechanism.

 

I believe many would recommend or prefer rivet action over the H & L or bent over kind but I've been cautioned by seasoned hands and accept their advice of never rejecting a good sounding and playing box over a technical question of the action mechanism.

 

Regards,

 

Greg

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I am currently advertising my Aeola (Model 17, 48 keys, Reg. No. 34801, 1937) on the buy & sell forum and someone has asked me what type of action it has, hook type of rivet type.

 

I have absolutely no idea, so I took one of the ends off but could not work out how to get at the mechanism. At that point, I got nervous and put it back together again!

 

Can someone help with this question please?

You'd have to get into the action box, which involves finding a small screw and removing it (after removing the end as you already have done). But you might be able to answer the question by looking through the fretwork, perhaps with a flashlight.

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My Aeola #36319 (mid/late 50's??) *had* hook action. I always felt it was a bit sluggish compared to a previous instrument I owned with rivets, as well as compared to a friends 1910ish box with rivetted action.

 

I had the Concertina Connection install their rivetted action and couldn't be more pleased with the results.

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