LangoLee Posted March 9, 2009 Share Posted March 9, 2009 (edited) Okay, so I only acquired a vintage instrument - six-sided, metal-ended Wheatstone English - a few weeks ago, after many problem-free months with a cheap accordion-reeded one, but today I encountered my first maintenance task: one of the reeds wasn't sounding. Having read about how simple an operation this is to deal with, I unscrewed the left end and stuck a piece of paper under the relevant reed. This all seemed fine. However, when I screwed the end back on - each screw required varying amounts of effort - it did not fit back entirely evenly. There is a visible gap, at least a millimetre wide, on the bottom side, between the outer and inner pieces of wood comprising the end, suggesting that the wood has warped. There are several possible reasons for this: the warping occurred in the ten minutes or so that the end was unscrewed (unlikely?); it had something to do with the pressure of how I removed or replaced the screws (used a small jeweller's screwdriver); it had already occurred before I removed the end, due to climatic or other conditions, and I just hadn't noticed. Anyway, is this something to be concerned about? I'm not even entirely sure if the instrument sounds the same as before, or if it now sounds leakier (that could be a paranoid psychological perception). Have I inadvertently damaged the instrument, or is this a common occurrence? Thanks, etc. Edited March 9, 2009 by LangoLee Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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