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Repairing my H. Crabb & Son concertina

I bought a H. Crabb & Son anglo concertina through eBay last month. It seems to be made circa 1951.

It has traditional concertina reeds. I don't know any other concertina makers that used traditional concertina reeds in 1950s or 1960s.

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I think there were high-end Crabb concertinas that were as good as Jeffries around 1900. But this Crabb isn't so responsive though it's worth the price. I guess it's as good as a Lachenal that I had before.

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Because it had some flaws, I fixed them.

First, I attached felt to the reed pan and the bellows frame so that air doesn't leak from gaps in the reed chambers.

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Second, I adjusted gaps between the reed tongues and the reed frames using Tuning Bellows.

Third, I tuned the fourteen reeds that weren't in tune, using Tuning Bellows and files. It took about half a day.

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Fourth, I replaced the old pads.

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Fifth, I replaced old and worn-out hand straps.

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It took about two days for me to repair this Crabb. I enjoyed repairing it very much as usual.

I played a set dance using this Crabb. I like its tone.

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Comments

Very nice blog. Good on you for posting this material. I noticed the slow reed gap and will remember that when I next fix my battered old Stagi tenor-treble English concertina. I long for the day when 3D printing makes reed creation a simple, automatic process. That can include experimenting with ideas like reeds that are rounded at the tip, or several angled, or different lengths/thicknesses, to explore timbre. Cheers, Bruce Thomson in New Zealand.

Hi Bruce, thank you for your comment. I also long for the day when 3D printing makes reed creation a simple, automatic process!

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