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March 2016

(Jigs) The Orphan, Clancy's - Concertina

I learned this set from my friend last year. I like playing the first tune on the concertina!

I played my special (top) Lachenal.

http://irish.cocolog-nifty.com/flute_concertina/2011/02/anglo-concertin.html

Setting the Reed and Patching the Gusset Leak

I repaired our Ab/Eb Jeffries concertina last weekend.

1 Settin the Reed

The low F reed on the left-hand side sometimes had stalled on initial button press. So, I increased the gab between the reed tongue tip and the reed frame slightly. Now, it never stalls!

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This is the reed pan of the left-hand side. Reeds of low notes are much more difficult for me to set than ones of the high notes.

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2 Patching the Gusset Leak

Our Ab/Eb Jeffries has old bellows. I patched a gusset leak using a piece of leather.

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First, I patched it from inside the bellows.

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Then, I patched it from outside to make sure...

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It took a few hours to repair it. Now, it's easier for me to play than before.

Adjusting the Key Travel

Yesterday, I adjusted the key travel of our Bb/F Jeffries concertina.

According to "The Concertina Maintenance Manual," the key vertical travel should be around 3.0 to 3.5 mm. But, its key travel of the right-hand side was more than 5 mm.

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I added one more felt washer (button damper) to every key.

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It took about half an hour for me to add twenty felt washers. Now, it's easier for me to play than before.

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