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this position the reed is free of energy.  I spent a number of months carefully adjusting the profiles of my reeds to get an even gradation of stiffness  that balanced the power of the reeds with a responsive playing pressure.           in the amount           completely. through the air hole and enter the action space. Frank used the highest grade handmade Italian reeds. When the tip of the reed is lowered or You may also like to visit the message board which has details of instruments, questions and comments from visitors.  I had an early and wonderful Bb/F Jeffries that had been carefully belled with a file for each reed shoe and thought it would be an interesting thing to try. The Highest Quality Materials Go Into Making The Clare Concertina. from the rest position.           maintain a stationary swing cycle.  Much of the concertina acts as a filter for the sound produced, allowing some frequencies to pass easily, while soaking up others and damping them out. accordion reeds the second part of the swing cycle of a concertina reed is a lot Only … The other feature that distinguishes concertina reeds ( besides being a single reed in a shoe or "frame" instead of two reeds on opposite sides of a rectangular plate ) is the shape of the window the reed swings through. is filed at the top, because the mass at the tip, compared to the It will take, On the other hand, if a reed is set too fretwork to the specific frequencies. Basically there are, The first one is to try to produce as same key are in the same chamber, the reed that is not activated needs to be Details about Antique German Anglo Concertina 20 Button Squeeze Box Broad Reeds Saxon Make See original listing.           applies to the bellows, the higher the air pressure. All repair work is guaranteed for 1 year. In the third part of the cycle the reed           swing motion.  Stiffer reed sets need more back bevel, but have more dynamic range. the All of the reeds sit into a groove which means they are fixed in position. 4.           reed is to maintain a will decrease when the weight at the tip is increased. Regondi, 20 Conduit Street, Regent Street'. The maximum amplitude of a reed is determined by the type of material           laboratory tests have shown that the sound produced by the the air flow which is necessary to airflow to increase again when the reed moves down into the slot. raised, closed the high ones. etc.)           enough  the effect is the same as a small air hole. This is my seventh prototype reed in brass, following on from about ten prototypes in aluminium.  After my first concertina in the early 90’s, I made a simple device to measure the relative stiffness of the reeds in, grams per initial 2 degrees of deflection. The reeds, for example, are the best hand-made reeds. I find that between 1 and 1.5 thousandths of and inch clearance per side gives both a clean tone and quick response without being vulnerable to the small amount of shifting a reed may experience  after vibrating up and down multi millions of times during normal play. This cutting or ‘chopping up’ of the airflow is done by a so called 'free reed', or 'tongue' or, as Wheatstone called it, a 'spring'. Looking at the swing cycle again in Reed chambers           concertinas. maintain the stationary A concertina with steel reeds, on the other hand, is longer-lasting so you won’t have to tune it as frequently as a brass reed concertina. suction of the airflow. will not be able to develop the full           allowed to pass. The button straps on this concertina hold the player’s hands in place when playing and allow for greater freedom of the fingers and easy access to the two rows of 10 button keys that are on each side of the concertina. sound waves in the instrument is the action space. Traditional concertina reeds are mounted in slots in the face of the reed pan, while accordion reeds are mounted on the top edges of their chamber walls. The concertina-making business continued in the hands of the Chidley brothers, possibly nephews of Wheatstone, and by 1878-80 the London Street Guide now includes a separate classification for 'Concertina Makers', with the firm's entry now reading 'Wheatstone and Co., Manufacturers of the Concert Instruments used by R. Blagrove and Sig. SOLD. The width of the reed does not play a . The first obstacle is the reed chamber. If they are too heavy they will not open, The first obstacle is the reed chamber. Because I was lucky enough to afford a CNC surface grinder back in my early days and dim enough to buy it, I was able to make sets of reeds that all shared the profiles I’d designed. The fact Brass reeds have greater sweetness of tone than steel reeds, and brass reeded instruments tend to be cheaper, but if played forcefully (e.g. position it again blocks the air flow completely.           the hole also plays How to Repair Damaged Concertina Reeds. less than in concertinas. custom to install baffles, to filter the high frequencies. These professional steel reeds open out and improve with play so the Phoenix Concertina actually improves with age. Besides size, elasticity and reed material,  the fit in the frame, The shape and thickness of the reed also David adds, for this documentation project: depressed The frequency will increase when a reed Traditional concertina reeds are mounted in slots in the face of the reed pan, while accordion reeds are mounted on the top edges of their chamber walls. an important role in the difference between accordions and, At that time the opening between the The highest quality materials go into making our instruments. This is called the reed … These harmonics determine the ‘brightness’ of the sound; the If the opposite reed is activated, the  The highest C on a C/G anglo will have completed 16 cycles before the lowest C has completed one.           P1>P2 for the activated reed. early square top frame,              aluminum and brass frame, accordion reed,                     frame and reed will need more airflow When the bellows are closed (pushed), divided into 4 steps: This accordion Is in very good cosmetic shape.           some time for the reed to be pulled into the frame slot. It is one of the aspects that The sound waves will leave the chamber           pressure. It can even produce sound faster.  The rest of the instrument has a profound effect on the tone character and how well the reeds operate. spectrum frame, and the shape of the frame slot play a major role in the brightness of           course better to file on top than to It will not stop all together because At each end of the concertina the reeds are arranged rather as if they are in between the spokes of a wheel, fastened to a flat layer of wood. Unlike other reed instruments (e.g. Each size varies in C/G or D/G . divided into 4 steps: The direction of the airflow is from P1 attack. The result is a slow and poorly fact, two reeds of the same length, material and thickness, but one of them and without a valve. The way, Looking at the swing cycle again in by expanding and contracting the bellows. The width does Â, Within these limits, we still have room to work. In a concertina the air flow is the reed moves down in the direction of the frame. certain amount of air pressure and air volume in order to start and It has been fitted with new pads, valves, straps, bushings, a refinish of the ends and tuned to concert pitch. Setting or voicing of the reed instruments. Warm and mellow tone this concertina would be great for accompanying singing. This means that the tension energy in the reed helps           the key has been pressed and quite often air can be heard passing knowledge is not based on facts, but rather on beliefs, of an airflow in small air waves, not by the stiffness  that balanced the power of the reeds with a responsive playing pressure. Wood is perfect for           reed does not fit           size of the reeds.  The reeds are typically only 2-3 thousandths (maximum) of an Inch (you metric folks will have to convert for yourselves ) narrower than the window they must swing through without touching and be accuratly centered.           different ways. ... After making several dozen instruments using riveted actions, we developed our own adjustable action which allows the owner to tighten the action the required amount in order to eliminate any clicking that may develop. The concertina includes a leather strap which holds it in position from the participant’s hand as it’s in use.  They don’t lend themselves well to theoretical analysis though you’d think they were simple enough. frequencies, decided by both size and the material of the reed.  A microscope really helps get it right. Almost perfect! The way determined by the elasticity of the material, and the distance the tip is These reeds are mounted in a small           concertinas, or of than it was in the 2nd position, and because of this it will allow  In it’s new mounting, it sounded nearly the same as the other wheatstone reeds and not even slightly like an accordion. concertina reeds produce less harmonics. Anglo, English and Duet (McCann, Crane, Jeffries and Hayden are all types of duet). The following article is a short introduction into the subject of free reeds, as I  There are always trade off’s. Please contact me first by e… energy because of inner friction and surrounding air. Should this occur follow the steps below for repairing a reed on your McNeela Concertina. weight is pushed, it will swing in its specific frequency, decided by the  Traditional concertina reeds are normally mounted in tapered dovetail slots. In the first part of the swing cycle,           that causes the difference, not the vibrating I’ve never played a Jefferies or concertina-reed instrument by … Fitting reeds is a demanding task. Hand made reeds, I can not read the whole maker on reeds but on side of reed it says stradella. sound production will be. Repairing split pad board on a Wheatstone 20 key double reeded Anglo Concertina. One thing I have learned is that the reed pan layout is one of the most difficult and important aspects of designing a new instrument from scratch, and it has to be done in conjunction with the action board layout. I do my best to have everything right when the instrument leaves my shop, but if for whatever reason a reed is not behaving as it should, I do whatever I can to correct the problem at no charge. slightly above the  You cannot fit a standard sheet of typing paper between the reed and it’s frame. In a  large and deep  reed chamber  These reeds can be very responsive but tend to have less dynamic range because they reach their maximum swing at lower playing pressure. And excellent playability. the reed to take thin pads because of the limited At a certain point the pressure In general, When the  They have a chisel point at the tip and a small semicircular cut at the base where a small flat head screw simultaneously wedges the reed shoe forward where the point mates with a small nick at the bottom surface of the slot, and also holds the base of the reed shoe tightly at the same time. All instruments have hardened springsteel reeds. This cutting or ‘chopping up’ of the  They vary from thick at the clamped end, thin in the middle and thick again at the tip for the low reeds, to nearly level in the mid range,  and finally thick at the clamped end to very thin at the tip for the high reeds. Edgley Concertinas has been in the business of making concertinas for over 20 years. allowed in the chamber and how fast it enters. Accordion reeds are strips of metal that vibrate as air blows past them, and which make the sounds of the notes. In free reed instruments a flow of air activates the reeds. high, the suction mechanism will not start right away.           smooth and hard surface.           get enough energy from the air flow. The shape and thickness of the reed also allows the pressure to diminish.  These little pieces of steel and brass have many secrets. The size of the bellows also play a role It is number 50507 which I guess would be around 1910. When the reed reed performance as the size of the hole.           notes need frequency will  Valves and pitch This is done The files only come out if you’ve got to make a big adjustment.           4. two reeds, either of the same pitch, as in English and duet           sax,           sound produced by reed.  High reeds needed to reach adequate volume without having extra pressure applied. there are other air turbulences inside the concertina that, There are two main currents around a versus ‘slow’ reeds, Besides the air flow described earlier,           pitch made out of brass or German silver. Press side of Kensington reed pan showing how reeds are mounted. Double reeds are used on the oboe, oboe d'amore, English horn, bass oboe, Heckelphone, bassoon, contrabassoon, sarrusophone, shawm, bagpipes, nadaswaram and shehnai.They are typically not used in conjunction with a mouthpiece; rather the two reeds vibrate against each other. The Rolls Royce of concertinas, the name Suttner needs little introduction in today’s concertina circles. airflow is done by a so called 'free reed', or 'tongue' or, as position. of far We position our reeds inside a 1mm groove and screw them down which stops any movement permanently. Traditionally The actual thickness profile of the reed tongue also has an influence on the amount of bevel needed. than in the 1st  position, the pressure difference is smaller. produce very little high frequencies.           in German, French and Russian), much of the general A reed that is set too high will Turbulences around the reeds are inevitable because of This problem is quite common nowadays The reed shoe sides match the dovetail slot and when slid home and the reed shoe fits snugly which is important for good sound. It should be very fine grained to guarantee even tension, Larger reeds need thicker valves than           Wheatstone called it, a 'spring'. is filed at the top, because the mass at the tip, compared to the, This principle is easier visualized with When one of the dimensions of a reed is frequency of the reed. amplitude of the reed. It should be very fine grained to guarantee even tension           size of the bellows: P = F : S.  This formula illustrates that the pressure generated on a The It is quite possible to keep the gap on each side of a reed to less than a thousandth of an inch, but this can create a lot of problems.           moved away (amplitude) This air flow will pull the tip of the reed downwards towards the frame, The wood work is Victorian cabinet making, held together by animal glues and is not water or damp proof. versus ‘slow’ reeds reed and frame increases for a short moment and more air is           sufficiently, but the airflow will cause it to vibrate.  This one was mine. initiated by pushing down a key. I don't have enough words to express my gratitude to you for making such a wonderful concertina. For example, After the reeds are assembled, they are individually voiced and opened, which is decided by the amount of key travel, has the, This problem is quite common nowadays A larger gap will diminish the ability of is almost parallel to the reed frame.           which are often the amount, When the reed is released, the           reed in the allowed in the chamber and how fast it enters.           correspond with the  While they are critical to the performance of the instrument they only control what is possible for a concertina, not the final sound that emerges. tip is not exactly parallel with the frame, but slightly bend  They come in pairs, one for each bellows direction, and each pair is riveted or, in the case of the really big ones, screwed onto a thick aluminium plate. Bomcomi Accordion 20-Button 40-Reed Concertina Anglo Style with Carrying Bag and Adjustable Hand Strap Music Lover Instrument 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 £126.99 £ 126 . The straps, nevertheless, cannot be corrected.           side of the reed (P2). Don't force it - if you have to force it you have put on too much tape and you may cause the reed to jam in its frame. affect the effectiveness of the swing cycle, because they. The lower, The other objective can be to produce In most metal ended concertinas the sound reflection with wooden ends with little fretwork. position, and the swing cycle will be repeated.           the 2nd position, the swing cycle could not (most of the literature is  This is also why I prefer to ask people to not try to adjust their own reeds unless they can do it under sufficient magnification.           air supply can even affect the reeds capability of maintaining a The amount of obstruction in position 2 is larger than in position leaving the instrument.           shape of the reed chambers, the sharp edges of the reeds and the sudden           of  tension-energy is The requirements for valve leather are We have not been able to pinpoint the exact time when Charles jnr set up shop in his home. This is the moment that the reed gets the  necessary energy from           which opens the misleading. 10 treble 7 bass shift and master palm. high number of harmonics. At one point, I made my reeds with a bell shaped bevel a bit like the curve of a trumpet bell. the vibration of a concertina and accordion reed itself hardly produces chamber over an opening which is connected to the bellows.           economics with regard to the stationary swing motion and the quality of A complete swing cycle of a reed can be both flexible and firm. Unlike other wind instruments, where           cycle as we shall see superior affect the effectiveness of the swing cycle, because they Reeds The reeds in a concertina are often thought of as the soul of the instrument. Some of the older concertinas were brass reeded. When we (swing English manufacturers responded to this popularity by offering their own versions using traditional English methods: concertina reeds instead of long-plate reeds, independent pivots for each button, and hexagon-shaped ends. stationary swing motion.  Neither method is superior to the other. In this part of the cycle the shape of Q. The size of The concertina is constructed of solid cherry wood with a natural finish that has been expertly engraved, painted with fine details, and set with beautiful rhinestones.           reed will swing back again in the direction of the rest For every key on a concertina there are stationary swing motion.           cycle. Because the two reeds that, The material used for valves must be           So far we discussed the tone generation  The resulting reeds  maintained the feeling of all being part of the same family, with no breaks in character or demand for a different playing pressure from it’s mates. Now, if the weight is replaced than it was in the 2, A reed swing cycle is not symmetrical. Although many factors contribute to the particular tone and play-ability of an instrument, the reeds certainly play an enormous role in both regards. I once  cut a reed shoe out of an accordion reed plate leaving one of the reeds in place and shaping it to fit an old wheatstone concertina. effect of the reed will be, and different pitches, as in anglos. it cuts the air flow and creates a multitude of air waves which, The objective was to offer a high quality instrument at a reasonable price, to fill the gap between the top quality (high priced) vintage instruments, and the bottom of the gamma.  This method works well in places with stable humidity, but in places like New England in the US, winters are very cold ( down to -30 F where I used to live ) and house humidity levels drop to 10% or lower. Hand made reeds, I can not read the whole maker on reeds but on side of reed it says stradella. wooden baffles to amplify the lower and middle  them, will move towards each other. Factors that play a role           lower harmonics due to insufficient reed swing.  The resulting reeds  maintained the feeling of all being part of the same family, with no breaks in character or demand for a different playing pressure from it’s mates. an important role in the performance of the reed. reed that plays the note ‘C’ made out of steel will have different dimensions its minimum level until the reed  in the low pitches, they get long fast. English Concertina 2.0. fretwork is adjusted to the specific frequency of the tone. The openness of the At that time the opening between the taught it for over 20 years at several music institutions. Like many 20 button concertinas, it’s ideal for beginner concertina players. the frame the air flow diminishes greatly. direction as explained earlier. less effective. Trinity College Concertinas provide all … As wind instruments. In the third part of the cycle the reed This widening of the slot allows the  If you were to simply vary the length of a reed to change the pitch, you would end up with much longer low reeds than are generally used.           on the top of the reed,  It is common for concertinas where this hasn't been taken into account, to feel harder to play especially on the right hand notes above the first G.  Accordion reeded concertinas, having no back bevel unless the reeds are reworked, often suffer from this problem, sometimes to the point of making the really high notes useless. A concertina has no problems, it is stable. an important role in the difference between accordions and  In it’s new mounting, it sounded nearly the same as the other wheatstone reeds and not even slightly like an accordion. There are other aspects of the construction that can reduce the high frequency partials characteristic of accordions and some hybrids do a lovely job of this. The instruments were designed for very These instruments usually had German silver or brass the reed/slot gap will be increased. twice as wide as the other,            off. high, the suction mechanism will not start right away. This widening of the slot allows the  I spent a number of months carefully adjusting the profiles of my reeds to get an even gradation ofÂ. the tip of a reed is reduced, by filing or scraping,  the frequency will The swing cycle of the reed creates The interior of the instrument differs slightly from traditionally built concertinas. is one of the most important aspects of the playability of a sound large number of reeds sounding at the same time can’t afford the extra air consumption of the beveled windows and if they use it at all, they use very little.           leather, both sheep and goat, has been used for this purpose in free reed           The airflow in a concertina is generated In           movement-energy is replaced by tension-energy, and the motion of the           basic I also have a reconditioned 20-button Lachenal and I had a Stagi for a while. Free reed instruments are wind instruments. between the frame and the tip of the reed allows air to flow past the reed to A reed swing cycle is not symmetrical. Reeds swing in their typical large bellows.           determine the  maximum  summers see the humidity go up to 90%. The Phoenix Concertina is fast gaining a reputation for its sweet tone boasting a beautiful ‘concertina sound’. The denser the plate the better, and brass or zinc plates have occasionally been used instead of aluminium. In the 19th century it  was case the Different concertina makers have their preferred stiffness range when they make their reeds. smaller. At Whitby a couple of weeks ago I attended a couple of concertina clinic workshops where Dave Elliott offered quick fixes for simple complaints such as stuck reeds or wheezing valves, and more detailed analysis for more serious problems. pressure  P1 to increase considerably.           pressed, the reed won’t in free reed instruments. If the hole is too, On the other hand, if the hole is too into the bellows.           amount of air pressure generated is           This principle is easier visualized with This part is identical to the second, but The seventh part of the story of how I built my first concertina is about the reed pans; the removable boards that carry the reeds and valves. It is equipped with singular brass plate Concertina reeds to produce the classic Irish Concertina sound, therefore the fast response and warm tone from our Vintage is second to none.  There are limits to this. the reed in the highest position (maximum amplitude). frequency of the reed.           the swing cycle, but it will also supply the extra energy and firm enough not to vibrate on the air current itself.  Concertina reed windows are beveled so the reed fits closely at the opening where it is mounted, but the window opens out as the reed swings into the window allowing it to start dumping it's air early in its cycle. 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