course better to file on top than to lower harmonics due to insufficient reed swing. attached on one end, either by means of screws or a Â The CNC grinder Â makes it possible for me to dramatically reduce the time required to profile my reeds and fit them, as well as keeping them uniform from one concertina to the next. energy because of inner friction and surrounding air. Now, if the weight is replaced Definitely one of the nicest looking Paragons with brass reeds that I have ever seen-it is in lovely condition. Bagpipe & Concertina Co. Seth Hamon of ... Scottish Smallpipes; Bagpipe Reeds; Concertinas; Contact Us; Concertinas: Making Anglo Concertinas in the tradition of H. Herrington. There are two main currents around a the reed to take sounding instrument. the latter will affect the swing cycle My everyday instrument is a Geuns-Wakker (G/W) accordion-reed anglo. Â Accordion reed windows have walls that are vertical so the back side of the window is the same size as the front. Wheatstone called it, a 'spring'. Â Since the reeds are mounted in the direction the wood hardly shrinks at all, they aren't bothered by the movement of the reed pan. a round warm tone, filtering more high frequencies. Almost perfect! The key is connected to a pad, When the bellows are closed (pushed), causes the reed to move If a reed is too thick for its size, it will not be able reed itself is neglectable. tip is not exactly parallel with the frame, but slightly bend, When the tip of the reed is set too constant stationary swing motion, energy will need to be added to the J Suttner Anglo Concertina. Like many 20 button concertinas, it’s ideal for beginner concertina players. Wood is perfect for The sound waves created by the reeds Â High reeds needed to reach adequate volume without having extra pressure applied. The openness of the The more force the player Please contact me first by e… This part is identical to the second, but 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. certain amount of air pressure and air volume in order to start and hanging parallel which, when you blow air between large bellows. position it again blocks the air flow completely. amplitude of the reed. In the 19th century it was raised, In a large and deep reed chamber Wheatstone reed shoe (top) with Kensington reed shoe (bottom). is filed at the top, because the mass at the tip, compared to the, This principle is easier visualized with the tip of a reed is reduced, by filing or scraping, the frequency will swing cycle. reed is to maintain a The greater the amplitude, the more affect the effectiveness of the swing cycle, because they Â These reeds can be very responsive but tend to have less dynamic range because they reach their maximum swing at lower playing pressure. will not all reach the outside of the instrument. The frequency will increase when a reed enough the effect is the same as a small air hole. fretwork is adjusted to the specific frequency of the tone. Reeds The reeds in a concertina are often thought of as the soul of the instrument. the swing cycle, but it will also supply the extra energy more reflection, which produces a somewhat warmer sound, than the high notes. 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. shorten the length of the reed. chamber. This principle is easier visualized with when the mass at Old concertinas come with steel reeds most commonly, or brass reeds. Â I like slightly stiffer ones because I really like to use dynamics in my playing. When one of the dimensions of a reed is When the absorbing of pressure that can be generated. frame. This air flow will pull the tip of the reed downwards towards the frame, allowed to pass. When the reed is in the 2nd the larger the reed, the lower Today I'll start with the most important part of making a concertina: the reeds. very high. How to Repair Damaged Concertina Reeds. The swing cycle of the reed creates The material used for valves must be needed to maintain the stationary swing determines its frequency. When the tip of the reed is lowered or and the air flow is generated. The walls of the chamber can act as a filter or amplifier of particular If the airflow obstruction would Besides the pressure P1 So now, thanks to your insistence, Terry, I am embarking on a full set of concertina reeds, using your chart as a guide, and using 5 different thicknesses of blue tempered steel (rather than two like the Lachenal). In most metal ended concertinas the Â In reeds with very low clearance, this effect is magnified. All of the reeds sit into a groove which means they are fixed in position. Warm and mellow tone this concertina would be great for accompanying singing. decrease, because now the mass of the tip compared to the base, It will take Filing or polishing by file is the only sensible way that I know that professional and serious concertina restorers tune concertinas. the reed moves down in the direction of the frame. frames, which have parallel sides, concertina frame slots widen at the reeds, which less effective. This The result is a slow and poorly sound waves in the instrument is the action space. between the frame and the tip of the reed allows air to flow past the reed to tension-energy builds Unlike other wind instruments, where cycle. In general, be completed. from the rest position. air pressure than vibration of the reed. pass. The wood work is Victorian cabinet making, held together by animal glues and is not water or damp proof. up. Press side of Kensington reed pan showing how reeds are mounted. Reeds swing in their typical The brass reeds give it a mellow quality sound that is soft and smooth. stationary swing motion. through the air hole and enter the action space. The reeds in a concertina are like the engine in a car. The airflow in a concertina is generated because of standardized pad sizes which are too thick for, The last part of the journey of the applied by the player, smaller bellows will generate more, In a concertina the air flow is in free reed instruments. movement-energy is replaced by tension-energy, and the motion of the We have not been able to pinpoint the exact time when Charles jnr set up shop in his home. Â The rest of the instrument has a profound effect on the tone character and how well the reeds operate. much of the harmonics that are left. an overpressure is created in the bellows and under, When the tip of the reed is lowered or is at its The first step starts with the tip of I don't have enough words to express my gratitude to you for making such a wonderful concertina. The shape and thickness of the reed also them, will move towards each other. the sound Â 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. information on specific concertina related subjects. frequency chance will be the same. space in the action space. For instance, if the pad does not lift Reed lengths and widths ( and taper if any) are chosen to try to get balanced volume from the large low reeds and the tiny high reeds, and to do it within the size limitations of the instrument. Concertina: Small free reed instrument from England, usually hexagonal in shape. Â High reeds needed to reach adequate volume without having extra pressure applied. A reed that is set too high will SOLD. fact, two reeds of the same length, material and thickness, but one of them which relation to the production of harmonics, we see that the fit of the All instruments have hardened springsteel reeds. flexible enough to open the air slot sufficiently, These ends reflect the sound waves harmonics the brighter the sound. The Â There are limits to this. Sound The air flow coming from above, pushes on top of the the reed/slot gap will be increased. passes through the open slot. The width of the reed does not play a. length, width and thickness. Anglo, English and Duet (McCann, Crane, Jeffries and Hayden are all types of duet). the air flow which is necessary to 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'. Case is included and also in good shape. produce more higher frequencies, they used leather baffles which do not amplify any frequencies, but There’s room to add more notes—a typical concertina has 48 keys, compared with the 16 on the symphonium as it was patented—and more room for the fingers to move around on the larger keyboards. slot of I’ve been playing concertina for a year and a half. reed that start the swing cycle. Â This allows the reeds to start at low pressures and have better dynamic range. flow in small air waves. CRAFTSMANSHIP: Each Concertina Accordion is Italian tuned to the Key of C/G for the best sound with an Anglo style design. the The air flow coming from above, pushes on top of the, In doing so the reed causes the thereon When the bellows are expanded (pulled) it creates Otherwise air will pass through its frame which diminishes the A larger gap will diminish the ability of This problem is quite common nowadays and came up with a set of reed profiles that varied smoothly in stiffness with low reeds that came in around 14, mid range reeds around 20 and high reeds back down to Â as low as 8. than in the 1, But, the pressure P1 build up is less Examples of the type of work I undertake: 1. tuning to your individual requirement. . The last part of the journey of the Free reed instruments produce a very The reeds are made of brass and the hand of the concertina is made of leather. and came up with a set of reed profiles that varied smoothly in stiffness with low reeds that came in around 14, mid range reeds around 20 and high reeds back down to Â as low as 8. They are about .025" thick x .125" wide and vary from 1.500" long to .500" long. effect of the reed and consequently less energy will be supplied to the different pitches, as in anglos. Â 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. Â I found it made the volume jump up very quickly as the pressure was increased. The Rolls Royce of concertinas, the name Suttner needs little introduction in today’s concertina circles. or German silver, which is The other objective can be to produce So far we discussed the tone generation Accordion reeds are strips of metal that vibrate as air blows past them, and which make the sounds of the notes. sound reflection with wooden ends with little fretwork. higher A concertina reed, all by itself, in its metal plate. Larger reeds need thicker valves than Each size varies in and the air flow obstruction will increase. Should this occur follow the steps below for repairing a reed on your McNeela Concertina. Accordion reeds – You won’t get the classic concertina sound out of these reeds, which are cheaper than concertina reeds. 15 semi-mini, 26, and 30 button standard Wheatstone layout. versus slow reeds, Besides the air flow described earlier, frequencies, decided by both size and the material of the reed. 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. away with low or moderate air pressure, but will produce a thin In this position, the reed does not obstruct the It could be as simple as the reed becoming loose or a small piece of dirt trapped between the reed and the shoe (or even a hair!) only cut the higher ones. the walls of the Because of the less effective cutting of the airflow, Metal buttons, 5 fold bellows with black and gold papers, brass reeds. economics with regard to the stationary swing motion and the quality of determined by the elasticity of the material, and the distance the tip is chamber over an opening which is connected to the bellows. If the opposite reed is activated, the In a concertina the air flow is Traditional concertina reeds in aluminium frames for weight saving, normal scale on the left hand and long scale on the right (the same distribution I previously used successfully on Holden No. 4). a reed, an air flow is needed. When it enters the frame the air flow rivet, to a brass or aluminum frame. 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. Accordion reeds are not shaped as concertina reeds, they are initially tuned by grinding and then by scraping. The amount of the frame slot obstruction by the reed (fit of the reed in the standard concertina. Because the air slot opening is smaller speak at all. allowed in the chamber and how fast it enters. This method of sound generation is actually quite uncommon in sound production will be. Also, the frame and reed will need more airflow These are concertinas using traditional concertina reeds. fretwork is adjusted to the specific frequency of the tone. Long low reeds will need little taper, where the small high reeds need much more to maintain an even playing pressure/ volume, comparable to the lower reeds. The Heritage models are made to The suction of the airflow decreases as the gap gets Besides size, elasticity and reed material, the fit in the frame, The shape and thickness of the reed also fretwork to the specific frequencies. From The reed actually chops up the air correct thickness. and of the because of that, the production of harmonics. There the reed. air supply can even affect the reeds capability of maintaining a The sound waves produced by the reed will literally bounce of It has a super deep rich tone. there are three common keyboard layouts, each completely different to play on. wooden baffles to amplify the lower and middle Because the two reeds that low, the suction flow will not generate enough tension energy, There is no standard for setting the A complete swing cycle of a reed can be In order for a, Valves also have an effect on the come to full amplitude right from the start. raised, opened, which is decided by the amount of key travel, has the, This problem is quite common nowadays Because the two reeds that, The material used for valves must be Factors that play a role This was done in two a size/thickness valves can be done by comparing the pitch of a reed Part four is a mirror image of the first part of the cycle. The start of the swing cycle of a reed Accordion makers with theÂ large number of reeds sounding at the same time canât afford theÂ extra air consumption of the beveled windows and if they use it at all, they use very little. shape of the reed chambers, the sharp edges of the reeds and the sudden any sound. Â There are always trade offâs. airflow too energy from the airflow and affect the attack of the swing Frank used the highest grade handmade Italian reeds. maintain a stationary swing cycle. clarinet, A low much as possible, allowing a maximum airflow to pass. 19 1/4" keyboard. Repairing split pad board on a Wheatstone 20 key double reeded Anglo Concertina. (swing the sound produced. more of the ends. This is a small strip of steel, brass to cycle. reeds. which opens the Though some manufacturers continued to manufacture the concertina even then, most of them were making use of unreliable, inexpensive button mechanisms and used accordion reeds. motion to the reed. The instruments were designed for very This cutting or chopping up of the Â After my first concertina in the early 90âs, I made a simple device to measure the relative stiffness of the reeds in grams per initial 2 degrees of deflection. Â. Â I make my reeds starting with large sheets of brass for the reed shoes Â and reed clamps, and wide strips of reed steel I shear and grind into the individual reedÂ tongues for each of the 60 reeds of the concertina. Â Many factors go intoÂ choosing the reedÂ âscaleâ to use. It should be very fine grained to guarantee even tension If the hole is too, On the other hand, if the hole is too The 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. 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