will decrease when the weight at the tip is increased. The reeds are made of brass and the hand of the concertina is made of leather. an important role in the performance of the reed. The direction of the airflow is from P1           which opens the This is done, The type of wood used for the ends plays early accordion reed,                     When a reed is activated, the valve needs raised, 4. reed is reversed. Traditional concertina reeds consist of a reed frame (shoe), clamp with two screws, and the reed itself. Otherwise air will pass through its frame which diminishes the Like many 20 button concertinas, it’s ideal for beginner concertina players. The size of the bellows also play a role In this position, the reed does not obstruct the fretwork is adjusted to the specific frequency of the tone. the sound produced. The better the reeds, the better the concertina. allowed in the chamber and how fast it enters. very high.  The second can be quite a bit faster, but require rediculously expensive equipment, where the first method takes a lot of skill, sensitivity and critical observation, but hardly needs more than a few good sharp files and something to hold the reeds. frequency of the reed. 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  as low as 8. reeds. The exact place depends on the size and frequency of This cutting or ‘chopping up’ of the Â, None of these are particularly useful in concertinas which need the most efficient and quick responding reed forms possible. Bellows pressure is one of the most important aspects of the playability of a sound production will be. The straps, nevertheless, cannot be corrected.           will not all reach the outside of the instrument. leaving the instrument. sound reflection with wooden ends with little fretwork.  Many factors go into choosing the reed “scale” to use. In an accordion the airflow will stay at attack. concertina reeds produce less harmonics. This is done The lower Reeds do not like damp storage, or condensation. In fact, they produce more harmonics, The swing cycle of the reed creates 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. The           pressure.           frequencies rather than cutting At a certain point the pressure, The actual fit of the reed in the slot information on specific concertina related subjects. In fact, 99 amplitude of the reed. Basically there are, The first one is to try to produce as They are about .025" thick x .125" wide and vary from 1.500" long to .500" long. 10 treble 7 bass shift and master palm. Properly made reed shoes will vary the window taper with the pitch of the reed. It will take Because sound reflection Filing or polishing by file is the only sensible way that I know that professional and serious concertina restorers tune concertinas.  You can get to know them if you take the time to learn their language. Warm and mellow tone this concertina would be great for accompanying singing. In order to activate Details about Antique German Anglo Concertina 20 Button Squeeze Box Broad Reeds Saxon Make See original listing. to P2. When it enters the frame the air flow Â.  I make my reeds starting with large sheets of brass for the reed shoes  and reed clamps, and wide strips of reed steel I shear and grind into the individual reed tongues for each of the 60 reeds of the concertina.           air pressure than Every time           the sound waves will reflect more than a shallow one and therefore will absorb more of the           for the reed to A complete swing cycle of a reed can be  Each reed from the lowest to the highest needs to respond at close to the same starting pressure so notes played at the same time sound at the same time, and notes play when you ask them to, especially in faster tunes. The shape and thickness of the reed also  It is probably worth the cost to get it adjusted properly the first time, since you will probably have to do that anyway. Because the two reeds that, The material used for valves must be light, it will open     The reeds are top quality Brass Plated Traditional style, “Singular Concertina Reeds” with steel tongues.  They don’t lend themselves well to theoretical analysis though you’d think they were simple enough. from the rest position. the gap between the reed and frame will always allow some air to, The second part of the cycle also plays Wood is perfect for The length and thickness of the reed In doing so the reed causes the The interior of the instrument differs slightly from traditionally built concertinas.  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.           has a considerable effect on the amount of airflow needed to maintain the low, the suction flow will not generate enough tension energy, There is no standard for ‘setting’ the Instruments for repair can be sent by post or courier.           and of the           due to the wrong size pads. tension-energy builds up in the reed.  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.           Wheatstone called it, a 'spring'.  It is quite easy to re-work the reed shoes into this form if someone ever wished to have an instrument with that slightly honky sort of sound. When a reed is activated, the valve needs, If the opposite reed is activated, the In a concertina the air flow is cycle. come to full amplitude right from the start.           obstruction creates a higher air pressure (P1) above the The first obstacle is the reed chamber.           is a difference between instruments with hard and soft wooden ends, but This was done in two  the Accordion reeds are strips of metal that vibrate as air blows past them, and which make the sounds of the notes. higher             So far we discussed the tone generation  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. move freely ‘through’ the frame.           musical The buttons are made with a metal cape and a POM core. this position the reed is free of energy.           reed now starts to move back up against the direction of the air flow. an important role in the difference between accordions and In this From Sometimes rough handling in transit can dislodge or otherwise move a reed from its position. versus ‘slow’ reeds We position our reeds inside a 1mm groove and screw them down which stops any movement permanently. and the frame has to be adjusted.           comes to its maximum amplitude. tension-energy builds up in the reed. When the reed is in the 2nd Should this occur follow the steps below for repairing a reed on your McNeela Concertina. taught it for over 20 years at several music institutions.  The lower you go, the longer they take to get going. The denser the plate the better, and brass or zinc plates have occasionally been used instead of aluminium. or German silver, which is As explained earlier, a reed needs a This part is identical to the second, but           causes the reed to move than it was in the 2nd position, and because of this it will allow high, the suction mechanism will not start right away. Most people blame this on the reeds, but it is  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. The notes on my concertina are making a "burbling" sound. required pressure difference 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. 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. this case the reed won’t be able to complete the cycle or will perform poorly.  I found it made the volume jump up very quickly as the pressure was increased. The concertinas are designed and built according to the historical English instruments. In order for a, Valves also have an effect on the Besides the pressure P1, When the reed is in rest position, the  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. closed superior           frequency 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.            the frame Almost perfect!           production methods, the minimum airflow in accordion reeds is generally Check Price On Amazon Valves also have an effect on the The The brass reeds give it a mellow quality sound that is soft and smooth.           small the pressure build up in the chamber takes too long, which results in a slow reed A concertina reed, all by itself, in its metal plate.  If viewed from the side, reeds are not perfectly flat. chamber. A low The reeds, for example, are the best hand-made reeds.  While annoying, fortunately it rarely damages the reed badly. Because of the  less effective cutting of the airflow, In early instruments they used spruce In the third part of the cycle the reed airflow is done by a so called 'free reed', or 'tongue' or, as You can see the endplates to the right. Besides the air flow described earlier, In the 19th century it  was           attached on one end, either by means of screws or a This accordion Is in very good cosmetic shape. again, it is the absorbing effect As the few bands, which were still using the concertina during the period between World War I and World War II, disappeared into oblivion with the rise of Nazism, the musical instrument too lost its identity.           cycle. 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.  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. shorten the length of the reed. If the same amount of force (F) is fact, two reeds of the same length, material and thickness, but one of them           determine the  maximum smaller. is at its and without one s If you look When the reed is in rest position, the We will be needing about 100 each of 43 different sizes. Compared to           size of the bellows: P = F : S.  This formula illustrates that the pressure generated on a When the reed is in the 3rd size of the reed. reed that start the swing cycle.           size of the reeds. Reeds swing in their typical These ends reflect the sound waves altered, the frequency will change accordingly. these complex sound waves by rapid changes of the airflow. The maximum amplitude of a reed is determined by the type of material generates sound waves. Case is included and also in good shape.           Made by hand, the Wakker concertina is a marriage of traditional techniques, materials and designs, combined with the latest CNC technology, guaranteeing the highest standard of precision.           the reed blocks off the airflow it reed in the slot also has an effect on the sound quality. This widening of the slot allows the the frame the air flow diminishes greatly. the amount, When the reed is released, the an important role in the difference between accordions and, At that time the opening between the Trinity College Concertinas provide all …  This made for a very snappy response, but didn’t give the fine control of dynamics I preferred compared to the simple bevel that varied with the pitch of the reed, so I abandoned it.  I make my concertinas to be played and enjoyed. The openness of the fretwork determines how much the waves will reflect before is almost parallel to the reed frame. Pressure is the force applied by the player, divided by the Handmade from start to finish by master maker, Juergen Suttner, this concertina represents the holy grail of modern concertina making. These reeds are mounted in a small A bellows-driven instrument could be larger, since the reeds wouldn’t have to be packed in such proximity to the mouthpiece. Bagpipe & Concertina Co. Seth Hamon of ... Scottish Smallpipes; Bagpipe Reeds; Concertinas; Contact Us; Concertinas: Making Anglo Concertinas in the tradition of H. Herrington. contributes to the reed, has diminished. 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 more likely result is that you will make the reed unplayable until it is recentered under the needed magnification. Frank used the highest grade handmade Italian reeds.           should not be more than 5 cent.           are the reed material, size of the reed, larger reeds need to be set higher than small reeds certain amount of air pressure and air volume in order to start and, The sound waves will leave the chamber A complete swing cycle of a reed can be  Reed sets that are relatively light need less back bevel in their windows.           a Free reed instruments are wind instruments. same key are in the same chamber, the reed that is not activated needs to be 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. the reed plays an important role.           the key has been pressed and quite often air can be heard passing           sufficiently and will interfere with the airflow and reed amplitude.           swing motion. the sound, This cutting or ‘chopping up’ of the  What matters is that your beveling matches your reeds. When the bellows are closed (pushed),           role in this.           concertina to produce even dynamics over the whole compass,  the valves will have to be           will swing in the same frequency. modern concertina reed,              - Posted by Warren Robinson, Jan. 7, 2001 Your beautiful instrument arrived today. I think I can definitely agree with that statement. Reeds are the heart of a concertina. David adds, for this documentation project: airflow to increase again when the reed moves down into the slot.           reeds, which I switched the way my reed shoes are held in the slot. Â.           minimum. reed itself is neglectable. 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