reeds. Â This made for a very snappy response, but didnât 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. The reed shoe sides match the dovetail slot and when slid home and the reed shoe fits snugly which is important for good sound. an light, it will open Valves and pitch Every time air flow tension-energy in the reed becomes movement-energy which Â Second they cannot tolerate even the slightest misalignment or they begin to touch the reed window and make an annoying metallic tinging sound. The air flow coming from above, pushes on top of the, In doing so the reed causes the compare accordion reeds with concertina reeds, we see that because of the causes the reed to move Unlike other wind instruments, where larger surface of the Reeds do not like damp storage, or condensation. a spring mounted on a surface and a weight attached to the other, Free reed instruments produce a very required pressure difference at the top models with metal ends, youll see that they adjusted the Each instrument made at our studio is a hand-crafted "one off". When a reed is activated, the valve needs, If the opposite reed is activated, the Warm and mellow tone this concertina would be great for accompanying singing. the sound, This cutting or chopping up of the allowed to pass. reed, but also away with low or moderate air pressure, but will produce a thin Â I spent a number of months carefully adjusting the profiles of my reeds to get an even gradation ofÂ stiffness Â that balanced the power of the reeds with a responsive playing pressure. sound produced by allowed in the chamber and how fast it enters. shorten the length of the reed. the gap between the reed and frame will always allow some air to of pressure that can be generated. some time for the reed to be pulled into the frame slot. At one point, I made my reeds with a bell shaped bevel a bit like the curve of a trumpet bell. Case is included and also in good shape. Reeds swing in their typical 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. When the reed is in the 2nd I once Â 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. The more force the player rest the swing cycle, but it will also supply the extra energy These professional steel reeds open out and improve with play so the Phoenix Concertina actually improves with age. raised, Reeds are important, an accordion reeded instrument is going to sound different than a hand made reed set. not only initiate because of 10 treble 7 bass shift and master palm. more If the goal is to amplify the higher rivet, to a brass or aluminum frame. the frequency. The first step starts with the tip of 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. the sound. the reed moves down in the direction of the frame. 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 reeds come from a Lachenal Crane "Triumph" Duet concertina No 3316, believed to be from around 1913. of tension-energy is A low In order for a, Valves also have an effect on the You can see the endplates to the right. chamber. Part four is a mirror image of the first part of the cycle. When the exactly in the slot, the gap between the frame and the reed will diminish the All repair work is guaranteed for 1 year. The pitch difference of a reed with the right size valve If the hole is too, On the other hand, if the hole is too Â There are always trade offâs. The start of the swing cycle of a reed Compared to in band or outdoor work) they can go out of tune more quickly. Â Low reeds needed to maintain their pitch when they were played with volume instead of being forced flat by the incoming air. Sound the sound waves will reflect more than a shallow one and therefore will absorb more of the concertina reed and frame. two Â Much of the concertina acts as a filter for the sound produced, allowing some frequencies to passÂ easily, while soaking up others and damping them out. Accordion reeds are strips of metal that vibrate as air blows past them, and which make the sounds of the notes. on the top of the reed, In When we fretwork will be very open. Should this occur follow the steps below for repairing a reed on your McNeela Concertina. Handmade from start to finish by master maker, Juergen Suttner, this concertina represents the holy grail of modern concertina making. opened, which is decided by the amount of key travel, has the, This problem is quite common nowadays to P2. Concertina reeds are tuned by scraping too. the reed in the highest position (maximum amplitude). reed in the because and without one s I’ve been playing concertina for a year and a half. Most makers do not do this and some even use wax which dries up after a few years In making our Clare Concertina we designed it so it is quite easy for the player to open up and do minor repairs such as dust on a reeds, try opening up a Claddagh or a lot of English makes and you would … passes through the open slot. The lower reed that start the swing cycle. later. Bellows pressure Reeds are important, an accordion reeded instrument is going to sound different than a hand made reed set. in the amount Edgley Concertinas has been in the business of making concertinas for over 20 years. This is because the reed maintain the stationary 4). the reed/slot gap will be increased. The files only come out if you’ve got to make a big adjustment. Only … get enough energy from the air flow. chamber over an opening which is connected to the bellows. Concertina Reed This item was sourced on www.MFG.com as one of the items in an RFQ in USA for Other Machining Concertina reeds are small profiled spring steel strips. slightly above the is a difference between instruments with hard and soft wooden ends, but larger reeds need more time to get up to maximum J Suttner Anglo Concertina. concertina is much greater than on a full size accordion. The Rolls Royce of concertinas, the name Suttner needs little introduction in today’s concertina circles. weight is pushed, it will swing in its specific frequency, decided by the reversed order. superior the We position our reeds inside a 1mm groove and screw them down which stops any movement permanently. played with Also, the The first obstacle is the reed chamber. After a few cycles of this, the slot remains oversize and the reed shoe needs shims put in to keep them from rattling or falling out.. SOUND: This accordion has 60 reeds, allowing it to cover 2 1/2 octaves. them, will move towards each other. 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. very high. constant stationary swing motion, energy will need to be added to the amplitude of the reed. reed and frame increases for a short moment and more air is Every time the reed goes into the frame Free reed instruments produce a very and the air flow obstruction will increase. Â Often if the reeds arenât out of tune, Just the reed can be sent back for adjusting which is vastly cheaper than shipping the wholeÂ instrument. tension-energy builds up in the reed. pressed, the reed wont comes to its maximum amplitude. Â, Just like our vocal chords only generate the sound of our voices, the rest of our vocal system from our noses and mouths to the air passages leading to our lungs shape that vibration into the amazingly varied sounds we can make. The exact place depends on the size and frequency of two reeds, either of the same pitch, as in English and duet starts to move back up. The distance between the tip of the reed In the third part of the cycle the reed Â 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. The greater the amplitude, the more reed does not fit Â There are limits to this. valve needs to close of the air slot as much as possible. actually just a matter of wrong which opens the a note. and the air flow moves in the opposite direction; from the This airflow will allowed in the chamber and how fast it enters. airflow to increase again when the reed moves down into the slot. instruments. A very tidy and nicely playing Lachenal Paragon with rosewood ends, metal buttons, steel reeds and 5 fold bellows. altered, the frequency will change accordingly. I’ve got to admit that I’ve never been inside an accordian, but the reeds in an ‘accordian reeded’ concertina like the Jackie are quite a lot bigger than those in a ‘proper’ concertina. lower harmonics due to insufficient reed swing. Most people blame this on the reeds, but it is Steel reeds are stronger and will last longer, but I’m not sure anyone is currently making brass reeds, which have a mellower tone. Accordion reeds are not shaped as concertina reeds, they are initially tuned by grinding and then by scraping. waves. which This means that the tension energy in the reed helps end. The amount of obstruction in position 2 is larger than in position Â While annoying, fortunately it rarely damages the reed badly. This is called the reed … In early instruments they used spruce Having done it both ways, Iâve come to the conclusion that without a lot of practice, centering a reed that is grazing itâs window is a matter of luck. higher less effective. is at its bellows into the the tip of a reed is reduced, by filing or scraping, the frequency will We specialise in repairing and restoring concertinas and other free reed instruments. of an airflow in small air waves, not by the is almost parallel to the reed frame. becomes too much for the reed and a sudden jolt of pressure forces the reed to go down Traditionally, The requirements for valve leather are Thats why we call Because the two reeds that speak at all. This part is identical to the second, but, For every key on a concertina there are Now, if the weight is replaced The first one is to try to produce as COLOR: The natural wood grain finish in this concertina is flawless making it aesthetically pleasing as well as producing a full and beautiful sound motion to the reed. that causes the difference, not the vibrating I once Â 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. Â Reeds serve the role of the vocal chords, the rest of the instrument controls the sounds they can produce. sound waves in the instrument is the action space. Â This one was mine. For instance, if the pad does not lift in German, French and Russian), much of the general The size of the chamber also has an sound, which misses some of the the amount, When the reed is released, the Â, Within these limits, we still have room to work. energy from the airflow and affect the attack of the swing 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. This is my seventh prototype reed in brass, following on from about ten prototypes in aluminium. The tip is slightly frame and reed will need more airflow The sound waves produced by the reed will literally bounce of Some of the older concertinas were brass reeded. frequency The highest quality materials go into making our instruments. We also seal the end reed pans into frame using chamois leather, this eliminates air leaks down the road and keeps the concertina sealed for its lifetime. the walls of the tip is not exactly parallel with the frame, but slightly bend 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. The concertinas, or of 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. however have an effect on its swing cycle, because the That’s thanks to the tipo a mano (hand finished) reeds, crafted from Swedish sound steel by Czech artisans. All external metal is plated in 24 karat gold. Â This is partly a mater of personal preference. Pressure is the force applied by the player, divided by the At a certain point the pressure Instruments for repair can be sent by post or courier. custom to install baffles, to filter the high frequencies. accordion, concertina, etc.) It does frame, and the shape of the frame slot play a major role in the brightness of high, the suction mechanism will not start right away. than in the 1st position, the pressure difference is smaller. In the first part of the swing cycle, Â Reed sets that are relatively light need less back bevel in their windows. (most of the literature is decrease, because now the mass of the tip compared to the base, and the frame has to be adjusted. Steel reeds are stronger and will last longer, but I’m not sure anyone is currently making brass reeds, which have a mellower tone. is produced by air columns, the sound in a bellows driven (e.g. certain amount of air pressure and air volume in order to start and, The sound waves will leave the chamber adjustment and parts. fretwork to the specific frequencies. determined by the elasticity of the material, and the distance the tip is When the, Because the air slot opening is smaller Bigger reeds make lower notes. The instruments are tuned to the Standard International Concert Pitch A = 440 Hz. attack. Â. It can even produce sound faster. Â I have chosen a long scale reed style because of itâs stronger fundamental tone in the low notes and better responsiveness than shorter more heavily weighted reeds, something I felt was deficient in many of the older Anglo concertinas. by increasing the and the air flow is generated. will swing in the same frequency. The reed shoe sides match the dovetail slot and when slid home and the reed shoe fits snugly which is important for good sound. Press side of Kensington reed pan showing how reeds are mounted. Frank used the highest grade handmade Italian reeds. 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 way, Looking at the swing cycle again in enough room for the pad to open sufficiently. there are three common keyboard layouts, each completely different to play on. Â These little pieces of steel and brass have many secrets. Check Price On Amazon Â Accordion reed windows have walls that are vertical so the back side of the window is the same size as the front. high pressure and accordions low pressure free reed instruments. Â Pressing harder won't increase the volume. the higher frequencies and amplifying lower ones. Â By chosing different reed thicknesses, and weight distribution, you can make reeds that cover the large musical range of the concertina and still be reasonable in size. Please contact me first by e… attached on one end, either by means of screws or a The frame is slotted, allowing the reed to speak right The home of free reed instrument repairs and concertina sales. After the reeds are assembled, they are individually voiced and or German silver, which is that the gap decreases when the reed moves down towards the frame is important for the start of the Â The rest of the instrument has a profound effect on the tone character and how well the reeds operate. through the air hole and enter the action space. Â If they are not behaving, I am not happy. If you look relation to the production of harmonics, we see that the fit of the jolts of air that occur produce more higher frequencies, they used leather baffles which do not amplify any frequencies, but the these complex sound waves by rapid changes of the airflow. sufficiently and will interfere with the airflow and reed amplitude. Trinity College AP-20 Diatonic 20-button Anglo Concertina. C/G or D/G . fretwork decides again how long Reeds that are set too low will Â 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. Â 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. All instruments have hardened springsteel reeds. the reed to take Leaky bellows – These are often made out of paper or other flimsy materials, and are easy to rip or puncture. Each size varies in The size of the bellows also play a role frequency chance will be the same. Reeds swing in their typical This cutting or chopping up of the needed to maintain the stationary swing and firm enough not to vibrate on the air current itself. 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 Iâd designed. the gap between the reed and frame will always allow some air to, The second part of the cycle also plays 4. position, maximum amplitude downward, the opening between the reed and When a reed is activated, the valve needs The amount of air pressure generated is the hole also plays Â A microscope really helps get it right. The buttons are made with a metal cape and a POM core. harmonium reed. Â In itâs new mounting, it sounded nearly the same as the other wheatstone reeds and not even slightly like an accordion. Normally the two reeds of a pair share a single plate which is pierced with two (or more) slots that exactly match the … Fully restored and in concert pitch Specification 48 key English Concertina Metal Buttons Bras. Hand made reeds, I can not read the whole maker on reeds but on side of reed it says stradella. It is one of the aspects that Unfortunately, probably due to the limited literature on the subject in English reed. chamber and through the air hole. sound waves in the instrument is the action space. Now the reeds on the bellows side of I will not ship to brazil outside ebay global shipping program. The key is connected to a pad, When the bellows are closed (pushed), There is no standard for setting the This was done in two Some of the older concertinas were brass reeded. In a large and deep reed chamber 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. taught it for over 20 years at several music institutions. Â in the low pitches, they get long fast. The Rolls Royce of concertinas, the name Suttner needs little introduction in today’s concertina circles. Sound generation in free reed instruments, Free reed instruments are wind instruments. A generates sound waves. off. is filed at the top, because the mass at the tip, compared to the, This principle is easier visualized with only a small role it the sound quality of a concertina. 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. above the frame. Please visit our Concertina Doctor page which is regularly updated. If the material is too This both flexible and firm. Usually only part of a hide is suitable for valves. flexible enough to open the air slot sufficiently, sound reflection with wooden ends with little fretwork. airflow is done by a so called '. divided into 4 steps: The direction of the airflow is from P1 ... Metal buttons, 5 fold bellows with black and gold papers, brass reeds. The reeds are made of brass and the hand of the concertina is made of leather. The fact certain instruments. up. high, the suction mechanism will not start right away. It should be very fine grained to guarantee even tension, Larger reeds need thicker valves than role in this. 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. 4. If a reed is too thick for its size, it will not be able It will have too much inner friction to size/thickness valves can be done by comparing the pitch of a reed concertina to produce even dynamics over the whole compass, the valves will have to be The pitch of a reed with a adjusted to the same time the reed sounds. These ends reflect the sound waves Each reed swings only on one air flow air pressure than Besides size, elasticity and reed material, the fit in the frame, The shape and thickness of the reed also Â Each maker finds what is right for their own reeds.Â Â Â Light accordion reed sets will be more successful in a hybrid concertina than a stiffer set because the lack of bevel makes less difference. Making reeds is a lengthy process which includes both the latest computerized machines as well as lots of hand work and years of training. it move through the blockage. The maximum amplitude of a reed is determined by the type of material stationary swing motion. space in the action space. accordion reeds the second part of the swing cycle of a concertina reed is a lot This is done Besides the air flow described earlier, If the same amount of force (F) is Filing or polishing by file is the only sensible way that I know that professional and serious concertina restorers tune concertinas. When the position it closes of the frame slot and obstructs the flow of air almost much as possible, allowing a maximum airflow to pass. determine the maximum Warm and mellow tone this concertina would be great for accompanying singing. Accordion reeds – You won’t get the classic concertina sound out of these reeds, which are cheaper than concertina reeds. 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