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  • myorgan
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    Mr. Goodfellow,

    Thank you for sharing the end result of your endeavors. Often, we hear the questions and answers, but it really is rewarding when someone shares the results of their labors. Thank you!

    Michael

  • KC9UDX
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    Nice work!

  • Mr. Goodfellow
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    It's quite a while since I posted on here, but I did perform the sodering iron procedure on the wax, and the sound of the accordion is much better. All of the reeds sound excellent and the entire accordion is in extremely good tune. There are no weird-sounding chord buttons anymore. There were a few spots I could have used a little more wax, but I believe all is fairly secure now. There is still some leaking, which I will work on troubleshooting, but the whole sound of the accordion is very good right now.

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  • KC9UDX
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    Originally posted by Mr. Goodfellow View Post
    Alright! I do have a soldering iron, so I could use that. Would you advise getting any reed wax before attempting the job? If not, I might begin right away, proceeding with caution.
    I'd go ahead without it. If you need it, buy it at that point. You might be able to get by without it.

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  • Mr. Goodfellow
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    Alright! I do have a soldering iron, so I could use that. Would you advise getting any reed wax before attempting the job? If not, I might begin right away, proceeding with caution.

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  • KC9UDX
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    Cracked wax causes you to lose wind when you're playing that reed. You'll notice that some notes take more wind than others.

    Yours is cracked to the point where reeds are ready to come loose. If you were to continue playing it like that, you'd soon have a mess.

    That gap looks normal. Do remove the reed blocks. Before removing any blocks, mark them with a pencil so you know where to put them back. If you have a soldering iron, you can fix that wax. Just run your iron along the cracks. Don't move too slowly or you'll burn the wax. If you use a soldering iron make absolutely sure to remove all the solder and rosin from the tip first. If you don't have a soldering iron, you could improvise with a sacrificial spoon and a torch.

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  • KC9UDX
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    Thank you! No, I don't (yet). I've never actually done it. I might someday, and if I do, I'll surely make a video. I wish I'd made a video of re-waxing this one. If I get time (someday) I'll dig out my parts accordion and make some demonstration videos with it. I could even attempt to tune a reed.

  • Mr. Goodfellow
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    And the last

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  • Mr. Goodfellow
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    Mooore

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  • Mr. Goodfellow
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    More photos...

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  • Mr. Goodfellow
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    Alright! The accordion has been dissassembled. There is a lot of cracked wax and loose leather. A few of the treble reeds are missing the leather altogether. There's also a weird gap in the treble where it looks like there should be two reeds, but aren't.
    I shown a flashlight around in the bellows in the dark, and, though it glowed at the corners, the light didn't shine all the way through anywhere that I could find. So, does cracked wax make air leak and thus the air use inneficient? I'm a little confused on the result of that. I'm not taking any steps right this minute, so any advice would be appreciated!

    Sooo, here is an overload of pictures! It might take a few posts, since I can only do five at a time. Click image for larger version

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  • myorgan
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    Excellent, informative video, KC. Do you also have one on re-leathering the pallets?

    Michael

  • Joey_Gleet
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    Not sure which direction you are from STL but, these folks are in KCMo :http://www.kcaccordionrepair.com/

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  • KC9UDX
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    You're quite welcome. Happy New Year, and happy accordioning!

  • Mr. Goodfellow
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    Thank you for the video, KC9UDX. I will undertake this operation as soon as I have time, which will hopefully be Friday. I believe the first time I open it up, I'll simply look around, take a lot of pictures, and carefully put it back together. I will continue to be careful with it before I can get some repairs done. Having looked inside, I'll be able to tell better what needs to be done. Thank you all very much for your help, and happy New Year!

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