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Petra76

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Hello everybody,

I have a problem with playing on the little accordeon, there are sounds that shouldn't be there. After opening it i saw leather pointing all directions, i don't think this is okay. How can i fix this by myself? Thanks in advance! Petra.

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Each reed here has 2 leathers 1 outside as in your picture and 1 inside the reed block which will most likely be in the same condition.
To repair this properly you will have to remove the reeds from the reed block replace the inner leather & rewax the reed back in place.
These days the average repair shop will charge $5 to replace an outside leather & $8 to replace an inner leather. If you do the work
yourself the savings are considerable. Before you make a decision please give this a read ---




A good article but the advice to replace inner leathers while the reed is in the reedblock is a proceedure I myself don't
recommend. Proper inner valve replacement is to remove the reed, install new leather, & rewax the reed to the reedblock.
 
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Each reed here has 2 leathers 1 outside as in your picture and 1 inside the reed block which will most likely be in the same condition.
To repair this properly you will have to remove the reeds from the reed block replace the inner leather & rewax the reed back in place.
These days the average repair shop will charge $5 to replace an outside leather & $8 to replace an inner leather. If you do the work
yourself the savings are considerable. Before you make a decision please give this a read ---




A good article but the advice to replace inner leathers while the reed is in the reedblock is a proceedure I myself don't
recommend. Proper inner valve replacement is to remove the reed, install new leather, & rewax the reed to the reedblock.
Thank you for the information! After reading this replacing the leather will no be the problem I think, now I need to find out what kind of leather I need and where I can find it.
 

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Thank you for the information! After reading this replacing the leather will no be the problem I think, now I need to find out what kind of leather I need and where I can find it.
First thing to do is to straighten the leathers on the outside (with tweezers/pincers), perhaps re-glueing them (using shoe glue) if they come off and see if this helps enough. The process of replacing reeds inside and outside is very hard without taking the reed plates off, and when you do take the reed plates off the process of re-waxing the reed plates is a skill that may look easy but requires a lot of practice to not make a mess.
If you are lucky then just straightening the leathers on the outside may improve the playability of the accordion enough to make you happy.
If you find that you really need to replace all the leathers by new ones (and do the re-waxing)... I get my repair stuff from Carini (www.carinidena.com) in Italy. It's not just a matter of finding the right kind of leather: you also need it in different thickness, thicker for bass reeds, thinner and thinner for higher and higher notes.
 

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