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Title: Saratov 10 button diatonic box with bells ?
Post by: invadm on December 17, 2015, 02:29:30 PM
Saratov 10 button diatonic with bells ?
Hello all
Just came across this  piece and don’t know enough about this little  things..in what appears to be an original working condition..given the age of the box I assume it will need total overhauling ext.. Any guidance /advise please ? 
Russian member might be able to help ?
Title: Re: Saratov 10 button diatonic box with bells ?
Post by: Psuggmog Volbenz on December 18, 2015, 02:13:39 AM
I have one and Triskel has posted that he has one. Mine has three sets of steel reeds and is in the key of Aflat. There are three bass buttons, two which strike the bells when one  pushes firmly on the buttons, and the center one which  does not. Softly pressing on the outer bass buttons results in no bell.The air button can be seen in the bass end picture. It is on the upper right in the picture.The treble pallets are made of galvanized steel sheet. This one is missing the treble grille, which is usually covered with " mother of toilet seat" in the same color as the bellows frames.I have been attempting to play Jingle Bells on it and post on TOTM but haven't gotten it perfected because the reed orientation is the opposite the conventional layout,i.e. the pull notes are the push notes. Mine is a second button pull start. Its just close enough that I have to sort of unlearn what I my motor memory is for playing the melodeon. For me, it is harder than learning to play for the first time. I just took a few pictures of mine for this post.
Title: Re: Saratov 10 button diatonic box with bells ?
Post by: invadm on December 18, 2015, 05:01:56 PM
yep,this is the little box I wanted to find out some more info..but did not know they are were disorientated  (:) the one I found is on sale for £200 and just not sure if I want to buy it or not..do they have individual reeds or single plate do you know? wondering how hard it would be to turn the reeds right way around? or am I asking for trouble for my self as often I do  ???   
Title: Re: Saratov 10 button diatonic box with bells ?
Post by: Psuggmog Volbenz on December 19, 2015, 04:28:52 AM
yep,this is the little box I wanted to find out some more info..but did not know they are were disorientated  (:) ...do they have individual reeds or single plate do you know? wondering how hard it would be to turn the reeds right way around?...
Mine has individual reed plates. I thought about converting to a "conventional layout, but decided to leave it as built. I have several other melodeons and like the "novelty"-regional-historical aspect of this one, which is why I bought it in the first place.
Title: Re: Saratov 10 button diatonic box with bells ?
Post by: Psuggmog Volbenz on December 19, 2015, 04:31:10 AM
yep,this is the little box I wanted to find out some more info... the one I found is on sale for £200 and just not sure if I want to buy it or not... 
I paid considerably less than £200 for mine.
Title: Re: Saratov 10 button diatonic box with bells ?
Post by: Adam-T on December 19, 2015, 07:32:46 AM
I can`t say I`d pay much even if for some bizarre reason I had to have one, most of these kind of boxes are fit for little more than ornaments or firewood .
Title: Re: Saratov 10 button diatonic box with bells ?
Post by: Theo on December 19, 2015, 07:45:54 AM
For £200 I think I'd be expecting it to have been recently renovated and be in full playing order.
Title: Re: Saratov 10 button diatonic box with bells ?
Post by: Psuggmog Volbenz on December 23, 2015, 02:16:40 AM
I can`t say I`d pay much even if for some bizarre reason I had to have one, most of these kind of boxes are fit for little more than ornaments or firewood .
The ones I seen are about like an old Saxony box.
Title: Re: Saratov 10 button diatonic box with bells ?
Post by: Adam-T on December 23, 2015, 08:44:33 AM
The ones I seen are about like an old Saxony box.

Yep, exactly - HA114s they are Not ........ by a long chalk
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