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Tuning a Busilacchio 2 row
« on: March 22, 2009, 05:18:40 AM »

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Re: Tuning a Busilacchio 2 row
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2009, 07:20:58 AM »

I'm not the expert and I'm sure that others more experienced than me will add their views, but this is how I would do it.....

Cut a strip of plain paper just a bit longer than the reed block and wedge-shaped - the width of the long reed plate at one end, tapering to the width of the shortest reed plate at the other end. Lay the strip over the reed plates so that it covers the reed tongues and valves, and carefully secure it flat and taut with masking tape (or similar which can be removed easily and does not leave a sticky residue). Ensure that the sticky tape does not come into contact with the reed tongues or valves.

The paper strip should be sufficient to prevent that bank of reeds from sounding whilst you tune the uncovered side of the reed block. Once you've done one side, repeat the process for the other side.
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Re: Tuning a Busilacchio 2 row
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2009, 07:48:20 AM »

Being a simple soul I would just cut a bit of paper the shape of the reeds on one side of the reed block, place it over the reeds and tape it down. This will stop one side working.


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Re: Tuning a Busilacchio 2 row
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2009, 10:27:43 AM »

It depends on how you are sounding the reeds while tuning them.  If you sound them in the accordion then this method will not work.  If you have the reedblock outside the instrument to sound the reeds then just hold a finger over the reed that you don't want to hear.  Simple and effective.

For other situations you can stop a reed sounding by slipping a strip of stiff paper under the reed tongue.  For the underneath reed you can get the same effect by lifting the valve and slipping the strip of paper into the gap along the side of the reed tongue.

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