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Re: Hohner Organette
« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2014, 02:37:16 AM »

I think this sort of thing is a public service. We should have a little crowdsourcing fund for things like this that deserve saving. Something along the lines of £5 gets you an ineffable sense of smugness, £10 gets you even smugger, £25 gets you a go on it,  a cup of tea and a scone providing you turn up chez (insert custodian) here at mutually convenient time. Wouldn't be intended to help buy it, more to contribute to the restoration costs.
In return custodian commits to documenting restoration and posing (er, I mean posting) on youtube etc.
Probably only make the teeniest dent in the budget but think how well it  would go down with Mrs Custodian. (Or Mr, as appropriate).
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Re: Hohner Organette
« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2014, 09:03:26 AM »

 Probably ever rarer, Hohner also made the "Hohner-sax". same idea but shaped like an alto, tenor or bent soprano sax. not sure of the size or key..
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« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2014, 09:31:18 AM »

  The Hohner-sax, I have just found out is[or was] 17 1/2" long. definitely something for the weekend!!!!!
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« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2014, 10:41:09 AM »

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Re: Hohner Organette
« Reply #24 on: September 30, 2014, 04:26:16 PM »

OK, all you wizards out there, including the Oracle Theo. I have just been asked by the platers. "Do I need bright Nickel or dull ?.. One looks like chrome and the other ...... Well interesting. I know the original was nickel plated but which?  :-\
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« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2014, 04:51:53 PM »

I would choose bright. Most of the nickel plate used on older melodeons and concertinas is a bright finish. It is shiny like chrome, but has a much warmer colour, a pale creamy shine, rather than the garish slightly blue colour of chrome.
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« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2014, 06:37:03 PM »

I knew "the oracle" would-come up with something. Thanks Theo.
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« Reply #27 on: October 04, 2014, 09:10:36 AM »

Thanks to Theo I have been in touch with Lathco in Sheffield. They said Replating in bright Nickle would be no problem for them and a rough estimate of around 35 quid.
  Will keep you posted, photo's to follow hopefully.
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Re: Hohner Organette
« Reply #28 on: October 06, 2014, 06:09:16 PM »

Okay Gang,
I have found a firm on the Isle of Man UK  called  Modelling Timbers. They do nuts and bolts down to 0.6 mm.
The original keys were held in with bent over nails. Took me ages to file the ends off and I decided to replace them with nuts and bolts. Not original but better.
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« Reply #29 on: October 06, 2014, 10:57:10 PM »

Okay Gang,
I have found a firm on the Isle of Man UK  called  Modelling Timbers. They do nuts and bolts down to 0.6 mm.
The original keys were held in with bent over nails. Took me ages to file the ends off and I decided to replace them with nuts and bolts. Not original but better.

Have you a woodwind repairer near you?  Sounds similar to clarinet and saxophone fittings.

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« Reply #30 on: October 07, 2014, 06:28:20 AM »

No I don't think so Steve.
I'm really off on a wing and a prayer here, finding people who can do the bits that I can't. EG making new reeds. Nickle plating  etc. You're quite right, the bits and pieces are very similar. But if you want to go down my road you will need to take it apart yourself.  If you need any help sourcing expertise let me know.
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« Reply #31 on: October 07, 2014, 08:14:30 AM »

Sounds like you have it under control, I look forward to seeing and hearing the end result.

If you need any "woodwindy" bits, my sister (a clarinet player) uses this firm for odds and ends http://www.windplus.net/index.html

All the best

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« Reply #32 on: October 07, 2014, 09:24:00 AM »

Thanks for that Steve
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Re: Hohner Organette
« Reply #33 on: October 07, 2014, 04:43:09 PM »

The story so far.
Have just had a proforma invoice from Harmonicas for 210.54 € that includes shipping.
I went down to my Lloyds bank and they said  "Oh! Yes. There will be a charge of £20.00 to do this and the clerk seemed a bit miffed/ confused. But said it would take three or four days to transfer.
How in this day and age can a transaction take so long?
   Anyway, have sent all the metal bits of to Lathco in Sheffield for Replating in bright Nickle, just hope it won't be such a trauma paying them.....well Sheffield is a long way oop t'North. ;)
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« Reply #34 on: October 07, 2014, 04:48:46 PM »


Look at Transferwise. Much cheaper and quicker. You can use a bank card to pay.

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« Reply #35 on: October 07, 2014, 04:53:45 PM »

To late Malcolm but I'lll remember that for next time. Thanks.
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« Reply #36 on: October 10, 2014, 09:15:18 AM »

Does anyone know what  metal the Organette mouthpiece and bell end are made of?
 The platers have said if it is aluminium, they will have to send it somewhere else.
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« Reply #37 on: October 10, 2014, 09:24:49 AM »

It is unlikely to be aluminium, but if it is it doesn't need plating, just ask them to polish it, they should be able to do that.  It might also be zinc, same treatment should be ok.
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« Reply #38 on: October 10, 2014, 09:33:33 AM »

Thanks Theo.
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« Reply #39 on: October 10, 2014, 08:34:14 PM »

Does anyone know what  metal the Organette mouthpiece and bell end are made of?
 The platers have said if it is aluminium, they will have to send it somewhere else.

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