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Re: Where to go from here - Hohner E/B?
« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2019, 01:40:20 PM »

I rather wish the idea of “hotrodding” old classic instruments could quietly be dropped.  What I aim for when working on old instruments is a sympathetic restoration with a few minor enhancements to improve playability.  The emphasis should be on doing high quality renovation that retains the essential character of instrument.

My intention completely.  I want this box to be the envy of every serious player.  Not an accessory on the "Accordion Babes" Calendar. (No offense intended to those ladies as they are all brilliant musicians as well!)
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Re: Where to go from here - Hohner E/B?
« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2019, 01:47:54 PM »

Yes, spot on Theo. I would be tempted to undo the screws and try easing the reed plates out, clean and revalve, then slide them back in again, and replace the screws. Don't know if it would work, but I do like the idea of waxless reed plates.

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Re: Where to go from here - Hohner E/B?
« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2019, 02:00:13 PM »

Yes, spot on Theo. I would be tempted to undo the screws and try easing the reed plates out, clean and revalve, then slide them back in again, and replace the screws. Don't know if it would work, but I do like the idea of waxless reed plates.
Yes - this is exactly how it should be done. Loosen the screws part way out (no need to take them all the way out), then swivel the 'L'-shaped nail to one side and the reed plate should just slide out. May need gentle encouragement if it is well-bedded on the leather gasket.

Strip off all the old valves and discard. Clean off any muck and corrosion on the reed plates with a stiff wire brush (brass-bristled suede brushes are good); revalve, replace and retune.
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