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Peadar

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Do old melodeons tighten up with regular playing?
« on: May 17, 2019, 09:16:37 AM »

I get the impression that my old 3 stop - barely playable on arrival -is improving. It gets picked up and played for a couplke of minutes most days. As the patina has worn off the bass buttons the valves and bellows seem to have tightened up somewhat.

Have others noticed old boxes becoming more playable with use or am I deceiving myself?

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Re: Do old melodeons tighten up with regular playing?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2019, 09:22:44 AM »

Have others noticed old boxes becoming more playable with use or am I deceiving myself?

Nope, but I have noticed how you can get used to something that's a bit rubbish by playing it more often  ;D
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Re: Do old melodeons tighten up with regular playing?
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2019, 11:35:02 AM »

Hmmm.  Loosen I think more than tighten.  Bellows seem to become more pliant, buttons, and their associated mechanisms, more swiftly acting with less friction.  I suppose that the dust and debris of ages could have become wedged in the little leaky interstices, but my experience is that things tend to deteriorate in the long term with use.  Guitars, and similar stringed instruments tend to develop tone and playability with age, but I think this has more to do with wood drying out and changing its internal chemical structure slowly over the years.
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Re: Do old melodeons tighten up with regular playing?
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2019, 11:42:35 AM »

I suspect Helena is on the right lines.  As you get used to a box it can get/seem easier to play. You're starting to learn how to control it. It's called progress.
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Re: Do old melodeons tighten up with regular playing?
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2019, 05:39:44 PM »

Progress sounds good (:). I had wondered if the valve leathers were seating better.
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Re: Do old melodeons tighten up with regular playing?
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2019, 11:27:11 PM »

Progress sounds good (:). I had wondered if the valve leathers were seating better.

Quite possible. Also the pallets will bed in better the more you play it.
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Re: Do old melodeons tighten up with regular playing?
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2019, 03:37:16 PM »

Every instrument I've owned seems to have mysteriously improved after a few months of playing!
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Re: Do old melodeons tighten up with regular playing?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2019, 04:01:38 PM »

I believe that your exclamation mark gives the game away there, Ted. They get better as we get more used to playing them, would be my explanation. Of course, the better the player, the quicker any "improvement" will become apparent. (It takes about 6 months in my case! LOL.)
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Re: Do old melodeons tighten up with regular playing?
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2019, 06:41:42 PM »

It is also entirely possible that I have discovered that bellows can be opened beyond 12 inches without damage, which will have worked wonders for air supply.
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