Part - #3 “A long way to restoration” (By Wouter Vinckers)
In the mean time Harte took care of the right-hand side: cleaning, tuning and all
We should have had a closer look at the bellows in the first place, but the two guys
were so enthusiastic about their assignments that we overlooked the poor state of
that part: it was worse than we thought at first sight. In the end we decided, that,
after all the hard work, it was worthwhile to order a complete new bellows in Italy.
The original yellow was replaced by a grey-and-black. After this was mounted the
instrument had become a really playable accordion.
Later dad still replaced the valve-seals on the right-hand side to get rid of the
‘clicking’ sounds that the keys made, caused by the worn felt parts. As shown on
the photo he could not get the right thickness, so all the valves had to be re-adjusted.
Waxing the ‘felt-holders’ for perfect fit
New valveseals, as thin as available
The accordion, now referred to as ‘The Ostanek’, is often used by Rudy Meulen at
performances where he and I play together with my brother Matthijs on banjo. We enjoy
an increasing amount of fans for Slovenian style polkas in Holland.