30 Key, steel reeded Lachenal 148888
This concertina was bought at auction, a job lot including fish knives and cigarette cards. One of the ends was ok, the other was in bad shape, so presented the challenge of replacing a single end to match. I took a piece of victorian furniture which was a close match to the hog used, and used an old recipe button polish of the sort they might have slapped on these cheaper models back in the day - it seems to have worked!
This concertina is now owned by an ace hammond organist in the Czech republic.
28-key, brass reeded Lachenal 61055
This instrument had heavily gouged and seized end bolts, having been badly overtightened in the past, and a good deal of fretwork was missing on one side. The simplest solution was to replace both the ends. The bellows were also refurbished with new leather. Mahogany was used with a light woodstain and french polish was applied to new and existing woodwork.
The restoration wasn't as sensitive as my subsequent projects, nevertheless a badly damaged instrumet has been brought back to life and plays very sweetly. This instrument is being looked after by a good friend and fellow 'cellist.