Re: [Harp-L] Re: Rick Epping: the Father of Embossing
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- Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Re: Rick Epping: the Father of Embossing
- From: Joseph Leone <3n037@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 22:24:06 -0500
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On Dec 28, 2012, at 12:36 PM, Rick Epping wrote:
> Hi Joe,
> There are a couple of good reasons why it's unlikely that embossing has
> been done on accordions.
I agree. Not necessary.
> First of all, since the early 1930's accordion
> reedplates have been made of duralumin and have a much higher tensile
> strength than do harmonica reedplates.
As well as being over 1/8" (3mm +) in thickness. (btw, a good argument for thick reed plates) lol.
> I've tried to emboss them and have
> found it nearly impossible.
I would think it would take a 'press'.
> The pressure needed to raise any kind of burr
> was so great that I feared any slip might damage the reed.
And that would be disastrous. Given the high cost of these instruments.
> Accordion reedplates would certainly not have been embossed at the factory,
Oh, certainly not. And you have given the answers I was hoping for. I wasn't certain. And I don't like being uncertain.
> since the technique is so time consuming. Reedplate coining achieves
> similar results and can be done rapidly by machine.
> It's also unlikely that embossing would have been attempted by professional
> players on their accordions as an aftermarket procedure even if it were
> possible to work duralumin plates, for the simple reason that the
> instruments are just too expensive to mess with. The cheapest accordion in
> Hohner's top-of-the-line series is the Gola 414. It's current retail price
> is in excess of $49,000.
> In 40 years of working on accordions I have never seen one with embossed
> reed slots.
I did some repairs myself and on one particular Detroit made unit (I forget the name), I made a new reed plate. I cut the tapered slots out by hand, and finish filed them to size. I used road sign sign board aluminum...softer than standard plate stock. After I was done, the tone on one of the reeds was too soft, so I embossed the draw slot. The reeds themselves were made from steel from the return spring from a 'Marchant' calculator. It worked. I charged $35.oo
smokey-joe, the fishin musician, the doo-wop cop, the Punjab of Java-Pour.
> Best regards to all,
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