Posted by Bob on 14th Jan 2017
My Stagi concertina gets a lot of use so I am not surprised it is starting to show a bit of wear and tear. I recently noticed that the leather bellows are starting to wear on the instrument's underside where the bellows rub up against the lap. (This is bound to happen if you play your concertina every day as I do). Of course I try not to let the bellows rub up against my lap in the first place, but that is easier said than done. To protect the bellows from further wear, I applied strips of electrician's tape over the worn areas. It works and looks great! I also used the opportunity to apply saddle soap to all leather parts (just the same as I have been doing to my baseball glove for over fifty years) to keep the leather from drying out and cracking. I suggest using saddle soap once or twice each year to keep your bellows pliable (and playable).
By the way, if you have a new instrument, it may feel a little stiff for a while. Don't worry, that will change after playing it a bit. I guess like anything else, it will need to be broken in. Saddle soap may also help.
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