I have just received an almost unused Ariette - no other identifier, 4 stops, in C. The ends are wood effect and the bellows are white with black tape, and I am sad because although it doesn't sound too bad it is so far from airtight is is really hard to play.
I have had the bass end off to put back a reed block and fix some holes in the wax. The bellows tape appears sound, at least on that end.
I took the opportunity to tweak the valve pressers into holding the leather flat, and will probably do the same for the other end - the pallets seem to be airtight, so does anyone have any hints on where to start to try to make improvements?
It has a strap and the single screw fixing point on the top has pulled out after one day so that will need work - but I can cope with that - it is the air which is the big problem
It was intended to be a beginner instrument - but it is far more likely to put off anyone with any interest in learning than give them a good introduction to making music.
The physical size of the bass end makes it impossible for me to operate the bass and air buttons, I would have to shorten the strap by moving the fixing point around onto the end of the box rather than the top of it, to stop it dropping down, and be working at full stretch even then.