Well I read on melodeon.net to stretch the bellows so they function better. I did that when I first got them just a tad. They were REALLY STIFF
I checked out the Italian bellows and a lot more bucks than I thought.. So won't be doing that ..
I got Marc Savoy learn to play accordion dvd and on there he talks about using the stiffness to help with the bellows return on the push.. Seems logical to me. But alas I had already stretched them out.. It was Lesters post that I followed and most guys on Melnet do that buy the way.
So.. different strokes I guess.
anyway thanks guys
here is the melnet post.
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Re: Stretching bellows??
« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2010, 02:28:01 PM »
Just been flicking through my photos of the melodeon makers course and have come upon Marc Serafini's master class on freeing up bellows. He recommends, and I know it works, that you take about 6 folds at a time and stretch them over your leg and then repeat for all folds on all four sides.
This method seemed to immediately free up the bellows from their pristine newness to supple and playable, you just need to be brave
Here is the link to the video I did what he said in the video