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What's your favourite accordion?

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GUEST,Kit 20 Sep 00 - 02:19 PM
Bert 20 Sep 00 - 02:19 PM
GUEST,Kit 20 Sep 00 - 02:21 PM
DougR 20 Sep 00 - 03:02 PM
Bert 20 Sep 00 - 03:07 PM
Eric the Viking 20 Sep 00 - 03:07 PM
DougR 20 Sep 00 - 03:15 PM
GUEST,Shanachie 20 Sep 00 - 05:42 PM
CarolC 20 Sep 00 - 05:52 PM
GUEST,Sam Pirt 20 Sep 00 - 06:54 PM
Bradypus 20 Sep 00 - 07:02 PM
Chocolate Pi 20 Sep 00 - 09:59 PM
Skipjack K8 21 Sep 00 - 07:15 AM
CarolC 21 Sep 00 - 07:48 AM
GUEST,Roger Quigley 21 Sep 00 - 08:04 AM
CarolC 21 Sep 00 - 08:13 AM
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GUEST,Russ 21 Sep 00 - 01:36 PM
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Subject: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,Kit
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 02:19 PM


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Bert
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 02:19 PM

A dead one.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,Kit
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 02:21 PM

I've just started to play & have stolen a Hohner from a kindly gentleman. It's great fun, but so very...German. Everything I play sounds like a call to lederhosen. Are Italian boxes better then?


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: DougR
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 03:02 PM

bert: Don't be unkind. DougR


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Bert
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 03:07 PM

Sorry, actually I like accordians but I just couldn't resist that one.

Sorry Kit, I was just kidding.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 03:07 PM

The one my mate leaves at home!!!


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: DougR
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 03:15 PM

Me too, bert. DougR


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,Shanachie
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 05:42 PM

My Saltarelle Bouebe, until I can afford to upgrade to their Nuage model.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: CarolC
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 05:52 PM

Any accordion I can get my grubby little fingers on. But you already knew that, didn't you?


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,Sam Pirt
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 06:54 PM

Hi

My favorite accordion is a 'Pigini 96 Convertor bass Piano Accordion'

Cheers, Sam


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Bradypus
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 07:02 PM

I play a Royal Standard, which I like, but no-one seems to have heard of.

Bradypus


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Chocolate Pi
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 09:59 PM

The one my mother played when I was small, late at night; all the mournful Russian and Yiddish songs mixed with the creaking and the wheezing of the bellows.


Plorkwort


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 07:15 AM

Kit, you make it sound Italian.

Eric, shove it!!

Best accordion - The Borsini in the shop window for £1000 I ain't got!

Skipjack


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: CarolC
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 07:48 AM

Guest Kit,

I think I should probably apologize for my flippant remark. I think I mistook you for one of the guests who like to play practical jokes around here.

I am just starting out on a Hohner myself. I also have some difficulty overcoming the German accent, shall we say. At this point in time, my instrument seems to be playing me instead of the other way around.

There is a thread that has quite a bit of excellent accordion information on it. It is called "Can we talk about accordions please?". If you go into the forum home page and type the name of the thread into the box labeled filter, above and to the right of the threads, then set the age for a month or two, and then hit "refresh", the name should come up on the screen. You may have to scroll to find it. When the name comes up, click on it, and that should take you there.

Best wishes, and good luck with your accordion playing.

Carol

(Feeling a little sheepish)


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,Roger Quigley
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 08:04 AM

As a guitarist of dubious ability I have to say the favourite accordion are the ones my wife plays. A pigini 96 base for song and "pretty" music and a Hohner Student V for the dance tunes, particularly Morris Tunes.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: CarolC
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 08:13 AM

Better yet, click here for accordions.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,Kit
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 01:08 PM

Skipjack, I think I'm living proof that you have to watch a good player to be a good player, and I watch keenly. Kit


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 01:36 PM

My girlfriend's. A cajun accordion made by Larry Miller of Iota, LA.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Ely
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 03:25 PM

I don't know what kind it was, but a guy I saw in concert two weeks ago had a beautiful black one with white and silver trim. Very 1957-Cadillac.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 08:49 AM

Well, having been told to shove it by my friend Skipjack. I'd better tell you all that skip plays a mean accordian and under-rates himself. But, hey Skip, Where should I shove it?

Dear Lisa

Dear Lisa

But where should I shove dear Skepper, where? Cheers. Eric


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,Kit
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 02:24 PM

I'm with you Eric, he sure can play the thing. Does anyone know how much a nice accordion costs then? Either new or second hand, but something Italian. Cheers, Kit


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Bert
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 02:29 PM

These guys often have accordians cheap, but you'd be buying a pig in a poke. If you're a tinkerer or have a repair man near they might be worth looking into.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Bernard
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 03:13 PM

Mine! It's a Hohner Musette IV, circa 1970, and was made in Switzerland. It's VERY LOUD, but doesn't rasp like the common German Hohner!

It's also extraordinarily heavy, but is so perfectly voiced that it practically plays with no effort at all - even after 30 years of me thrashing it!

I've had it from new, so it's a genuine 'one Hohner' instrument (sorry! Someone had to say it!)...


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Bernard
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 03:16 PM

Ooops! I forgot! You can see a piccie of it on my website - which will soon have audio as well...

Website clicky thing


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: CarolC
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 10:25 PM

Bernard, I just learned something from you! Interesting bellows action. Why didn't you join us in the accordion talk thread, back when I couldn't get any accordion players to come out of the closet?

Carol


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,PaulR
Date: 23 Sep 00 - 07:07 PM

My favorite accordian is the one in my mother-in-law's home in Tx. She Knows I want it when that time comes, but turned 90 this year and is still living alone and driving her own car. Carol, In our mails I have failed to mention my secret. Out of the accordian closet now.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: CarolC
Date: 24 Sep 00 - 02:37 AM

HEY PAUL! Good to see you here! How about joining up?

Carol


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: CarolC
Date: 24 Sep 00 - 06:32 AM

Another good accordion resource, House of Musical Traditions


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Bernard
Date: 24 Sep 00 - 05:08 PM

CarolC: Why didn't you join us in the accordion talk thread, (etc)...

Erm, I did! You even sent me a personal message...

Isn't it great to be remembered...


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Bernard
Date: 24 Sep 00 - 05:13 PM

Re. the 'interesting bellows action' - That was a still photo that I animated, and it didn't seem to look right with 'correct' bellows action! Hence the caricature action!


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: CarolC
Date: 24 Sep 00 - 09:22 PM

Sorry, Bernard.

Different accordion thread. The one to which you refer is called, Let's Talk Accordions! The thread to which I was referring is called "Can we talk about accordions please?" and has a clickable link in my 9/21, 8:13 am post to this thread. Sorry to confuse you.

I do remember you giving me some helpful advice about sound cards for computers in a personal message. See? I remember you!

Please feel free to contribute some of your accordion knowlege to the other accordion thread if you want. There's lots of fine people in there.

Best wishes,

Carol

P.S. Kit, you might find some interesting stuff in the "Let's Talk" thread as well.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Bernard
Date: 26 Sep 00 - 07:46 PM

Okay! I've posted to it!

Visit my Website


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: northfolk/al cholger
Date: 26 Sep 00 - 08:04 PM

My favorite is Len Wallaces...it always has a crazy man standing in back of it...playing up a combination storm, trainwreck and revolution.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Smokey.
Date: 06 Aug 10 - 12:28 AM

Guerrini.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST
Date: 23 May 12 - 09:51 AM

My favourite is: Rembrandt Accordion by Borsini, but it's out of my budget at this moment :-(


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 23 May 12 - 11:48 AM

You waited 12 years to tell us that ?

Get a life.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,FloraG
Date: 23 May 12 - 12:40 PM

The one that is kept in its box is good.
I think accordians are ideal solo instruments but their base notes tend to drown out counter melodies in sessions and in some bands, so you get less vatiation with them. I like a tune to sound a bit different each time its played.
FloraG.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 23 May 12 - 01:02 PM

Button every time


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 23 May 12 - 04:53 PM

My favorite accordion is one played by someone to whom timing is more important than trying to squeeze all the "right" notes into the tune.

That's a pretty accurate description of my favorite banjo, as well.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: melodeonboy
Date: 23 May 12 - 05:50 PM

My cajun accordion, built by Junior Martin in Louisiana!


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 24 May 12 - 11:41 AM

Idon't know anything about different brands. I'm just here to say that I like accordions and accordion music.

Long ago, Bernard mentioned an accordion which sounds great but is heavy. Take a look at the accordion in this video of Lou and Peter Berryman:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQn6clsHVlw

Lou has a delicate frame, and she has a pole attached to the accordion which supports its weight. Seems like a great idea for anybody whose accordion is heavy.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 24 May 12 - 12:37 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQn6clsHVlw

Can't see any pole?


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 24 May 12 - 03:00 PM

See that slender black pole just in front of Lou's left foot? It's between the 3rd and 4th mic's from the left. That's it.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,Guest (Lael)
Date: 25 May 12 - 12:58 AM

I hope I don't double post.

Of course Petosa is the cream of the crop but my performance instrument is a Guerrini Universal Pro. It has dual Sennheiser pickups and a pre-amp built in. It's also the only 4/5 I could find with a 19-1/2" keyboard. Since I'm a not very tall lady I chin myself on the 21 and 22-inchers.

I do have two other instruments, one a knockaround for playing outdoors and another that I've had since 1957 that I use for practice. They're both Nobles. Really loud and heavy as all heck but you couldn't beat them to death with a box of hammers.


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 May 12 - 09:59 AM

GUEST,leeneia,

Ah, see it now.

What a brill idea, must work on one for my heavy beast!


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 28 May 12 - 10:01 AM

I used to have a bumper sticker that read: " Use an accordion...go to prison!"

GfS


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Subject: RE: What's your favourite accordion?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 29 May 12 - 09:07 AM

It is a brll idea, Mr. Happy.

You know how when you read books about the history of humanity, they talk about the major human characteristics of speech, upright bipedalism and tool making? It seems to me that most of us have lost sight of our own ability to be tool-makers.

I heard Lou Berryman talk about the pole at a concert. She'd gone to a doctor because her shoulders were hurting, and the doctor told her to stop playing accordion. Then she found herself a tool-maker (in modern parlance, a designer) who mounted a fitting on the bottom of the accordion and cut a pole to length. So Lou wasn't the tool-maker herself, but at least she had the right idea.


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