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by Morne
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Make your own handmade reeds in less than 30 minutes!
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: Make your own handmade reeds in less than 30 minutes!

why is he scoring the strip with the Dremel first to be able to snap it off later, after he has riveted the tongue in the plate? My guess is it is easier to align/centre the reed when you have that extra material. In the first video from 13:45 when he's riveting, the reed is under the plate. So if ...
by Morne
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Make your own handmade reeds in less than 30 minutes!
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Make your own handmade reeds in less than 30 minutes!

Clickbait title aside, there's a Russian guy who built his own garmon and documented a lot of the process. Here are two videos showcasing what's involved in making the reeds by hand. Treble reeds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBRYMC3AViI Bass reeds (including the long reed plate itself): https://...
by Morne
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: A different kind of French...
Replies: 8
Views: 220

Re: A different kind of French...

Thanks, John.

I wonder how that publication compares to Ellegaard's. Now if only collecting methods books actually transferred skills then I would probably get that one too...
by Morne
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: A different kind of French...
Replies: 8
Views: 220

Re: A different kind of French...

John, I have my doubts about that 6 voice business, but have no way of verifying it. I would still love to see the guts of such a beast, though. Does the name Max Bonnay ring any bells from back in the coal-driven TV days? He seems to have won a couple of accordion competitions back in the day (http...
by Morne
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Non-standard bass reed block layouts
Replies: 12
Views: 921

Re: Non-standard bass reed block layouts

Here are some mini winkelbasses following the Soprani sideways reedblock design:
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Source: https://www.ebay.com/itm/PAOLO-SOPRANI- ... 3165945195
by Morne
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: A different kind of French...
Replies: 8
Views: 220

Re: A different kind of French...

I found a little bit more about the Lora. According to this history of Cavagnolo, they started making the Lora in the 1980s. Looks like it was initially made for Max Bonnay and, if I'm reading that correctly, came with a 6 voice treble and a double cassotto for the melody bass. (If that is correct t...
by Morne
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: "Unison" Russian Bayan?
Replies: 19
Views: 329

Re: "Unison" Russian Bayan?

John, I share the same feelings about those eBay instruments. Given the sometimes suspect descriptions and photos, along with the cost, I do feel like there is a very low price point at which I'll be comfortable buying these. Since I've started learning some tuning I'd be happy to fix some issues, b...
by Morne
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: "Unison" Russian Bayan?
Replies: 19
Views: 329

Re: "Unison" Russian Bayan?

Here are some examples of a converter Unison 3 being played: Just going through the notes (including free bass): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdxPCTJJDl0 Some short snippets form the same player (only stradella bass): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRcxHLgAEF8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9H...
by Morne
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: A different kind of French...
Replies: 8
Views: 220

A different kind of French...

This is by Jean-Baptiste Lully, a French Baroque composer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfEGgfBREks This won't be to many's taste, but an interesting thing here is the accordionist plays a somewhat rare Cavagnolo Lora, which is a converter instrument. I can find very little about it online, excep...
by Morne
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: "Unison" Russian Bayan?
Replies: 19
Views: 329

Re: "Unison" Russian Bayan?

Those prices are sometimes a bit inflated and probably depend on how gullible your market is when every mass-produced Soviet instrument becomes a "rare concert" bayan. Now I suppose when you're not in Russia that might technically be partially valid, but still. The Unisons seem to go for less than 1...
by Morne
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: "Scotch-Irish" accordion
Replies: 31
Views: 497

Re: "Scotch-Irish" accordion

I watched the film "Whiskey Galore!" this weekend. It takes place on a Scottish island. There was some accordion, or actually melodeon, music which I stereotypically associated with Irish music. Here's an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ1SBA90IeY&index=16&list=PL5sSZeoJ1Z2TmkfjSaU4O9PxEvS...
by Morne
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Putting bounce in your playing
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: Putting bounce in your playing

Stephen, it was meant to be a bit tongue-in-cheek. At exactly one minute in the players are literally, well, bouncing . That segment is only 25 seconds long, though. If you skipped past that you would have missed it. It's a long clip because it's from a Russian TV show where they go around the count...
by Morne
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Putting bounce in your playing
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Putting bounce in your playing

This is the best example I've seen so far. It doesn't even need any words to describe:
https://youtu.be/_EJi701GazA?t=58s
(Starts at 1:00)
by Morne
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Melodia Accordions
Replies: 9
Views: 1473

Re: Melodia Accordions

Reviving this just to mention there seems to have been a relationship between Hohner and (the Slovenian) Melodija at some point. I saw this ad on eBay where the instrument is mentioned as having Hohner parts (and it's clearly so): https://www.ebay.com/itm/TOP-ACCORDION-MELODIJA-HOHNER-TOSCA-III-96-B...
by Morne
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Russian 3 Row bayan
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: Russian 3 Row bayan

treble reeds tuned very dry I forgot to mention that that, too, is the default. Although you probably won't see this much on ebay, there is a specific term when a bayan has some MM tremolo (в розлив). The Google translations are horrible and you'll get things like "in bottling". I don't fully under...
by Morne
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Bayan Mix
Replies: 8
Views: 291

Re: Bayan Mix

It's interesting to watch some of the more mature audiences looking on in disbelief in other clips where they feature, as though they were expecting formal music recitals. To be honest, as somebody who's younger than those players I would have the same reaction (if I somehow ended up in the audienc...
by Morne
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Hohner Atlanta/Atlantic v Hohner Pirolla ( LMM )
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Re: Hohner Atlanta/Atlantic v Hohner Pirolla ( LMM )

Does anybody know what the difference is between a Hohner Atlanta/Atlantic PA and a Hohner Pirolla PA? I believe the Pirolas have narrower, "lady size" keys. Some older Atlantics had a jalousie where you could dampen the treble side slightly. Ignoring the jalousie, I'm not sure how much of a differ...
by Morne
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Russian 3 Row bayan
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: Russian 3 Row bayan

I have no experience of these whatsoever, but my understanding is that they have either two or three treble reeds tuned very dry, and what is described as a "typical bayan bass sound." The kind of bayan you've shown is much more likely to have two treble reeds. I've yet to see a bayan with three vo...
by Morne
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Need Help Identifying these Old Accordions
Replies: 11
Views: 367

Re: Need Help Identifying these Old Accordions

(sorry, this is actually Armenian/Georgian, not Azeri) (this is Azeri) Easy to get them mixed up, but not if you're Azeri, apparently. Worse when the accordionist is actually a Bulgarian, but never mind. That's a rabbit hole I haven't gone down. I'm sure there are clear differences once one pays cl...
by Morne
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Need Help Identifying these Old Accordions
Replies: 11
Views: 367

Re: Need Help Identifying these Old Accordions

Yet another clip showing men dressed in more or less identical attire to the "soldiers" in the bottom photo. John, the Kuban Cossacks adopted a similar style of coats. Here they are singing in a choir with the Russian garmon and bayan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtX3-p0ryNU An interesting feat...