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by TomBR
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: I Did That!
Topic: Just completed a recording with 8 tracks.
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Just completed a recording with 8 tracks.

Great stuff Paul, very enjoyable to listen to whilst appreciating the technical achievement at the same time.
Tom
by TomBR
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: European Music
Topic: Shoulder straps? Who needs ’em?
Replies: 13
Views: 209

Re: Shoulder straps? Who needs ’em?

Yes, I'd seen that before in Portuguese videos. It makes it a bit like playing a huge concertina. To adapt a phrase from Dr Samuel Johnson, "it can be done, but why!" I guess it might be more comfortable in very hot weather, :? or if the accordion is being passed from person to person in a very info...
by TomBR
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: What’s a 3+3 or a 3+4?
Replies: 14
Views: 392

Re: What’s a 3+3 or a 3+4?

...and I'm not entirely sure what the extra row of single basses consists of. Great info as usual, maugein I can help a bit here. Even though I haven't had a 3+3 in my hands, I've done a bit of reading on the subject out of pure interest. The extra row of single notes are minor thirds. To take the ...
by TomBR
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: European Music
Topic: What the hell is a corridinho?
Replies: 11
Views: 488

Re: What the hell is a corridinho?

maugein96 wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:18 pm
Never heard Mariza yet, ......
I couldn't find a track with video but this is from her CD "Transparente"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfECrn-S7kQ

Tom
by TomBR
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: European Music
Topic: What the hell is a corridinho?
Replies: 11
Views: 488

Re: What the hell is a corridinho?

There's some great Portuguese accordion music around, plenty on Youtube.
Nice to hear that Mariza as a Fado singer who's achieved substantial "crossover" success often has accordion backing.

My favourite Portugese accordion clip is this one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8j7z8u0xwI

Tom
by TomBR
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Akkordeonwerkstatt Mini P 18
Replies: 7
Views: 252

Re: Akkordeonwerkstatt Mini P 18

Herr Google translates it as We build all our instruments on order from scratch in our workshop. We focus more on high-quality violin or guitar construction, than on the usual accordion production. In this sense, we do not see our instruments as "things" that are marketed, traded and consumed anonym...
by TomBR
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Accordion in Finland!Wow!
Replies: 25
Views: 545

Re: Accordion in Finland!Wow!

Though I have to say, Accepted Norm seems to get lots of gigs all over the world!

Back on topic, I'm a bit worried about Finnish accordionists who stand in lakes with their accordions - don't fall over Maria K whatever you do!
by TomBR
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: French Accordions
Replies: 32
Views: 853

Re: French Accordions

I can't play my 442 Fratelli Crosio with my wife's English concertina, (but as Paul said, the 440 Hohner that needs a bit of tuning is fine.)
by TomBR
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Cassotto Accordions - Inefficient Musical Technology?
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Re: Cassotto Accordions - Inefficient Musical Technology?

.... A truly experienced (factory) tuning expert tunes the treble side of a 41/120 4 reed accordion without cassotto in something like 2 hours, but it takes many more hours for cassotto even though the number of reeds is the same. As an aside I like the video from an accordion factory where a young...
by TomBR
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Cassotto Accordions - Inefficient Musical Technology?
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Re: Cassotto Accordions - Inefficient Musical Technology?

I did some experiments when I was very interested in concertinas a few years back. Traditionally made concertinas have reeds that are very different from standard "accordion" reed plates which are nonetheless used in modern "hybrid" concertinas. The traditional reeds do have a distinct and different...
by TomBR
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Cassotto Accordions - Inefficient Musical Technology?
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Re: Cassotto Accordions - Inefficient Musical Technology?

There are various systems for getting a more cassotto-like sound without some of the disadvantages, and the advantage of switchability.
A search on Sordino, Sordina or Jalousie will find references on this site.
by TomBR
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Fingering suggestions please
Replies: 6
Views: 444

Re: Fingering suggestions please

Sorry, I don't understand your notation, and it doesn't seem to agree with the notes given as text, so I'm not sure what comes after the lower F#. For ef#e c#ba F# with the second F# being a lower octave I think I'd use 454 321 then reach across with 2 for the F# If what comes next demands it one co...
by TomBR
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: DA Tuner ruined - alternatives?
Replies: 13
Views: 551

DA Tuner ruined - alternatives?

I really like, (liked!) this app, a very good little tuner and I liked the strobe tuning function etc. I paid for the full version which I have on an old phone, but wanted it on my current phone as well. I play fiddle so like to carry a tuner around, (as well as a tuning fork.) Sadly Da Tuner seems ...
by TomBR
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: I Did That!
Topic: Jambalya
Replies: 1
Views: 135

Re: Jambalya

Well played. It's a great oldtune/song. I enjoyed the video. That's what a bayou looks like, I guess.
(We don't have them much here in Gloucestershire, though I cross the young River Thames to and from work.)
Cheers
Tom
by TomBR
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Straight bass layout
Replies: 12
Views: 494

Re: Straight bass layout

Great info as always Stephen - thank you. (And to all other contributors of course.)

Is/Was Belgium generally a B system or C system area?
by TomBR
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Rising sales numbers for accordinas ?
Replies: 25
Views: 915

Re: Rising sales numbers for accordinas ?

I'd say the English concertina is thriving in England - plenty to be seen in pub music sessions. That said, it seems that there are enough vintage concertinas around to satisfy demand and prices seem fairly stable. I don't know of anyone building new good quality English concertinas of traditional c...
by TomBR
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Straight bass layout
Replies: 12
Views: 494

Re: Straight bass layout

Belgians?
As to why....
by TomBR
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Do you like your accordion(s)?
Replies: 29
Views: 1099

Re: Do you like your accordion(s)?

A fun question. There's an old saying in the equestrian world about the horse(s) you own - "Be to their virtues ever kind, be to their faults a little blind..." I like my CBAs, with reservations..... - The 96 bass Hohner Riviera two voice - I like its "light weight" and compactness. It plays well en...
by TomBR
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Any diatonic players here ?
Replies: 71
Views: 1659

Re: Any diatonic players here ?

Good luck! And they're much cheaper too! Diatonics much cheaper than "unisonorics?" I don't think I'd agree. In the UK a decently playable second hand diatonic will cost more than an equivalent PA. A new Castagnari Tommy, a popular "workhorse" three-voice two-row melodeon costs about £2900. Leaving...
by TomBR
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Buying first accordion... to ebay or not to ebay
Replies: 18
Views: 840

Re: Buying first accordion... to ebay or not to ebay

On Ebay it's well worth using the "nearest first" search results sorting option on Ebay. Don't set the search parameters too narrow. It's just a matter of luck, but you might find something suitable within range, and if the seller won't post that keeps the price down. I'd never intended to buy one, ...