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by debra
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: what is the biggest bass jump?
Replies: 26
Views: 467

Re: what is the biggest bass jump?

Coming back to the topic... many accordions have at least Ab, C and E marked, sometimes with the exact same dimple. Having absolute pitch helps to quickly realize which of these marked notes is C so you know where to start. Unfortunately the absolute position of this C on a 120 bass side is not stan...
by debra
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: How do I Tune Bass Reeds that share the same hole?
Replies: 24
Views: 383

Re: How do I Tune Bass Reeds that share the same hole?

These deviations are absolutely not normal. ... I inspected the valves and they are in a good condition. The problem was with the reeds, they were covered with rust on the back part (the blue part of the reed) so i removed all the rust from all the reeds and got this strange tuning. ... That the va...
by debra
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Concertina Repair
Replies: 3
Views: 68

Re: Concertina Repair

Debra, Thank you for responding. ...anding you correctly when I think you are saying, obtain a new, single reed plate, remove the required reed and fit it in place of the broken one? The reeds on the defective plate are brass and of a very old design, i.e. the reed sides are parallel. ... Indeed I ...
by debra
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Concertina Repair
Replies: 3
Views: 68

Re: Concertina Repair

Ouch,,, this is one of the main problems with multi-reed reed plates. You don't want to just replace the whole thing. Some (many?) concertinas actually have individual reed plates. What you could try is to get a new reed for those and put that in. A possible source is http://www.harmonikas.cz/ which...
by debra
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: New reed block project
Replies: 6
Views: 121

Re: New reed block project

Looks very nice! Must have been a lot of work. And I hate it when the register slides are inside the reed block. Man, would you dislike my main accordion's bass reed blocks. It doesn't have register slides inside the reed block but flaps . ... There seems to be no end to the different types of cons...
by debra
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: New reed block project
Replies: 6
Views: 121

Re: New reed block project

Looks very nice! Must have been a lot of work. And I hate it when the register slides are inside the reed block. It is not just an old habit of accordion makers but is still done today. Do you happen to have any "before recording" so that you can then also make an "after recording" to show us the di...
by debra
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: How do I Tune Bass Reeds that share the same hole?
Replies: 24
Views: 383

Re: How do I Tune Bass Reeds that share the same hole?

These deviations are absolutely not normal. Do not ruin the reeds by attempting to just tune them! When a reed is off by a lot in many cases the reeds themselves are not the problem but the valves are. The leather becomes stiff over the years and then the valves either do not open wide enough (note ...
by debra
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Tuning of bayans seems to be all alike...
Replies: 10
Views: 247

Re: Tuning of bayans seems to be all alike...

thanks for sharing, I never saw such an "all-in-one" reed plate They are actually standard with both bayans and old bandonions. Also used in harmonica's. The "all-in-one" reedplates are such a great idea for maintenance (except for replacing a broken reed which doesn't happen often with Italian ree...
by debra
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: what is the biggest bass jump?
Replies: 26
Views: 467

Re: what is the biggest bass jump?

i don't think in terms of names of notes or do re mi when playing as there is or should be no time so to do! ... Trust me, there is time to think in terms of names of notes while playing or listening, no matter how fast it goes. (It even works with the flight of the bumblebee.) It is a matter of ge...
by debra
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: what is the biggest bass jump?
Replies: 26
Views: 467

Re: what is the biggest bass jump?

... And I read Paul's pitch (ha ha!) for do-re-mi as in part an ear issue - am I wrong? In that scene, I gather you learn to sing the pitch names, which reinforces an ear connection. I didn't really follow the specifics of how that helps with the Stradella bass, though. ... Knowing this order of th...
by debra
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: My Tuning Bellows v1.0
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: My Tuning Bellows v1.0

Morne wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:06 pm
I don't know what kind of foam it is. I just know it as gasket tape or self adhesive foam strips. I imagine it would be available at any general hardware store. I've seen rolls going up to 50mm wide in the store I got it from.
Thanks. 50mm should be more than adequate! I will have a look.
by debra
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: My Tuning Bellows v1.0
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: My Tuning Bellows v1.0

Looks good!. For my version I used a rubber which I now find to be too stiff. I need to replace it by gasket tape. Do you know what that material is exactly? Or where to buy it (I will of course need to find a local equivalent.) Is it regular hardware store material? Ideally I would like to find muc...
by debra
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Tuning of bayans seems to be all alike...
Replies: 10
Views: 247

Here are a few images.

Just a few images to show how alike and how different an Italian (Pigini Sirius) and a Russian (AKKO) bayan really are. The treble side: Russian: and Italian: The only real difference here is the individual accordion reeds versus the large multi-reed plates (which make tuning a *lot* easier because ...
by debra
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: making an accordion
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: making an accordion

You are "very brave" to try this. It is an enormous and delicate job (especially to get it mechanically right) and even then you may still not like the final outcome. Eons ago we had a local accordion maker and he was very unhappy with his first few instruments. (I did not witness this, I only heard...
by debra
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: how does muscle memory work
Replies: 24
Views: 430

Re: how does muscle memory work

I fully agree with Jerry and others that muscle memory develops over years of practice. I want to add that age plays an important role: when you are between say 10 and 15 you can develop muscle memory for jumps in a few months that take a few years to master when you are say over 40 or so. While our...
by debra
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: How do I Tune Bass Reeds that share the same hole?
Replies: 24
Views: 383

Re: How do I Tune Bass Reeds that share the same hole?

Have you considered making something like this single-reed container? It looks very good but, does it change the pitch when i put the reed back on the reed block? and also, when i put the reed block inside of the accordion? A tuning table can be used to measure a difference: if a reed is say 4 cent...
by debra
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: how does muscle memory work
Replies: 24
Views: 430

Re: how does muscle memory work

Muscle memory is memory (in the brain, not the muscles) that give muscles the right (nerve) signals to repeat an action learned over very many repetitions. It offloads the cognitive effort we need to perform these moves. We only need to consciously think of which move we want and the rest feels like...
by debra
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Anyone from here...?
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: Anyone from here...?

I'm not from there. I'm from much lower by the ground.
by debra
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: How do I Tune Bass Reeds that share the same hole?
Replies: 24
Views: 383

Re: How do I Tune Bass Reeds that share the same hole?

Two Bass Reeds. Interesting discussion here. ... It might be easy here to get lost in the theoretical and forget that at low bass frequencies its going to take quite big difference of reed pitches to generate ‘beats’ as well as the fact that the lowest sounding reed will tend to ‘pull’ the other in...
by debra
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: How do I Tune Bass Reeds that share the same hole?
Replies: 24
Views: 383

Re: How do I Tune Bass Reeds that share the same hole?

I've noticed that checkbox behaving weirdly as well. You can turn multiple notes on/off by long pressing on the center block that normally displays the details for a single note. For anyone else looking, here's the documentation: https://github.com/billthefarmer/tuner/wiki Thanks. That works on my ...