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by debra
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: need a new accordion
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: need a new accordion

Cheap and reliable are tough to match, but if you go for a relatively small instrument of rather simple construction you can get a reliable used instrument. Your best bet is to first of all find a reliable dealer who can assure you the instrument is fine, who gives a warranty and who is a skilled re...
by debra
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: And Here Is Another.
Replies: 33
Views: 518

Re: And Here Is Another.

... The "spoof" Chinese theory in my previous post was centred around the fact that we have now reached the stage where the average accordionist has no real clue or guarantee where all or any of the component parts of his/her particular instrument were made or assembled. That being the case, is it ...
by debra
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: The chromatic accordion C griff
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: The chromatic accordion C griff

There's essentially two options: 1) Find a teacher who can explain everything and who can guide you throughout the learning process, or 2)Place your fingers on the right notes using fingering you feel comfortable with and teach yourself. My wife followed method 1) and I followed method 2) and in the...
by debra
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Grille Cloth
Replies: 9
Views: 299

Re: Grille Cloth

No you put the glue on the paper first then put the paper on the grill so it leaves the glue where it needs to be. Then you apply the cloth Indeed, the first picture shows the glue being applied to the paper. That paper is then put on the grill, upside down so the glued side makes contact with the ...
by debra
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: And Here Is Another.
Replies: 33
Views: 518

Re: And Here Is Another.

...Morino is top of the line. Gola is over the top. Hohner cannot survive on selling Golas. They stopped selling the Hohner Imperator line because its production cost and its positioning within Hohner's model range made for a bad earnings proposition. They cannot really afford people turning their ...
by debra
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Name your favourite beer
Replies: 31
Views: 342

Re: Name your favourite beer

In Germany I will settle for "ein Dunkles" (preferably not "ein Dunkles Weissen"). Ain't no such thing. There is "ein dunkles Weizen" ("a dark wheat", "wheat" being short for "wheat beer"). Except that in the home country of wheat beer, namely Bavaria, they call it "Weißbier" ("white beer") which b...
by debra
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: And Here Is Another.
Replies: 33
Views: 518

Re: And Here Is Another.

... I don't read a lot of complaints about the new Morinos actually because I know nobody playing one. Which could be a problem. The old morinos are lasting so long, staying in good condition as well, if maintained properly (and sadly many morino players don't know the word maintenance and don't ev...
by debra
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Name your favourite beer
Replies: 31
Views: 342

Re: Name your favourite beer

... A Belgian in diaspora? Probably a lot of involuntary research while trying to find what he'd be willing to even call beer. ... I do adapt to what's available. In the Netherlands it used to be easy to find De Koninck 20 years ago or so but no more. But it easy to find Palm so I will put up with ...
by debra
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Name your favourite beer
Replies: 31
Views: 342

Re: Name your favourite beer

There are two types of beer: the ones with relatively low alcohol to keep you hydrated enough while not making you too drunk to continue playing the accordion, and the ones with high alcohol that you can only drink when your audience is drinking enough as well so they do not notice the deterioration...
by debra
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: And Here Is Another.
Replies: 33
Views: 518

Re: And Here Is Another.

When I see what comes straight out of some factories in Castelfidardo (accordions really made in Castelfidardo) I know that "quality check in Castelfidardo" isn't worth much... All the quality checkers are busy on accordions made in China. Joking aside... I have the feeling that some Italian accord...
by debra
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: And Here Is Another.
Replies: 33
Views: 518

Re: And Here Is Another.

As far as I know Hohner actually set up a factory in China that uses the earlier Hohner machinery in order to build Hohner accordions in China. They may still do a quality check in Trossingen so they can mention Trossingen on documentation. I have seen the documentation of the E.Soprani and it says ...
by debra
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: European Music
Topic: What's a Piano Accordion?
Replies: 21
Views: 311

Re: What's a Piano Accordion?

I personally think it looks cool, as well. Press on.... Waldo :mrgreen: Sure it looks cool. But when sitting down I believe you *can* have better bellows control when you do not lift the bass side up this way. So for the "finer" music performances I would definitely advise against this technique.
by debra
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: And Here Is Another.
Replies: 33
Views: 518

Re: And Here Is Another.

Who knows what company is building new instruments being sold under one of the many Soprani names? Paolo Soprani was a large factory in the center of Castelfidardo looooong ago. (The building is still there and the former cafetaria/lunch-room is now a good restaurant (Dionea), but there is no more S...
by debra
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: European Music
Topic: What's a Piano Accordion?
Replies: 21
Views: 311

Re: What's a Piano Accordion?

Interestingly, all the girls had good bellows technique, while all the boys, didn't. The short clip shows the girls all lifting the bass side up high to push the bellows whereas the boys keep the bass side low. I would consider the boys' bellows technique to be the correct one and the girls' the ba...
by debra
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Free Bass vs Converter Accordions
Replies: 26
Views: 377

Re: Free Bass vs Converter Accordions

[... Oh, I don't think there'd be much of "U.S. invention" with regard to accordions going on, but it's my impression that Titano was by far the strongest marketer of the quint bass... Titano accordions were made by Victoria (in Castelfidardo) for decades. There is nothing american about Titano. I ...
by debra
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Free Bass vs Converter Accordions
Replies: 26
Views: 377

Re: Free Bass vs Converter Accordions

[... Oh, I don't think there'd be much of "U.S. invention" with regard to accordions going on, but it's my impression that Titano was by far the strongest marketer of the quint bass... Titano accordions were made by Victoria (in Castelfidardo) for decades. There is nothing american about Titano. I ...
by debra
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Your favourite 1 chord piece
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: Your favourite 1 chord piece

Anything written for bagpipes will be a 1 chord piece...
by debra
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Excelsior 921
Replies: 12
Views: 205

Re: Excelsior 921

That would be a decidedly unusual reed arrangement for a CBA. Actually it's not an unusual arrangement for CBA. There are essentially two types of CBA: models for which there is a corresponding PA, differing in the keyboard and perhaps with the CBA having a few more notes (there is enough room on t...
by debra
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Excelsior 921
Replies: 12
Views: 205

Re: Excelsior 921

How reeds are ordered quite straight forward. For example the reeds in cassotto: 2 reedblocks. 1 block has all the white key L and M notes and the other block all the black key L and M notes. That would be a decidedly unusual reed arrangement for a CBA. Actually it's not an unusual arrangement for ...
by debra
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: House Brands but made by Italian or other European Makers
Replies: 15
Views: 1847

Re: House Brands but made by Italian or other European Makers

Interesting to see how some "special" brands (not all of the mentioned examples are "house" brands) do specify their origin whereas others try to hide it. This does not only hold for whole accordions but also for the origin of accordion parts. For instance: some Hohners I have seen from the era afte...