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by debra
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Collective Nouns.
Replies: 7
Views: 76

Re: Collective Nouns.

I just use the name "collection" or sometimes "selection". Boring, I know...
by debra
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Cossotto
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: Cossotto

I guess I'll live with it until something else comes along. Good idea! Let it grow on you. Every amount of wetness, from completely dry to Amsterdam tuning (very wet) has its applications. No accordion (except a digital one) can give you a level of wetness that suits all types of music. When you pl...
by debra
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Cossotto
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: Cossotto

I am not an expert at tuning but to make a worthwhile increase in the so called wet department I would think a retune is required as two sets of reeds will have to be retuned to , one to minus 'x' and t'other to plus 'X'. leaving one M set and the low set at concert pitch. My be cheaper to buy a di...
by debra
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: accordion tuning
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: accordion tuning

I have just bought a secondhand 48 base accordion I am a complete beginnerbut need my accordion tuning does anyone know of a accordion tuner in Sheffield area of the uk Sounds like you probably got a rather cheap small accordion. Don't be disappointed when the tuning job turns out to cost more than...
by debra
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Tuning Tool
Replies: 8
Views: 222

Re: Tuning Tool

In my particular case, my 2 CBAs were bought (very second hand) in France and were both at least 15 cents sharp on the straight reeds and anything up to 40 cents sharp on the musette reeds. ... That just means the instrument was tuned to 444Hz. This is "a bit high" even for a French instrument. Sad...
by debra
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: New and Old!
Replies: 9
Views: 122

Re: New and Old!

Welcome to the board. Never mind that a few keys have trouble playing (or playing in tune). Give it some time with a good workout and if problems persist you may start looking for a repairer.
by debra
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Cossotto
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: Cossotto

As Wout says, it is cassotto (not cossotto) and single or double indicate one or two reeds in cassotto, not two cassottos. Some instruments have L and H in cassotto so H is less sharp and MM sounds better than when one M is in cassotto. There is an alternative that is not longer used, which is to us...
by debra
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: When it just has to be accordion
Replies: 37
Views: 575

Re: When it just has to be accordion

Nothing "has to be accordion" in the sense that it cannot be arranged for something else, but there are songs that are so very typical accordion, like Alfred Vossen's compositions, that I cannot imagine them on other instruments. Think of works like "Springende Punkte", "Fliegende Blätter", "Tanzend...
by debra
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Cavagnolo Vedette 10 SK
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: Cavagnolo Vedette 10 SK

... Have we finally reached the stage where one maker is set on copying the models made by others in an effort to create an accordion monopoly? I would imagine that could be a bit of a tall order when it comes to acoustic boxes. Well... if you look inside this type of accordion: two reed blocks in ...
by debra
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Cavagnolo Vedette 10 SK
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: Cavagnolo Vedette 10 SK

It's a real made cavagnolo to compete victoria model. 100% designed and built in the new cava france factory. It may be really made by cavagnolo but then it is a "replica" of typical design like made by Bugari or Victoria, using larger buttons, and using two reed blocks in cassotto and two outside ...
by debra
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: left hand bass information
Replies: 13
Views: 237

Re: left hand bass information

one of the main problems that newcomers to the accordion have is not having the left arm sufficiently through the bass strap. I recommend having the bass strap roughly where a watch strap would be if you were wearing one. ( put watch on right arm when playing!) ... Very good point! I learned from t...
by debra
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Tuning Tool
Replies: 8
Views: 222

Re: Tuning Tool

A battery/low voltage pen sized engraving tool with small bit is good for lowering the pitch of large reeds and does less damage than umpteen scratches, esp where the pitch has to come down a lot, ... One thing to wonder is why it would ever be necessary to change the pitch a lot, unless you are ch...
by debra
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: how do I make sure my muscle memory doesnt go to waist
Replies: 21
Views: 295

Re: how do I make sure my muscle memory doesnt go to waist

No worries. When you are developing finger and hand muscle memory it will not travel down to your waist! ;) With the bass jumps there isn't only the memory you are developing of how far apart the bass buttons are but also relative and absolute positioning. The basses stay where they are so you are n...
by debra
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: does anyone customise there accordions
Replies: 13
Views: 208

Re: does anyone customise there accordions

Depends on what you call "customise"... I don't do cosmetic addition but only functional. Things I have done is change the behind-the-keyboard Morino register sliders into chin switches and add extra chin switches to accordions that didn't have enough (for my taste). I have added a bridge between th...
by debra
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Diminished chords for left hand
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: Diminished chords for left hand

Many (but not all) accordions that lack the row with diminished chords have a different setup for the 7th. A C7 normally has C-E-Bb, so it is missing G. On an accordion without diminished the C7 is E-G-Bb, thus missing C. By doing this the C7 can be used as Gdim. Note that all accordions (I know) ha...
by debra
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Tuning Tool
Replies: 8
Views: 222

Re: Tuning Tool

Italian accordion makers cringe at the idea of attacking a reed with anything like a dremel. But some other makers even use dremels in their factory. So who knows who is right... I don't always like to use scratchers (scratching is essentially the only way to lower the frequency of a reed on the ins...
by debra
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Pieces not written for piano accordion
Replies: 37
Views: 649

Re: Pieces not written for piano accordion

The most famous piece I know that is written specifically for CBA and much more difficult on PA is Rondo Capriccioso by Soljetarov. Many of the pieces by Victor Novikov also contain specific CBA things. It's a matter of strange runs that are actually a partial-chromatic scale running over 2 rows of ...
by debra
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Cavagnolo "Joss Baselli" model
Replies: 11
Views: 191

Re: Cavagnolo "Joss Baselli" model

The Joss Baselli model was played (at the start) with single 8' in cassotto, a nice mellow cassotto giving almost a Gola-like sound. The Topsy recording sounds like it was one with double 8' without (or very little) tremolo, which give a bit of a nasal sound that I generally do not like. I don't kno...
by debra
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Fantini Fraud?
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Fantini Fraud?

I don't know the ins and outs but a business has an inflow of money and that is used to build products. Rarely is there a trace of evidence that money coming in is actually used for exactly the order it should be "linked to". Companies may be overly optimistic about the future and think that when th...
by debra
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: French atelier taking special orders
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: French atelier taking special orders

Interesting find.
I wonder how much interest there is for such special instruments and thus also how they can sustain a business...