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by Anyanka
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Do you like your accordion(s)?
Replies: 26
Views: 674

Re: Do you like your accordion(s)?

I don't like my two boxes .... I love them ;)

The Hohner Amati is just right for Morris - light enough, the right sound, and even the colours match our side's outfits. The Pigini fulfills all my other accordion needs. I have almost entirely stopped looking at other accordions.
by Anyanka
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Looking for advice for my Second Accordion
Replies: 6
Views: 572

Re: Looking for advice for my Second Accordion

Hi & welcome! Try out as many boxes as you can get your hands on, and also listen to them being played by other people. One way of doing that is by visiting a good shop - the best one is Allodi's in London (Lewisham). He stocks second-hand instruments as well as new ones. Another way is to go to an ...
by Anyanka
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How much of a dirty cheater am I?
Replies: 6
Views: 444

Re: How much of a dirty cheater am I?

I actually find that it slows me down to learn left & right hand separately for too long (bellows aren't optional on my accordions anyway ;) ). I usually play the right hand on its own 2-3 times max, and then start adding the basses - if I practise the right hand to near-perfection, adding the left ...
by Anyanka
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: The Pub
Topic: What did you play before the accordion?
Replies: 34
Views: 1796

Re: What did you play before the accordion?

One thing that is interesting, on each instrument I tend to only play only specific styles of music. Me too! Even when I have several instruments from the same family - with the bagpipes it's fairly obvious; I play Swedish music on the Swedish pipes and Northumbrian tunes on the 'thumbrian pipes; F...
by Anyanka
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Is this normal? Chromatic Accordion
Replies: 11
Views: 681

Re: Is this normal? Chromatic Accordion

I have two CBAs - the Pigini 5-row is stepped with 'mushrooms', the old Hohner Amati 3-row is flat with sunk-in buttons. I'm happy with both (5 rows are preferable over 3, but the buttons don't make much of a difference). As Paul says, glissando is easier on the flat keyboard.
by Anyanka
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: 32-Bass
Replies: 8
Views: 521

Re: 32-Bass

A 32-bass isn't necessarily much lighter than a 48 - I had an old Weltmeister 32-bass as my first Morris box, but switched to an old Hohner Student VM as soon as I could, as I use the counterbasses a lot. There wasn't much between them in weight. For quality, the Student was way ahead though.
by Anyanka
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: I don't like that
Replies: 54
Views: 2439

Re: I don't like that

Sebastian Bravo wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:30 am
What i don't like:

-Tall people playing a 48 bass
:shock: How tall?
by Anyanka
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: The Pub
Topic: What did you play before the accordion?
Replies: 34
Views: 1796

Re: What did you play before the accordion?

And another one for recorder! I played it quite seriously, for about ten years as a child & teenager; soprano, alto and tenor, and also performed with a recorder quartet at church. That may be where I acquired my taste for playing with others: I'm much happier in a band than on my own, and it gives ...
by Anyanka
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: I don't like that
Replies: 54
Views: 2439

Re: I don't like that

Dutch traditional / old amsterdam is probably the lowest accordion music can get. You sure? I would have voted for German accordion music as the most awful.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a3Um5QMYIA That's pretty bad indeed. I was going to respond with a similarly awful German clip, but in ord...
by Anyanka
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: I don't like that
Replies: 54
Views: 2439

Re: I don't like that

Dutch traditional / old amsterdam is probably the lowest accordion music can get. You sure? I would have voted for German accordion music as the most awful.... Generally, same as Stephen, I dislike pretty much everything that is standard accordion fodder - all the technically challenging polkas and...
by Anyanka
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: The Road Not Taken.
Replies: 16
Views: 687

Re: The Road Not Taken.

As I've mentioned elsewhere, I was talked out of taking up the piano at age 12. I do sometimes wonder how proficient I might be at my various instruments now if it hadn't been for that derailment! However, I don't think that I would have taken the professional route: art was and is the path for me, ...
by Anyanka
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Useful practice alternative?
Replies: 20
Views: 1195

Re: Useful practice alternative?

jozz wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:40 am
how about the Claviola?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMeVgLRe9hA

It just might fit in your car. Its sound cannot be beat.
I'd describe that as a Grand Melodica.
by Anyanka
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Useful practice alternative?
Replies: 20
Views: 1195

Re: Useful practice alternative?

Hi Kirsten, I can recommend these Russian chromatic boxes, as they can be played by just laying them flat on the table. Very useful if you end up with a temporary back or tendon problem, and the sounds you can get out of them are incredible, as you'll hear in the clip. [...] :lol: That'd be so usef...
by Anyanka
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Useful practice alternative?
Replies: 20
Views: 1195

Re: Useful practice alternative?

Yep, she's a bit good alright ! I do wonder why 'they' never offered a Melodica in other keyboards.... perhaps the market is too small. Still there is always the Accordina. Only three rows on the current Accordinas but...... www.accordinas.com www.josephcarrel.com I'd have one of those quite happil...
by Anyanka
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Useful practice alternative?
Replies: 20
Views: 1195

Useful practice alternative?

You could keep one of these in the car, for when you're stuck in a traffic jam.... The melodica. Karen Tweed makes it sound like an accordion without the bass, but then she's a bit good at this kind of thing. If they made a CBM (chromatic button melodica), I'd be seriously tempted to get one for por...
by Anyanka
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Early Music Training
Replies: 11
Views: 856

Re: Early Music Training

Sounds like a lot of us had bad early experiences with music teachers! Me too - at school, music was mainly taught top-down, i.e. the teacher would play something on the piano for our edification and talk at us about music theory. My private music teacher (recorder lessons from age 7 onwards) went o...
by Anyanka
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Inspiration during the summer
Replies: 7
Views: 397

Re: Inspiration during the summer

Excellent! I've added Vishten to my Spotify list too - never heard of them, although they are Right Up My Street.
by Anyanka
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Inspiration during the summer
Replies: 7
Views: 397

Re: Inspiration during the summer

Thanks for sharing the Batkovic video - that's very much my taste in accordion music! I've just found his album on Spotify, will listen to that as soon as the hoovering noise stops (somebody else is cleaning the house, so I won't complain!!!) ;) Calan are lovely - I have several of their CDs and hav...
by Anyanka
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Heavy Accordion
Replies: 26
Views: 1371

Re: Heavy Accordion

I used to play a Pigini Wing, 4-voice, 120 bass, which was designed particularly for lightweightness - but it did sound thinner than standard accordions, and after I acquired the C37 with its much richer tone, I could not have gone back... for me, the only alternative to that now would be a non-conv...
by Anyanka
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Where can I get a back pad/ bellows protector?
Replies: 23
Views: 1174

Re: Where can I get a back pad/ bellows protector?

I am a rather well endowed lady and it's to protect my assets, not my box....believe me they do get in the way :) Funny, your name made me assume that you were male! I'm not massively well endowed but I also find it uncomfortable/dogdy to play without bellows protectors. My husband claims that he c...