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by Johnathan
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Accordions (and accessories) Wanted
Topic: C system 5 row chromatic wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 1148

Re: C system 5 row chromatic wanted

I have just updated my post from 2017 offering a Hohner Nova 72 for sale. I originally was asking £850 for it but have reduced the price to £650 as we are looking to move house and need to downsize. At this price it is half the price of a new one, and offers much better value than the chinese and ea...
by Johnathan
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Accordions (and accessories) For Sale
Topic: Hohner Nova II 72 CBA (C system) £650
Replies: 0
Views: 707

Hohner Nova II 72 CBA (C system) £650

House move means it's time to hand over custodianship of this lovely little accordion to someone new. This Hohner Nova II 72 has two treble voices and two bass voices, 72 bass buttons with a standard stradella bass. The button board has 5 rows and offers 38 different notes, matching the range of a f...
by Johnathan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Accordions (and accessories) For Sale
Topic: Victoria Musette C System CBA (photos now available)
Replies: 1
Views: 861

Re: Victoria Musette C System CBA £2,850 ono

Please note I have amended the original posting. The treble reeds are a Bassoon reed and a Clarinet reed with full musette, and not a picollo reed as originally stated.
by Johnathan
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Accordions (and accessories) For Sale
Topic: Victoria Musette C System CBA (photos now available)
Replies: 1
Views: 861

Victoria Musette C System CBA (photos now available)

Price £2,850 ono (Pictures added to post on 30/06/17) My accordion teacher has a beautiful Victoria Musette 120 bass, 5 row, C System Chromatic Button Accordion for sale. I would buy it myself, but I already have four accordions now and can't justify buying another one. Victoria accordions were foun...
by Johnathan
Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Innovations in manufacture of accoustic Piano and CBA
Replies: 9
Views: 1382

Re: Innovations in manufacture of accoustic Piano and CBA

Many thanks to all responders, with particular appreciation to those who took their accordions apart to provide photographs.

I am visiting Castelfidardo in May so if I hear of any innovations during my trip I will add to this discussion.
by Johnathan
Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Digital & Midi Accordions
Topic: Unofficial Sneak Peek
Replies: 40
Views: 4759

Re: Unofficial Sneak Peek

"Only around the middle in the video is there a sound that resembles a real accordion but it still has an unnatural vibrato" My FR1xb has 8 different settings for reverb plus a separate reverb level setting, which if set to 0 turns reverb off. It may be that the vibrato you are hearing has something...
by Johnathan
Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Innovations in manufacture of accoustic Piano and CBA
Replies: 9
Views: 1382

Innovations in manufacture of accoustic Piano and CBA

As I swapped between my Roland FR1X and my aged Zerosette Bayan the other day a thought struck me. Much development seems to have taken place in recent years regarding the use of electronics in accordions. The Roland range perhaps haven taken this farther than anyone else. But what developments have...
by Johnathan
Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:04 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: The elusive "Double Action "
Replies: 24
Views: 2603

Re: The elusive "Double Action "

If you are learning to read music and learning a new instrument there is an awful lot of information processing going on when you try to play a tune. Before you even start trying to play the first note you are already remembering the time signature and the key signature as well as trying to count ti...
by Johnathan
Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: hope for new button accordina/melodica type
Replies: 28
Views: 4233

Re: hope for new button accordina/melodica type

The link posted by Stephen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aICQkKVk6q4" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Iosif Purits performs Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11 on accordina is very interesting. It is another video of someone playing the Edward Jay Concertone. All the accordinas I have seen ...
by Johnathan
Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Accordion for frail older player
Replies: 19
Views: 1719

Re: Accordion for frail older player

I have a number of accordions including a beautiful Zero Sette bayan, that weighs rather more than I care to think about, and a Roland FR1Xb. The Roland keyboard is not as good as the Zero Sette which is hardly surprising, but it is a joy to play and it is about as light as you could get. You can al...
by Johnathan
Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: hope for new button accordina/melodica type
Replies: 28
Views: 4233

Re: hope for new button accordina/melodica type

Edward Jay's new Accordina looks a beautiful instrument. If I bought one it would have to have a purge valve. I know from experience of playing my Joseph Carrel accordina that without it I would soon get the internals all soggy :-( The use of a circular mouthpiece positioned at the end of the instru...
by Johnathan
Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Your Top technique tips for improving playing...
Replies: 38
Views: 3890

Re: Your Top technique tips for improving playing...

One of the best tips I heard comes from Vitali Dmitriev. Try to play new pieces as slow as possible. Slow it down to a point where the music is hardly recognisable as music, very very slow. Try to play in this tempo without mistakes , until you can bind all the bits and pieces together without play...
by Johnathan
Wed May 13, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: accordina for sale
Replies: 28
Views: 3944

Re: accordina for sale

I have been looking on the Internet for details of the Birmingham Accordion Festival, I think it is the same festival that is referred to as the Midlands or West Midlands Accordion Festival. However I have not been able to find any details of such an event for 2015. The one I attended took place in ...
by Johnathan
Tue May 12, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: accordina for sale
Replies: 28
Views: 3944

Re: accordina for sale

Larus said "These look like the ultimate travel CBA type backpacking instrument. Is there any dealer in the UK that sells them. If nothing else it would be interesting to try one." I have a Joseph Carrel Accordina. It is great for taking on holiday with me as I can get it into my hand luggage. With ...
by Johnathan
Tue May 12, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Correct techique for playing a heavy accordion
Replies: 15
Views: 3455

Re: Correct techique for playing a heavy accordion

Well I have now had my ZeroSette Bayan for about 3 and half months. Its something of a monster and I love it! I thought that anyone else facing the challenge of playing a heavy instrument might find the learning experience I have gone through informative, perhaps helpful. The weight of the accordion...
by Johnathan
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: learning to play the accordion by dots
Replies: 19
Views: 2869

Re: learning to play the accordion by dots

I think it was soulsaver in an earlier thread who mentioned that you tend to remember the first 30 minutes of your practice time. Learning research suggests that you also tend to remember the things that start and end a learning session. You can make use of this by breaking up your practice time. Ta...
by Johnathan
Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Correct techique for playing a heavy accordion
Replies: 15
Views: 3455

Correct techique for playing a heavy accordion

I am learning to play a C system CBA and up to now have played nothing heavier than about 11kg. However recently I have acquired a beautiful convertor accordion that weighs about 16kg. The weight is very manageable on the whole as the accordion seems well balanced. However handling the bass side is ...
by Johnathan
Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Button or PA - The best of both
Replies: 9
Views: 1564

Re: Button or PA - The best of both

I started off playing the Piano Accordion and reached Grade 3. But even then I never really felt like I knew where the notes where. If my finger was on the C and I wanted a B in the next higher octave I knew which direction the key lay in but found it a bit of a guess as to how far away it was. Then...
by Johnathan
Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Free bass accordion
Replies: 6
Views: 2214

Re: Free bass accordion

Another option for trying out free bass without a lot of expense would be to pick up one of the Roland V accordions. Most of the models offer free bass as an option (I don't think the FR1 or FR2 do - but the more recent FR1X does). The original FR7 has seen two new versions since its release - the F...
by Johnathan
Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Anyone using MuseScore?
Replies: 29
Views: 3602

Re: Anyone using MuseScore?

Just thought I would update this thread with my latest experiences. Since my original post I have been tackling some pieces that have proved quite demanding for me because of the speed that is specified in the tutor book combined with the relative complexity of some of the music. In such cases I hav...