Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally

Post by John Vernon » Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:03 pm

Hello Tom and all other CBAists. Any further thoughts on this Rally? I will come if I'm available, the earlier I know a date, the more likely to be available!
b.t.w. Tom, I met you at the "Clog Ale" at Daglingworth.
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally

Post by TomBR » Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:31 pm

Hi John, good to hear from you, I was planning on getting a message to you via Sabotage in case you didn't see it here.
Looking at Saturdays in October and hope to have something definite in the next day or so.
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by TomBR » Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:30 am

Hi folks
Going for 7th October 2017 in Steventon, Oxfordshire. Just west of the A34 near Didcot and not far north of Chievely junction of the M4.
So, please save the date and I'll add other info shortly.

Slightly updated version of what I said before.....
What's coming to mind is:-
- Get together in the hall from mid-morning, bring instruments to show, compare, try out etc.
- Bring any instruments for sale, might be possible to get some other instruments specifically for sale there.
- Anyone thinking of swapping to CBA from PA, or starting from scratch would be welcome.
- "Ploughmans" type lunch and other refreshments organised (by me.)
- After lunch "show and tell," encouraging as many as possible to play a tune, share things of interest, ask opinions, etc.
- Maybe find a tune or some music to have a massed play.
- Ends late afternoon.
- Cost minimal, £10 a head.

"Rallies" in the world of old motorbikes have been described as "ride two hundred miles, stand about in a field talking bikes, ride two hundred miles home!"

Cheers,
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by Anyanka » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:43 am

It's in the diary! Thanks for organising this :ch

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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by craptiger » Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:32 pm

I'm up for this too. I don't frequent the forums as often as I'd like to but now I know this is on I'll check back more often.
I can bring my Saltarelle Bourroche and my Victoria Poeta (which is 'kind of" for sale) for people to have a go on if they want.
It's so frustrating not being able to try new CBAs before buying. It's a lot of money to drop on something you're not going to see for up to 6 months!
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by losthobos » Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:38 pm

Sorry to say I'm away....enjoy...
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by Anyanka » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:16 am

craptiger wrote:
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:32 pm
It's so frustrating not being able to try new CBAs before buying. It's a lot of money to drop on something you're not going to see for up to 6 months!
Ben
That's one of the reasons why I like buying second-hand - I still love the Pigini I bought from you four years ago!

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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by craptiger » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:26 pm

Perhaps you'd like to upgrade to a lovely Poeta? Or even just add it to your collection? :tup:

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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by John Vernon » Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:40 pm

It's in my diary!
looking forward to meeting all you button box types.
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by Anyanka » Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:14 pm

craptiger wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:26 pm
Perhaps you'd like to upgrade to a lovely Poeta? Or even just add it to your collection? :tup:
It'll be nice to try it... but I very much hope that I won't be smitten with it... I've already got to find the money for two more sets of bagpipes that I've ordered!

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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by TomBR » Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:50 pm

Hi folks,
The "SECBAR" on 7th October is very much on.

I had a message from Greg of Black Diamond accordions and they're hoping to be able to come along, which would be great,
https://www.blackdiamondaccordions.com/ ... accordions
(They do both B & C systems.)
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by Geoff de Limousin » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:25 pm

Would love to come to this event.... perhaps I can ... a definate maybe.

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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by TomBR » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:24 pm

Geoff de Limousin wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:25 pm
Would love to come to this event.... perhaps I can ... a definate maybe.
Great if you can Geoff.
I'll be sending out more detailed info shortly.
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by TomBR » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:10 pm

Hi folks, more detailed info as promised.

Saturday 7th October 2017 - the First Ever
Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally
The Chromatic Button Accordion (CBA) is relatively rare in the UK. There are not many players, not many instruments, very few teachers, and not much learning material in English. The internet makes a huge amount of information available, and awareness of this wonderful instrument has probably never been higher. But, “online” only goes so far. Some players may never have met anyone else who plays the system. There’s no one they can ask, “what about this” or can tell “I’ve been doing this, what do you think?” For most people who might like to learn the system there is nowhere accessible where they can actually try a CBA.
So, the first Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally (SECBAR) aims to bring together players, instruments, and potential players in one place and time.
It will be what those who come make it, but aims and suggestions include:-
- An opportunity to meet and talk to other people who are interested in the instrument
- An opportunity to try different instruments
- An opportunity to describe difficulties or share discoveries
- An opportunity to sell and buy instruments. (Black Diamond Accordions are bringing their new instruments for sale.)
- We hope people will bring relevant music books and “tutors” either for sale or so that others can have a good look before buying elsewhere
Anyone with an interest in CBA is welcome, whether they already play, at any level, or would like to find out more. As well as the chance to meet people, talk, and see and play instruments the day should include:-
- An informal “seminar,” a chance to ask questions or share information with a group of people
- A chance for those who wish to do so to play some music, or demonstrate something they like.
- A “massed play” from sheet music of something that should sound good on lots of accordions!
Logistics – Saturday 7th October 2017.
- The venue is St Michael’s church hall, Steventon, near Didcot Oxfordshire. “Church Lane, Steventon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6SW - From the High Street turn into the Causeway (signposted 'to church') all the way up past the North Star and over the level crossing until you come to Church Lane.” It’s in the churchyard. There’s easy parking in a village environment outside.
- Meet mid-morning onwards, I’ll be there by 10.30. Tea, coffee, biscuits and water will be available all day. Meet, show, play, talk, discuss, look at, buy, sell!
- “Ploughmans” type lunch provided. (Let me know of any special dietary needs.)
- After lunch "show and tell," encouraging as many as possible to play a tune, share things of interest, ask opinions, etc.
- Massed CBA “choir”
- Ending “tea-time” – (Some people have evening gigs to play for.)
- Cost £8 a head to include lunch, refreshments and contribution to hall hire. Pay on the day, but please email secbar96@outlook.com to book your place and with any questions, or phone 01993 823 999 or 07989 888 263 If you have anything for sale please let me know details, including guide price, in advance if possible so others can come prepared! If you have topics you’d like to discuss, questions to ask, or music we can play, please let me know.

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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by Knobby » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:05 am

I've added a notice about this event to the top of the forum, for a little more exposure. :tup:
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by debra » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:14 am

Knobby wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:05 am
I've added a notice about this event to the top of the forum, for a little more exposure. :tup:
Nice feature that this can be done on the board, and this event certainly warrants the extra exposure.
The CBA isn't all that popular in England. It is rapidly gaining popularity around here (Belgium, the Netherlands) and really deserves that because of the added possibilities it offers over PA.
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by Nuuksu » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:33 am

I wish all the best :)

Maybe this is helpful for those who are interestid in B-system http://nuuksu.esy.es/accordion/scales.html

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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by TomBR » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:10 pm

Thanks Knobby, that's great.
Thanks Paul and Nuuksu. I do wonder if there's a tipping point in this country where the popularity of CBA might grow quite quickly. The internet gives such easy access to knowledge, it's then a matter of getting access to instruments in the real world!
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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by John Vernon » Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:59 am

Hello everyone. I've just emailed Tom to confirm my attendance at this event (secbar96@outlook.com). I'm sure he would appreciate everyone letting him know as soon as possible!

I'm a "B" system player .. am I going to be Johnny no mates amonst all you "C" types? At least, we can argue about which system......mmm...probably best to leave that alone.
John

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Re: Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally 7 October 2017

Post by TomBR » Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:49 pm

John Vernon wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:59 am
Hello everyone. I've just emailed Tom to confirm my attendance at this event (secbar96@outlook.com). I'm sure he would appreciate everyone letting him know as soon as possible!

I'm a "B" system player .. am I going to be Johnny no mates amonst all you "C" types? At least, we can argue about which system......mmm...probably best to leave that alone.
John
Thanks John!
I hope there'll be a mix of systems, then everyone can wonder if they've made/are making the right choice! I hope Black Diamond will bring both versions and I'll be bringing a Hohner Sirena B system that will be for sale in due course. (At present only the treble end is in playing order and I doubt I'll get it finished in time.)

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