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    I recently received several e-mails in regards to a 16% off birthday sale going on this weekend at the local Music-Go-Round store conveniently located by my new digs. I checked the inventory on their website and what most piqued my interest was an accordion.

    I must confess, I don't know **************** about accordions but in recent years after hearing, and seeing them, used in songs that I like I've begun to believe they are pretty cool so I decided to part with $250 and take it home.

    This particular model is a Silvio Marotta. A craftsman who apparently made accordions in Castelfidardo, Italy from 1930 until 1977. According to the store employee the instrument was bought in the 50's and owned by the same person/family until sold to Music-Go-Round. Indeed the instrument appears well cared for, functions and plays flawlessly even though one of the leather straps broke on me while I was trying it out in one of the practice rooms.....oops!





    I'm developing a list of songs I'll try to learn on it after my new straps come in. What are some of your favorites? Do you have an accordion, what kind? Fill me in on your accordion adventures!

  • #2
    Wow.. Accordion adventures. I don't have any of my own. I did hear a story about a guy who went to the mall with an accordion in his back car window. When he returned to his car the window was smashed and there were two accordions in there.... (sorry, couldn't resist)

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    • #3
      Wow.. Accordion adventures. I don't have any of my own. I did hear a story about a guy who went to the mall with an accordion in his back car window. When he returned to his car the window was smashed and there were two accordions in there.... (sorry, couldn't resist)


      Good one Phil!

      John
      Stop analyzing; just compose the damn thing!

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      • #4
        That's a 120 bass piano box - it plays the same note whether you squeeze or pull the bellows. The bass buttons play chords; there are versions where you can use the bass buttons to make your own chords - this is called, believe it or not, the free-bass type. Free-basing on an accordion...

        In Ireland, where we regularly have comely maidens dancing at the crossroads, the accordion of choice has buttons on both sides. There can be one, two, two and a half, three or five rows on the melody side. There can also be any number of bass buttons. The button box, as we call it, also differs in that you will get two different notes on the pull and draw of the bellows - in principle like the harmonica.
        "Now you've opened a whole sheetload of pain on everyone here, with all your black pudding insaneness." - Zygoat2

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        • #5
          I have a bumper sticker from the band Those Darn Accordions that reads "Pro-Accordion - And I Vote"
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          • #6
            Many of the great musician, and very likely more then half of the great composers play Accordion.

            That's just how it is.

            A genius instrument you can start to play when you are very young, all there, melody , harmony, virtuosity, rhythm, dynamics....

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            • #7
              Gratz!!!

              <3 accordions.

              Me an my main accordion.

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              • #8
                Many of the great musician, and very likely more then half of the great composers play Accordion.

                That's just how it is.

                A genius instrument you can start to play when you are very young, all there, melody , harmony, virtuosity, rhythm, dynamics....


                And therein lies the danger - many is the time a starving musician, having found himself half-competent on piano and thus disposed to seek his fortune in bawdy music halls or rancid brothels, has decided to embark upon a carreer as an accordionist. The instrument is portable and its target audience is usually drunk or otherwise rendered so chemically incapable as to beyond caring for the provenance or skill of its player. If one wishes to become an accordionist all that is required is a basic grounding in music theory, a good bicycle puncture repair kit (in case the bellows leak) and a good pair of running shoes.
                "Now you've opened a whole sheetload of pain on everyone here, with all your black pudding insaneness." - Zygoat2

                "I'm excited. Nothing turns chicks on more than a fat guy with a flying V playing Monkees songs!" - Sydfan

                "Phuck you and your pseudo toaster." - Silas Dean

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                    • #11
                      I you haven't played in whore houses you're not a musician.


                      And therein lies the danger - many is the time a starving musician, having found himself half-competent on piano and thus disposed to seek his fortune in bawdy music halls or rancid brothels, has decided to embark upon a carreer as an accordionist. The instrument is portable and its target audience is usually drunk or otherwise rendered so chemically incapable as to beyond caring for the provenance or skill of its player. If one wishes to become an accordionist all that is required is a basic grounding in music theory, a good bicycle puncture repair kit (in case the bellows leak) and a good pair of running shoes.

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                      • #12


                        A two and a half row button box - looks like a Hohner.
                        "Now you've opened a whole sheetload of pain on everyone here, with all your black pudding insaneness." - Zygoat2

                        "I'm excited. Nothing turns chicks on more than a fat guy with a flying V playing Monkees songs!" - Sydfan

                        "Phuck you and your pseudo toaster." - Silas Dean

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                        • #13
                          A two and a half row button box - looks like a Hohner.


                          that's what it is called in the USA?

                          here certainly not called "two and a half row button box"

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                          • #14
                            I you haven't played in whore houses you're not a musician.


                            Hey, I have done just that.
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                            • #15
                              Hey, I have done just that.


                              Yes, i know.

                              Actually we have a lot of real musicians here in Craig's forum.

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