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RogerT

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Black Diamond Italian range
« on: April 17, 2018, 07:58:38 AM »

Anybody played these yet? Note the combo of brass and aluminium plates (frames).

https://www.blackdiamondaccordions.com/melodeons
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Re: Black Diamond Italian range
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2018, 08:12:04 AM »

Yes, I tried the Olivia at Sidmouth last summer.
Beautifully made. Jon Loomes showed me the inside, and the reeds are pinned in rather than waxed in place. The workmanship looked top quality. The Olive wood was just gorgeous, obviously I was a  woodworm in a previous life and I like a nice wood finish.
It played really well, and sounded very nice, all in all a lovely box.
Other friends who tried it had similar positive thoughts. In my opinion they are very nice instruments.
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Re: Black Diamond Italian range
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2018, 08:24:21 AM »

Curious to know your view on the prices of these high end boxes...

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Re: Black Diamond Italian range
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2018, 09:03:04 AM »

Curious to know your view on the prices of these high end boxes...

Played them at Sidmouth last year. They are superb boxes. The  price is every bit as justified as any other quality hand made box. There are a couple of other threads around about these, if you can find them..
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Re: Black Diamond Italian range
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 10:55:34 AM »

I agree about pricing.
It puts it up there, or beyond even, the price of a similar 2r8v Castagnari.
At Sidmouth it was priced on a par with the new model Oakwood too.
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Re: Black Diamond Italian range
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 11:11:48 AM »

I agree about pricing.
It puts it up there, or beyond even, the price of a similar 2r8v Castagnari.
At Sidmouth it was priced on a par with the new model Oakwood too.
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And compares remarkably favourably in that company. The Olivia looks great, feels great and sounds great.
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Re: Black Diamond Italian range
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2018, 11:58:04 AM »

Indeed it does.
I hope their range is successful and we see another choice of quality melodeon.
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Re: Black Diamond Italian range
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2018, 06:46:20 PM »

Murray Grainger and Jon Loomes are bringing some to Melodeons in Wensleydale at Hawes this weekend. I don't know whether they will have boxes to actually sell or samples to try so that you can order one.
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