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Title: beards and bellows
Post by: ACE on June 18, 2015, 07:29:33 AM
As my beard is now a bit ZZ Top it is now getting caught up in the straps, hooks, buckles and bellows. I don't want to trim it down. Should I wrap it like a Sikh, plait it like a poser or take up another instrument. I could have longer straps but that would only be a temporary fix and playing the melodeon swung low like a rock guitarist would only present other problems. It needs to be fixed quickly as the banjo will also be a problem soon. Please send replies on the back of a £5 note.
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: malcolmbebb on June 18, 2015, 07:39:56 AM
Have patience. Soon you will be able to throw it over your shoulder, and use the strap to retain it.

If you play for Morris, be sure to stand downwind of the dancers to avoid the wind blowing it back. This has the added advantage that, except on the most windless of days, the dancers will always know which direction is Up when dancing outside.
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: MartinW on June 18, 2015, 09:08:01 AM
Maybe you could remove the shoulder straps from the melodeon and weave some clips into the beard to use instead?
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Theo on June 18, 2015, 09:13:29 AM
The perfect cure is a beard sock, secured behind the head with elastic straps.
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: ACE on June 18, 2015, 09:23:13 AM
The perfect cure is a beard sock, secured behind the head with elastic straps.

Oh yes, I get one knitted in the team colours. Ah! just realised it might look like a willie warmer on my chin, I don't want to look like a d*#k head playing a melodeon. Be alright with the banjo though.
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Bob Michel on June 18, 2015, 09:42:38 AM
Switching to concertina would allow you to defer any radical measures. Possibly for years.

Bob Michel
Near Philly
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Theo on June 18, 2015, 09:51:26 AM
Switching to fiddle would allow you to have a perpetual supply of bow hair.
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Johnniez on June 18, 2015, 12:51:41 PM
hi all

Well as you can see I have a beard .. Fair bit longer than in the pick to the left. Yepper thats me.. lol

I use a towel thin one like a tea towel and just wrap it around my neck catching my beard in it.. Works like a charm..

Also a bonus, It helps when I am sweating my butt off to collect the moisture. lol ..  :|||: :M :|bl

Johnniez
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on June 18, 2015, 03:26:27 PM
My name is not to be coupled with this!  8)
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on June 18, 2015, 03:38:45 PM
Well OK it is.
Moustache wax, and then set it to any angle you like, you could even rest your pint of beer on it, and not worry about it being  nicked (stolen) the beard that is ,no! The beer.  :|glug
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Mike Carney on June 18, 2015, 05:44:26 PM
Dear ACE I recommend a double plait with each one anchored by a cord and attached weight thrown over each shoulder. Sorry about the fiver. Could only find a tenner and wasn't going to waste that.
M
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on June 18, 2015, 05:49:24 PM
Maybe this will give some ideas.


John

http://www.esquire.com/style/a32279/incredibeard-isaiah-webb/
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Chris Ryall on June 18, 2015, 08:57:53 PM
Don't know if Guy "GbH" Heathcote, once a regular here,  still reads melnet, but he plays melodeon despite luxuriant facial hair.

He's a regular finalist in handlebar moustache competitions.

Doesn't seem to slow him down on box at all :|glug
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on June 18, 2015, 09:03:31 PM
Dolly Parton, has even bigger problems, playing squeezeboxes. She gets her bits, all tangled up.

John
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Chris Ryall on June 18, 2015, 09:09:41 PM
Yeah, like "bits" ia typo? … on a completely different keyboard row ;)

Though "momma" does … traditionally have a squeezebox …
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on June 18, 2015, 09:26:19 PM
Her main problem though, was that her arms were too short.

John
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: busbox on June 18, 2015, 09:34:17 PM
ACE
I saw a clip on TV the other night of a woman standing on her hands, holding a bow and arrow with her feet and firing successfully at a target.
This might seem like a conundrum for you, but for us 'down under' it is a bit ho-hum.
I think if you stood on your head to play, then gravity would take care of the problem. It might seem difficult at first but I'm sure you would quickly adapt.
Cheerio
Tony
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: syale on June 18, 2015, 11:48:34 PM
Moustache wax, and then set it to any angle you like

I would have thought reed wax more appropriate!
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: playandteach on June 18, 2015, 11:56:34 PM
These chaps all have leaky bellows.
This guy has a leak in the top of his bellows:
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_idbq255rpis/TQoCAy1ywZI/AAAAAAAAA7Y/Adk7EG7oIZg/s1600/beard+and+moustache+3.jpg)
But this chap has a leak at the top, but only plays in G major
(http://markjrebilas.com/blog3/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/ea20110920_mjr_su5_022.jpg)
This one plays beautifully balanced English style.
(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/88/eb/ae/88ebaed8aa8d19efabf9c58a54338a3e.jpg)
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Broadland Boy on June 18, 2015, 11:59:02 PM
I've not quite reached Ace's beard length yet (or that of my avatar, an Arthur Rackham Nibelung) so the melodeon in not a problem but I generally do my emails, browse forums etc horizontally polarised (in bed) with laptop on chest, this last year or two the number of times I have shut it to put in the nightstand only to find that a significant chunk of fungus has been trapped - with consequent foul language - has been increasing.

There was some discussion the other evening as we watched the Hobbit film about what might choose to nest (as per the wizard Radagast) followed by some hilarity later when the hamster the kids are looking after, which had been asleep on my tum (OK shelf) vanished into the undergrowth and had to be coaxed out with some seeds, numerous embarrassing photo's might have been available but for the fact that both their camera phones suffered terminal accidental damage under my heel  8)

Keep plenty of peanut butter in it Ace, it'll stay where you put it then and you dont get bothered by wasps like with marmalade  :o

NB wasn't Dolly known as 'Pleated Parton' during her accordion playing days ?
Title: Re: beards and bellows
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Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: ACE on June 19, 2015, 10:19:24 AM
ACE
I saw a clip on TV the other night of a woman standing on her hands, holding a bow and arrow with her feet and firing successfully at a target.
This might seem like a conundrum for you, but for us 'down under' it is a bit ho-hum.
I think if you stood on your head to play, then gravity would take care of the problem. It might seem difficult at first but I'm sure you would quickly adapt.
Cheerio
Tony

That at first glance seemed a possibility. Then I realised when gravity kicked in the family jewels would be at risk. Now it is one thing reading in the daily star of 'accidents' with a hover, but they would have a field day with it pleated in the bellows of an instrument whilst standing on my head playing a hornpipe.
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Broadland Boy on June 19, 2015, 11:55:20 PM
Coarseness alert

Beware of mangles (wringers) too, grandma knows, ask her  :o

Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Chris Ryall on June 20, 2015, 07:51:15 AM
The "bits in mangles" injury used to be commonplace in rural scotland, according to the old surgeon who taught me A&E. "och, terrible, terrible injuries" … he would remenisce. Fortunately we all have front loading automatics now ::)

As a 25 year beardie I can report no problems, other than the odd reed mysteriously jamming, but I keep mine short.
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Rob2Hook on July 05, 2015, 06:58:38 PM
The perfect cure is a beard sock...
Are you sure? I seem to recall it on our tune list.

Sorry, I just keep the beard trimmed.  No colour issues, it's pure white now!

Rob.
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: Johnniez on July 06, 2015, 06:28:37 AM

Quote

That at first glance seemed a possibility. Then I realised when gravity kicked in the family jewels would be at risk. Now it is one thing reading in the daily star of 'accidents' with a hover, but they would have a field day with it pleated in the bellows of an instrument whilst standing on my head playing a hornpipe.

Quite a high opinion of oneself as to how much LENGTH there is!!!    :|glug :|glug :|glug >:E >:E :|glug :|glug :|glug
Title: Re: beards and bellows
Post by: forrest on July 06, 2015, 06:46:48 AM
A. Brush it down flat on your chest, then button shirt over it.

B. Learn to play behind your back.
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