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Title: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: JimmyM on February 07, 2017, 11:21:57 AM
lets hope none of us are ever faced with this but ....

your house is burning down. everyone has got out safely but you only had time to save 1 box. Which one did you save and why?

maybe you only have 1 box so it was an easy choice. Somehow i think most people on this forum have more than 1 ;)


So I'd better start. I'd grab my 114 in G. i love the sound of the 4stoppers and I always thought G was a bit squeeky untill i heard it in the lower octave that you get on the 1 rows. Almost all the music i play is in D or G so I'd still be able to play a huge chunk of it in the right key and the rest id play in the wrong key :||:
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Winston Smith on February 07, 2017, 12:00:34 PM
Although our Hero, Theo, says it's "like the Klingenthal boxes", it would have to be my Hering G/C! Not just because it might be my favourite box, as even though it's the one I'm playing just now, I'm not sure that it is. But because it's the only one that I've heard of which isn't in Brazil!
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Lester on February 07, 2017, 12:22:38 PM
Luckily most my boxes are in my workshop which is separate from the house  (:)
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: NickF on February 07, 2017, 12:47:04 PM
That would be a tough choice (and I might dither long enough that I wouldn't have time to save myself let alone one box...); however, it would have to be the D/G Liliput - it's such a sweet box.

Mind you, the others are insured (but I'd have to wait for another Streb...)
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: george garside on February 07, 2017, 01:30:05 PM
would depend on how far you had to run with it and what other possessions you were trying to grab!  for a high speed departure I would grab a  dg pokerword  but if speed of departure was not so important it would be a hohner gaelic as it will do everything that may otherwise require several boxes

george
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Helena Handcart on February 07, 2017, 01:31:39 PM
The Binci definitely* :)




*based on the current herd.
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on February 07, 2017, 01:38:51 PM
My old Bb/Eb Club 1.
Mind you, my tears, at the thought of any of my boxes burning, would probably extinguish the flames  :'(  :'(

Sir John
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: GPS on February 07, 2017, 01:47:43 PM
Probably the little Hlavaček 1-row Heligonka - the box I currently play least of all of them.
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Stiamh on February 07, 2017, 01:52:05 PM
I'd take my fiddle.  If I still had time, and hands to spare, whichever box was closest to the door.
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: James Fitton on February 07, 2017, 01:57:25 PM
This is easy for me. It'd be my little Oakwood model 2 - hardest to replace, easiest to carry, loudest to hear if required as some form of distress call. The scenario does however bring to mind a different question, which I'll post elsewhere to avoid (wholly fair) accusations of thread drift...
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: GPS on February 07, 2017, 02:05:17 PM
On second thoughts, the one nearest the door.........
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on February 07, 2017, 05:07:18 PM
My D/G Sandpiper, as I can't be buried without it, but don't worry - Mrs Brownbridge has Granny's violin and the Liliput (aren't I thoughtful?)
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: boxcall on February 07, 2017, 05:16:52 PM
I 'd have to grab my Hohner 1040 that was pass down to me, it's not my best or favorite.
And with my other arm I'd have to haul out a many of the photo albums as possible for if I made it out alive without them, I'd be dead and left for the birds if I was just holding the box!



Then I'd have to run down and get the fire truck (:)
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Baron Collins-Hill on February 07, 2017, 06:09:48 PM
The only box I own!
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Sandy Flett on February 07, 2017, 06:41:28 PM
When she was young my daughter told me about having a dream (nightmare?) where our house was on fire and I sent her back in to get my Shand Morino.
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: JimmyM on February 07, 2017, 07:27:26 PM
The only box I own!
Wow! I'm stunned that you only have one box! Fair play to you. I've been following and using your mandolin site for a few years and have seen you playing many mandolins, tenor guitars even a banjo. I thought you'd have loads of boxes :-)
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Baron Collins-Hill on February 07, 2017, 07:41:24 PM
Wow! I'm stunned that you only have one box! Fair play to you. I've been following and using your mandolin site for a few years and have seen you playing many mandolins, tenor guitars even a banjo. I thought you'd have loads of boxes :-)

I wish I could say the same for the other instruments I play! A handful of mandolins, several hands full of tenor guitars, a couple 6 string guitars, a tenor banjo, a 5 string banjo, a fiddle I never play, but only one box. Granted I took a chance and got a custom layout 3 row 18 bass box that is good for playing in a bunch of keys, so it will keep me busy and my brain tied in knots for a lifetime and then some.

Glad you've been enjoying the mandolin lessons!
Baron
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: gettabettabox on February 07, 2017, 07:44:53 PM
Headline in local press..."wax pan combustion burns down accordion repairer's home."
Chief fire officer said " we thought we had things under control, but didn't know about the 15 or so celluloid covered accordions in the spare bedroom..".  (:)
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Tufty on February 07, 2017, 11:29:19 PM
The G Hohner 4 stop that I bought in 1977, the rest are all well insured!
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Andrew Wigglesworth on February 07, 2017, 11:32:30 PM
I'd get safely out of the house and then claim on the insurance.
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: triskel on February 08, 2017, 02:38:01 AM
My 1939 grey 4-voice Casali C#/D, because it's magnificent (somewhere between a Paolo Soprani and a Baldoni, Bartoli in sound), and mint, and I'd never find another one to replace it - so all the insurance in the world would be useless...
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: deltasalmon on February 08, 2017, 02:49:11 AM
My main box is a C#/D van der Aa.

A.) it's worth more than any other box I own (and most things in my house)
B.) It's the box I like to play the most, It has a D row and.... other stuff
C.) It's left on a shelf in my living room so that's always available for me to play easily and now that I think about it it, easy to grab in case of emergency.

With two kids under 2 yo I probably won't have enough arms available to grab a box though.
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Sage Herb on February 08, 2017, 07:18:51 AM
I'm tempted to wind my fellow Melnetters up by grabbing one of my banjos..... But the fact is that they and most of my boxes would be replaceable. The one exception is a scrappy-looking Hohner Club 2 into which a previous owner put Binci reeds. Great sound (albeit a bit edgy through a PA unless carefully EQ'd) and an amazing action for a thing of its age. So I'll grab that.
Cheers
Steve
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: NineOclock on February 08, 2017, 10:42:40 AM
It would have to be the Oakwood, then the Salterell pastourelle 3, Tara etc. How many last goes am I allowed?
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Roger Howard on February 08, 2017, 10:52:08 AM
I'd take my Serafini 3 row. No contest - it's light, sweet and versatile.

R
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: squeezecat on February 08, 2017, 10:53:15 AM
Trick question - I've only got one box, and it's constantly strapped to me anyway ;D
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: baz parkes on February 08, 2017, 05:25:12 PM
4 stop 1 row in C
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: gettabettabox on February 08, 2017, 05:35:28 PM
Trick question?!..is this the house that I've built on my 'desert island?'

In that case, I was only allowed to bring one here anyway,  HA114 in D.   (:)
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Huw Adamson on February 08, 2017, 05:50:17 PM
Trick question - I've only got one box, and it's constantly strapped to me anyway ;D
Same here!
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: playandteach on February 08, 2017, 06:37:30 PM
For me it would have to be any box that I had borrowed. I couldn't face someone if I'd saved my favourite and let theirs burn.
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Malcolm Clapp on February 08, 2017, 10:43:20 PM
Hesitant about replying to this thread and tempting fate   >:E

However, it would have to be my D/G Hohner reeded Castagnari Tommy MMM that I would save.

There are some here who, I'm sure, would nominate such a "Frankenstein" box as "first to burn", but it has been my main squeeze for the last couple of years, and I doubt that I would ever be able to acquire another.

Forever grateful to Sandy F, Theo and Mike R for making it all possible.
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Guy on February 08, 2017, 11:13:57 PM
I'm reminded of Ricky Gervais's suggestion when asked what one thing he would save from a fire..."One of the twins". I feel like that about the melodeons...but what is the collective name for "One of an indeterminate number of instruments that I've not yet admitted to owning?".

Oh well. The new one arrived today....
Cheers,
Guy

Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Rob2Hook on February 09, 2017, 08:36:57 PM
This is ridiculous!  I have two hands, I'd save two!

Actually I'd save the Baffetti Binci and the Club IIb Victoria.  If it meant running into the street naked, so be it.  I could hang one in front and one behind.  Unfortunately I'd need to hang the larger one to the rear...

Rob.
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: baz parkes on February 10, 2017, 10:37:39 AM
This is ridiculous!  I have two hands, I'd save two!

.  Unfortunately I'd need to hang the larger one to the rear...
Rob.

You've got me worried now...I may need to take up piano accordion  :|bl
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: melodeon on March 03, 2017, 12:32:33 AM
I would collect my GGFs (originally thought to be earlier) 2 1/2 row D/G made in Switzerland around 1920.

Historic, family connections, and a wonderful player in an older tuning style.
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: squeezy on March 04, 2017, 11:08:01 PM
I have a box for just this situation!

It's a massive wooden box that I can fit all my melodeons in and then manhandle them out of the house while beating off the fire with the remaining piano accordions!
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Andrew Kennedy on January 28, 2019, 01:14:09 PM
Sorry, I missed the previous thread.

I'm interested by the replies so far, but realise that the burning house element adds a layer of confusion (as, indeed, it would).  Suppose, instead, that a future government were to decide that the wealth of melodeons in the country should be more evenly distributed, and we can in future only have one each until every household has one.  (Hang on a minute, I'm just picturing this vision of the future...).  Given time to choose your one and only, rather than a hasty grab in the mad dash to leave a burning building, would that change your answer?
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Dick Rees on January 28, 2019, 01:21:14 PM
Would the decision making time be greater if all your boxes were tuned wet?
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on January 28, 2019, 01:25:47 PM
My tortoiseshell  Preciosa, as I could sell it for more than any of my other boxes.

SJ
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: MarioP on February 08, 2019, 03:36:47 AM
I’d burn with them cuz i couldnt make up my mind as to which to to grab 😂👍🏽
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: george garside on February 08, 2019, 09:51:04 AM
possibly  same as MarioP  but if fire  was slow spreading I would grab my 3 voice serenellini DG that has served me well for over 20 years  and my hohner gaelic BCC# cos it plays in 12 keys  ( for the learning of 5!)  and has my favourite 'wet' tuning.  If fire still slow spreading I might add  my battered DG pokerwork 'cos it brings back happy memories of my days as a morris musician.


Perhaps it would be better to keep ones boxes in a damproof and fireproof shed so it won't matter if the house burns down.



george :-\


Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: steveh on February 08, 2019, 10:05:50 AM
The clear way forward must be for us all to construct fire-resistant panic/strong rooms to avoid the problem. An expensive option but imagine the trauma of leaving a melodeon behind to a fiery demise. You'd be racked with guilt forever!
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: JimmyM on July 19, 2019, 06:14:48 PM
... If fire still slow spreading I might add  my battered DG pokerwork ....



george :-\

 >:E
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: Broadland Boy on July 19, 2019, 07:07:38 PM
With thick enough fire / damp proof walls and those on reduced decibels due to family or neighbours could find a full volume refuge  8)
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: MarioP on November 03, 2019, 10:23:12 PM
possibly  same as MarioP  but if fire  was slow spreading I would grab my 3 voice serenellini DG that has served me well for over 20 years  and my hohner gaelic BCC# cos it plays in 12 keys  ( for the learning of 5!)  and has my favourite 'wet' tuning.  If fire still slow spreading I might add  my battered DG pokerwork 'cos it brings back happy memories of my days as a morris musician.


Perhaps it would be better to keep ones boxes in a damproof and fireproof shed so it won't matter if the house burns down.

there is a storage near my house which I used last summer as I was moving to a new house. they begged me to storage my collection with them but I didn't move to a bigger place to pay for storaging them. the whole point was to move to a bigger place to build a closet that can handle them and storage them in a room with air conditioning controlled to prevent humidity from getting to them.

my new response to this post would be I would grab the box that I keep handy so right now would be my Hohner " Rey del Vallenato " GCF :D



george :-\
Title: Re: Your house is burning down and you can only save 1 box?
Post by: george garside on November 03, 2019, 11:14:18 PM
possibly  same as MarioP  but if fire  was slow spreading I would grab my 3 voice serenellini DG that has served me well for over 20 years  and my hohner gaelic BCC# cos it plays in 12 keys  ( for the learning of 5!)  and has my favourite 'wet' tuning.  If fire still slow spreading I might add  my battered DG pokerwork 'cos it brings back happy memories of my days as a morris musician.


Perhaps it would be better to keep ones boxes in a damproof and fireproof shed so it won't matter if the house burns down.

there is a storage near my house which I used last summer as I was moving to a new house. they begged me to storage my collection with them but I didn't move to a bigger place to pay for storaging them. the whole point was to move to a bigger place to build a closet that can handle them and storage them in a room with air conditioning controlled to prevent humidity from getting to them.

my new response to this post would be I would grab the box that I keep handy so right now would be my Hohner " Rey del Vallenato " GCF :D



george :-\

the last five lines of the above are from Mario not me!

george
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