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Title: Bass Melodeon anybody?
Post by: Little Eggy on July 28, 2019, 04:48:38 PM
Bernard Wrigley plays a marvellous bass concertina.  It looks like a struggle to play but sounds great.
This may be a stupid question but has anyone ever seen an equivalent bass melodeon?
Title: Re: Bass Melodeon anybody?
Post by: Lester on July 28, 2019, 04:50:11 PM
Here is John Spiers playing a Hohner Elysium


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwbWZ_vDt60 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwbWZ_vDt60)
Title: Re: Bass Melodeon anybody?
Post by: Anahata on July 28, 2019, 05:54:27 PM
A few years ago Martyn White had a Hohner Elysium which I took home to try out. It's big and shockingly heavy. I decided against keeping it.
Title: Re: Bass Melodeon anybody?
Post by: Little Eggy on July 29, 2019, 02:59:51 PM
Thanks for the link and comments.   I must look out for one of those!
Title: Re: Bass Melodeon anybody?
Post by: Theo on July 29, 2019, 09:45:43 PM
Though the Elysium is not really a “Bass Melodeon”.  The bass end does have Helicon reeds which are an octave below standard basses,  but the treble side is voiced LLM so it doesn’t have any note lower than you would find on an LM or LMM box.  At least that is the way mine is designed. Perhaps you could call it a tenor?
Title: Re: Bass Melodeon anybody?
Post by: RogerT on July 30, 2019, 07:50:38 AM
Do you play it much?
Title: Re: Bass Melodeon anybody?
Post by: Anahata on July 30, 2019, 08:35:00 AM
the treble side is voiced LLM so it doesn’t have any note lower than you would find on an LM or LMM box
I didn't know that, but I did notice that it didn't really sound like bass notes on the RH side.
Chris Parkinson has a real bass PA with proper bass reeds on the keyboard and nothing on the LH side. I've never seen a melodeon like that. Two row B/C with helikons would be really fun and quite useful.
Title: Re: Bass Melodeon anybody?
Post by: baz parkes on July 30, 2019, 08:38:03 AM
Perhaps you could call it a tenor?

That's very reasonable...I'll take it off ypur hands at that price.... >:E :|glug
Title: Re: Bass Melodeon anybody?
Post by: Theo on July 30, 2019, 10:28:30 AM
Do you play it much?

No it's on the waiting for restoration shelf.
Title: Re: Bass Melodeon anybody?
Post by: pgroff on July 30, 2019, 05:16:46 PM
See also the Hohner Orchestra I and Orchestra II models, discussed before on this forum for example here:

http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,16400.msg203447.html