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 on: Today at 07:19:30 AM 
Started by Simon Cragg - Last post by malcolmbebb
I connect the backstrap then put the straps over my head. It depends where you have the backstrap, my partner muso wears one fairly low and can reach behind. I wear it quite high and can't reach so have to position it first.

Don't usually wear it at home.

 on: Today at 05:15:27 AM 
Started by Simon Cragg - Last post by MarioP
Depending on your build, you may find that a back strap helps to stop the main straps separating and falling off.
I still can’t quiet grasp who ties the back strap when playing live and you need to switch accordions fast? Perhaps you take off the melodeon rather? And yes the separating of straps is quiet annoying..

I can’t easily remove my straps from the melodeon that’s why I probably over estimate this procedure.
Not trying to deviate from the original post but it is a newbie question.

 on: Today at 12:10:30 AM 
Started by RogerT - Last post by RogerT

You really mean a whole tone below G/C? I can imagine that could sound great, but I've never seen an F/Bb box before...
there you go, you have now.
some time ego I've asked regarding harmonika reeds did not get enough info..sounds like upper-end reeds are OK to use I guess  (:)

The TAM reeds I put in the Modell I are in fact one grade up from their 'dural' reeds, and they are really very good. There are two higher grades of TAM, where the prices increases (by Something in the order of 40%) for each jump in quality. So I wouldn't describe these as 'upper end' reeds, relative to the Harmonikas range. But that doesn't mean they are inferior. The Dural reeds are pretty good too, apparently. They certainly look better quality than standard Hohner reeds and they are cheaper.

 on: Yesterday at 11:34:35 PM 
Started by Simon Cragg - Last post by malcolmbebb
Depending on your build, you may find that a back strap helps to stop the main straps separating and falling off.

 on: Yesterday at 10:27:02 PM 
Started by playandteach - Last post by playandteach
Here are the two versions with melodeon sampled sounds supplied care of Squeezy.
One is all sounds provided by the same box.
The other is 5 different boxes (one for each part). Take your pick.

 on: Yesterday at 09:33:09 PM 
Started by playandteach - Last post by playandteach
Email sent. Thanks for these. The Electric Counterpoint I mentioned earlier in this thread was all the same guitar. It does bounce things around more to have the same box playing all the parts. I wouldn't want to be without the bass buttons when they kick in - so thanks for taking the care to render them too.

 on: Yesterday at 09:16:49 PM 
Started by Simon Cragg - Last post by playandteach
You will quickly find that most people here recommend a guy called Charlie Marshall for supplies. You can buy straps cheaper elsewhere, but he will sell you the right ones if  you email him your instrument and your body build! He gets things sent out before you can believe, and it's worth dealing with him. Straps matter for me a lot.

 on: Yesterday at 09:14:23 PM 
Started by Simon Cragg - Last post by penn
However, I just cannot get comfortable with the straps....
Yes I had this problem too. I spent the first weeks adjusting the length, then I bought a couple of different sets and ended up with two quite heavily padded ones. But to be honest I don't think they helped that much, I just grew out of it. i have a tendency to attack every instrument I've ever played - I know it's not necessary and it wears me out, but I can't seem to help doing it. I think the melodeon can be quite physical, so maybe I've now trained my muscles to cope with it. George's "put it down for a bit" works very well for me, and it also helps me progress with tunes - there's something about mulling it over that settles the tune into my brain.

 on: Yesterday at 09:10:22 PM 
Started by Simon Cragg - Last post by Simon Cragg
Think I might have cracked it. Found two really good padded camera straps. and with a bit of fiddling they feel a lot better. I have read that it does take ages to get everything set up right. Anyway, spent way to long tonight (2.5 hrs)practising, and I am getting a bit of minor whinging from 'er indoors. Orf to dream of all things Melodeon.

 on: Yesterday at 08:52:29 PM 
Started by mselic - Last post by Rob2Hook
All this takes me back to a house move in my childhood.  After freezing our nuts off in the coldest UK winter in living memory, we had new-fangled  central heating installed.  I had never seen a radiator in a house, before - only in public buildings.  I think it was one of the recruiting schemes of the civil service! 

Anyway, the new house had enough space for Dad to indulge himself with a Beckstein grand piano.  Once it had settled in, the tuner called and insisted we had to humidify the room before the soundboard split asunder.  We had little troughs of water hanging on each radiator with a vertical grille above lined with blotting paper.  They worked, but smelt awful unless you changed the water weekly and the paper monthly.

Still made the fire up daily as one of my chores...


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