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Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:09:45 PM »

Following the success of the last course there'll be another chance to make the 2.5 row next year.  It's an intensive 9 days but enormous fun with Emmanuel (I will say this only once).  You can choose each note and therefore the keys you want.  It will be in Yeovil and dates will be 24th May - 1st June 2014 (school half term in Somerset).  Cost is the same as this year - £1,825.  You will not be disappointed. 

Please drop me an e-mail for a place on the course and more information.   
alanbalding@yahoo.co.uk
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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 08:10:29 AM »

There are still places available on the 2014 melodeon building course in Yeovil.   As with the previous Yeovil courses organised by Alan Balding the instrument built on this course will be a very versatile two and a half row with 14 basses.  Several melnet members have been on the course in previous years so if you want to know more just ask here.
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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2013, 10:27:57 AM »

Thanks Theo
The instruments really are first class and you will have a brilliant time - Emmanuel is very funny and cracks jokes throughout the course.  No real skills are necessary and you don't even have to be melodeon player - many people have made them for friends or family members. 

Most importantly please sign up asap.  There is a very long lead time for the parts to be ordered and delivered. 

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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2013, 10:33:15 AM »

You have new mail Alan  ;)
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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2013, 06:30:37 PM »

I'm in.

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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2013, 05:08:48 PM »

Anyone else out there fancy doing this course? Alan Balding tells me he needs a few more people to sign up.

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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2013, 05:55:51 PM »

I desperately want to go, but I can't raise the cash  :'(

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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2013, 06:50:26 PM »

.. now if I could just sell some of my boxes I don't really need, I could afford to go..  :-\
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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2013, 10:47:29 PM »

Anyone else out there fancy doing this course? Alan Balding tells me he needs a few more people to sign up.

Maybe, if I get

a) suddenly much better at playing (not v likely)
and/or
b) made redundant (v likely)
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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2013, 11:11:49 PM »

I would recommend this to anyone. A really great week ending up with the best holiday souvenir I have ever had. The added bonus is that each time I play the melodeon it bring back memories of Emmanuel and the fun I had making it.

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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2013, 12:30:50 AM »

I agree entirely with Martin. The pleasure of making the instrument is surpassed only by the pleasure of playing an instrument you have made yourself. My Pariselle box is so responsive and has such a lovely tone that I tend to play it in preference to my Castagnari.

It would be a real shame for those who have signed up for the 2014 course if it had to be cancelled due to insufficient numbers.
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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2013, 04:36:54 AM »

I'd love to go, but I'd need to look very carefully at the logistics, not to mention the cost, of coming from Cyprus.
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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2013, 07:15:44 AM »

I'm in, have been since it was first announced.  ;D
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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2013, 11:45:06 AM »

Just been looking at the two boxes that Theo has up for sale:
http://www.theboxplace.co.uk/purchase/baldingdg/prod_341.html
and
http://www.theboxplace.co.uk/purchase/eastmonddg/prod_340.html

 ...and noticed that the basses are different.
e.g.   Eb/C#  C/C  C/C  B/E  B/E  F#/F F#/F
   Bb/G#  G/D  G/D  D/A  D/A  A/G  A/G

e.g.   E/C#  C/C   C/C  B/E  B/E   Eb/F#  Eb/F#
       A/G#  G/D   G/D  D/A  D/A   Bb/F   Bb/F

Knowing nowt about basses I have to ask what the differences mean in terms of playability???
also noticed that both boxes do not have thirds in the bass... is that standard for these boxes or it a build choice please?
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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2013, 11:50:33 AM »

I have not been on any of these courses, though I would love to.  I have however played a couple of the instruments that have been built by course participants. They are magnificent. In fact Theo has two of them for sale on his site at £1900 each. You could have a cracking holiday, learn a new skill, and finish up with something tangible that is worth more than the cost of the course. What's not to like?
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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2013, 12:33:04 PM »

Just been looking at the two boxes that Theo has up for sale:
http://www.theboxplace.co.uk/purchase/baldingdg/prod_341.html
and
http://www.theboxplace.co.uk/purchase/eastmonddg/prod_340.html

 ...and noticed that the basses are different.
e.g.   Eb/C#  C/C  C/C  B/E  B/E  F#/F F#/F
   Bb/G#  G/D  G/D  D/A  D/A  A/G  A/G

This, ignoring the 2 left hand buttons, is the standard Saltarelle layout and is what I've got on my Pariselle.

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e.g.   E/C#  C/C   C/C  B/E  B/E   Eb/F#  Eb/F#
       A/G#  G/D   G/D  D/A  D/A   Bb/F   Bb/F

Knowing nowt about basses I have to ask what the differences mean in terms of playability???

Not sure what benefit this layout has.

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also noticed that both boxes do not have thirds in the bass... is that standard for these boxes or it a build choice please?

The Pariselles do not have thirds by design.

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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2013, 12:45:19 PM »

Just been looking at the two boxes that Theo has up for sale:
http://www.theboxplace.co.uk/purchase/baldingdg/prod_341.html
and
http://www.theboxplace.co.uk/purchase/eastmonddg/prod_340.html

 ...and noticed that the basses are different.
e.g.   Eb/C#  C/C  C/C  B/E  B/E  F#/F F#/F
   Bb/G#  G/D  G/D  D/A  D/A  A/G  A/G

e.g.   E/C#  C/C   C/C  B/E  B/E   Eb/F#  Eb/F#
       A/G#  G/D   G/D  D/A  D/A   Bb/F   Bb/F

Knowing nowt about basses I have to ask what the differences mean in terms of playability???
also noticed that both boxes do not have thirds in the bass... is that standard for these boxes or it a build choice please?

There are threads kicking around on this I think; in summary the first layout is more flexible in how you play something (more push pull options), the second layout is more flexible in what you play (chords for just about everything, but you're limited in having to play it on either push or pull, without choice of bellows direction).

Also worth noticing is the direction of the F# chord. You want it on the push if you want it in the right direction for playing in D (just as B is on the push for playing in G)... or you want it on the pull if playing blues in F# is your thing, where I gather a full F# blues scale is available on the pull on the treble end. Chris of this parish does this a lot; I'm sure he'll be along in a bit to confirm/condemn my shaky memory.

So the bottom line is, it depends on the music you want to play. I'm a F# push/first layout chap myself. The first layout makes it easier to play in D/G, the second layout makes it possible to play in other keys.

Clive

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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2013, 01:13:05 PM »

And the note layout is your choice if you do the course.   It can be in any key, any choice of low notes, accidentals, where the scale starts, bass layout etc.  There are some constraints:   two voice treble, maximum 25 treble buttons (some have built just two rows on the treble side), chords have only two reeds so no thirds and the 14 bass layout is like a standard 12 bass but with two extra buttons that just play basses. 

Reeds have to be ordered by Emmanuel well in advance, so you do need to make decisions fairly soon if you want a variation on the standard layout that he proposes.
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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #18 on: September 25, 2013, 02:13:09 PM »

Lester, Clive, Theo thanks for your help!
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Re: Melodeon Making with Emmanuel - 2014
« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2013, 02:14:52 PM »

I'd love to go, but I'd need to look very carefully at the logistics, not to mention the cost, of coming from Cyprus.

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With quite a few melodeonistas from here committing I suspect help with logistics may be available in return for mileage share and the conversation. I've become a dab hand at dropping people at airports in various countries, and coming back from my first Ghent weekend I got a very useful lift to Brussel airport. I won't be a "maker" this time, though can offer a lift to Ghent ;)

Perhaps anyone else interested in this jolly might PM Graham?
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