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A/D Melodeons
« on: April 28, 2009, 01:21:24 AM »




  Hi
   Are there any advantages or significant disadvantages to an A/D box compared to a D/G? I was looking for a D/G but have come across an A/D at quite a reasonable price
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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2009, 07:45:42 AM »

Jack, I suppose the question is what do you want to play on it? & Who with? etc.Also, what are the low notes/accidentals it comes with etc. ?

Ah, so many questions at 7:45 AM! I'm off to work ;D
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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009, 11:16:20 AM »

Jack, I suppose the question is what do you want to play on it? & Who with?

A/D boxes are very low-pitched, being just one tone up from a G/C, which is the lowest. They are used by a lot of continental players as an alternative to G/C, partly because some people prefer the slightly higher pitch, and are generally played in the upper octave. I don't know if they have any more specific uses.

Obviously you can play them down the bottom as well, and if you want to play a lot in A they are very useful. I have an A/D Erica which I bought very cheap on Ebay just for that purpose.
Most players in this country play a lot in G, though, which is possible but not straightforward on an A/D (it's like playing in C on a D/G). If you want to play in sessions and play the usual repertoire of British tunes then you really need a D/G as a first priority. I think A/Ds are a lovely pitch, though, and if it's a nice box and cheap enough you would probably enjoy playing it, but you'd probably end up getting a D/G as well....and hence taking the first step on the slippery slope to MADness!

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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 12:23:08 PM »




  Pauline and Al
I appreciate the answers. I know almost nothing about melodeons that have more than 1 row and the more I learn the more complicated it becomes. I should find out what the accidentals and/or low notes are on this particular box. By the way I already suffer from Stringed Instrument Acquisition Disease so a few melodeons would fit right in
 Jack
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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2009, 12:31:01 PM »




  Pauline and Al
I appreciate the answers. I know almost nothing about melodeons that have more than 1 row and the more I learn the more complicated it becomes. I should find out what the accidentals and/or low notes are on this particular box. By the way I already suffer from Stringed Instrument Acquisition Disease so a few melodeons would fit right in
 Jack

If that is the case then I would recommend getting a D/G to start with.
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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2009, 02:40:43 PM »

The folks up in Newfoundland use them a lot, and crack out some splendid sounding Irish/Franco-American/Acadian jigs and reels.  There's a chap called August Majcan, one of a host of fine Newfoundland players, who made a record called "A Breath Of Newfoundland" a few years ago, which is pretty impressive.  The musicians in that part of the world seem to favor a walking bass and a drum machine with just about everything they play, which gives it a unique sound. 
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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2017, 07:43:00 AM »

Matt B.

thanks for mentioning this fella August Majcan

His talent is amazing i seen some videos in Youtube it is definetely something i'm looking forward to learn.

posting a sample here for the curious:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1Iz8kdj6zU
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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2017, 02:46:26 PM »

Matt B.

thanks for mentioning this fella August Majcan

His talent is amazing i seen some videos in Youtube it is definetely something i'm looking forward to learn.

posting a sample here for the curious:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1Iz8kdj6zU

Thought I recognized a Newfie tune!

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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2017, 09:29:54 PM »

Thank you ;) I'm going MAD lol
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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2017, 03:36:14 AM »

I have one, an A/D Erica, nicely done up by Theo. Great for tunes in D, particularly ones with a VI minor chord (i.e. Bm)
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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2017, 04:56:54 PM »

My lovely A/D pressed wood

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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2017, 05:52:32 PM »

Handy for playing B minor tunes.
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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2017, 03:35:50 PM »

Matt B.

thanks for mentioning this fella August Majcan

His talent is amazing i seen some videos in Youtube it is definetely something i'm looking forward to learn.

posting a sample here for the curious:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1Iz8kdj6zU

Minnie White (from Newfoundland) made a lovely record on A/D Hohner, called 'The Hills of Home'.

Cheers
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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2017, 01:20:45 PM »

If you want to play in G you have to find C natural somewhere, maybe in an accidental.

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Re: A/D Melodeons
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2017, 08:09:19 AM »

MADness struck home this weekend ended up winning a bid on a Hohner Corona ii (ADG) for what I would call undisclosed price for it was affordable for lack of words...

Thanks for the contribution to the AD and DG Madness here  >:E
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