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Re: wood type influence sound?
« Reply #40 on: August 11, 2009, 06:50:02 AM »

.... then why would a hand made Costalottie sound better than a chinese instrument with the same reeds?  ...

Never underestimate psychology. You paid so much more for the Italian that it simply MUST sound better. :D

Maybe you have heard about the tests with bottled drinking water. The label on the bottle determines how good the water is though same tap water in all bottles.  ::)
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« Reply #41 on: August 11, 2009, 07:04:01 AM »

PS. I think the Chinese are making a mistake when they copy Italian names and looks for their accordions. That is what makes them cheap (copies). A really Chinese looking accordion would be interesting.
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Re: wood type influence sound?
« Reply #42 on: August 11, 2009, 12:59:33 PM »

In 60s/70s hohner made their Atlantic series piano boxes with an entirely aluminium casing.  Reedblocks were wood.  They have reputation for being loud, but in a good way!
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« Reply #43 on: August 12, 2009, 12:19:15 PM »


Maybe you have heard about the tests with bottled drinking water. The label on the bottle determines how good the water is though same tap water in all bottles.  ::)

We did a water tasting test, blind once. We all decided that the nicest tasting water was tap water :P
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« Reply #44 on: August 12, 2009, 09:05:19 PM »


Maybe you have heard about the tests with bottled drinking water. The label on the bottle determines how good the water is though same tap water in all bottles.  ::)

We did a water tasting test, blind once. We all decided that the nicest tasting water was tap water :P

Ah yes, familiarity does it's tricks.  ;)
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« Reply #45 on: August 13, 2009, 08:34:20 AM »

Those of you who are interested in musical instrument acoustics might find this interesting [no free reed content].
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« Reply #46 on: August 13, 2009, 09:19:48 AM »

Those of you who are interested in musical instrument acoustics might find this interesting [no free reed content].

Thanks for the link Waltham. The free-plate tuning, I think, is currently used by some of the well-known mandolin builders as well. One Australian top mandolin builder comes to mind. The open-G tuned 5-string banjos are said to sound best when the head is "free-plate" tuned to G#. To get back to accordeons, the 5-string banjo and accordion IMO work extremely together. Bill Monroe did a mistake when he decided not to take accordion in his BG ensemble as I've heard he first intended.
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Re: wood type influence sound?
« Reply #47 on: August 13, 2009, 11:08:03 AM »

Excellent article. I love the bit about stealing the shelf from a phone bootth.
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