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Thinking inside the box...
« on: April 29, 2018, 07:49:14 PM »

Looking forward to the series about instrument makers on Radio 4 starting on Tuesday (1130 I think) with a programme about guitars, but I hear that programme 2 - presumably 8 May - is about diatonic button accordions...much more interesting of course ! (:)

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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2018, 07:55:23 PM »

It includes Andy Cutting, Katie Howsen and everyone's favourite Frenchman Emmanuel Pariselle.

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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2018, 07:52:15 PM »

I looked it up on the BBC website.  The first one is 11:30am tomorrow.  I could find no information about later episodes.  There is however one from February available covering violins guitars and Uillean pipes.
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2018, 02:24:40 PM »

Aaaah so that was what they were recording in his workshop. I'll have to keep an eye out for that when it airs :D

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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2018, 02:47:10 PM »

The melodeon one is next Tuesday, May 8th
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2018, 03:27:58 PM »

I hope it's as good as the guitar one today. I was surprised to hear the name Stefan Sobell mentioned, it took me back (too) many years to the Barley Mow folk club and his nasal singing tones!!! It was great, though.
Roll-on next week.
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2018, 04:16:06 PM »

I hope it's as good as the guitar one today. ...
Roll-on next week.

I found it fascinating. Have to agree: Roll on next week!
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2018, 06:29:55 PM »

Much too short at 30 minutes!
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2018, 07:19:30 PM »

I just caught the end of a program called Instrument Makers on R4 today which was about a guitar maker.  Next week it is about Emanuel Pariselle, starts at 11.30am
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2018, 07:46:54 PM »

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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2018, 12:34:03 PM »

Here's the BBC description:

"Emmanuel Pariselle welcomes renowned musicians Andy Cutting and Katie Howson to his home, just outside the picturesque French city of Poitiers, where he builds diatonic button accordions for some of Europe's finest players.

In his workshop, Emmanuel combines technical skill with a passion for problem-solving, as he aims to build the perfect squeezebox for every musician. Here, he discusses how the instruments are built and maintained, the special relationship between a musician and a maker, and what qualities make a great musician.

We hear how the arrival of the Sheng from China in the early-1800s gave birth to the whole accordion family, including harmonium, mouth organ, concertina and melodeon, and how the instruments have travelled around the world to Ireland, Portugal, South Africa and Quebec.

Emmanuel talks us through the key process of tuning the reeds, operating the bellows with a foot pedal and filing off tiny amounts of steel each time to adjust the pitch.

Later, we hear him take a nervous Katie's two-row button accordion apart to try and diagnose a clickety rattle in the action. And, on a box he designed and built with Emmanuel, Andy demonstrates the difference in what the left-hand and right-hands do and explains that the longer he plays the instrument, the more it plays how he wants it to play.

Ever wondered what a free reed is? Or what distinguishes an accordion from a melodeon? Or whether you can make a musical instrument from plywood? This is a unique insight into this fascinating instrument - and three friends' relationship with it - with stories and music along the way."

I don't remember feeling "nervous" about Emmanuel inspecting my box, but hey, that's showbusiness!
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2018, 01:51:26 PM »

Taking apart is usually easy but putting back together................
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2018, 07:50:54 PM »

As a bit of a fan of 'Monsieur Pariselle' I really looked forward to the programme today but have to say I was disappointed.

I felt it could have been much better than it was (sorry Katie). Yes, the advertised topics of information were more or less there but it all felt very unstructured and badly planned, with limited appeal whether you were already a player or not. Clearly it can be much more difficult to convey a subject like this without the aid of video pictures, even so............. ?

Coincidentally a local colleague has this evening expressed similar comments so perhaps it is not just the hot weather making me grumpy.

What do others think ?

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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2018, 07:55:50 PM »

I enjoyed it a lot.  I rather liked the unstructured approach which I think could have been spoiled by a producer not familiar with the material imposing their own ideas.
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2018, 08:54:19 PM »

That programme is profound.
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2018, 09:04:29 PM »

Taking apart is usually easy but putting back together................

“Refit is reverse of removal”, as the great works of fiction say... if only Haynes made a melodeon manual
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2018, 09:05:25 PM »

 (:) will listen to it tomorrow on BBC i player, spent today at Beamish museum looking around and saying " we had/have one of those"  (:)
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Re: Thinking inside the box...
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2018, 12:47:46 PM »

Andy Cutting sounds like a kid in Father Christmas's workshop! You can 'hear' the grin covering his face  ;D

A few years ago,  I went on one of Emmanuel's one row making courses, organised by Katie. Listening to the programme brought back memories as I visualised the three of them wandering around his workshop.

Having also listened to the previous week's programme about Roger Bucknall of Fylde Guitars, both programmes captured the enthusiasm, dedication and philosophy of the makers more than giving an insight into guitars or diatonic accordions. I suspect next week's about a maker of Welsh harps will follow a similar trail.

Definitely worth a listen, especially for Emmanuel's unique sense of humour :)

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