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Bernard Loffet "le touptit"
« on: May 31, 2018, 08:01:39 PM »

Does anyone have any experience of the Bernard Loffet "le touptit" please, and if so how do you rate them? Thank you.
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Re: Bernard Loffet "le touptit"
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2018, 08:40:36 PM »

I've had a brief squeeze at a festival and thoroughly enjoyed it!
I'm sure there are some owners who can give a longer term view.
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Re: Bernard Loffet "le touptit"
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2018, 09:05:56 PM »

I have played one a couple of years ago.   I remember it being similar is size to a Castagnari Lilly, but with a warmer, less strident voice.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2018, 09:18:33 PM »

I have played one a couple of years ago.   I remember it being similar is size to a Castagnari Lilly, but with a warmer, less strident voice.
  I was sort of hoping you might say something like that Theo...  :D
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Re: Bernard Loffet "le touptit"
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2018, 01:30:48 AM »

I have played one a couple of years ago.   I remember it being similar is size to a Castagnari Lilly, but with a warmer, less strident voice.
  I was sort of hoping you might say something like that Theo...  :D

Are you aware that, sadly, Bernard Loffet died in March? See here:
http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,22106.msg265403.html#msg265403

So if you were thinking of ordering a Touptit, you will be disappointed, sorry to say.
In any case, he had already discontinued production of the Touptit.

Confusingly, for people who do not know of his passing, Bernard's website is still active; there is no mention or amendment to signify his death.
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Re: Bernard Loffet "le touptit"
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2018, 06:50:49 AM »

Steve I don’t think you can assume that Loffet bixesxare no longer in production.  Bernard wired with a small team, and it is possible they will continue.  I don’t know, but I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to announce that Bernard’s passing means the end of his business.  Of course you may have information that is not public,  but I think we should allow Bernard’s colleagues and family to make any announcemet about the future of his boxes, and not make assumptions.
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2018, 07:02:02 AM »

Murray Grainger has a pre-loved one for sale. Well, he had.....  ;)
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Re: Bernard Loffet "le touptit"
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2018, 07:54:50 AM »

Ah.... If I understand correctly, it sounds like Andy has taken the plunge!
Well done, as said, a nice little box.
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Re: Bernard Loffet "le touptit"
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2018, 08:20:26 AM »

Steve I don’t think you can assume that Loffet bixesxare no longer in production.  Bernard wired with a small team, and it is possible they will continue.  I don’t know, but I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to announce that Bernard’s passing means the end of his business.  Of course you may have information that is not public,  but I think we should allow Bernard’s colleagues and family to make any announcemet about the future of his boxes, and not make assumptions.

Yes - perhaps I could have worded it better. But definitely no more Touptits. Months ago someone (I can't remember who) told me that the Touptit was a discontinued model and the website confirmed that.
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Re: Bernard Loffet "le touptit"
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2018, 08:22:26 AM »

Steve I don’t think you can assume that Loffet bixesxare no longer in production.  Bernard wired with a small team, and it is possible they will continue.  I don’t know, but I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to announce that Bernard’s passing means the end of his business.  Of course you may have information that is not public,  but I think we should allow Bernard’s colleagues and family to make any announcemet about the future of his boxes, and not make assumptions.

He stopped making the Toutp’tit several years ago through (2014?).

There is a header on the his website indicating the business will continue, but only on the French homepage not the English version.
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2018, 08:25:26 AM »

Thank you. Indeed I have! I had a pretty fixed idea that I wanted the Lilly but bit by bit the "costalotti" comments, even if they weren't something I agreed with, started to affect my thinking. Then I heard a few audio clips of Loffet boxes and liked what I heard. I'd seen the one I've bought on Murray's site a few days ago and Theo's response to my question kindof sealed the deal because he kindof encapsulated the sound I have in my mind. I am a happy person this morning....
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Re: Bernard Loffet "le touptit"
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2018, 08:43:55 AM »


Indeed I have! I had a pretty fixed idea that I wanted the Lilly but bit by bit the "costalotti" comments, even if they weren't something I agreed with, started to affect my thinking.

Seriously, don't let that affect your thinking. If  a Lilly is what you want then get one.  There is sometimes a reverse snobbery about brands such as Castagnari but if a Casta is what you want then get one. Second hand Lillies are pretty easy to come by and should hold their value well and so should not be an unwise investment.

My second box was a Lilly, bought second hand off E-bay (not a good strategy but wine was involved).  I still have the box, still love it and still play it, it that's what you want then go for it.
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Re: Bernard Loffet "le touptit"
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2018, 08:44:27 AM »

He stopped making the Toutp’tit several years ago through (2014?).

There is a header on the his website indicating the business will continue, but only on the French homepage not the English version.
What it actually says is:
'L' équipe de l'atelier de réparation des instruments à vent continue de vous accueillir tout le semaine du Mardi au Samedi.'
which translates as 'The wind instrument repair team will continue to welcome you in the week from Tuesday to Saturday'. Nothing about whether the melodeon making part of the business will continue.

(Bernard also played and repaired wind instruments)
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« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2018, 09:42:24 AM »

I've just bought some bits and bobs from them and service was just as speedy as ever.
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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2018, 10:13:18 AM »

I've just bought some bits and bobs from them and service was just as speedy as ever.
That's good news. I notice that the Ebay shop has a lot of 'bits and bobs' for sale, including some second-hand Hohner melodeons, but no new melodeons, as far as I can see.
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Re: Bernard Loffet "le touptit"
« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2018, 12:48:32 PM »

I've just bought some bits and bobs from them and service was just as speedy as ever.
That's good news. I notice that the Ebay shop has a lot of 'bits and bobs' for sale, including some second-hand Hohner melodeons, but no new melodeons, as far as I can see.

The Hohners are new, as far as I can see.
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« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2018, 02:18:28 PM »

So the "le touptit" has arrived.....  I'm not ashamed to say I almost sat down and cried. It's beautiful. I can't find a mark on it and the sound.... Oh, the sound..... Bernard, you were a craftsman of the highest order..... Right now I am beyond happy.  :D :D :D :|||:
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« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2018, 02:56:30 PM »

I'm over the moon for you, Andy. That's lovely! (But it's just the start!!!)
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« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2018, 03:29:25 PM »

Ha ha thank you Edward!
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« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2018, 03:47:11 PM »

So the "le touptit" has arrived.....  I'm not ashamed to say I almost sat down and cried. It's beautiful. I can't find a mark on it and the sound.... Oh, the sound..... Bernard, you were a craftsman of the highest order..... Right now I am beyond happy.  :D :D :D :|||:

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