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Pat McInnis

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CF Troubadour
« on: June 25, 2019, 04:17:54 AM »

So I picked up this wee box recently and to be honest, I thought it would be a bit of a wall hanger. It turns out that the bellows are tight as a drum and it's pretty close to being in tune. Well close enough for me anyways. I have turned up very little info on Troubadour boxes. It seems like they made more PAs than anything else. Any info whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: CF Troubadour
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2019, 04:30:32 PM »

So I'm thinking not a popular model? I thought it was a bit different.

Oh well.
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Re: CF Troubadour
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2019, 04:39:31 PM »

From the general appearance it looks like a pre-WW2 box made in Saxony. There were many small factories there before the DDR era.  I think (but I don’t know for sure) that many of the factories there used a whole range of brand names, perhaps for retailers, perhaps just to give an illusion of variety.  Much the same sort of thin that happens today where retailers have their own brand name put on instruments of different origins.  For example hobgoblin music uses the name Gremlin on instruments that are made in Italy, China and probably elsewhere too.
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Re: CF Troubadour
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2019, 05:34:54 PM »

From the general appearance it looks like a pre-WW2 box made in Saxony. There were many small factories there before the DDR era.

Yes. My first thoughts were also that it's from Eastern Germany.
Compare the making of your Troubadour melodeon with the design of other instruments made in that area.
Overall I'm pretty sure Troubadour is a brand from Klingenthal but I can't provide any guarantees for my gut feeling/vague remembrance here.

For example:

"Sybilla-Brand"
http://deerbe.com/imgs/a/e/j/o/n/sehr_altes_mini___akkordeon_ca___28x22x12_cm__21_knopftasten__8_bsse_1_lgw.jpg

Unkown Brand
http://deerbe.com/imgs/a/c/f/c/z/uralte_handharmonika__bandonion__akordeon__musikhaus_hildburghausen_um_1900_1_lgw.jpg

Husberg & Comp
http://deerbe.com/imgs/a/c/e/g/q/knopfakkordeon___akkordeon___sehr_alt___20er_jahre_1_lgw.jpg

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Re: CF Troubadour
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2019, 06:01:27 PM »

Thanks guys. That's a start for sure. I wasn't sure if someone was going to pipe and and tell me that it's total junk and I should run away screaming but it seems like it's worth doing some research on it and it does play quite nice. Maybe trade someone down the road for something a bit more semi-tone.
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Re: CF Troubadour
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2019, 08:23:13 AM »

Pat- Don't fall into the semi-tone accordion trap!!!!
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Re: CF Troubadour
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2019, 03:29:12 PM »

Pat- Don't fall into the semi-tone accordion trap!!!!

Is it a trap if I'm only playing ITM?
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2019, 02:13:31 AM »

Probably not , but it does seem to me that a D melodeon woud be a valuable addition to your ITM tested herd (if it is true that most of the old Irish 1 row boxes were in D).  A 1 row makes some note sequences more difficult it also drives  you to think about working round notes you have  not got
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