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Looking for a new box
« on: May 20, 2020, 08:31:05 AM »

Looking for a box about the same size and weight as my Tommy, but 4th button start.
Damaged my right thumb and not coping with my larger box at the moment, and I am wondering what my options are?

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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2020, 08:36:20 AM »

How about a 4th button start Tommy  (:)

https://www.acorninstruments.co.uk/listing.cfm?inst=2


Or a 4th button start Lilly, even lighter


https://www.acorninstruments.co.uk/listing.cfm?inst=3
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2020, 08:46:01 AM »

Definitely recommend Pete's (Acorn) new Tommy which Lester has indicated.
The new Tommys with the modern internal design of the bass/chord reed blocks are very good indeed. They have a much improved sound compared with the older models.
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2020, 09:35:44 AM »

The Castagnari Clovis is well worth a look. It's a two voice instrument, small and light weight, that sits in the range between a Tommy and a Lilly.
There are several 4th button start on my website at www.melodeons.com

I play a Clovis as I too suffer with thumb problems.
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2020, 03:16:48 PM »

Hi Cathy
I have 2 second hand Tommys in at the moment and 1 due next week which has the new bass configuration.
Another box in stock is a Castagnari Casta,great box,no longer made by Castagnari.It also has the addition of a bass stop to remove the thirds.

Instruments coming and going so if you want to give me a ring.
14 day trial,with conditions on all boxes.

www.acorninstruments.co.uk

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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2020, 04:26:38 PM »

Is the Lilly bass reed content/sound v different to the Clovis or Tommy? And wossa difference between a Clovis and a Tommy, apart from the price?

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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2020, 11:19:20 PM »

Yes, the Lilly has a much more honky bass sound.
Clovis is 2 voice, Tommy is 3 voice.
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2020, 08:23:39 AM »

Any suggestions other than a castaganari, as I already have two, I was wondering about something
Else in D/G.
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2020, 08:44:32 AM »

If you can find an older Saltarelle Bouebe they are nice light compact boxes,  and the older ones nearly always play very sweetly.  Also worth looking at the website of the late Bernard Loffet,  his former colleges are continuing to build very nice compact boxes. https://www.diato.org/home_eng.htm
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2020, 08:55:17 AM »

I second Theo's advice regarding Loffet.
Their smaller boxes are very nice. I've come across a few on festival stalls and owned by friends. They sound good, play well and have a nice understated look that appeals to me.
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2020, 09:35:01 AM »

Any suggestions other than a castaganari, as I already have two, I was wondering about something
Else in D/G.
In that case, I would also recommend a look at Beltuna instruments:
https://www.beltuna.com/en.php

They are very well made - on a par with Castagnari - and play very well indeed. They tend to have a slightly mellower sound than Castagnaris. The Sara 2 model is probably their lightest two-row. You will need to search within the above link for 'diatonics' and then see the photos for the various models. (I can't seem to find a specific page URL to link to, sorry.) 
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2020, 10:00:18 AM »

Yes Beltuna are very well made and have a great sound, but they are slightly on the bigger and heavier side compared with similar spec boxes from other makers.
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2020, 10:17:08 AM »

The Beltunas I've tried are 'solid', but they do sound nice and smooth, a lovely sound in fact.
just tried googling them, and not sure if they have a supplier now in the UK, but certainly worth a look.
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2020, 04:36:20 PM »

I am able to supply Beltuna instruments to order.
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2020, 07:55:58 PM »

I am able to supply Beltuna instruments to order.
Could I get a  10 button outer row 3 button inside (helper) row, one row four stop D/C# ?  8) please!
I love my Beltuna and wish they did something similar. Nine is not enough.

Yes Beltuna are very well made and have a great sound, but they are slightly on the bigger and heavier side compared with similar spec boxes from other makers.
The one rows are not bigger but they are heavier, probably slides and metal bits and they add an extra layer to the fondo ( walnut veneer) 1.5 mm both ends and solid timber to begin with.

The box I just made which is the same size as Beltuna’s one row is a lot lighter, which I attribute to the case wood weight and my reed blocks are Poplar another light wood.
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2020, 11:04:59 PM »

What about the Salterelle L'ELFIQUE? Demo. http://www.saltarelle.com/en/elfique-0
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Re: Looking for a new box
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Re: Looking for a new box
« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2020, 07:11:01 PM »

I am selling my Sandpiper Dunlin III D/G (4th button start).
I was about to list it on here.
Looking for £675 inc P&P (UK only)
« Last Edit: June 01, 2020, 08:26:57 PM by Paul Woloschuk »
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