‘Melowtone’?
#1
Anyone have any information on the instrument Richard Galliano is playing here? Some sort of Accordina variation he calls a ‘melowtone’. 
https://share.icloud.com/photos/01sRbXAF...aA455ke0hg
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#2
Sounds just like his regular Borel accordina. The angle of view is a bit odd in the video so I can't tell whether he has an alternative mouthpiece or not.
Paul De Bra (not Debra...)
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#3
[attachment=3090 Wrote:debra pid='65075' dateline='1556728239']Sounds just like his regular Borel accordina. The angle of view is a bit odd in the video so I can't tell whether he has an alternative mouthpiece or not.

It’s not his Borel. I think I correctly attached a better photo. 
He holds this with the buttons completely facing the audience and the mouthpiece is on the back, not side.


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#4
Thanks for the picture. No that is definitely not his Borel. But it sounds very much like it. It does have a bit of a mellow tone, very much like the Borel, and different from the sound of a Marcel Dreux (sharper tone), Joseph Carel (mellow but in a different way) and different from the wooden accordina's one occasionally sees as well.
Paul De Bra (not Debra...)
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#5
Don't know if the photo is showing a Signature RG, but Marcel Dreux has a Signature accordina line. One of the models is the Signature RG (Richard Galliano), created in collaboration with Galliano:
https://www.accordinas.com/product-page/...d-galliano

" Il possède 3 octaves B4 / C7 et est accordé à 443 Hz. Cet accordina est livré avec un étui en cuir souple."
 
Dimensions : 25,5 x 7.5 x 5,5 cm
Poids : 0,900  kg
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#6
(03-05-2019, 01:03 AM)Stephen Wrote: Don't know if the photo is showing a Signature RG, but Marcel Dreux has a Signature accordina line. One of the models is the Signature RG (Richard Galliano), created in collaboration with Galliano:
https://www.accordinas.com/product-page/...d-galliano

" Il possède 3 octaves B4 / C7 et est accordé à 443 Hz. Cet accordina est livré avec un étui en cuir souple."
 
Dimensions : 25,5 x 7.5 x 5,5 cm
Poids : 0,900  kg

Interesting. I checked out the site and compared with the photo and what Galliano is playing looks more like a Ludovic Beier model thn a Galliano model (because it appears to be all black). These special models are ridiculously more expensive than the regular models... Nice sound though!
Paul De Bra (not Debra...)
http://www.de-bra.nl
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#7
The Signature RG accordina is a 3 chromatic octaves 37 buttons accordina. Some low register notes of a standard 44 buttons accordina have been cut.


I agree that new accordinas are overpriced. There are no objective reasons to ask 2000 euros for a music instrument with CNC mass produced parts. The assemblage is relatively easy.

Mass production in a factory could bring the price down to less than 500 or 300 euro for a new one. 
In a way a plastic piano layout melodica is comparable to an accordina. 
But the makers take advantage of the very limited number of accordina makers in the world, only a handful of individuals.
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#8
Melowtone is a new innovative keyboard harmonica, you can bend notes , do wha-wha effects , bend chords...

Here is a vidéo on facebook where Galliano present the instrument in italian:

https://www.facebook.com/fisarmonicadigi...610865097/

Presentation start at 7.30mn , sounds quite close to the harmonica in the low and middle range, very different from all the accordinas.
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#9
How does one get info on it?
Web searches return nothing.
Are they one-off instruments?
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#10
(11-05-2019, 08:50 AM)christophe bertrand Wrote: Melowtone is a new innovative keyboard harmonica, you can bend notes , do wha-wha effects , bend chords...

Here is a vidéo on facebook where Galliano present the instrument in italian:

https://www.facebook.com/fisarmonicadigi...610865097/

Presentation start at 7.30mn , sounds quite close to the harmonica in the low and middle range, very different from all the accordinas.

Still haven't been able to find out more about it. Galliano states in the video that the instrument is a new French instrument so it must be one of the new Marcel Dreux instruments.
What is also very interesting (and perhaps bad news) in the video that this is the first time I have seen Galliano give a concert while sitting down. It may be indicative of him getting old and his back no longer being up to him standing up for over an hour, playing the accordion...
Paul De Bra (not Debra...)
http://www.de-bra.nl
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#11
Also didn't found any informations on the web about the melowtone, i just saw Galliano in concert in April and he did talked about the instrument too and played it.
Yes perhaps it is a new marcel Dreux instrument, but don't know, it really don't look as an traditional accordina on the photo, and the way to hold the instrument seems to be a bit different.
Yes Galliano is 68 years old and now he plays more and more seated.his Victoria is 13-13,5 kg...
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#12
Saw this on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Melowtone/

They say that it is an new expressive keyboard harmonica that can bend notes.

Very interesting and beautifull indeed, definitly not built by marcel dreux....
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#13
(23-07-2019, 10:47 PM)christophe bertrand Wrote: Saw this on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Melowtone/

They say that it is an new expressive keyboard harmonica that can bend notes.

Very interesting and beautifull indeed, definitly not built by marcel dreux....

www.melowtone.com  is the website for it, but it is under construction.
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#14
(24-07-2019, 01:07 AM)Jim2010 Wrote:
(23-07-2019, 10:47 PM)christophe bertrand Wrote: Saw this on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Melowtone/

They say that it is an new expressive keyboard harmonica that can bend notes.

Very interesting and beautifull indeed, definitly not built by marcel dreux....

www.melowtone.com  is the website for it, but it is under construction.

www.melowtone.com is now operational. My French is very limited. I hope someone can translate for us.
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#15
use Chrome to translate:

Preorder

the [b][b]Melowtone - Anatole Tee[/b] : an expressive keyboard harmonica. [/b]
First series of production of about twenty instruments planned for autumn 2019.
1st edition numbered (N ° 1 to 25).
Pre-orders soon open!
For more information about and / or if you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us via the form "  Contact  " or by email .


funnily enough in Dutch it translates to: "Milktone" - "christian keyboard"
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(12-09-2019, 08:48 AM)jozz Wrote: use Chrome to translate:

Preorder

the [b][b]Melowtone - Anatole Tee[/b] : an expressive keyboard harmonica. [/b]
First series of production of about twenty instruments planned for autumn 2019.
1st edition numbered (N ° 1 to 25).
Pre-orders soon open!
For more information about and / or if you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us via the form "  Contact  " or by email .


funnily enough in Dutch it translates to: "Milktone" - "christian keyboard"

Thanks, Jazz. It seems interesting, especially for those who play accordina. I didn't see a price listed anywhere. I hope it is not a case of "if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it."
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#17
Thank you for the link to this French "melowtone".

They want to combine the advantages of a button keyboard (fast fingering technique) with the bending techniques of a harmonica blues player.

The flap is used for "wahwah" effects, bending, minor changes in air flows coming out of the instrument.

In the original 1943 patent of the chromatic harmonicon, André Borel did a similar thing. There were 2 flaps, sideway, that you could push with your thumb (on one side), and the other "flap" with index or middle finger.
You can see this in the drawings of the patent:
https://patents.google.com/patent/US2461...+harmonica


I would first have to get a close inside look of this mellow toned accordina, and see how the reed plates are mounted: in a horizontal way lying flat, or standing up in a vertical position.
In an original Borel accordina, the reed plates are in vertical position.

Here with this new instrument, it looks like the reeds are lying down, because the "flap" is at the bottom. 
So it is possible this instrument is constructed in a totally different way.

Very interesting !

I'm very curious to see the inside of this new instrument.

They say the "sommier" (or reedblock(s)) is of a totally new design. (Lying flat down, only one reedplate with many reeds like a harmonica reedplate, or separate individual reedplates like a Borel accordina, ... ?)

I think the CBA version of the melowtone is very promising !

(I have my doubts about the future and playability of the piano layout version, André Borel also made a piano layout version of his accordina. It never had any success. The fingering technique on a piano accordina is difficult and clumsy)


http://www.melodicaworld.com/forums/topi...accordina/

https://www.accordinas.com/kopie-von-l-accordina-a04

Is there anyone who has an idea of the price in Euro for the "melowtone" CBA layout ?
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#18
The melowtone has got individual reedplates or frames ("chassis individuels").

The plastic bayanita 43, made in the USSR, does not have this "flap" mechanism to bend notes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84_OvkmOTSA

Recently have seen some "dancing Anitas" being sold on avito.ru and Ukrainian websites.
I wonder how many are left today, they must have been mass produced in the USSR.
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#19
Anyone who has more information on the new Anatole Tee mellow tone accordina? 

The website melowtone.com mentions the autumn of 2019, but there is no video on this website. 

That little doggy Anatole has been howling for months now....
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#20
I emailed my interest some time ago - no response since
Richard
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