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maugein96 pid=66075 dateline=1563224252 said:
When it all gets going in the Auvergne the accordionist is little more than a stage decoration. Bass and chords might get through occasionally, but you could play any melody you wanted and nobody would know the difference:-

Maugein,
Thanks for the links: very entertaining and informative!

This last one reminds me of the old joke: “ Why do bagpipers play marching up and down?”
I won’t give the punchline as I don’t wish to offend  :)
These guys and gals certainly take their music seriously, and some call Swedish accordionists grim! :)


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maugein96 pid=66075 dateline=1563224252 said:
When it all gets going in the Auvergne the accordionist is little more than a stage decoration. Bass and chords might get through occasionally, but you could play any melody you wanted and nobody would know the difference:-

Maugein,
Thanks for the links: very entertaining and informative!

This last one reminds me of the old joke: “ Why do bagpipers play marching up and down?”
I won’t give the punchline as I don’t wish to offend  :)
These guys and gals certainly take their music seriously, and some call Swedish accordionists grim! :)
Actually, there used to be a monthly musical free for all at a local bush pub 
. The participants consisted mainly of diatonic accordionsts, penny whistlers, violinists, the very occasional ieulian bagpiper, banjoist, banjo-mandolinist and literally dozens of guitarists  .
If anyone struck up a tune, within seconds, they’d be drowned out by a tsunami of other punters jumping in! It reminded one of surfers at a break on a beach: there were only the quick and the dead!
As in this clip, one could see puzzled faces everywhere, trying to hear whether they were hitting the right notes or anything like in tune or not!
It was no place for a tyro! :D
 

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Hi Chris

Thanks for the heads-up. Just bought it. Looking forward to getting our hands on it Friday ?
 

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RWindstrel said:
Hi Chris

Thanks for the heads-up. Just bought it. Looking forward to getting our hands on it Friday ?

Let us know how you get on.  I found my visit to pick up my first accordion from him very enjoyable.
 

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Keep me posted too... Half had my eye on this one too... Thanks
 

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Back tracking very slightly to M96's post about Accordions V Bagpipes. We saw a northern French band called Smitlap a few weeks ago. Two or three assorted French pipes, hurdy gurdy and an accordion. The accordion was a 3 voice 80 bass Borelli. Very nice. Almost impossible to hear over the beastly pipes though, but you missed it when it wasn't there. ( Good music but as a dancer they played too many mazurka's)

Here are Jean Segurel and friend playing a couple of Auvergnate bourree's I think the first tune is "Lo Crouzado." At least you can hear the accordion

www.youtube.com/watch?v=43_8ORsy8DM .
 
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hais1273 said:
Back tracking very slightly to M96's post about Accordions V Bagpipes. We saw a northern French band called Smitlap a few weeks ago. Two or three assorted French pipes, hurdy gurdy and an accordion. The accordion was a 3 voice 80 bass Borelli. Very nice. Almost impossible to hear over the beastly pipes though, but you missed it when it wasn't there. ( Good music but as a dancer they played too many mazurka's)

Here are Jean Segurel and friend playing a couple of  Auvergnate bourree's I think the first tune is "Lo Crouzado."  At least you can hear the accordion

www.youtube.com/watch?v=43_8ORsy8DM .

Segurel usually made a point of taking a solo or two during every tune, ensuring he was given an airing over the din. However, his efforts weren't appreciated by everybody, and I once read a thread in a French forum where they were discussing what they were referring to as the rather rustic Auvergnat accordion.

One member stated that the only thing Segurel did for the accordion was to introduce bassoon reeds to the racket of the Auvergnat ensemble.  

Paul Beuscher is the name of the foremost publishing establishment and music store in Paris, and at various times have had their own brand of accordions commissioned. These were mainly Italian made by Paolo Soprani, Marinucci, Piermaria, and others, and badged as the Paul Beuscher make. The name Beuscher may well be of Swiss origin, but they've been in Paris since 1850.  

The red accordion bought by Windstrel has been previously sold in the UK. It has a special Paul Beuscher grille, and I'm sure the box was one of those made by Piermaria. That being the case, you won't go wrong with it.
 

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Accordion arrived ok today and has already become a loved part of our musical family. We're still discovering all it's aspects but it's just a joy to play and exactly what we were looking for.

Thanks to all who have contributed comments that have helped us get to this happy place.

It seems robust and it will need to be with all the playing by both of us that it is getting lol!
 

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