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96Bass

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Hello All,
I live an hour north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, California.
I began piano accordion lessons in 1967 at the age of 7. I learned at the Lee Terry Accordion School in South Gate, CA (Los Angeles County) which used the Howell-Aretta 9 book course. I stopped playing at around age 13 and then picked it back up as an adult.
When I resumed playing, I took up traditional Irish music and performed with several Celtic groups in the 1980s and 1990s. The accordions I had when playing Celtic music were Iorio Accorgan (3 reed musette), 96 bass Guerrini Oxford III, and finally a 96 bass Beltuna Euro IV with three reed musette.
I switched to playing traditional French music around 2008 and special ordered a custom Beltuna. John Castiglione helped me with the order. It is a customized 96 bass Beltuna Euro IV. I ordered it with 4 sets of middle reeds. One set tuned +7, a second set tuned +20, and the third set -20. There are a lot of musette sounds in this one accordion. I also had the helikon bass reeds added. This is the accordion I play most.
I did order a new accordion which is set to arrive next week. I'll let you know about that once it arrives.
I currently perform with a French group, SonoMusette, that is built around the singer. She is French-American and was raised in Paris. We play songs from mid 1900s Paris from singers such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, etc.
If you google sonomusette or search sonomusette on youtube you will easily find the band.
The accordion I play with the group is the custom Beltuna, I mostly use the two reed musette +20 setting.
I'm looking forward to being active on the forum and I have enjoyed reading many of the posts.

Robert
 

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Welcome Robert. Glad to have such an experienced player amongst us.
The French accordion music from around the turn of the last century is a very rich source of some gorgeous sounds. Look forward to Googling your band.
 

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Welcome Robert!
 

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Welcome Robert !🙂👍
Just imagine +20 and -20 sounding together ( approximately 6 cps😮. Phew!
That's detuning!😄
I take it, this is you on the accordion :
Great! Very authentic!
Love your singer's accent (especially those RRRRs!🙂👍)
 
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Welcome Robert !🙂👍
Just imagine +20 and -20 sounding together ( approximately 6 cps😮. Phew!
That's detuning!😄
I take it, this is you on the accordion :
Great! Very authentic!
Love your singer's accent (especially those RRRRs!🙂👍)
Excellent thank you for sharing ...................Giovanni
 

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Hello Dingo, Yes that is me playing accordion in the video.
There is a register on the accordion that engages just the -20 and +20 reeds. It is ridiculously wet, but still usable for certain applications.
It actually sounds pretty good on fast Irish and Scottish reels and jigs. Quite a contrast to the 0 /+7 musette.
 

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Great sounds, great hats!
 

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You're sort of close to me. There's some accordion festival in SF. Maybe I'll see you sometime. I'm an hour outside of Redding. I'm new here too. Glad you're here!
 

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