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I saw that and commented (on Facebook) that I was surprised that the accordion played at all. The weather looks rather cold. My bayan definitely does not play in cold weather.
 

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Are these creatures the basis of the mermaid myth?πŸ€”πŸ˜„
( Sailors frequently didn't see human habitation for years and memory is rather fallible!πŸ˜„)
 
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RE bayan: Russian defect - thought that stopped when the USSR went under?
It's not a defect, and Italian accordions suffer from this as well: when you have really good reeds then the clearance between the reed and the hole in the reed plate the reed goes through is minimal. The smaller the gap (on the sides and tip of the reed) the less the air loss becomes and the better the response. But... the reed plate is aluminium and the reed tongue is steel. the steel stretches and shrinks with cold/heat at only half the rate that aluminium does. As a consequence, as it gets colder the reed plate shrinks more than the reed and at some point the reed can no longer pass through the hole. Accordions that do play in cold weather are less expensive models with machine reeds that have much more tolerance (wider gap between reed and reed plate) so even when the reed plate shrinks the reed can still pass through the hole.
Besides this, my bayan can still be played in 40 degree heat (centigrade) as there is no wax to melt...
 
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Oops - I had hoped my comment about a defecting Russian would be understood even with no emodji'
Guess that's a pitfall of an International Forum.
We have a ridiculous language - words whose meaning changes if the accent is on the first or second syllable
see: defect and defect.
 

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Dunlustin. I was laughing like a man full of novichok.... . πŸ˜‰
 

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To save time on typing, will all those who find my sense of humour rubbish or even fail to find it at all:
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(PS Still can't find the emojis)
 

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Oops - I had hoped my comment about a defecting Russian would be understood even with no emodji'
Guess that's a pitfall of an International Forum.
We have a ridiculous language - words whose meaning changes if the accent is on the first or second syllable
see: defect and defect.
I missed that completely. When writing/reading about a problem with a Russian accordion and then it's called a Russian detect I didn't think of any other meaning for the word defect than "problem" because especially the bayans from the USSR period had many defects in the literal (problem) meaning of the word... I often do get the jokes, but this one I completely missed.
 

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