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  1. You are welcome! There is a phone app version which is very cool b/c you can play the notes! Removes all doubt....
  2. Steve I think you mentioned you could do the tuning yourself. I'd love to hear more about what's involved. I would not contemplate trying to retune a whole instrument but it would be very useful to be able to make small adjustments in a reed or two. Do you think that's a learnable skill on these kind of reeds?
  3. I don't know if you've found this already: http://bandochords.de/BandoChords/ Really breaks it down, easy to use. I'll probably end up with an Einheits 144 myself - there is a guy selling a couple of them over my way.
  4. Yes, my mistake I missed that it was Rheinische tonlage. I sincerely hope it's a double reed - it certainly looks big enough - you'll be all set to tango. I am looking for one of these myself and have just about given up. As far as teaching materials there is also a new set put out by the Argentine cultural agency Tango Sin Fin. They are very good but very advanced in parts. Some of it is free online.
  5. HI there, I know a few of us have owned or looked at the Harry Geuns basic model hybrid bandoneon/accordion. I'm generally happy with it but looking at getting Harry to upgrade the reeds - good but expensive! So I was thinking about upgrading other elements myself to save money if possible. - The buttons are a bit basic, screw in white plastic buttons. Is anybody familiar enough to say if these are standard and can be upgraded to something better looking? Would it help to post dimensions, thread etc.? - The bellows are also a bit basic. Let's say I could find a set of traditional bellows of the correct dimensions, good condition. Is it a difficult thing to replace bellows and get a good seal? Of course, if anybody knows of a used Harry Geuns with proper reeds, that would be even better but I don't think they come up much. Kind regards, Paul
  6. Nice! The people at the FB group "US Concertina Assoc" know a lot about these I think. Double, triple reed?
  7. Thank you, that looks exactly the same except this one is in black. Well, that and it doesn't work
  8. Has anybody seen a bandoneon/chemnitzer type instrument with a player piano mechanism? I just saw one today in the back room of the local accordion shop - not working. He also had an old Chemnitzer with the Henry Silberhorn label and a Chemnitzer or possibly bandoneon with the name Emil Schafer of Magdeburg-N. Does anybody know anything about this maker? All of these were in bad repair. I have pictures but the upload is failing for some reason.
  9. "my bandoneon sounds a lot different compared to others " - my first thought is that if it's a 144 it's maybe got three sets of reeds and a wet tuning. The classic 142 bandoneon has two sets of reeds in exact octaves - yours maybe has three, one of which is offset slightly - this will give a characteristic untangoish sound, more like a polka or French sound. There is apparently a solution - described here, see the part about the "thin paper sheet": http://bandoneon144.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html If you already know about this then it's a question of practicing as mentioned. It's a tough keyboard to learn. There are some great instructional materials out there for bando now, and even Skype teachers.
  10. Thanks folks! Yeah, I'm basically ok with the layout as I'm now playing a Geuns instrument with CBA layout. Most of it's the same (though it's ergonomically different I guess).
  11. Hey folks, I was intrigued by this item on eBay (but didn't bid in the end). I think it's a Peguri layout or similar. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beautiful-Post-war-152-MONOSONORIC-Bandoneon-by-Fratelli-Crosio-/161890310266?hash=item25b16a187a:g:7q8AAOSwkZhWS42h At this price, I was thinking of it as an interesting project that would keep me busy and MAYBE would be playable one day. Note that I do not have any concertina building background! So it needs to be tuned, which I cannot do (I think). I have heard that bandoneon tuners are difficult to find, accordion technicians cannot do this work, true? I live in Western Canada, so it's mostly accordions out here with wax reed blocks, etc. There may be some concertina tuners, probably elsewhere in Canada. What skill set would I be looking for in a tuner? I notice that the reed plates are aluminum which is not optimal - maybe I get a zinc set made to match (from Harmonika I believe) but not sure if there are design issues in changing that material. It's only the plate, not the reed itself, correct? And they would still need to be fine tuned I presume. Then there are other issues such as broken buttons (I've done that before) and bellows work. Maybe other issues? Grateful to hear any opinions on the sanity of the project, Thanks, Paul
  12. Thanks for this - very helpful. I don't really play tango actually, but nevertheless the classic sound of the tango recordings is the one that we all love and aspire to! But what about the maintenance issue - is it really practical to keep an instrument with long reed plates. From what I understand, it may be necessary to ship the plates away for maintenance, even for tuning. This seems like kind of a nightmare to me, although obviously a lot of people do it so it's possible.
  13. Hi all, Given the choice between a traditional long reed plate instrument and a waxed accordion reed instrument, the conventional wisdom is to go for the long reed plates because they sound better or at least more traditional. However there is a big price difference, plus maintenance issues. I'm beginning to wonder if the actual audible difference is all that large. Here are sound samples of two similar Harry Geuns hybrid bandoneons with the two different reed systems. Unfortunately the recordings are totally different so comparison is difficult. But in any case, I'm not really hearing that one sounds like an accordion and the other does not: http://bandoneon-maker.com/c-system-bandonion-basic-model/ http://bandoneon-maker.com/professional-model-c-b-and-russian-b-system-bandonion/ So what is the main expected benefit of long reed plates: More sympathetic resonance along the plate, like a harmonica, giving added volume and brightness? Dynamic range affected by the density of the plate and reeds? I'm wondering if this is the kind of difference that would be eliminated when using a mic and a PA. It's difficult for me to compare these instruments so appreciate the feedback. Thanks, paul
  14. Brandon, I don't think I'll be much help as I've never gotten far with the traditional bandoneon. I gather it's to do with having a free wrist and being able to use the thumb. You do have to move the wrist up and down, like on a piano (which I do play a bit). Some of the high notes are quite awkward to reach.
  15. Just a comment - Harry's price for upgrading the student model with zinc reed plates is 2K Euro, but you can get a new one from him with apparently the same plates for 2600.... I suppose it must be a real pain to do that upgrade. http://bandoneon-maker.com/c-system-bandonion-basic-model/medium-hybrid/
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