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Buy and Sell / 3 row vignoni Coimbra £1800
« Last post by buttons from barra on January 16, 2019, 08:58:31 PM »
hi have a 3 row Vignoni Coimbra ,80 bass/ 2 bass couplers, it is in excellent condition, and im looking for offers around £1800
,message me on the forum or call 07803594926
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Instrument Construction and Repair / Re: Paolo Soprani 96 bass air bar
« Last post by Daniel McPhee on January 15, 2019, 07:20:10 PM »
People often don’t know how important it is to have the box set up properly.
Little adjustments can make an awful difference.
Beautiful 96 bass PS Bill, by the way.
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Buy and Sell / Re: Watkins Dancer 3 Row For Sale
« Last post by Daniel McPhee on January 15, 2019, 02:34:33 PM »
Really Bonnie wee box!
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Instrument Construction and Repair / Re: Paolo Soprani 96 bass air bar
« Last post by Bill on January 11, 2019, 06:20:04 PM »
Thank you John. Yes, I found the previous posts anent this subject very helpful. What I discovered on this Paolo Soprani was exactly as you describe for your Fantini – a small, piano accordion type air valve hole. The cure was to enlarge the hole to a similar size as on my Paolo Soprani 80 bass.

Alas, my playing level is nowhere near that of Jimmy Shand or Jimmy Blue! I have limited ability to manage the bellows by choice of treble alternatives; the air valve is a bit of a necessity. (The previous owner – I don’t know who it was – must have been an expert, to play with the original small air valve aperture).
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Instrument Construction and Repair / Re: Paolo Soprani 96 bass air bar
« Last post by John Macrae on January 11, 2019, 04:19:49 PM »
Hello Bill,

I have only recently come across your current post relating to the Paolo Soprani air valve. There is a previous discussion on the forum relating to lengthening of the air-valve bar on various instruments in which I mentioned modifications relating to the size of the air valve opening.

The size of the air valve opening is dependent purely on personal preference. Jimmy Shand, Jimmy Blue and Sandy Tulloch always partially closed the air-valve opening on their Shand Morinos because with their playing technique, the bellows control was principally dependent on efficient choice of the treble alternatives which prevented large bellows excursions. If they hadn't partially closed the air-valve opening, the bellows would have been prone to collapsing closed. Partial closure of the hole also facilitates "feathering" of the valve rather than the "all or nothing" response with a large opening.I tend to play the same way and I have the opening closed by 1/3 on each Morino with a piece of card attached with double sided adhesive tape. Sandy Tulloch told me that Jimmy Shand would experiment with card and when satisfied with the degree of closure, would glue a piece of wood in place. Jimmy Shand and Jimmy Blue achieved fantastic bellows control mainly by using the treble alternatives rather than a "fast" air valve action.

In contrast, when I took delivery of a new custom-made Fantini Sharino several years ago, the instrument was unplayable because the air-valve did not respond quickly enough. The reason was that the air-valve opening was too small in relation to the volume of the case which meant that the air could not pass quickly enough. This is the complete opposite to most British Chromatics and sounds similar to the problem with your Paolo Soprani. John Crawford enlarged the opening, almost doubling its size, and all was well after that.

I hope that clarifies the issue. Hopefully you can modify the valve to suit your playing technique.

Best wishes,

John
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General Discussion / Re: Season's Greetings!
« Last post by Derek Lockhart on January 01, 2019, 10:34:46 AM »
Cheers Bill, May I wish you and all the Forum members a Happy New Year.

Derek
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General Discussion / Re: Season's Greetings!
« Last post by Bill on December 31, 2018, 05:24:05 PM »
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General Discussion / Re: Season's Greetings!
« Last post by Euanbrown on December 23, 2018, 10:59:38 AM »
Thanks Bill! - here's wishing you and all the members a great Christmas  and a Happy new year!

Euan
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General Discussion / Re: Season's Greetings!
« Last post by roymagna on December 22, 2018, 10:21:16 PM »
Seasons greetings to you Bill and all our members

Roy.
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General Discussion / Season's Greetings!
« Last post by Bill on December 20, 2018, 08:38:44 AM »
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