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Buy and Sell / Re: Watkins Dancer 3 Row For Sale
« Last post by Bill on December 12, 2018, 04:41:52 PM »
Buy and Sell / Watkins Dancer 3 Row For Sale
« Last post by Robbie-d on December 11, 2018, 02:58:03 PM »
Watkins Dancer 3 Row For Sale - still  not sold - will consider sensible offers - better photo and description on John Douglas's web site item 010 in second hand accordions - contact details either John Douglas or Robbie-D on 07803584537 or private message through  forum
Events / Button Box Course, Isle of Skye, 1-5 July 2019
« Last post by Bill on November 22, 2018, 09:25:10 AM »
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic college on Sleat, Skye, will be running its annual Button Box course 1st - 5th July 2019 with tutors Robert Nairn and Fergie MacDonald.
This course gives one of the few opportunities to get tuition on the button box, and has been attended and enjoyed by quite a number of forum members over the years.

Instrument Construction and Repair / Paolo Soprani 96 bass air bar
« Last post by Bill on November 13, 2018, 11:45:14 PM »
Soon after getting my Paolo Soprani 96 bass I realised there was a problem, or problems, with the air bar and air valve. When I operated the air bar to open or close the bellows, not a lot happened; certainly not the rapid inhalation or exhalation of air that I expected (and seem to need). I hoped the box had a decent-sized air hole that had been partially closed off with tape, as with two previous accordions I've had. (I've never understood the logic of people doing this).*
  Unfortunately, on opening up the instrument I discovered the air valve hole was a small, piano accordion type, a 14mm diameter hole of area 154mm². Wholly inadequate. By comparison, my Paolo Soprani 80 bass has an oval air hole of approx 420 mm². After a bit of DIY the PS 96 now has a similarly-sized air hole and a bigger pallet, and control of the bellows is much easier.
  On to two further problems: the actual air bar is made from a black plastic piano key which has hard, uncomfortable edges; and it is too short. On the PS 80, the air bar is a nicely-rounded wooden wedge which reaches down to level with the A bass button. It feels comfortable under the hand, though at times I feel it could do with being a bit longer. On the PS 96, the air bar only reaches down to level with the E bass button. Not a big difference, but noticeable; on occasions when playing my thumb is below the end of the air bar, and I don’t have particularly small hands (size L glove). I intend to fit a longer, more comfortable, different material air bar on the PS 96, after reviewing the extensive discussions (and photos) there have been previously on this forum.

* I don’t know how the previous owner managed to play this box with such a restricted air valve, or why some people tape off the air hole to restrict the air flow. That gives the options of closed or very little air, whereas having a big hole allows a wider range – off, a little, some, a big gulp – simply by feathering the air bar. I'm still mystified by the chap I sold the Guerrini Gala to – speaking to him on the phone a couple of days after he got the box he said “The ferst thing Ah did wis tae tak’ off the air bar – it jist gets in the wey”.
Instrument Makes and Models / Re: Paolo Soprani 96 bass
« Last post by Bill on November 07, 2018, 09:30:59 PM »
Thanks Roy. I think I've seen those photos. If the 3 row 37 key has a big “V” on the grille and “Paolo Soprani” in block capitals it’s the same model as my blue-badge 80 bass and dates from about the mid-1960s. Later models have a different grille, black badge and “Paolo Soprani” in script. That’s what this “new” one of mine has, so 1970s seems quite possible. And still made by the Paolo Soprani factory, before the brand was absorbed by company mergers in the late 1980s.
Instrument Makes and Models / Re: Paolo Soprani 96 bass
« Last post by roymagna on November 07, 2018, 10:58:38 AM »
Hello Bill,   I think it was made in the first part of the 1970's.  I have just found a Clinkscale catalogue  ( with price list dated July 1975),  with Jimmy Shand on the front cover pictured playing a 2 row  and on the back cover it shows him playing a red 3 row 37 key box. i have a feeling Jimmy then asked them to make a 40 key box, but, who knows how many!
Good luck with your new box and enjoy playing it you never know when you will use all the buttons  ;) ;D ::) 8)
Instrument Makes and Models / Paolo Soprani 96 bass
« Last post by Bill on November 06, 2018, 03:32:51 PM »
I bought this from George Lambie at today. This 96 bass Paolo Soprani is in excellent shape inside and out, and sounds quite good as well. I knew Paolo Soprani made a 96 bass BCC# – a friend in Kent has one, and Billy McGuire played one. I had assumed it had 37 treble keys, like the 80 bass, but I discover that it has 40 (not that I'm likely to use the extra keys, whichever end of the keyboard they’re at).
Does anyone know when Paolo Soprani made these 96 bass models? 1980s? Or which company was making Paolo Soprani models then? Dino Baffetti?
Buy and Sell / Hohner Shand Morino Accordion
« Last post by BrandonMusicMcphee on October 22, 2018, 09:43:48 AM »
Hohner Shand Morino Button Key Accordion
46 Treble Keys
120 Bass
Tuning in B C C#
Recently Tuned and serviced by Donal Ring.
Comes with good shoulder straps and original Carry case.
A great sounding accordion, waiting for a new owner to be played regular. Can be seen or sent anywhere.
I’m selling this accordion on behalf of a friend in Ireland.
Lurgan Co Armagh £3500 ono
General Discussion / Re: Future of the Button Box Forum
« Last post by Anatole Isaev on October 08, 2018, 12:15:43 AM »
Bill, you are the best!
General Discussion / Re: Future of the Button Box Forum
« Last post by Fishfeathersmacteeth on October 02, 2018, 12:26:46 PM »
..Belated thank you Bill..!!
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