Author : George Whitfield

The last 3 accordions I’ve been repairing for The Accordion Shop have been Hohner 120 Bass piano boxes – all from a similar era but rather different inside. I thought I would do a quick blog with some pictures and a video to compare them. They are a Hohner Atlantic IV De Luxe with a wooden body, a Hohner Atlantic …

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Stradella Bass Chord Combinations

Stradella basses have chord buttons for Major, Minor, 7th and Diminished chords. By using these chords in combination with different bass notes you can create other chord types, the most useful being Minor 7th, Major 7th, Half Dim (or m7b5), 9th chords (including b7th) and 6th chords (which I forgot to mention in the video but are on the chart). …

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Skype / FaceTime Accordion Lessons

When I got asked to do some accordion lessons on-line I was a bit unsure but they have gone very well so now I’m offering them to anyone who might want them. A half hour lesson is £16 and includes any music or exersises I send by email before or after the lesson. Here is a quick video about it. …

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Stradella Bass Mechanism

Inside an Accordion Bass Mechanism. I needed a part so I started to dismantle an accordion bass mechanism that I had in my accordion graveyard.

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Worlds Largest Playable Accordion

I was super excited to be invited to visit accordion factories in Castelfidardo with Chris Lovell who runs The Accordion Shop. I do a lot of tuning, repairs and renovations for Chris and the trip would mean we could buy a stock of spare parts and see some of the working methods in Castelfidardo’s factories. Castelfidardo is a small town …

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Written on Jan, 17, 2019 by in , | 1 Comment.

I’ve been using MusicTech accordion microphone systems since 1999 when my first Beltrami was built – both my Beltrami accordions have them and I think they are great, so I was happy to be asked to install the same system for a customer. Once fitted, the MusicTech accordion microphone system is easy to plug in to a desk or amp …

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Written on Nov, 21, 2018 by in | Leave a comment
Tears of a Robot CD by Fiddlebox and Nick Swannell

Tears of a Robot by Fiddlebox and Nick Swannell A unique new album merges Klezmer tunes with machinery, wind and water soundscapes : CD available from Fiddlebox’s shop – digital copies from CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes.   Fiddlebox’s fourth album, ‘Tears of a Robot’ is a collaboration with electronic musician Nick Swannell.  It is an album of fiddle-led, synth-heavy, evocative …

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CDs by Georgia Fearn, John Forrester, KentNielsen and Damian Clarke

New CDs from Georgia Fearn, John Forrester, Kent Nielsen and Damian Clarke I love getting the chance to play on other artists CDs and it’s always exciting to hear them afterwards. I am rather honored to be on 2018 releases by Georgia Fearn and John Forrester and slightly less recent (2016) albums by Kent Nielsen and Damian Clarke. Georgia Fearn …

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Written on Mar, 07, 2018 by in | 2 Comments.
Accordion Keyboard Repair

Repairing Accordion Keyboards.   When the accordion keyboard needs mending it is often because they are too stiff to open and close properly, and sometimes I need to take them to pieces. All the pictures in this blog are accordions I have repaired for The Accordion Shop. I’ve always liked accordions because of their mechanical nature. The first accordions were …

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Written on Feb, 18, 2018 by in | 4 Comments.
Hohner Atlantic with bass damage

Accordion Repair – Hohner Atlantic IV De Luxe I tune and repair accordions both privately and for The Accordion Shop which has branches in Sunningdale and Rochdale. Last week I was repairing a Hohner Atlantic, the same instrument that you hear on the Pogues albums and the choice of many professionals. Hohner have been making this model for years but …

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