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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 Jun, 04, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
Jerrycan Slide Guitar "The Jerrycaster"

The Jerrycaster with genuine Fender neck I have finally finished my second Jerrycan Slide Guitar, which I am delighted to report is louder and much nicer to play than my first attempt! It has an upcycled Fender neck so I’ve dubbed it the Jerrycaster. Thanks to Yanni of Caffe Vista who donated the broken Fender acoustic! Electro Acoustic The original …

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Written on Apr, 10, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
Fiddlebox CD Eastern Honeymoon

Fiddlebox Launch New CD Welsh duo Fiddlebox (Helen Adam and George Whitfield) will première their new album titled Eastern Honeymoon at the Great Glasshouse in the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Saturday 18th April 2015 at 14:30   For the first time ever Welsh dancing tunes are merged with Klezmer harmonies, the traditional music of the Ashkenazi Jews …

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Written on Feb, 08, 2015 by in | 1 Comment.
Jerrycan Slide

My latest upcycled instrument is Jerrycan Slide Jerrycan Slide is an acoustic version of Driftwood Slide which is my favourite upcycled instrument to date. I wanted an instrument loud enough to play at the Dingle (my local acoustic session) without the compromise of bringing an amp and was inspired by Sue Overdrive’s Gretsch resonator with an all metal body. Here’s …

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Written on Feb, 05, 2015 by in , | Leave a comment
Yanni Hrysicos of Caffe Vistsa, Tenby with Propellercaster and Spanner Metallophone

Upcycled Musical Instruments on Display in Tenby Upcycled musical instruments made by me – George Whitfield are on exhibit in the window of Tenby’s Caffe Vista (Crackwell Street, Tenby, 01834 849636) Generally the ideas come from stuff that could have been thrown out.   Upcycled Musical Instruments Propellercaster and Spanner Metallophone The slide guitar Propellercaster was built from half an aeroplane …

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Written on Nov, 14, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
Fiddlebox - a fiddle and a box

Fiddlebox play Rhosygilwen on 20/11/2014, FREE! Sadly I understand this will be the last Rhosygilwen Folk Club, and as a free entry club with a terrific venue and excellent acts it’s a shame to see it go. Many thanks to Glen Peters for providing the venue “Rhosygilwen” and Jan Steer for organizing the events. We hope the folk club can …

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Written on Nov, 06, 2014 by in , | Leave a comment
Valve Overdrive for Hammond T-202

Putting the distortion back! The classic Hammond Organs of the 60’s all had valve amplifiers, as did the Leslie speakers they usually played through. Played loud, you got a bit of overdrive resulting in a gentle warm distortion. The clean sound of the later Hammonds can be great (like Tony Banks with Genesis) but sometimes you just need that dirty …

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Written on Nov, 01, 2014 by in , | 5 Comments.
D.I.Y. Hammond Leslie Horn

    Getting that Honky Sound The Hammond T-202 has an inbuilt Leslie speaker which sounds pretty good but only has a 10″ cone with a 2 speed rotating baffle – no horns for that high end and honky air distortion. To modify it I bought a compression driver for £7 (plus around £6 delivery!) from Blue Aran (here) and …

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Written on Sep, 10, 2014 by in | 2 Comments.
Bluebox's George and Nick

Bluebox are playing The Big Cwtch on Saturday 13th September at 2.00pm. It’s a Charity music and food festival with 2 stages and loads of bands (and food) held in Glanrannel Park House, Crugybar, Carmarthenshire SA19 8SA. AJ (our drummer) is having an op on his knee so we’re rehearsing a “no drums” set of more chilled out blues – …

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