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 Post subject: Accordion dealers in GB
PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:00 am 
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Have been searching for some accordion dealers in GB but am not particularly good at this searching game....I need a selection to get the best deal i can...am looking for a 72 bass good quality but not too expensive accordian...any help appreciated. I myself live in Kent. Les.


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Hi Les.

I'd have said that a Hobgoblin shop is a good bet, but the nearest to you are in London and Crawley (the Crawley shop claims to have one Karen Tweed on its sales staff - the beautiful Tweed - if she can't help nobody can!!). If the Wadebridge shop (the one nearest to me) is anything to go by you'll find helpful staff and no pressure, and a reasonable range of accordions that you can play around with (not that I'd know what a "reasonable range of accordions" was!!)

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Hobbgoblin arrgh.
Go to Allodi Accordians 143 145 Lee High Rd.
0208 244 3771
Easy fron Kent


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Hobbgoblin arrgh.
Go to Allodi Accordians 143 145 Lee High Rd.
0208 244 3771
Easy fron Kent


Good grief. I lived on Lee High Road for three weeks in the early 70s! :o

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Hi Les,

did you buy anything yet?

If not, I'd suggest you ask on Melodeons.net, they should be able to point you to a few dealers who will give better deals than Hobgoblin.

That said, Hobgob were very good to take back at full price the B/C Scarletti button box I had, and let me walk off with a D/G Castagnari Lilly, which is proving much more suited to my needs, and I've had it less than a week.

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SteveShaw wrote:
Good grief. I lived on Lee High Road for three weeks in the early 70s! :o Steve

You could easily miss it. It has that look as if it perhaps never opens. I used to peer through the window looking at piano accordians the size of busses toying with the idea of learning. Never did tho as fluty things took over...
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Martin Milner wrote:
Hi Les,

did you buy anything yet?

If not, I'd suggest you ask on Melodeons.net, they should be able to point you to a few dealers who will give better deals than Hobgoblin.

That said, Hobgob were very good to take back at full price the B/C Scarletti button box I had, and let me walk off with a D/G Castagnari Lilly, which is proving much more suited to my needs, and I've had it less than a week.


Gosh, I did a very similar thing a few years ago but a bit down-market. I bought a Double Ray B/C from Mallinson's Music as it was then, and they let me swap it for an Erica D/G (I did lose out slightly financially but not much). I still can't play it though!

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Shame on you Steve!

I've only had mine a week, and yesterday I knocked out a couple of tunes with my local group, in preparation for our big event next Sunday. Slow tunes, 'tis true, but I managed them!

Les,

in case you haven't bought one yet, a local friend offered me a piano accordion on Sunday, for about £150.00. He doesn't play himself but has acquired one (I forget how). I have no idea what the make is (I didn't actually see it), but he says it's in good condition.

If you're interested, I can put you in direct email contact, or if you prefer, act as an intermediary and take a few pictures etc for you.

Also, try trawling on eBay, there are second hand bargains to be snapped up, if you know your stuff.

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 Post subject: got my accordion!
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thanks all...have now got my accordion....in a rash moment.....I do have rather a lot of these.......I bought a Pigini....cost my credit card rather a lot...and at my age i might never get it paid off.....but in the mean time I am pursuing a course on Irish Trad by Karen Tweed......a C D ....much of what i learned on the accordion many many years ago is coming back....the mathmatical formula for chords that I learnt is just so useful on the accordion...any series of notes and chords is repeated time and again in the bass section.....e g what one can do in G, for example, one can simply move up the shapes and do it in any key one likes...great....Karen Tweeds course is O K for me...I shall never play as good as her but can apply the tips she gives.....and she will never be as pretty as me...or did i get that round the wrong way! thanks, all the best Les.


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Excellent News, Les!

I have a friend in London who plays fantastic ITM on a piano accordion, Conan McDonnell. Not sure what is box is, but he plays it like he's ringing a bell!

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 Post subject: Progress Report.
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I am sure i have a long way to go yet, but...today i played a polka, got a really good rythm going and though i say it myself, i was quite impressed...really let myself go and relaxed....then I did fair justice to a jig...and found managing the ornamentation in a reel so much better than i have so far achieved on the whistle...cant wait to get in the garage again tomorrow...its where i practice...love it Les.


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