Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Sorry! Posts are Now Moderated

It's just the way of things on the internet, I guess, but It seems this little site will be a happier place if I moderate your comments from now on.


If I understand it correctly, you just need to leave your comment as usual, it will come to me as an email and I will then okay it being posted. 99% of the comments that are left here are great. Please keep them coming!


If you experience any problems with this new system, contact me at my email address.


Kris

3 comments:

brad said...

Hi Kris,
I left a comment awhile back about different keyboard accordions used for Irish music. What do you think of Fantini accordions? They have a smaller keyboard (30 keys) that's perfect for fiddle tunes, but also enough buttons for the left hand.
Right now I'm playing on a 48 button Hohner, and I love the small size. There's a lot more feeling of control, and I can blend in with the button boxes. In fact, one of the musicians at the last session I was at, was on my left side and couldn't see the keyboard, thought I was playing on a button box.
Anyway, just trying to gather information about Fantini accordions. They're not very common over here in the States.
Brad

Kris Hughes said...

Hi Brad - I'm afraid I don't know anything about Fantini, I've never seen or heard one personally. Do you mean a 34 key/72 bass accordion? (I never heard of a 30 key accordion - but anything's possible.)

There are quite a few interesting smaller piano boxes around these days - a lot of them don't have the same bright open sound that the little old Hohners have (some people would say that is a GOOD thing) and the best advice I can give you is to try before you buy, unless you just like collecting or buying and selling accordions.

Kris

brad said...

Thanks for the response Kris,
It is indeed a 30 keys-low g to high c, pretty much duplicating the fiddle range. The more I play on my little Hohner which only goes down to b, I think maybe I don't need those extra 4 lower notes. Also, after I learned the secret of faking B and F sharp chords with the extra row of bass buttons, I don't know if I absolutely need 12 rows of buttons to keep me happy.
I totally agree with you that nothing beats trying out the box first. Sometime, I may have to take a flight to London and check out Allodi Accordions, where it looks like they have quite a selection. Their website shows the Fantini 30SP/T which is the accordion I was considering.
http://www.accordions.co.uk/Newinstviewdocs.htm/Fan0GBSp.htm