My Hohner is a very special instrument… It was truly a purchase driven by my passion and obtained by my parents with incredible amounts of love and devotion. Let me share this very special story with you… … Continue readingThe Story of My Morino
I want my Hohner to be 100% and that means being fully functional and pluggable into an amplifier or mixer. So this becomes my first “repair”. I needed to find those cables, and since I could not find them anywhere in Canada, the USA or even the UK, I went to the source… the Hohner factory in Trossingen Germany. … Continue readingMicrophone cables are in!
Those of us that have an issue with our accordions sometimes wonder if we can fix it ourselves or wonder if we should pay for the services of an expert. This decision for most people is not an easy one to make. Here the story of how I handled that question. … Continue readingShould I, Shouldn’t I?
I have scans of factory original brochures that are year specific to my Hohner accordion and other scans of PDF format files for the preservation of my memories including scans of original Hohner time specific price lists. Enjoy! … Continue readingSpecial PDF Files
The Solton Programmer 24 is an excellent arranger with plenty of rhythms and other features to make playing quite a lot of fun, however, it has to be programmed to listen in on specific midi channels before it can work with the Elkavox 83 accordion. Here is that process… … Continue readingSolton Programmer 24 setup
I had been playing quite a while and based on the requests of several family members, needed a way to record my accordion. Here I discuss the setup I used to have to start out with and what I use today. … Continue readingRecording the Accordion #1
The Elka is a beautiful accordion and it is overall of above average in terms of quality and sound. Toss in the MIDI capabilities and this makes it a very interesting instrument! … Continue readingElkavox Pictures
Here are a few photos of the other three accordions that I own, and their little stories. We’re getting into some serious decades of time with most of these great little instruments. Enjoy the stories! … Continue readingOther Accordion Photos
I really wanted to start the first practice with the Hohner, but since life gave me lemons, I decided to make lemonade. In easier terms, I did my first practice today using the Elka instead of the Hohner.
This is how that first session went… … Continue readingFirst practice!
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It’s near 6:00pm now as I write this and I will be able to go pick it up at 9:00pm tonight. No, wait… push that to April 22nd… wait, push that to April 28th! Getting an accordion fixed sure takes a LOT of patience! … Continue readingIts ready its back!
My Hohner’s mics are dead. This is the story of how I handled that situation not only effectively, but for only a few dollars and with results that meet or exceed the factory original quality! … Continue readingCan You Hear Me Now?
I was watching several online YouTube videos where an accordionist was using some kind of glove to help reduce friction and control perspiration. This is the story of how I made my glove which is better and cheaper and made to my requirements! … Continue readingThe Glove
Featuring 16 mono/mic channels, 4-band Perkins QE, 6 AUX sends, 4 subgroups and so much more, this mixer was one of those diamonds that was just sitting there waiting to be used. This is the story of how I acquired this beauty! … Continue readingMackie 1640i Mixer
This page is a placeholder for info about how to tune an accordion, as I learn it. From how to make a bellows testing machine to what software to use to how to actually tune, this page is a collection of info found on the internet about this topic. … Continue readingTuning an Accordion
The most terrible loss possible. The greatest loss Is the loss of a mother, father or sibling. In my case, I just so recently lost my father on June 3, 2016… and the pain is incredible and devastating. … Continue readingThe most terrible loss possible
New straps for the Hohner! The story of how I got my new and super nice 4″ wide accordion shoulder straps. I basically searched the world only to find the perfect set in my own back yard! … Continue readingNew Morino Shoulder Straps
The basic process of tuning as I learn it. I plan to document the process in writing and in video to best help me out on different projects. Here is my page where I start to gather up this information … Continue readingHow to Tune – Part1
This is the story of how I was to create three 30-60 second German Polka style jingles. Indeed, a new kind of happening in my life with this little fun challenge! … Continue readingThe 3 Polkas Project!
I was on Facebook and saw a mug that was kind of cute. I wasn’t really interested in purchasing this cup, but I thought that it would be fun to make my own version of this cup using my own pictures… here is that little story. … Continue readingSuper Power!
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Almost every one of my songs has a tiny story behind it, each song has a reason to be here… sometimes I share the story, sometimes I don’t. Every song here in some way moves me, speaks to me inside. Here you may listen to me as I play these songs. … Continue readingSome Music
In this post, I want to discuss it with a little greater detail and share what it takes to start the process from the hardware side. Now, of course, each song kind of follows it’s own path, but this will hopefully explain my process a little better. This is the first of a couple posts on the topic. … Continue readingRecording the Accordion #2
There was one more thing that I wanted to play with, and that is a wireless solution, some way that I could connect the Hohner to the mixer and not have a wire hanging down from the accordion to the mixer, and my one requirement was that it had to be very affordable… maybe I found that answer? … Continue readingAffordable Wireless Solution?
In going through the system, I have found another source of hiss, and it’s a bit difficult to deal with. It seems that the Bose 802-E equalizer has developed a good hiss. Here is how I am dealing with it. … Continue readingBose 802-E Equalizer Issues
Well, I am officially jumping off the deep end even thinking about such a project. I am wondering if I could somehow, all by myself, make a sonically high quality microphone setup for my Hohner that comes close to being as good as the HATools system, just of course for a lot less. Here is where this rabbit hole leads me! … Continue readingCustom Microphone System
The story of how I came to find my Roland FR-8x. A good 20 or more special sets of circumstances had to happen before this accordion could be in my hands… here is the story of how that happened. Also, of how I stumbled on to a Roland BK-7m! … Continue readingMy Roland FR-8x
My BK-7m backing module did not come with any kind of a foot pedal, as they normally don’t, even from the factory. Here is the story of how I tackled this challenge! … Continue readingFoot Pedals for the BK-7m
Well, I think that this is going to be the event that caps 2016 for me. We were invited to my cousin’s house for the Christmas meal. Traditionally we arrive there, eat like crazy, have a few glasses of whatever… but this time I brought the new FR-8x accordion with me! … Continue readingFamily Christmas Gathering
I saw online where some people experienced an annoying vibration noise from the left side of their accordion when using settings that produced deep bass at maximum volume. Well, I was testing out the maximum volume of my 8X, and there it was. This is the story of how I dealt with this issue! … Continue readingBad Vibrations
Today was my 4th time attending an accordion club meeting. Like the previous ones, this time I decided that I would perform and have fun and that my mother was there. What I like is that there is something always different each meet. Here is that story. … Continue readingAccordion Club Meet #4
My FIRST Video! So this it, my absolute first music video, and it is a first on many levels… first, it is the first video I have made since I returned to the accordion! Here is that story! … Continue readingMy First Video
Today I received a very cool gift from a man I have never met (yet), a man who’s hand I never shook (yet), but is a man that I call a friend. I received a t-shirt from Ed Manfredi, and it is a special one, because it represents a celebration that he will enjoy at a special accordion event in California next month. Here is the story! … Continue readingEd Manfredi Accordionist Extraordinaire
About two weeks ago I decided to look in to this place and see if it was possible that I one day visit this place. I heard several small stories, all amazing. I saw a couple YouTube videos… all amazing. NONE of that prepared me for the day that I would walk through those doors… here is that story. … Continue readingNew England Accordion Museum Visit #1
I created a series of short educational videos in response to my friend Ed’s specific questions in areas he wanted some fill-in info on and I tossed in a few hints to aide him in making his videos a little better. So, this is my way of taking that info and making it public. Here is that story. … Continue readingVideo Editing: The Basics
Video taping yourself with a single low end camcorder… it can give you good results. Use these tips and learn how to draw the most out of your accordion videos using these 5 simple tips! … Continue readingVideo Taping with ONE Camera
The first time I visited the New England Accordion Museum, I was overwhelmed. The second time I saw more, did more… and was still overwhelmed, but not by the accordions, but the by the kindness of the man that runs it as well. Here is that story. … Continue readingNEAM #2!
When using one or two cameras, and trying to get the best possible results, the preparation can start to get a little complex, so I created this page to help me keep track of those little things I want to configure. Here is that story. … Continue readingVideo Camera Settings
Around December 10th, the accordion forum that I visit mentioned the idea of everyone that wants to, to pitch in and record their favorite rendition of Silent Night. These are my TWO renditions of that song! … Continue readingSilent Night X 2!
Ever since I did my little Silent Night videos, I’ve wanted to get a little more in to the green screen thing, but I had a couple of limitations. Here is the story of how I dealt with those challenges. … Continue readingSmall Lighting Upgrade
I love my toys! Here is the story of my condenser microphones, the supporting accessories, an unboxing and impressions discussion and several great hints about making good recordings with them! … Continue readingExternal Condenser Mics
One of my very old dreams was always to have had an amplified stereo setup but with no wires between me and the amp or mixer. Well, I’ve taken the first step to begin this process… here is that story! … Continue readingGoing All Wireless
‘A super nice set of quality condenser mics, a high quality recorder and a set of mic stands and cables to tie them all together. This is the story of how I got those!’ … Continue readingRecording Acoustic Accordion #1
Computer software and computers are never where we want them to be… but this is the story of how I got around one of my major issues that will result with me making more and better videos in the future. Here is that story. … Continue readingExercise in Frustration
This post is a little addendum to my post of a couple of weeks ago. I want to present to you a little post about another video that I made after the event was completed. The topic? His wonderful and at the time, just newly released book! … Continue readingMemories #2
Video Recording Yourself – Part 2-A’, ‘This post is the first in a series of posts where I sort of place my thoughts to paper and then place them here and discuss my process on how to record and capture video. … Continue readingVideo Recording Yourself – Part 2-A
Free Bass… an experience that not many accordionists will ever even consider, much less touch… the road is rough and full of pot holes for me! Here is that story! … Continue readingMy Path To Free Bass
When I purchased my new Apple Mac mini M1 computer, I knew this was a great time to tune up my video editing skills… enter the REMASTERED series… here is that story! … Continue readingThe Remastered Series!
ZOOM meetings were not really made to be used in a stereo environment, and therefore, one has to push the limits on a few things to make it happen… and happen it did for me. Here is that story! … Continue readingLive Streaming Part 3