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?
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
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?
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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