Should I, Shouldn’t I?

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. Yes, acoustic accordions are not “rocket science” to take apart and in most cases, pretty easy to fix. In some cases, we need to take a little step back, evaluate our own skills and confidence level in being able to properly diagnose a problem and fix it properly. “Properly” being the key word here. Here is the decision I made concerning my skills and my accordion

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Solton Programmer 24 setup

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…

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Recording the Accordion #1

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.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

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!

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Mackie 1640i Mixer

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!

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Tuning an Accordion

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.

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How to Tune – Part1

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

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Recording the Accordion #2

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.

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Affordable Wireless Solution?

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 I found that answer?

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Bose 802-E Equalizer Issues

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.

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Custom Microphone System

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!

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FR-8x Tech Info

This is a place holder for all the stuff that is technical and concerns my Roland V-accordion.

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What is Where

To help me know what is where in terms of settings, set locations and so on, I am making this page of notes.

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Foot Pedals for the BK-7m

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!

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Bad Vibrations

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!

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Recording the Accordion #3

In this article, I look at a few details of what it takes to record the accordion. Here is that story!

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Video Editing: The Basics

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/work and making it public. Here is that story.

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Video Taping with ONE Camera

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!

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Video Camera Settings

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.

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FR-8X Firmware Update to V.2.50

I put together the recordings that I made during my own update process and shared it, with the hopes that it helps a few people. Here is that story.

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Small Lighting Upgrade

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.

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External Condenser Mics

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!

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Uber Cheap Voice Recorder

This is the story of how I got my audio finally up to snuff!

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Going All Wireless

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!

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Recording Acoustic Accordion #1

‘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!’

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Zoom F4 V.2.0 Firmware

Zoom F4 V.3.00 Firmware update. The story of how the Zoom F4 came to get a new firmware update. Here is what’s new and how to install it!

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Recording Acoustic Accordion #2

A continuation of the last post, the experimentation about various mic techniques finally starts a bit… read how this story goes!

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How Strong?

What is the most minimal computer strength needed to capture your accordion? I explore this question and offer my answer. Read that story here.

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Exercise in Frustration

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.

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Christmas Bananas

Always thinking and looking at how to take my videos to the next level, this is the story of how I made a big jump in the quality of my vids!

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The New Toys

Exceptional video quality… the next step in my evolution to eventually making superb looking short musical stories!

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Pretend

This next excerpt in my striving to make story telling videos, here is that story… and music video!

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Recording Tips & Techniques

My system of creating music videos. This is a fairly big post… so be ready… here is that story!

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Tips On Audio Processing

This is the story of how I post process my audio files. Enjoy!

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Zoom F4 V.3.0 Firmware

The story of how the Zoom F4 came to get a new firmware update. Here is what’s new and how to install it!

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My DIY Battery for the FR-8X

How to integrate an energizer bunny in to the battery of your 8X… here is that story!

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QSC Touchmix 8

The Story of how I found my new small portable digital mixer!

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FR-8X Too Fatiguing To Play?

The story of how I tried to help find some better than factory bellows settings to make playing easier.

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USB Keys and the FR-8X

USB Keys and the FR-8X… here is that story!

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New FR-8X Cable

An improved cable for stereo output? Yes! Here is that story!

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Small Condenser Mics

More microphones? Oh no… wait, oh yes, here is that story!

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FR-8X JAVA editor

How to install and setup Java and the editor for the FR-8X, yet another story!

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Roll No More

I wasn’t rocking and rolling how I wanted… this is the story of how I stopped my ROLL!

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Budget Wireless for the FR-8X

The story of how I went “phase 1” wireless on the 8X

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Live Streaming!

Live Streaming?? Are you crazy?? Here is that story!

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Recording From Cell Phone

Capture good sound on your cell phone from your V-Accordion… here is that story!

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Ultimate Geek Setup!

How did this super dream come about? Read on to find out this story!

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New Phone, New Video Camera!

New opportunities arise when I get a new phone! Here is that story.

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Bluetooth No More!

Great video… but cellphones alone capture really bad audio… here is how to solve that challenge… and that story

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FR-8x Editor

Does the Roland editor work on my Mac M1? According to them, no… according to me… YES! Here is that story!

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Live Streaming Part 2

Live Streaming part deux! Just some rambling about my new streaming setup and how to do it… here is that story!

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Live Streaming Part 3

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!

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A New Computer!

The story of how I never again will lose my cherished websites!

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FireWire, INT vs EXT

Firewire in general and internal vs external varieties… how good are they? Here is that story!

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Mackie 1640i Modification

The story of how I move my Mackie mixer’s inputs to the other side of the room… without moving the mixer!

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