Melodicas with musette tuning

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  • #9815
    Daren Banarsë
    Daren Banarsë
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    I thought I’d open a thread for our new member, Mr Bread Pudding, who’s looking for a melodica with musette tuning.

    My Mk I Vibrandoneon originally came with musette tuning. It had 2 reed banks tuned to (nearly) the same pitch. it wasn’t a sound I was keen on, and I ended up taking out a whole set of reeds to provide a single reed sound. Of course the Vibrandoneon is now extinct…

    “I have tried making one out of an old accordion, but no luck so far”

    This sounds really interesting – it would be great to see some photos of how you went about this. I’m wondering what difficulties you encountered?

    What sort of music are you hoping to play on it?

    #9816

    Melodica-Me
    Participant

    Here is another video of Tatu playing his melodica that is tuned to create a vibrato and a picture of the reed section. His work is exceptional and very thought out.

    https://www.facebook.com/tatu.salmela/videos/10207118370756245/

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206690498179698&set=p.10206690498179698&type=3&theater

    #9817
    Daren Banarsë
    Daren Banarsë
    Keymaster

    I hadn’t seen that video before MM. I wish he’d play a whole piece of music!

    #9831

    Tatu Salmela
    Participant

    My bandonina has octave tuned reeds, not musette/vibrato tuned. However, it is possible to do musette tuning with the same structure. https://www.facebook.com/salmelainstruments/ I added some photos yesterday, and there is a video with the owner of the instrument.

    #9832

    Tatu Salmela
    Participant

    In the first video linked by MM, there is some vibrato because the reeds are still in factory tuning and many of the octaves don’t match. I’m still doing work on the instrument, my customer now wants it a bit shorter. The bass notes require a lot of air, and a decent breathing technique. So, the next version will be 32 notes F-c, easier to handle.

    #9833

    Binyomin
    Participant

    I’m intrigued by your bandonina and would love to know more about it. The links posted above don’t work for me, excepting to your instrument page on Facebook. The pics look great!

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