Category: Last Accordion I’ll Ever Buy

Interesting One-Rows at the Button Box

Temptress Margaret at the Button BoxShe of the seductive e-mails About once a month I can count on an e-mail coming over my transom from Margaret, at the Button Box, letting me know of new joys that are sitting on their shelves. It’s always…

Welcome to a New Box

A beautiful box Ah, joy! Today I took delivery of my new box, a Hohner Erica A/D, sent from England by its previous owner, a denizen of the inestimable melodeon.net. I’ve had my eye out for an A/D box for a while. I found…

Letter to a Similarly-Aged Accordéonist

Shortly after publishing my piece on shifting to a three-row, I got the following e-mail from Troy Bennett, of Mystery Jig Studios. Hi Gary, The seductive Beltuna A/D/G  Long time, no-see. How’s the new three-row Baffetti treating you? Currently, I’ve got a three-row, three-voice,…

Welcoming Baffetti

The plan unfolds slowly! Made arrangements for sale of the Nik, yesterday, and arranged to purchase a Dino Baffetti, Tex-Mex II/34 from the Button Box. As it happens, both the buyer of the Nik and the Button Box are right near Sunderland, Massachusetts.  Saturday,…

Castagnari Nik (G/C) for Sale (SOLD)

UPDATE:  Arrangements for sale have been made! In order to meet my wider musical goals, I’m putting my beloved Castagnari Nik (G/C) up for sale. It’s in perfect condition, comes with original straps, and the Castagnari box. A two row, 8 bass machine, two-reeds…

Noël pour l’accordéoniste

Fa la la la la … What does l’Accordéonaire want for Christmas? Je suis content, usually, and I don’t spend a lot of time desiring things, and when I do, I make sure it’s an important thing that will improve my quality of life.  Something…

Neil Postman and Accordion Technopoly

Neil Postman:  Not an Accordionist Over on the Music and Melodeons blog, Owen is crafting a series of posts on the perennial query, “What is Folk Music?” At Melodeon Minutes, home of friend Andy from Vermont, the new Castagnari on-line catalogue is being gone…

Abandon All Hope …

Squeeze circles are abuzz over the newest release from Saltarelle. Its configuration is identical to the Elfique (which is great), but provocatively, the new one is called Inferno. And dammit if it doesn’t look very, very cool. The ad copy calls it a 19+2…

My Giordy Has Gone to a Better Place

This video posted by GbHandlebar makes it clear that selling my Giordy was absolutely the right thing to do. There it is, the dickens, in Handlebar’s hands. Even in this short piece, he gets better sounds out of the little Castagnari than I was ever…

Castagnari Nik Encomium!

Photo by Brigid Chapin. So I got it. Officially. Paid for and everything. Had to sell two other accordions and Fender Telecaster with amp. Worth every cent. Don’t expect an objective review. Rather, expect a panegyric, an encomium, an elaborate laudation. I have brought…