Category Archives: Melodeons

Silent Sessions

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The list of blog posts that I am intending to write is nearing double digits, so I’d better get on with it! My life has taken an interesting turn this year, with a new job working as an organ tuner (yes, the thing with the pipes) and a change of location, back to St Albans where I grew up. The solo album (as yet unnamed) is also going well, with the recording done and the final mix and master happening imminently. Continue reading Silent Sessions

Making a melodeon…

Making a melodeon is difficult. That is the conclusion that I have come to and to be frank, if I had realised just how difficult it would be I might not have embarked on it. Mentally I had assumed that the difficult bit of making would be designing the reedblocks, the casing, the grille and so on. Actually, the difficult bit is working out how they will all fit together! Every little bit has to be thought out, designed, built, rejected, redesigned and rebuilt. Every little bit of wood glued to another bit of wood just to hold a screw so that yet another bit of wood doesn’t fall off has to be painstakingly thought about. It can be an amazingly frustrating business, however rewarding it also is. It took me five weeks of effort to get a set of reedblocks that I was happy with. I tried several different ways of manufacturing them but eventually I ended up with the below… Continue reading Making a melodeon…

The joy of Making

Welcome to this new look site! Ever original when it comes to names, this site (the successor to “Music and Melodeons” is entitled “Melodeon Music”. On it you can find information about my solo melodeon, the Jazz Ceilidh Project, Peregrine (my small ceilidh band) and There and Back Again. Plus, of course, the world famous blog. Please take the time to explore the site and let me know of any errors, bad links and so on!  Continue reading The joy of Making

An Inside and Out Update – Sibylla Brand G/C/F

Hello all!

Some of you may recall that back in March I did my second Inside and Out on Malcolm Woods’ Sibylla Brand G/C/F. Well, it is now the property of someone known only as “Daddy Long Les”, who has just released his version of the story of his new box. There are some interesting shots that I didn’t have, so do take a look. Take a look also at the rest of his videos on playing the melodeon, inspirational stuff for anyone starting out. Continue reading An Inside and Out Update – Sibylla Brand G/C/F

Inside and Out Part 4 – The Shruti Box

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another installment of “Inside and Out”. To those wondering if the pain will never end, fear not! This is a post rather different from the previous three, for it is not on a melodeon, nor even an accordion, but a Shruti box. It is also a short post, because it is late and I have to go to bed, and because the Shruti box is a simple instrument. Continue reading Inside and Out Part 4 – The Shruti Box

Melodeon Reed Transients – An Indicative Study

Over the last year, I have been looking at the acoustics of the Charango, a small stringed instrument from the Andean region of South America, using a Polytec Laser Vibrometer. Now that this is all done (got a distinction in it by the way) I got permission to use the equipment for around 5 hours in one day to try and take some measurements of melodeon reeds. Unfortunately I did have only 5 hours and didn’t have much equipment other than the vibrometer, so I was limited in what I could do. In addition, I don’t have MATLAB on this computer, so I am limited in the analysis as well. I hope however that the following is of interest to those intrigued by how the box works. I haven’t concluded anything game-changing, however I hope that this study shows that within 24 hours, interesting experiments can be carried out. If there is anyone out there attached to a research centre who is interested in studying these instruments then please get in touch with me – I would love to hear from you. This is not a formal report, this is not a formal study and nothing should be taken to be conclusive. I think however that it can be considered to be indicative. Continue reading Melodeon Reed Transients – An Indicative Study