The Squeezebox Shop (Scotland) posted this photo, and not only is it unconventional looking, but it’s in my favorite colors as well!
Not only is this a straightforward accordion, but it’s also rigged up with MIDI, so you can hook it up to synths, samplers, lighting boards, and anything else MIDI-equipped.
While reorganizing my files, I found these photos of me with the accordion in various situations and decided to post them here, just for fun.
The one above is from the karaoke competition at the 2015 edition of the GIANT Conference, a great UX conference in Charleston. I’m doing Young MC’s Bust a Move, and won an Apple TV as a result. I still have it, too!
The photo below is from a party held at Social Game Universe’s offices on Toronto’s King Street West when I found a unicorn mask and decided to try it on:
For a brief, shining moment, I was in an earlier version Lindi Ortega’s band:
These final photos are from Year One of the accordion — the year when I first took the accordion out into the world, yielding some surprising results:
Every once in a while, someone asks me how expensive accordions can get, and what you get for shelling out a lot of money. Pictured above is an example: The Celt, an accordion with Irish Tuning (I have no idea what that means) made by Fratelli Alessandrini (“Alessandrini Brothers”).
Unlike less expensive accordions — the kind I own, perhaps save the one that my friend Sean Galbraith gave to me — the Alessandrini Celt doesn’t have any plastic parts. The mechanical bits are metal, of course, but that’s a straight-up wood body, wood keys, wood switches, and wood grille.
Not only is it a visually beautiful instrument, but it also sounds beautiful. Here’s a demo video by The Squeezebox Shop in Scotland:
If you’re on Facebook, you can also check out this video of Ross Little enjoying his newly-purchased Celt in the great outdoors.
And now, the price. For an accordion made with these materials and this kind of craftsmanship in small production runs, you can buy at The Squeezebox Shop for… £4,495.00. At today’s rates, that’s about $5,750 US.
I might wait until my LLC’s making a little more money before picking up one of these.
The Squeezebox Shop has a regularly updated Facebook page for all your accordion fetishizing needs.
Also, for those of you new to this blog: How I became the Accordion Guy.
I’ve had many great first weeks on the job, but this first week on the job had a particularly unfair advantage: I was working at b5media, and the timing was such that my first week on the job was the same week the company went to the South by Southwest Interactive Festival 2008 — that’s the one where Airbnb launched and got only two bookings.
I arrived on Day 1 of the festival and was going to spend a long time in the registration line, when some friends — Min Jung Kim and Rannie Turingan — who were on the “How to Kick Ass at Your First SxSW” panel heard I’d arrived. They somehow used their panel host powers to fast-track me through registration, bring me up to their panel (which was full of big names), and then play accordion for the audience.
That’s what the photo above shows. The best part? I’m literally upstaging Tim Ferriss.
This 1950’s comic book advertisement is pretty much my life after May 1, 1999, the day I first took the accordion out on the streets:
I’m pretty sure that “no cost” promise is akin to the old “9 albums for a penny” offer from Columbia House. It doesn’t matter — the accordion is a worthwhile investment!
Thanks to Natalie Brahan for the find!