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I spent more on this accordion than Trump spent on his taxes

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I would *LOVE* one of these!

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.

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Okay, you can stop sending me this meme now.

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More blasts from the past

At the GIANT Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, 2015. Tap to view at full size.

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:

At a party at Social Game Universe, Toronto, 2015. Tap to view at full size.

Here’s a couple of pictures from a 2004 meetup with technology journalists Amber Mac and Leo Laporte:

At at meetup with Amber Mac and Leo Laporte, “No Regrets” bistro, Toronto, 2004. Tap to view at full size.
At at meetup with Amber Mac and Leo Laporte, “No Regrets” bistro, Toronto, 2004. Tap to view at full size.

For a brief, shining moment, I was in an earlier version Lindi Ortega’s band:

Playing with Lindi Ortega at b-sides, Toronto, 2002.

These photos are from two DEF CON conferences, DEF CON 8 and DEF CON 9:

Bargaining with the Ferengi at Star Trek: The Experience, Las Vegas, 2001.
Hanging with Deth Veggie at the Cult of the Dead Cow suite, DEF CON 8, Alexis Park Hotel, Las Vegas, 2000.

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:

Me, Alicia, and George getting a pic with Chef Masaharu Morimoto at his restaurant, Nobu, New York, 1999.
Me and Karl Mohr backing up John Southworth at his live performance at CBC radio, Toronto, 1999.
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Accordion of the day: Fratelli Alessandrini’s “Celt”

Photo: An Alessandrini Celt accordion, whose body is made entirely out of wood.
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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.

Photo: Still from video -- Close-up of piano keys and bellows on Alessandrini Celt.

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.

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Photo: A row of Alessandrini Celt accordions in various wood finishes.
Ooooooh. I want them all. Tap to see at full size.

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.

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All my sins remembered: Playing accordion at SxSW 2008

Joey deVilla plays accordion onstage in front of a panel at South by Southwest Interactive 2008 while Rannie Turingan looks on. You can see Tim Ferriss' name card (but not Tim himself).
Still one of the best photos of me playing. Tap the photo at full size.

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.

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This 1950s comic shows how playing the accordion will change your life

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:

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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!