Is there a somewhat current list of builders floating around? The lists I've seen online appear to be fairly dated.
Here's what I got:
John E. Doucet
?? maybe ??
Since the Lost Bayou Ramblers went on hiatus last October, Andre Michot is definitely back to building, with a nice new website.
John E. Doucet 337-886-5377 was good about a month ago.
That is a different number
than on lists and FB. Thanks!
I bought from Leland Colligan in March and I really like that accordion
there's a builder mentioned on this page that has decided to low ball the price of his accordions. Remember price reflects quality
And if you buy from Leland then Jerry will bring a accordion player of YOUR CHOICE to be there when you pick it up also ask about the Friends of Jerry discount!!!!!!
HAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHA
Bryan Lafleur will not be taking any more orders, indefinitely, but hasn't quit building completely. He has taken a strong detour.
Your leather work is pretty badass waiting to see you get a Texas flag on a accordion strap
Bryan, what route does this detour take? Just curious.
I always pick me
I picked up a used one a while back - it's my go-to Bb now. I like it quite a bit, but I did have to change the mic out first. The mic was very weak.
Leland Colligan builds those I bought a C from him in March. I play it every day and I really enjoy playing it. I have that one ,a B flat Martin internal mic and a Gabbanelli in C. Plus he's really cool to hang out and shoot the breeze with.
OK, thanks. I thought it was him. Makes a nice accordion, that's fo sho. Lucky you to be able to hang out.
To be honest I've been REALLY fortunate everyone I've come in contact with has been super nice I haven't met any *******s yet
You must not have met Mark Savoy yet
"You must not have met Mark Savoy yet"
Very funny, but true..
I had my experiences both on the phone and in person.
I hear he can be quite "opinionated"
No I've never met Marc. Maybe one day.
Bought mine as recommended by Nedro and Jerry. I can' say enough about what a great instrument the Acadiana is. I talked with Leland several times. In January I was on my way through to FL and I called and went right by his house and met Jerry along the way He fixed the problem immediately and we had a great visit. I would stop to see Lelland every chance I get and play mine every minute I can
a Great instrument made by a great gentleman.
Bryan!! Which route did you take brother? Are you now building strictly black accordions that look and sound like the old Monarchs?
Also, I believe y'all forgot one builder on the list. He goes by the name of Kiawwww Lee
Greezy, I think Bryan is to busy with his awsome leatherwork :-)
As a vegetarian it's a bit difficult for me, but I'm not vegan :blush:
He sometimes post them on Facebook, very impressive colorfull work :-)
It would be great if he only built "black models" with old fashion reeds like the old Monarch/Sterling.
He won't do that because he also like the wood structure :-)
Wasn't the nick name of the old accordions "tit noir" in the old days ?
It's possible to order a black one by most builders I guess :wink:
Yes Bryan does some awesome leather work and nice guy to visit with. Also awesome looking accordions, I wish I could say I've had the opportunity to say that I've played on one. Bryan I'm going to have to invite you over one day to a jam and you gonna have to bring one of yours over.
Meloderon yes called 'Tit Noirs. Since you mentioned it, I thought I would share my personal Tit Noir I just recently finished, I put Tit Noir on the face plate and will likely do a series of them eventually all with that on the faceplate.
Looks really awesome :relaxed:
Oh Snappp!! Please tell me the bellows are white on the inside folds??!! He even got them old gold finger flappers on there! Ha, I've even seen them done with gold glitter. Pretty cool accordion....How does it smoke?
Greezy- No sorry I put black on red. I did contemplate though about that. Yea gold flappers with silver corners. If smoke you mean sound hear ya go. 😁
Meloderon- Thank you!
Played by Kegan Navarre
Sounds good even with the red bellows, and appears to be in good hands. With those long fingers I'll bet Kegan can scratch his nose and never miss a beat.
Right out the chute, and the "Tit Noir" has instant playability at Keegan Navarre speed. Not clappy (nice thick felts), smooth and easy to the touch. I cannot tell from watching, but does it have the (magic resonance)??
Magic Resonance - a once very rare resonance that allowed an instrument to draw out the best level of skill that an accordion player didn't know he had. The tuning of the instrument is so just and the craftsmanship so high in quality that mistakes seem to melt away due to the discreet and perfect blending taking place from note to note that makes it seem like there is an ever so slight but effective delay in the sound as it follows the action. Such a tuning seemingly produces a reciprocal echo effect allowing the player to hear himself produce more high quality music than he ever thought he could produce. "Usually results in a surprised and joyous look on the accordion player's face with an envious undertone that begs the question...Why doesn't my got dam accordion play like this one??!!" LOL.
Sweet! Thank you Greezy it worked. I tried I dont know how many different code generators yesterday and none would allow it to show up endless you clicked on link. I posted a video not long ago and it work, idk.
Yes I try to pick out either think leather or felt or both.
Come by and play anytime, that goes for everyone, I like meeting new people and playing a little music, even though I got a ways to go lol.
Well my bad I thought it worked.
Was it this one ?
Sounds awesome and lovely playing :blush:
Yea thats it, Thank you. Thats Kegan Navarre tearing it up. I dont know why I cant figure out the darn code thing, did it once and cant figure it out.
Craig, put me down for one of your Tit Noir accordion production. Magnificent.
Beautiful box, bag the gold.. incongruous with the silver.
Best 0f luck.
Craig pays homage to the Globes, Monarchs, and Sterlings, all of which used this scheme. Kudos to Craig Vincent for a handsome modern rendition of the pre-WWII German melodeons.
Thanks all of yall, yes I was going for the Monarch and Sterling look. Mr Guy hit me up on FB messenger if you have FB.
Hope everyone has a great weekend
I have been playing guitar since 1961 and owned well over a hundred, currently about 9-12.. I forget.
I have never owned nor will own an guitar or any other musical instrument with gold hardware.
It may be traditional, but not in my world.
I have owned at least 20 early accordions form Germany, Saxony, Bohemia and elsewhere, not one of them has gold with silver hardware.
Homage is one thing, gold with silver is another.,..the box fashion police will not approve it.
(Otherwise) Beautiful box as I said.
Could you build one with
1. No red on the flappers/pallets.. black ok
2. No gold... chrome ok
3. No white buttons ... chrome ok
4. No white on the bellows straps.. black only
5. No scroll work on the face plates
6. Black on black bellows.. no red, no white, no gold
7. Thumb groove on keyboard, no thumb strap
You're not a fancy guy I suppose Jeff :joy: :joy:
Dont you forget the non shining paint :blush: or didn't I read that.
I agree with you, but I can't miss the thumb strap :-)
No flash.. just the goods..
I like my accordeons to be on the MARTIN D-18 or 00-18V guitar look.
Hey Jeff, would be willing to do most of that but as far as scroll work I rather keep to
what in been doing and Im not to sure about the thumb groove.
Vincent, what is the going price for such an accordion? If I pay you an extra $100, would you put the "Name Brand" that I'm about to tell you at the top of the reed board, and Vincent Accordions at the bottom.
Made In Louisiana
Be warned! This may make you a millionaire!
I know all of these request from everyone are very aggravating, but at least think on my request.. If you make the "CHAMPION" brand.....They will come.......and so will I my friend. As far as I know, "CHAMPION" brand has not been patented as a name on accordions yet.
All we'll need is 3 distinct accordion players to always play the "Champion" brand in public. The same way Wayne Toups and Walter Mouton play on the "Falcon" brand exclusively. Before you know it, people that don't even play accordion will be buying a "Champion" just to have one their house. (A phenomenon similar to what happened with the rice cooker or the Magnelite Pot in Cajun Country, Lousiana).
Do you realize how many freakin Falcon accordions were sold just because Wayne Toups plays on them?!! So many in fact, that Falcon was willing to give accordions away to Wayne as long as he'd remain a living, breathing, walking advertisement for Falcon accordions. Walter Mouton played the part of the wise and crafty Grand Master and Wayne...his hip and popular student. Now do you see how you get to be one of the "Big Three"? You've got to play on the "Pride" and "Vanity" of the people. Works every time.
Black one like mine currently would be $2,500.
Sorry THE BLUE MAX thats a no go on the "CHAMPION" detail.