CAJUN ACCORDION DISCUSSION GROUP
You also can request "how wet" you want your box. If it's extremely wet, I find that chords don't sound as good to my ear. If it's slightly wet (5 - 7 cents) the chords sound better to my ears.
BUT some Zydeco players don't play as many chords as heard in Cajun.
Chords sound best to me in dry tuning though.
As David said, it's all a matter of taste.
Yeah you right, David. I personally like to use both wet and dry tunings. I guess it depends on the tune, really. Dry tuning definitely has a clearly-defined modern sound, IMHO. And that old-timey smokey bar "live" sound, makes me think wet. Maybe it was the poor recordings made in the 40s and 50s. Someone who I admire a great deal who is doing something different today, is Travis Matte & The Zydeco Kingpins. A lot of his tunes are played with wet tuning which is a real kick -- the way he plays -- similar to Geno. So really the tuning preference doesn't have anything to do with the best reeds to use for Bb. Sorry I got out of the thread -- but for someone considering a Bb, having one stop tuned wet offers the player that additional option. Something to consider when buying a new box. Great conversation, y'all.
yeah you right brother dave..
what he said!
i will spotlight the guy who has the wettest
cajun accordions known to man - bruce daigrepont.
they sound like a calliope to me..
May sound funny to y'all but I like the wetness of a Morelli accordion best. How many cents wet are those cheap reeds?
how many cents?
those accordions are wet because they
are mistuned, more than anything else.
they are going to be all over the map
as far as wetness goes.
some buttons very wet, some dry.
Maybe that's why it sounds good to my ear? Old sounding, out of tune
I'll make a recording today of my D Morelli (aka arriette). I personally don't like how these accordions play, but I do like the sound.
Don't get me wrong, I would rather play my handmades anyday!
Cool! I'd like to hear it.
I've heard the "wettest" tuning is called, "Columbian wet." An accordion guy at Brook Mays Music in Dallas, told me that. And me, also being a fan of Vallenato music, I believe it. It's just a preference... I like it wet and like it dry... it's all good... just gimme the accordion... the perfect instrument...