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Re: Re: How do you grab your baby?

Lifting the accordion by the stops brings new meaning to the expression "to pull out all the stops" = “faire un suprême effort, remuer ciel et terre”, which derives from playing the pipe-organ...the stops on a pipe-organ are the buttons which are activated by pulling them out, which activates tones the organ produces ...some organs have an enormous number of them and 'pulling them all out' causes a very loud noise indeed. I always wondered why the stops were up to play and down to mute. Now I know they are up to lift it and immediately play.

Re: Re: Re: How do you grab your baby?

While I occasionally do lift my accordions by the stops, I remember a workshop with Ray Abshire I attended, where he said "you should NEVER lift the accordion by the stops". Not only could the stops come off, but they could also become loose and leak air. Also you should never push them down regularlyfor the same reason.


Re: Re: Re: Re: How do you grab your baby?

If I'm sitting around playing at home and close to the carpet, I lift by the stops. If I'm standing on stage, I lift by the shoulder strap. I've been lifting by the stops for years -- never had an issue.


Re: How do you grab your baby?

It surprised me to see how common that was. And I know Larry Miller picks them up that way. It may be fine to do so, but it sure makes me cringe a little to see it.

Re: Re: How do you grab your baby?

When I started playing, I never used the stops to lift or carry the box. Then I saw several people do it, and thought it was okay. However, I won't do it again. All it takes is a little sideway pressure to damage the stop mechanism.
Plus jamais!

Re: Re: Re: How do you grab your baby?

I dunno. I think it's fine. My Savoy accordions are built like tanks.

Re: How do you grab your baby?

Mais me, I grab em like this chere.

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