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    Many folks have wondered what the Civil War era French accordeons (a.k.a. flutina) sounded like. There were a lot of them imported during the mid 19th centruy until German and Italian made instruments took over (blame the Franco-Prussian war). The one I am playing was made around 1850. Excuse the poor video, I'm still trying to find a way to get some good recordings up on u-tube. Here's the link:

    http://youtu.be/cZuT4DCl-9s

    Dave Culgan, Camptown Shakers

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    Very cool!
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    Love it! thanks for sharing.
    Annette Bethke
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    Where can I get one, does anyone make anything close repo. Always wanted to play a period accoridian !! Excellent thread!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Thurman View Post
    Where can I get one, does anyone make anything close repo. Always wanted to play a period accoridian !! Excellent thread!!!!
    I had thought that the music from these relatively fragile instruments might be lost to time and even as I play my own antique instrument I worry that one day I will just pull it apart. Fortunately I have found someone that is knowledgeable in construction and repair and very much invloved in developing a reproduction instrument. I have seen Andy Gelfert's prototype, the casework and bellows were a faithful copy of a period accordeon in his collection, the workmanship is incredible. The prototype is not yet complete but I'm hoping one day to be able to play on a new instrument. In playing condition these things really are addictive and hard to put down. Andy has a website in progress at victorianaccordeon.com and you can also reach him through Facebook. Dave Culgan, Camptown Shakers band.

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    Thanks for sharing!
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    Neat..thanks for sharing
    Marc Riddell
    1st Minnesota Co D
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    Default Bonnie Blue Flag on flutina

    Here's another example of flutina accordeon playing - "The Bonnie Blue Flag" as I remembered it from "Gods & Generals" soundtrack featuring the 2nd South Carolina band. A few mistakes here and there and I mis-remembered the melody line of the 3rd part a bit but hope you enjoy. I am finding that this is a difficult instrument to record, the Mac's built in mic doesn't really capture the drones very well. Dave Culgan

    http://youtu.be/1hXd_TJSziU

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    Cool stuff!

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