"BTW, most accordions have a slightly "wet" tuning, with two notes
very close together for every button, which means that their exact
intonation leaves some room for interpretation. I dislike playing with
"very wet" accordions, because they sound like two out of tune
fiddlers playing together, and because they confuse my own intonation
on the flute."
Oh, Henrik, I dont think they do they tune them anywhere as wet as they used
to -- Jackie Daly was a prime mover of the Dry tuning on the boxes -- Paul
DeGrae's boxman (Eoghan(?) O'Sullivan I believe) plays a nice dry tuned box on
the great Smokey Chimney recording.
I like a bit of the wet on my boxes - but nothing like the great old Paola
Soprani wailers (whaler's) - We could sure fill them old dance halls -- Mickey
Carton (rip) had a big old 8 reed 2 row Walters box that you would have to be
a longshoreman with hammers for fingers to press the buttons on... but you
could hear him in Chicago with a microphone (and he never left 3rd Ave. in
NYC) God be with the days...