Ivan became a regular
visitor to the club soon after it moved to the White hart in 1982. Ivan's
taste in music is varied. He has played for a number of morris dance
sides, folk and Ceilidh bands.
Ivan is a hoarder of accordions and has many instruments. He has dabbled
in the manufacture of his own accordions made up of several others and
tuned to his own specifacation. The accordion seen below was obtained
with another very similar in colour and style but is a button accordion
both were obtained in 1998 when on a trip to Italy.
From Castel Fidardo Italy Manufactured by Beltuna and made in Castel Fidardo Italy. It has 96 (deep Helikon bass) and 3 treble reeds with musette tuning.(1998)
120 bass piano accordion with Free Bass. This turns 4 rows of the left hand buttons into single notes, turning
the left hand into a four row continental chromatic accordion. This is used especially to play classical music.
4 row C system 120 bass button accordion manufactured by the French Maugein company. I tried to convert it to the Reuther uniform keyboard. This necessitated rearranging the reeds and adding a row of reeds so that the first and third rows were the same. Unfortunately the instrument being old was too heavy and too cumbersome and the project was abandoned.