Mama's got a clean squeeze box

Letter: Confessions of an accordion cleaner BMJ Volume 335, p 630
The smoking ban has not only improved air quality in Irish pubs but also appears to have improved the quality of the music, according to doctors in a letter to this week¹s BMJ.
The pub session (or seisin in Gaelic), where musicians gather to play traditional music together, is commonplace throughout bars in Ireland, write John Garvey and colleagues. Instruments include the accordion, concertina, melodeon and Uilleann (or Irish) bagpipes, all of which are bellows-driven instruments.
There is, they say, anecdotal evidence that the interiors of accordions played regularly in smoke-filled environments are dirtied as a result of the trapping of contaminant particles circulating in the air as it filters through the instrument.
So they conducted a telephone survey of all workers involved in the cleaning, repair, maintenance, and renovation of accordions in the Republic of Ireland. They managed to contact six out of seven such workers.
All participants pointed out that a strong smell of cigarette smoke emanated from accordions played in a smoke-filled environment when they are opened. Soot-like dirt is also deposited throughout the instrument but particularly where air enters the bellows through the air inlet valve and on the reeds.
One repairer commented that the deposition of dirt could be substantial enough to affect the pitch of the reed. Two others claimed that if a musician tended to play in a particular key, that this could be determined from the distribution of dirt around particular reeds.
All who were questioned stated categorically that these signs had definitely improved in accordions they had worked on since the introduction of the smoking ban in Ireland.
The authors conclude: ³Our results provide further evidence that the smoking ban has improved air quality in Irish bars and its implementation in the face of initial opposition has been music to the ears of the people of Ireland.²
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eastender
> Letter: Confessions of an accordion cleaner BMJ Volume 335, p 630 > > The smoking ban has not only improved air quality in Irish pubs but also > appears to have improved the quality of the music, according to doctors > in a letter to this week=B9s BMJ. > > The pub session (or seisin in Gaelic)
I think it's spelt either "seisi=FAn" - tut tut BMJ! But good piece nonetheless cheers MikeMcG
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MikeMcG
> > But good piece nonetheless > > Yes - it was picked up by the Today programme this morning. > > E.
I was still trying to work out the origin of the subject title - first I thought "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" - James Brown, but a quick google suggests 'Squeeze Box' by The Who - "Mama's got a squeeze box, She wears on her chest, And when Daddy comes home, He never gets no rest" MikeMcG
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MikeMcG
> a quick google suggests 'Squeeze Box' by The Who - "Mama's got a > squeeze > box, She wears on her chest, And when Daddy comes home, He never gets > no rest"
You got there - and for those wondering , squeeze box is apparently slang for breast and not what may spring to mind. Pete Townsend wrote the song to test the censors I think.
E.
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