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Accordion? Squeezebox? Has anyone recently ventured into this territory for the fist time?

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  • Accordion? Squeezebox? Has anyone recently ventured into this territory for the fist time?

    Many time seeing live bands, Ive seen the keyboard player switch to an Accordion during acoustic numbers - or when a 'carnival' feel is required (Springsteen, Cracker, REM to name a few). During recordings I've used accordion patches on my Nord 4d, and way back on a Korg X5d.

    I want to start using the real thing.

    Does anyone have any suggestions of where to start? Pick up a rental? What size? I'm literally going to be doing wheezy comping pads in G and C, not exactly 'flying finger' polka's or Cajun music.

    A concertina? I don't even know what that is....


    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


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    Once upon a time, my band suggested I could get an accordion for acoustic shows.

    I played around on an old accordion when I was very young -- before I even started piano -- and I know enough to realize that it's a whole different world of instrument.  If that wasn't enough to dissuade me, I then saw the NY band Squeeze Rock perform and knew the effort to reach good performance levels was a lot more than I was prepared to put into an alternate instrument.

    Martyn Wheeler (playing synthesizers/organ like it's 1973 in England)

    now: Fredfin Wallaby
    was: The Gonzo Symphonic


    • #3

      Be prepared to put in several months to learn to work the bellows. Not an instrument to be trifled with.

      All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)


      • seratone1
        seratone1 commented
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        Good point - all I want to do is wheeze around the roots and 5ths (i just found a fine accordion patch on my Yamaha MX49). I went to a special accordion store today, that had hundreds of them on racks. They tried to sell me battered old student Hohner 32 Bass, 2 Octave machines for 600$?!!!! - the funniest part was when I politely asked if I could take a few pictures of the models...the three people in the place, 2 Staff, 1 really old guy blazing on a huge one - gathered around in disbelief that I could take photo's with my Phone !!!!!!

        I asked how much to rent one - first they said we don't rent them , even though the one I was looking at had a "Rent Me!' tag on it.