With the FR-3/3s, Roland introduced the first compact V-Accordions to the global market. Today, with the FR-3b/3sb, Roland expands the lineup to include a new pair of compact button-type V-Accordions.
Both models feature a 92-button keyboard with six preset chromatic Treble button modes; the FR-3sb comes with a set of professional-quality neodymium speakers built in. Players can easily change the note assignments by selecting the button mode that best suits their playing style. They can even remove and reposition the button caps so as to make the button layout correspond to their selected mode.
All FR-3-series models are driven by a 64-voice polyphonic sound engine that can simulate up to 10 accordions, each with multiple Treble registers, Bass/Chord registers, and Free Bass registers. This allows the V-Accordion to create the sounds of many different accordions, including classic jazz, French musette, bandoneon, TexMex, and more, all in one instrument. The FR-3 series is, in fact, the smallest accordion series in the world to provide a Free Bass Mode and metronome — perfect for students. The FR-3b and FR-3sb V-Accordions also include 10 orchestral sounds (Trombone, Trumpet, Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, etc.) that can be played separately or in combination with the traditional accordion sounds.
To protect the FR-3-series V-Accordions, Roland offers an optional companion travel bag. The BAG-FR-3 is made of a high-quality Cordura fabric, and is resistant to abrasions, tears, and scuffs. The EVA foam interior protects the V-Accordion from shock and impact. The bag includes hand and shoulder straps, plus a large outside pocket for carrying batteries, AC adapter, music books, etc.