dunlustin wrote:' a harmonica with accordion buttons.' = accordina
Currently there are at least 2 makers in France.
I'm always a bit surprised that pro players fall for the accordina (see also Richard Galliano).
I'd like to try one but for me cost is too high = >£1000
I believe there are three makers in France: Marcel Dreux (his instruments sound most like a harmonica), Joseph Carrell (his instruments sound most like the original Borel accordina) and Laurent Jarry (wooden instruments with more mellow tone).
Ludovic Beier has a whole CD in which he only plays the accordina (with a jazz band).
People (like me) play the accordina to get an additional sound variation that cannot be produced by an accordion. Now, with a Roland one could try to program the sound of an accordina, or in fact, 3 sounds for the 3 types of accordina.