I'm new on the forum (and to forums generally). I'm based in Dublin, Ireland. I took up the accordion in 2015, when I turned 40. I did basic piano as a child, so I had the rudiments of theory and keyboard.
I've browsed this forum a few times, but I was inspired to register by maugein96's recent post about 'What made you want to play the accordion?' For me, I think it was my grandmother's practice organ. To explain: as children, we went to Grandma's house every Friday for piano lessons after school. This was never taken too seriously (to my regret)--except by Grandma! It was our weekly visit. Grandma taught piano and had a baby grand in a converted garage in her house. She had been the church organist in previous years, and she had an upright, simple organ... two pedals to pump air, maybe eight stops or so, and one keyboard. I only got to play with it a few times, but I remember the sound of it and I think the accordion is probably similar.
Also, my partner is French and I've lived in Paris... so how could I not have a thing for accordion music (even if they are not so common in Paris these days).
Among others, I like music by Richard Galliano and Jacque Pellarin, and I enjoy listening to YouTube renditions of music by accordionists.
After experimenting with a piano accordion--which I recently sold--I took to the CBA. I now have an old Bugari CBA (C system) as well as a Roland FR1-XB.
I'm theory-oriented, so I've been learning a lot about music theory in the last 18 months. I've also been working on my technique (slow progress!!) and working out what exactly I wanted to play, which is a mix of modern accordion and some traditional tunes from around the world. (For what I mean by modern accordion, see Jo Brunenburg's video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s9dgvFt7Rc