Stephen Hawkins wrote:Attila,
You appear to be an eminently sensible man, and well capable of selecting the right instrument to suit your needs.
Do you have musical instrument stores which stock accordions nearby? If you do, my only advise would be to try a few instruments before buying. In my experience, it is always preferable to trade with reputable businesses. There have been accounts on this forum of people buying useless instruments from dishonest traders, and I would hate it if you were to fall into such a trap.
Thank you very much for your reply. I'm in the process of choosing the instrument type. It's not easy! I must choose from what's available in the market and what's affordable to me. I've seen a second hand Royal Standard CBA-B Stradella 11+5 registers 4+4 voices, mint condition, plays nicely. I like it, but for its price I'd rather have free bass, too. I tried a small C-system new Hohner with free bass only. I must tell, that B system feels more natural, but then again, I'm an inexperienced beginner, so I have doubts. Sometimes I even think, that I should begin with an 'ordinary' PA 120 Stradella - it's ubiquitous and that's an important aspect, too. It'd nice to be able to play an accordion if I came across one at a party or a shop - and there'd be a good chance of this if I learned the PA first. You can't see many converter bayans around these days...
I considered a 3-row Russian Tulsky bayan, too, nice condition, but after some research and consideration I refused the idea, because I really want something with more capabilities. I'm about to see a wreck of a 120 bass Paolo Soprani PA, it's a bargain, so the deal could end up very well, but I just can't be that lucky, unfortunately...
There's an accordion festival in Hungary in April, so actually, it would be very wise to buy an instrument there. The only problem is that the instruments there will certainly be beyond the means of most of us - brand new converter Bugaris and the like. Buying at a festival could be a bit risky, too - there might be some not so reputable dealers, too. (Thanks for your worried words - I'll be careful!)
After all, that Royal Standard wouldn't be so bad. If I want to learn to play the accordion I'll need the Stradella anyway, and in my mind I'm constantly figuring out how Stradella basses and chords could be combined to make new chords...