Accordion "Flaps"



Accordion "Flaps"

Postby wirralaccordion » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:32 pm

A few piano accordions have flaps. Are these on cheaper accordions? Could someone please advise me what the flaps are for on a piano accordion?

Typically as shown below

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/322485912944? ... EBIDX%3AIT

In this example the one on the left is different to the other three. Is there a different function for this one?
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Re: Accordion "Flaps"

Postby Stephen Hawkins » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:10 pm

Hello Phil,

This will be no help whatsoever, but did you know that "accordion flaps" are a type of fashion accessory? Really, they are a type of handbag, and a "must have" item for the sartorially aware young lady.

I was trying to help, but got distracted by something way beyond my understanding. I shall consult with Brenda in the morning; perhaps she is aware of this iconic accessory.

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Re: Accordion "Flaps"

Postby JerryPH » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:20 pm

I used to own one of those accordions, but a touch bigger (full size 120 bass, etc...). Opening the flaps made the accordion slightly louder and brighter sounding.
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Re: Accordion "Flaps"

Postby Soulsaver » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:26 pm

Hi They are a kind of mute, they open by the rocker switch (in this instance) in the middle to allow a slightly brighter & louder sound to be heard than when closed. They mostly date back to c1960s, and can be seen on PSoprani, Scandalli and Parrot (and maybe others that I don't immediately recall, certainly also on some Russian models).
The Scandallis in nice condition I've seen with asking prices of £1000+
Pans (I call them) are usually the same, all do the same thing. It's possible the one has tarnished or been broken, and a replacement has been found that doesn't match the originals. The linked one has 4, 120 bass I've seen with 6.
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Re: Accordion "Flaps"

Postby JerryPH » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:28 am

Mine had the 6 flaps. :)
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Re: Accordion "Flaps"

Postby george garside » Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:45 pm

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Re: Accordion "Flaps"

Postby wirralaccordion » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:17 pm

Soulsaver was correct. As I was thinking of buying this instrument I spoke to the seller in Germany and he had replaced a broken flap with another one ( which didn't quite match the original )

This was said to be a reason for the "low price". Hmmm!
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