Stephen Hawkins wrote:Jerry,
I have never tried a Roland, but applaud anyone who gives it a go. It is highly doubtful that I will ever want to own or play a Roland, as they just don't seem to fit my character.
It's definitely not for everyone, that I can accede... but you will never be sure until you see one face to face played by someone with experience and, more importantly, right after that, give it a shot yourself.
Hi Jerry. Was your determination so "grim"?
I saw it more as a determination to learn a new "technique".
It's quite exciting discovering new things and making connections between sounds and actions. Even the new mechanical skill of a different bellows action was good for my acoustic playing as it gave me a different way to measure the pressure I had to apply which fed back into my acoustic bellows action being much more positive than previously. Don't know if you had any teachings from digital to acoustic?
Whenever I want to learn something, and it doesn't come easy, yeah, I fall in to that grim determination mode. The technical challenges it presented early on to me drove me a bit bonkers-nuts, and I had to figure out a lot on my own, and ask for help on a few others (I am not good at asking questions of others, so you know it was making me think!), It's like I cannot let it beat me, I won't have any of that... lol
It *is* exciting, I am amazed each time I put the accordion on. The versatility and possibilities are endless, and that's what makes it so good. I had zero experience with a V- accordion before I bought it. Though I had read through the manual several times before I made the purchase, I actually learned how to turn it on the day I bought it! For me, this is the first accordion that makes every song a piece of a puzzle. Before, I would have different registrations for a piece. Now, I have to find that combination of perfect fit of sounds on the left and right hands, and then when layering sounds to expand on the experience for any given song... it just blows my mind at all that it can do!
Before, every song on the accordion was a pleasure, the V-accordion takes that experience to levels I could not experience anywhere else in any other way... even my Elkavox pales in comparison... yes, it does some things not all that great, but it does so many things SO amazingly well. The first time I performed with it this Christmas, I know the crowd was blown away, but I think that I was more impressed with the accordion than the crowd was!