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Post by wndsofchng06 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:47 pm

Hello! I've always wanted an accordion and my parents could never afford it. Now at 36, I'm finally getting one. I know a little piano, and played trumpet through high school marching band. Today I bought this old, but working accordion. Hoping to learn more. No idea what it is.
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Re: New from North Carolina USA

Post by Geronimo » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:54 am

Looks like a full-size 2-reed piano accordion (typically with a 4-reed standard bass) with 41 keys and 120 buttons. It will have a luxurious amount of space inside. The only thing you cannot practice on this as opposed to larger instruments (assuming standard piano accordion music arrangements) is changing registers in mid-play. And it's not likely to respond as eagerly and expressively to bellows pressure changes as higher priced instruments do.

So go for it. Once you are hooked, try out some more sophisticated instruments when meeting up with other players to see what they may or may not bring to the plate.

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Re: New from North Carolina USA

Post by wndsofchng06 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:02 pm

Great info, thanks!

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Post by JeffJetton » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:26 pm

Welcome to the fold, wnds!

Your accordion is a lot like the one I started out on years ago: Two reeds, used, and cheap. :-)

Mine had the slightly narrower-than-standard keys (that is, narrower than 20mm). Can't tell from the photo if yours does too. Those sorts of accordions were called "Ladies'" accordions, and they were apparently quite popular in the US back in the day--they show up frequently on the used market here.

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Post by wndsofchng06 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:48 pm

Thanks Jeff, I was mainly attracted by the grill on the thing, looks like my 54 Buick. I'll measure the keys and see, but I'm a 21st century guy, I'll learn on the lady accordion if need be! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Post by lightninboy » Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:04 pm

The main thing for a beginner is get used to it and get the buttons figured out. Lighter weight than full-size can be desirable.

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Post by JeffJetton » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:03 pm

wndsofchng06 wrote: โ†‘
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:48 pm
I'll measure the keys and see, but I'm a 21st century guy, I'll learn on the lady accordion if need be! ๐Ÿ˜€
It worked for me.

The only side-effect is that I switched to using Secret deodorant. :lol:

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Re: New from North Carolina USA

Post by Geronimo » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:11 pm

JeffJetton wrote: โ†‘
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:03 pm
wndsofchng06 wrote: โ†‘
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:48 pm
I'll measure the keys and see, but I'm a 21st century guy, I'll learn on the lady accordion if need be! ๐Ÿ˜€
It worked for me.

The only side-effect is that I switched to using Secret deodorant. :lol:
If your accordion is sweating profusely, you might be overexercising it.

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Re: New from North Carolina USA

Post by Stephen Hawkins » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:30 pm

Hello from England,

Welcome to the forum, where I feel sure you will learn a great deal. There are many experienced and knowledgeable people on this site, most of whom will be more than happy to assist and advise you.

I ask because I am genuinely interested: What kind of music do you intend to play on your newly acquired instrument?

wndsofchng06 is not a very easy name to remember. Do you perhaps have a personal name which we could use to address you?

Kind Regards,

Stephen.

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Re: New from North Carolina USA

Post by wndsofchng06 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:23 am

Glad to see you all have a good sense of humor! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Re: New from North Carolina USA

Post by JeffJetton » Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:32 pm

Stephen Hawkins wrote: โ†‘
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:30 pm
wndsofchng06 is not a very easy name to remember.
Oh, I don't know. It's memorable to me at least because it makes me think of one of my favorite Bee Gees songs...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtVQQFN8ZCM

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