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Peter Brook

Ncr - B/c/c# Button Accordion

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Sorry if this is an irrelevance to most but there is a huge body of knowledge on this site and the melodeon.net forum seems to have broken down :blink:

 

I have played C/G anglo now for approaching 2 years and having reached a reasonable degree of competence, I decided to branch out and look at other related instruments I could play.

 

Luckily for me my dad had a D/G melodeon (or Vienna Accordion if you prefer :P ) which was unused and unwanted. I have been playing it about a week and I feel confident enough to take it along to Morris dance practice tomorrow night. Compared to Anglo it seems "an absolute dodle" to play. Which got me thinking a 3 row B/C/C# button accordion with a stradella bass (Jimmy Shand type instrument) might be a good next challenge.

 

Does anyone know if any of these are still being made today or where a secondhand one might be sourced?

 

And no Helen, I really could not face playing anything with piano keys - In my opinion piano keys belong on a piano :lol: !

 

thanks in anticipation.

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Which got me thinking a 3 row B/C/C# button accordion with a stradella bass (Jimmy Shand type instrument) might be a good next challenge.

 

Does anyone know if any of these are still being made today or where a secondhand one might be sourced?

Peter,

 

Yes, such British Chromatics are still made, but they are very expensive, whereas the system is not as popular as it once was (it is now virtually extinct here in Ireland, but still has its adherents in Scotland, not forgetting John K. of course !) and they can be bought quite reasonably second hand.

 

Funnily enough, George Garside put one up for sale today on Melodeon.net :

 

Paulo soprani elite 4. BCC#, 4 voice , 80 bass, 9 treble 2 bass couplers. finished in red with hard case. A first class instrument in exellent order throughout. Ideal for paulo soprani 2 row players wanting the advanatages full accordion bass. Can be played in exactly the same way as any 2 row BC or CC# instrument but using the third row makes life much easier and gi;ves access to more keys with easier fingering.Please note that the Casali advertised previously is no llonger for sale. the paulo soprani is a bargain at £995.

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Wow - Stephen, that was quick information, thank you. I have met George a couple of times at the "Middle Earth" sessions in Whitby he is a very good concertina player as well. The price might be a little "hot" for me at the moment but it is good to have an idea of the likely cost.

 

BTW the link would not work for me - has the melodeon forum gone down or is it my computer!?

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