Theodore Kloba Posted October 16, 2006 Share Posted October 16, 2006 Wow... I go away for a week and I really miss out. Excuse the rambling reply to pretty much everything in the thread so far. Repth, I hope you're still around to see my reply... I'm one of the few here who plays Chemnitzer Concertina (the kind that David Edwards of 16 Horsepower plays). I also play 5-string (low B ) bass guitar, and have played in punk bands before. I think I know what you're after on the low end. I think m3838 already told you as much, but the true "upgrade" from the mini accordion is a 1-row box like this: It will have a powerful bottom end, but is limited to only 2 bass notes & 2 chords. May be tough to fit into your band. woah man that band was amazing, what are they called? but yeah that is the sound im looking for. hopefully i can get something that sounds that low for a price pretty low..16 Horsepower... I'll echo what Stephen Chambers said: a solid Chemnitzer like that will be way out of your range. There are now only 2 individuals making them; I recently heard that a new one from Hengel is now $11,000.00 (yes, Eleven Thousand Dollars). You might get a used one in the $1,000.00 range. There are plenty out there that are cheaper, but they won't have that same bottom end. There's a Patek for $1,600 here: http://www.concertinamusic.com/sbox/classifieds.html Until I saw you picked up a piano accordion, I was going to suggest a bayan, type of Chromatic Button accordion. You can pick up a cheap Ukrainian starter model for $300. I like the bass tone (and the treble FWIW) of Russian accordions better than the Italian ones, although quality may be harder to guess in Soviet-era instruments. Check out Iva Nova, a Russian group using bayan in a rock setting. Try this track: http://dl.zvuki.ru/3/0106/mp3/8.mp3 oh, i live out in Illinois in the USA. I'm guessing that a store or a tutor would be out in chicago, seeing as how Carpentersville is out in the middle of nowhere.I would bet you could find somebody out your way. There's a weekly session of Chemnitzer players out in Cary... That's even more remote than Carpentersville. There has to be an accordion teacher around. Maybe you could sit in with The Polkaholics from time to time. Have fun! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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