Hi from Lancaster UK
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Hi.  I'm a button box player really, although I've been in several bands on the PA it's never really felt right.  I started off on a melodeon in C, then moved to a B/C/C# (hohner echo III), and D/G (and a half - Castagnari Mory), which I used for my degree.  I've had a chromatic button C griff for the last 4 months and am loving it.  It doesn't have the same feel (Roland FR1XB), and took a lot of work to create a sound I like, but now it's up and running, I've been spending an hour a day transferring all my PA repertoire over - lots of Klezmer, Balkan and French Cafe music.  Everything feels so much better and I did a gig with the organ sounds not long ago, which seemed to work pretty well - less stage space than a conventional keyboard, a great crowd pleaser and MIDI control lets me get the sounds I want.
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#2
Hey Farmer, welcome aboard!  I also recently got a Roland FR-1Xb and have been enjoying the challenge of learning the BA after playing the PA since I was a kid.  At least you have the advantage of working with a diatonic for a while.  Lot of great features on the Roland -- my family really enjoys the headphones feature.   Wink

Bill.
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#3
Hi ! Very similar story to starting with button accordion.  I'll send you a PM!
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#4
Hi Farmer,

It feels good to welcome a fellow Lancastrian to the forum, though I am twenty-odd miles South of you.

Before old age and galloping dandruff took its inevitable toll, we often drove through the Forest of Bowland and ended up at Glasson Dock for a meal.

I am a PA player, with three instruments in my stable. These instruments are regular visitors to local Folk Clubs and a few Old Folks Homes. I also play for local dementia groups and other age related charities, and at a number of local beauty spots.

I hope that you enjoy your visits to this forum, and feel sure that your contributions will be warmly received.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
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#5
Welcome Farmerboy! I'm pretty much the same as Stephen but I've never had the good fortune to visit beautiful Lancaster.
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