A rare bird!
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A rare instrument.
Unfortunately an inadequate a glimpse, but better than nothing! Smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5tHftYM0TU

Another:

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

One more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgHjqJ_MH_o
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#2
Thanks, Dingo. That one has a really fast response. Would love to have one of those. Also would love to have a Lamborghini, but, well.....
Bugari “Blue 72”, Tiger Combo ‘Cordeon, Iorio Concert Accorgan G Series (electronics removed), Hohner 1974 Melodica (Piano 36)
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#3
Thanks, Eddy! Smile
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#4
Hi Dingo,

Well, I have learned something today ........... thank you.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
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#5
Thanks, Stephen! Smile
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(01-07-2020, 03:34 AM)Dingo40 Wrote: A rare instrument.
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The first video is of a Giulietti bass accordion. It has a keyboard ranging from B0 to C4 but the first key does not play, so it's really C1 to C4 (37 notes). This instrument has very nice deep bass sound, but the lower 19 notes sound differently from the upper 18  and here is why:
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The lower 19 notes have an "Umlenkstimmstock" (I mistakenly called this "Umleitstimmstock" in the past) for the L reeds (all notes are LM) which means the sound travels first through an 180 degree turn and then a tube that acts a bit like a cassotto. The upper 18 notes do not have that. I'm guessing there was no room.

The second video shows an instrument that starts with low E, which is rather limiting as a bass accordion, and the third video is of an old Hohner bass accordion that does start at C1 but only goes up to A3. Most bass parts nowadays assume a bass accordion goes up to at least C4 (new Hohner bass accordions do), quite a few assume going up to D4 because modern full size bass accordions (like Bugari and Pigini) go up to D4. Very rarely will you see also D4# because as far as I know only one bass accordion goes this high: the Pigini C39 button bass accordion which has 40 notes. Its piano counterpart has only 39 notes and is called P39.

In case you did not yet know, my main instrument (I play in 5 different ensembles) is the bass accordion. (I play the Pigini C39.) I only play regular accordion "on the side".
Paul De Bra (not Debra...)
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#7
Thank, Paul! Smile

We'd love to hear a demo of it here one day! Smile
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(02-07-2020, 12:07 PM)Dingo40 Wrote: Thank, Paul! Smile

We'd love to hear a demo of it here one day! Smile

You mean this:

There are very few solo pieces suitable for bass accordion but this can be done with just a bit of transposition.
(The original is in G major, requiring G4 as highest note. Because my bass accordion only goes up to E4b I played this in E flat.)
This is played on the L register. (Most bass accordions have no registers and can only play LM.)
Paul De Bra (not Debra...)
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Paul,
Thanks for that! Smile
Impressive!
I couldn't have identified it as an accordion from an audio alone. It sounds quite a bit like some kind of large stringed instrument , like a cello or something: but very pleasing. Smile
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(02-07-2020, 09:08 PM)Dingo40 Wrote: Paul,
Thanks for that! Smile
Impressive!
I couldn't have identified it as an accordion from an audio alone. It sounds quite a bit like some kind of large stringed instrument , like a cello or something: but very pleasing. Smile

Well, it is from Bach's first suite for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007.
Paul De Bra (not Debra...)
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(02-07-2020, 09:46 PM)debra Wrote:
(02-07-2020, 09:08 PM)Dingo40 Wrote: Paul,
Thanks for that! :)
Impressive!
I couldn't have identified it as an accordion from an audio alone. It sounds quite a bit like some kind of large stringed instrument , like a cello or something: but very pleasing. :)

Well, it is from Bach's first suite for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007.
Thanks you, Paul. Great playing as always.
 And one of my favorite movements from the cello suites.
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(02-07-2020, 10:39 PM)Jim2010 Wrote: ...
Thanks you, Paul. Great playing as always.
 And one of my favorite movements from the cello suites.

The bass accordion is rarely used as a solo instrument.
But it can serve as the lead instrument in an ensemble:

Yep, again BWV 1007, but now in a very different setting!
Paul De Bra (not Debra...)
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Very nice, Paul! Smile
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