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flat accordion?

What an intriguing instrument these chromatic digital keyboards are. In honesty I can't say I would ever want to play one but I respect anyone for following their musical passion. I would rather learn to play a slightly more conventional instrument, maybe an acoustic piano, but I'm not sure... I have listened to a few Yamaha U3s online and they don't quite fill me with joy... Unless I can find an acoustic piano costing less than a new Mercedes Benz, that melts my heart, I would perhaps plump for a Mustel Harmonium... that's not too eccentric, is it? :unsure:


What do you all think?

Chromatic button keyboard, upright acoustic piano or Mustel harmonium...

Whilst I am not an expert on the origins of the accordion, it was my understanding that the piano accordion was developed by the harmonium maker Busson in France. Here is an excellent article by @Waldo on the subject. I get a little confused because some people refer to another name Bouton of France as the developer of the early PA...

 
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What an intriguing instrument these chromatic digital keyboards are. In honesty I can't say I would ever want to play one but I respect anyone for following their musical passion. I would rather learn to play a slightly more conventional instrument, maybe an acoustic piano, but I'm not sure... I have listened to a few Yamaha U3s online and they don't quite fill me with joy... Unless I can find an acoustic piano costing less than a new Mercedes Benz, that melts my heart, I would perhaps plump for a Mustel Harmonium... that's not too eccentric, is it? :unsure:


What do you all think?

Chromatic button keyboard, upright acoustic piano or Mustel harmonium...

Whilst I am not an expert on the origins of the accordion, it was my understanding that the piano accordion was developed by the harmonium makers Busson in France. Here is an excellent article by @Waldo on the subject. I get a little confused because some people refer to another name Bouton of France as the developer of the early PA...

If you should happen to have an iPad, preferably a large one, search the App Store for developer Michael Eskin. He seems dedicated to making emulations of all sorts of harmonicas and bagpipes. - I collected most of these until some ten years ago (on a normal-size iPad, dedicated to music). His newer versions and instruments /may/ offer MIDI In connectivity. You could then connect a MIDI keyboard controller to that iPad. (Connecting devices by wire may require additional hardware. Connecting by Bluetooth may limit the number of keyboards to choose from, and you'll experience a latency (delay) of a few milliseconds due to the sending and receiving.) - Note that there;s a wealth of musical apps for the iPad, including elaborate synthesizers. And that MIDI input isn't limited to keyboards.
 
I have a Victorian portable harmonium that I bought from a charity shop a few years ago for the meagre sum of £25. It was completely unplayable, but I rebuilt it last year and it is now a very nice instrument, and one of my favourite musical machines. They are very simple - almost crude - beasts, but I find them quite fascinating! Mine was made by W. H. Tidder, a London-based manufacturer who also built concertinas.


https://www.reedsoc.org/index.php/r...Gel=1&advanced=&type=Search&ID=13401&itemID=0
 
in case anyone is looking for one, there is a
Solton MS1 - Chromatic button keyboard
on the parkersburg Craigslist in Williamstown
 
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