I’ve never seen a keyboard like that. (Apparently the”uniform keyboard” for which the group is named?) ...And the odd thing is that each of the players, even though their instruments appeared to be of different, otherwise nondescript makes/models, all were equipped with that same unusual keyboard!
There are several defects of the piano keyboard. Among them: diffferent fingering for each scale; keyboard needs to be longer for the same range of notes; if the width of keys is reduced to reduce the length of the keyboard then fat fingers will not fit between black keys. Of course a lot of folk learn to play a piano keyboard, so piano accordions are attractive to them. I think that if keyboards were being designed from scratch now with no history of the piano then it is unlikely that the piano keyboard would be invented. At the time the current design became fixed, about 300 years ago, the range of technical and material resources available to instrument designers and makers was much smaller than we have today.I am curious to learn about the purpose of the “uniform keyboard.” In other words, as we engineers will often say whilst challenging one another’s’ designs: “What problem are we trying to solve here!?” Or, more colloquially (and judgmentally), “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
To be able to play in every key with the same fingering a CBA requires 5 rows of buttons of which you use 3.Isn't the CBA the same fingering for all chords and keys, making it an "universal keyboard"?
Thank you for your input . I should point out that 70 percent of them are beginners . One of the players had contacted me and asked if I would send a video of me playing the uniform keyboard ( I hardly ever play it ). Next thing , I was sent several videos of these players and thought it would be a bit of fun putting them all together as one .Sound like robots playing
I had no idea ( before being contacted by a girl from China ) that the Uniform keyboard was still being made .This sort of post is infuriating.
I did a google on Gary Blair - seems quite a figure in accordion circles but no sign of him behind a uniform keyboard, just PA.
And if the Chinese just make inferior copies of PAs from the West, how come they have the time and energy to make obscure keyboard models, form groups and keep time playing a classic Scottish melody.
We need to know more about China for all sorts of reasons.
PS. I'd rate them better than a fiddle orchestra and any concertina group I've heard.