Has anyone hand or is anyone experienced with the Dale Mathis and Richard Noel optional sound sets for the Roland FR-8X digital accordion. Any experiences or recommendations you can share will be appreciated. Are they worth the additional cost?
The Richard Noel set is very good. Lots of choice and a great learning resource. Depending on your style and musical choices not every sound will be to your liking, but of course they are editable and it gives a good idea of the scope for sound design with the FR-8X. I have a couple of favourites that I use constantly and have copied out to spare slots so that I can have various versions at my fingertips.
Dale Mathis does NOT sell his sets. If you want his sets you must purchase an 8X from the place in Arizona that he works at. I sincerely think that the Noel sets are better, but that is just my opinion.
That said, for a great starting point, look to the Noel sets and then with time/experience playing with the set editor, you can make your own for free. The real fun is in the learning process and the Noel sets give you way more than enough of a good start.
John, I noticed that you are from CT... have you ever visited the New England Accordion Museum in Cannan? Largest private accordion collection in the world and and the owner (Paul Ramuni) is a friend of mine.
I haven't been there yet although I've see a news videos on it a couple of years ago Some of the accordions he has came from the now closed Accordion Connection Company n NH. I visited that store and looked at several Bugari Models prior to purchasing my current I'Orio. Back then they were promoting the LEMEX, contactless midi system. The Bugari accordions were beautiful and not cheap. During my visit there I saw the Ketron X4 demonstrated and eventually purchased it when I purchased my I-Orio.