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Hi everyone,

I have Hohner Pirola III piano accordion as on the screen below. I would like to learn a couple of songs in jazz style. I would like to know what register would you recommend for this thing?
 

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debra

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Jazz players tend to use the Bassoon (the L) register a lot because of the strong mellow sound. (On a Hohner Morino or Gola the M register is a bit more mellow but L is stronger.)
For this reason special jazz accordions are made that have a different range. A standard 41/120 accordion goes from low F to high A. A jazz accordion can for instance go from low G to high C, which is 43 keys. Because of the use of the L register having high notes is more important than having low notes.
Sadly a Pirola III has a rather sharp tone because of the "Metallbauweise" and no cassotto to mellow down the L register either, so it's less suited for jazz than a wooden box, with cassotto, and with high notes...
 

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My preferred register is the bassoon, whenever I try a different accordion I try the bassoon right away. The smooth sound of a mellow, chambered bassoon reed is what I like to listen to. The excelsior 930/730(with the extended keyboard Paul refers to) and sonola ss4 are my favorite “jazz”accordions to play. I think for a real “jazz” sound you really need a tone chambered accordion. Hard to beat full block chords on a classic bassoon tone chamber accordion for my ears!!.
 

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The Bassoon register (My Preference) with or without tone chamber has been the register of choice by Jazz accordionist's for the past 80 years.
 

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Bassoon, yes, but also typically played an octave higher.

Pitch-wise, you wind up with the same thing as if you just played it "as written" (loco) using the clarinet reed. But tone-wise it's usually a bit richer.
 
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