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Sometimes I get music of a different arrangement which to me don't sound right and have to search through my books and the internet for the right version. Recentltly I found a search I found original versions for Colonel Bogey and Rondo Alla Turk in piano music but without chords. Which means a long session of working out the chords using the bass buttons comparing to the treble notes and writing the chords onto the sheet music bit by bit. After a while it becomes tiring having to hold the accordion and right at the same time. I had thought of using the piano but the accordion has ready made chords which are quicker. What I need is a small keyboard with as many buttons as a 72 or 60 bass accordion. This would make it easier and more comfortable to use and for entering chords on sheet music. Does anyone know if such a small keyboard exist that has that many buttons ?
 

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Hi Bill; I should have mentioned that these accordion type keyboards were introduced some 20 years ago and though not very popular at the time, are very practical solution for an accordionist that has physical problems that make it unable to handle the weight and bellows control needed to play the standard accordion. Used keyboards of this type show up on Ebay on occasion and sell for $50.00 to $100.00 USD.
 
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I had a thread on it sometime ago which I forgot about. It seems they are more popular in America. They are not easy to find in the UK and I've only found one dealer whose website works properly to send an email, so I am awaiting a reply. They don't cost as much as I thought they would. On youtube they have quite an impressive accordion reedlike sound which I think is better than Rolands.
 
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The XK10 accordion type keyboard is no longer imported because of the price which is £1,600 Far more than I would be willing to pay anyway. Maybe one will pop up on eBay one day at a fraction of the price. As they are more popular in America I may be able to import one if there is a second hand one cheap enough, though the postage could outweight any benefit.
 

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Do a search on eBay for "Chord Organ " and see if that will do for you. There's a few on there at the moment and they seem to go quite cheaply.

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The Orla KX-10 acoordion keyboard is really a hybrid, not a true accordion. It does not have a natural accordion sound although the choices of the many other instruments are OK, some are quite impressive. The bass buttons make jumps over buttons very easy from one end to the other but the accordion choice of sound is very disappointing. Its very expensive £1000 from Italy which I think is overpriced. £1600 in the the UK but now no longer imported.
 
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