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Is there such a thing as a very small concertina type accordion? Something that plays the same as a piano accordion with buttons or keys but has sharps and regular right hand keys and bass left. Not a larger accordion. Thanks Ron
 
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Thanks all for the input.
I guess I'm looking for a small accordion to play at a campfire and not the big 120 bass. I even thought a concertina if able to be played like a piano accordion but I guess their not. Maybe I'm inventing something. The real small German maybe 34 bass. Just thinking Ron
 

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darticus said:
Is there such a thing as a very small concertina type accordion? Something that plays the same as a piano accordion with buttons or keys but has sharps and regular right hand keys and bass left. Not a larger accordion. Thanks Ron

You might find that a Duet Concertina fills your needs and they are quite remarkable in the music they can provide. There are various systems e.g. Crane, McCann, Hayden etc. all of which have their various pros and cons. Basically however the treble buttons are on the right and the lower notes on the left, although unlike an Accordion there are no ready-made chords.

If you go on to the Concertina.net website and put Duet Concertina systems into the search box you will find lots of information.

Best wishes

Rob
 

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Have you looked at Duet Concertinas.
The modern version is the Hayden/Wiki layout.
It has 2-3 octaves melody and typically 1 1/2 ish on L hand.
See here:
and here
Historically, there were several other duet concertina types
These tend to be hard to find and expensive.
They also have the buttons or keys you asked about rather than piano keys.
PS Artidots posted while I was responding to something else - hopefully, this post may still be of some interest
 
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I think the most useful light weight small accordion is a Hohner Imperial II / IIa, it has 25 keys, two octaves, middle c up,
but the keys are narrow, 15mm,
and a stradella system 24 bass, with bass and major and minor. The older ones were Ab to A, the newer ones (1940ish) were Eb to E.
They have a really nice tone, here is a link to one being played,
not sure what the tunes are, anyone know ? ,but they are played well and show what these small accordions can do, however they are quite rare.
 
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Basil said:
I think the most useful light weight small accordion is a Hohner Imperial II / IIa, it has 25 keys, two octaves, middle c up,
but the keys are narrow, 15mm,
and a stradella system 24 bass, with bass and major and minor. The older ones were Ab to A, the newer ones (1940ish) were Eb to E.
They have a really nice tone, here is a link to one being played,
not sure what the tunes are, anyone know ? ,but they are played well and show what these small accordions can do, however they are quite rare.

Very nice thanks for the info. Ron
 

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