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The story of a used Roland FR-1x

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just use a string bass tone + accordion sound on the chords

maybe that compromise will feel better for your ear
 

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I have a FR-1xb and a FR-4xb, and really enjoy them both. You can spend a considerable amount of time adjusting the air flow regulator by the air release button to find the right spot for you as to how freely the bellows move in and out. If I open it up all the way the bellows move quite a bit as you play it. I just wish the air noise was dispersed better, but if you have the volume up enough it isn't too bad. Then, coupling that with the bellows sensitivity setting in the accordion (the 4xb has more options here than the 1xb) you can get some surprisingly sensitive settings. And even then, setting the minimum bellows sound level, I can get a decent bellows shake out of it, as the minimum volume makes up for the reeds that would retain their energy/sound/whatever during a real bellows shake. In the end, it is an accordion and it is not an accordion and everywhere in between. It has great strengths and some weaknesses, but so does everything. In the end, I am very happy with both of them for all the possibilities they open up.
 

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for me, the air flow regulator feels kind of like walking down the stairs and one step is missing

i feel the whoosh is too sudden

whereas the air flow in an acoustic is resisted in a normal way by reeds,
giving me something to "push against" which i kind of need to feel

there are a couple of digital bellows sensitivities i can live with but
i also keep the volume higher than most people would, which then
lets me move the bellows minimally and with easier (for me)
control and feel

seems like each V-Accordion owner goes through this until they
find a combination that feels good for them

ciao

Ventura
 

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most of the time I end up doodling away in some chair and never feel like moving the bellows too much

that's another big plus for me

I settled on a combination that feels right for day to day use, the volume pot makes it even easier
 

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Here are two clips of FR-1x audio of the fast-growing favourite SET/REG of mine: SET32/3A

I've been doing quick outtakes of vocal backing tracks and the FR-1x is just killer for that! Dead clean recording, sweet sound with minimal tweaking.

Two irish tune snippets of backing tracks for vocal recording:


I love that tone!
 
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I had the same problem a few years ago. I contacted Hohner and was directed to an authorized repairman six miles from my house. I made the appointment and met him at his garage workshop. He inspected it and ordered the part. Later, between us we removed the bass end I held it while he replaced the entire bass end, swapping out the serial number stickers. It’s worked fine ever since. I have tinkered with about eight PAs before and it was strange to see no reeds inside.
 

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I had the same problem a few years ago. I contacted Hohner and was directed to an authorized repairman six miles from my house. I made the appointment and met him at his garage workshop. He inspected it and ordered the part. Later, between us we removed the bass end I held it while he replaced the entire bass end, swapping out the serial number stickers. It’s worked fine ever since. I have tinkered with about eight PAs before and it was strange to see no reeds inside.
Swapping out for a new part would have been my preference as well, as opposed to a DIY fix. But I couldn't really find an entrance how to go about ordering that wihout knowing details like part number or where to order. Would be nice to know if that could still be done today, even after shutdown of the FR1x production.
 

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Some Irish tracks on the FR1x (w.i.p.)

I've done some more recording with the SET32 and added the lead vocal. So far the tracks are still samples and the FR1x. These basic mixdowns are sent to a violist and guitarist to add there parts in.



 
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