But how would they have adapted? The Roland V-accordion route depended on advances in electronics and miniaturisation yet to come. Probably no way they could have stemmed the tide of preference for the ‘new’ guitar sound and everything that went with rock and roll.Yeah, 1957 was right on the tipping point. They didn't seem to have seen what was coming, and didn't adapt to it when challenges arose.
Yes, it doesn’t seem to be all that common a busking instrument these days, though a few years ago when I lived in SE London an influx we had at the time of middle Europeans brought some street Klezmer players. One in particular intrigued me because in the cold weather he was able to play very successfully in woollen gloves - yes even the bass side. But perhaps that is a skill you have long since mastered? Myself, I find the hardening of the tips of my fingers from playing guitar, allied to the lessening of sensation that comes with age, make it difficult enough to discern the bass button indentations, without the cushioning that a layer of material would introduce!In a way I am glad for the guitar takeover. The accordion is now such a rare instrument to see being played that I always get people taking an interest in it and stoppingto chat when I play farmer's markets or even just downtown sat on a bench somewhere.
I always enjoy guessing if someone with an accordion is actually an accordionist or a piano player with an accordion strapped on. ?Chrisrayner:
It was quite late in the day I leaned this is in fact a Russian song. It was a dis-appointment to learn that Mary Hopkins had had no part.
The video above looks like a practice session. There's at least one other in 'live venue' with all the lighting effects.
This is one Russian group who could have come closest to making me defect.