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What accordion is this?

mjakmartyn

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Hi, last week i found old accordion in my grandpa's closet. There is no name written on it and I don't even know how to play it. Does anyone know how it's called or at least what sounds buttons make? I can play piano so it won't be this big problem, but I cant find an accordion with buttons like this so I cant even find instruction/notes for it. Thank you for any feedback161978633_846670325886719_7699020192539708584_n.jpg162196735_491763135325925_8235298326461992678_n.jpg162227486_126911762703604_3672398756970316504_n.jpg
 

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It looks like a pretty standard beginner’s piano accordion. You can easily search on “Stradella bass layout” to see the button layout. I’ve attached an example which shows the layout for several different sizes of accordion. Yours only has the fundamental bass row (2nd column from the right in the attachment) and the major chord row (3rd column).

But you are going to need a bass strap on that accordion in order to start pumping those bellows! You won’t get very far without that!
 

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Hi and welcome Martyn,

(Posted same time as Scuromondo 😄)

You have what I would call an "8 bass piano accordion." I can't say what the brand, age, or country of origin it is. (Maybe May 19, 1972 in a little old picturesque industrial city in the former East Germany?)

As far as the notes go, obviously, the piano keyboard side will give you chromatic scale notes similar to a piano. I am going to guess that the other side, the "bass side" will give you what is called a "stradella bass," (I could be wrong, but that's what it looks like to me.) This means that you have 8 pairs of a fundamental bass note and the corresponding chord, layed out in the "circle of fifths" like this:

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With the bass note closer to the bellows.

The problem you have with this cordeen is that there is no "bass strap," which you use to keep your left hand on the bass keyboard.

You can see a video on how to play this type of cordeen here:


Good luck!
 

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