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    Anyone play button accordion? I looked at some on eBay with two rows of buttons on the left hand which I understood, but what are the eight buttons on the right hand side for? Chords I suppose. Can anyone explain?

    I’m semi-interested in them.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Finger style
    Gold Tone “Mini” Travel Banjo - Steel GCEA - Noodling
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum Banjo music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum ‘n Sing

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

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    I've dabbled.
    I still own one.
    DBA's, Diatonic Button Accordions, or in the British Isles, melodion has melody notes on the right and bass notes on the left.
    Melody notes are different on the push and pull.
    The French like tow rows, one in C major and one in G major, this is called a GC box.
    Germans prefer and CF box.
    English is usually DG?
    Irish like BCs and less often DC#.
    Cajon and French Canadians usually go one row, C ,G, or D DBAs.
    Then there are infinite variations of DBA.

    Keep in mind that there are Chromatic Button Accordions, usually full size with 5-6 melody rows on the right and 120 basses on the left.
    The same note is played on the push and pull.
    These too vary an almost infinite amount.

    My favorite box player;


    Melodeon net is the place to delve deeply.
    http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php?...5jej44flgmsb1&

    Where to buy boxes;
    https://www.buttonbox.com/
    http://bellingersbuttonboxes.com/

    Good luck
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    I see that you are in So Cal.
    I've got an old Hohner Master Supertone you could have cheap.
    Needs a new bellows.
    This is it;


    http://davesaccordion.com/
    Is local in Atwater Village just off the 5, north of down town LA.
    He often has a DBA, but most of his accordions are Piano, or PA accordions.
    He is a great teacher, btw.
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Accordions like ukuleles, have a tendency to breed. Just sayin'. Having been down that path myself, it's best to buy one that's fully functional. There are so many moving parts and so many ways for it to break down, it will probably cost more to repair. For that reason, eBay is not the best route. But one sometimes takes that risk and discovers" what they say," is true. Not that it happened to me. LOL

    Following what Maki66 says, he just covered the two row gamut. There's the one row that's used for Cajun. The three row for Mexican music. That's just the diatonic variety. Diatonic - think harmonica. In and out produce different notes. Right hand plays the melody. Left hand has the chords. So you have to learn to coordinate both sides. Then there's your tone preference. Dry tuning versus wet tuning. I prefer wet where the tones mush together like in French accordion music. Dry tuning I think of sounds more like a piccolo. Piercing, high-pitched.

    So the type of accordion you procure would have to do with the type of music you want to play. French, Irish, German, Acadian, British, Mexican and that's only a start. It's not exactly a self-taught deal so it would make sense to find a group you can play with and learn Tunes. I had a Hohner Corso I recently sold. I got it to play French music. Once the ukulele bit, and other circumstances arrived, I unloaded my accordions.
    KoAlana Sapele Concert -- now known as the KoAloha Opio
    Mainland Mahogany Concert - my knockabout jam ukulele
    Mahalo Pineapple Soprano -- the one that started it all
    Blue Frog Maple Soprano - Beautiful sonorous sound cannon

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    Well, thanks for the info, everyone, but the BA sounds like more than I wanna deal with. I’m havin’ enough trouble with All my stringed instruments. I already play too many, and I’m self taught on all of ‘em.

    Thanks again but no thanks.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Finger style
    Gold Tone “Mini” Travel Banjo - Steel GCEA - Noodling
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum Banjo music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum ‘n Sing

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    It's very easy to spread yourself too thin.
    So that's probably a wise choice.
    Progress on any one instrument requires lots of time and dedication.
    Jumping around is fun, but it's a path that doesn't lead to mastery.
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    That’s all right. I’m too old for mastery. Just havin’ a good time is enough.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Finger style
    Gold Tone “Mini” Travel Banjo - Steel GCEA - Noodling
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum Banjo music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum ‘n Sing

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    Late for dinner swing.jpg

    I used to play a lot more Irish trad music than I do now and played a C/G box. I'm ashamed to admit that I have neglected it lately as I'm playing other genres of music lately.
    Above is a PR photo of a group called Late For Dinner (You can't call us anything you want, but you can call us Late For Dinner )from before the turn of the century. That's me on the little red Hohner button box.
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