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Chromatic button-piano Accordion, or something?

September 15, 2011
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Martin at Tempo Trend sent me pictures of this rather bizarre instrument they just aquired.

Not a bit garish.  We ponder it’s origin and history.  Is it a concept car – to promote a maker’s crazy skilz?  Or a special request commissioned by a wealthy player who couldn’t make up their mind what they wanted?  Were they colour-blind?  Or have the colours changed with age? (maybe the white keys were whiter once? Maybe the blues were…less teal?)

Apparently inside it’s exquisitely well-crafted, so it’d definitely playable, but damn, who’s going to play it?  Probably somebody like me who’s got the perfect accordion in mind.  But “perfect” has never been commercially available, so I don’t have to learn to play!  This person finally had to put up or shut up and quit talking like “they’d play the accordion if only they could find one that had….”  No excuses now, there aren’t any more features you could ask for.
Unless… Does it have a free-bass left-hand?

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