Top 10 Best Accordions Reviewed In 2017

Accordion music is in a class of its own. You’ve heard it and now you want to play it. You just don’t know which brand or particular type of accordion to pick. But we’ve got you covered. We have done extensive research on this instrument (in addition to getting insights from experienced musicians). We have chosen five top brands that make accordions that cater to every need – from the beginner to the demanding pro and the modern MIDI-centric musician. We have put the spotlight on just one product per brand, but rest assured that these brands have a wide range of offerings beyond the reviewed products and deliver instruments that give you value for each dollar spent.

 

 

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№1 – Hohner 1305-RED

Hohner 1305-RED
Pros
Lightweight and compact for ease of use
Perfect for beginners thanks to its simple design
Versatile; can produce different pitches for different genres
 

The Hohner piano accordion was created for beginner players; with a simple design and ergonomic keys. Hohner has done numerous improvements on their new accordion to
Features:
More responsive and sturdier keys
Resonant construction
Two reed sets
Tremolo tuned reeds
34 keys
72 bass
5 treble registers
The accordion is offered stylish in its bright red color and with its vibrant keys produce great sounds.


 

№2 – Hohner Concertina 20 Key

Hohner Concertina 20 Key
Pros
Lightweight for traveling players
Variety of tunes for professionals
Good for beginners
 

Concertina accordions are a perfect choice for musicians who are always traveling thanks to their small size and their great sounds. This 20 key fits well on a padded strapped bag for easy carry. It is offered in an Anglo-German style and produces a variety of sounds making it versatile for genres around the world. Main
Features:
20 keys
40 reeds
Adjustable straps
Incredible brown finish
Accompanying gig bag
90 days manufacturer warranty


 

№3 – Hohner Panther Diatonic Accordion

Hohner Panther Diatonic Accordion
Pros
Weighs only 9 pounds and measures 12 inches high and 7.5 inches deep making it easy to carry
High quality and clear sounds
Easy assembly and easy to play; perfect for beginners
Relatively cheaper
 

The Hohner Panther is a diatonic accordion offered with features reflective of a high-end accordion only at a fraction of the price. It was designed to accommodate all players; beginners, intermediates, and veterans.
Features:
Double strap brackets
Matte black finish
Key of GCF
31 treble keys
12 bass buttons
2 reeds


 

№4 – Directly Cheaply Full Size 31 Button Diatonic Accordion

Directly Cheaply Full Size 31 Button Diatonic Accordion
Pros
Lightweight and easy carry
Sturdy and with a wide range of sounds
Perfect for beginners and great for professional play
Beautiful blue finish and great build for durability
 

This great piece of equipment was created easy enough for beginners and full size to accommodate professional players. It is offered with a hardshell case for durability and black straps that makes it easy. Better yet, it is designed light enough for comfort while playing. Its translucent blue finish makes it an attractive instrument. Main
Features:
Double reed
31 treble buttons in 3 rows
8 bass buttons in 2 rows
2 handcrafted valves
SOL, GCF Keys with soft play bellows


 

№5 – Baronelli Beginner 17-Key Accordion

Baronelli Beginner 17-Key Accordion
Pros
Suitable for beginners
Made of durable material
Variety of sounds for different genres
Great value for money
 

This beginner accordion from Directly Cheaply comes with all features to make it ideal for kids. It delivers great sounds, an easy feel and is light in weight for kids to play well. The pearlescent exterior, chrome grille and choice of three colors make this instrument attractive to kids.
Features:
17 treble
8 bass
Adjustable straps
Key of C
1 air valve


 

№6 – Fever Piano Accordion

Fever Piano Accordion
Pros
Produces a variety of sounds for professional play but is designed for beginners and intermediates
Smaller than most accordions yet versatile
Stunning pearlescent finish
 

Offered in a variety of colors and shades to choose from, the fever piano accordion is a perfect choice for first-time accordion players. The accordion, which is available in green, white or red finish, is lighter than most piano accordions.
Features:
22 treble keys
8 bass
Chromatic scale with pearl finish
Metal hooks for attaching shoulder straps
Acoustically designed grill cloth


 

№7 – Schylling Kids Accordion

Schylling Kids Accordion
Pros
Comes with instruction manual
Sounds like a professional accordion
Ergonomically designed for children use
Spot clean
 

Created for kids 7 years or older, the Schylling comes with a wooden body and a plastic coating. It is accompanied by a playing manual with songs making it easy for children to start learning in no time. The accordion is sturdy, fits perfectly in the hands of children, the number of keys have been reduced to ease playing and comes colorful enough to entice its target group. Though it is designed for kids, hands of adults can fit on the straps, and it produces enough sounds to play a favorite.


 

№8 – Woodstock Kids Accordion

Woodstock Kids Accordion
Pros
Vibrant colors and exquisite finish to entice target age group
Variety of sounds; sounds like professional accordion
Easy to play following given instructions
Suitable for children 7 year and up
 

The Woodstock is a popular kids’ accordion thanks to its simplicity and its wide range of sounds. Kids can play professionally with this accordion making it the best accordion. Unlike other children accordions, this model features authentic sounds and two-octave range. Featuring eight easy to play songs on an easy to read instruction manual on the key of C and 10 easy to use buttons, this accordion comes handy for children.


 

№9 – D’Luca G104-BK Kids Accordion

D’Luca G104-BK Kids Accordion
Pros
Designed simple for small kids
Good quality for marked retail price
Adjustable straps make it comfortable to play
Light in weight
 

The D’Luca is a piano accordion designed for young players as evident on its small sized hand support straps. This great instrument complements guitar, percussion, and banjo perfectly offering great sounds. With a decorated body, a sturdy build, adjustable straps for easy play and rubber feet, this accordion is just a perfect fit for budding players.
Features:
17 treble keys
8 chord buttons
23 x 23 x 11 cm body


 

№10 – Skip Hop Hedgehog Accordion Toy

Skip Hop Hedgehog Accordion Toy
Pros
Rubberized details for teething
Spot clean for health
Easy to play out of the box
Vibrant finish makes it enticing to kids
Easy grasp for comfortable play
 

This is a perfect accordion activity toy for babies and toddlers between 6 months and 5 years. It keeps them not only entertained and engaged but also instills some accordion playing skills in them. The accordion is offered in a rubber build, easy to hold small sized handles, vibrant colors and moveable beads. Seeing that this instrument is designed for babies, all parts are fixed to avoid dangers of suffocation from swallowing. With its hedgehog shape, the accordion produces a variety of sounds as the baby pulls and pushes; a good way to actualize their imaginations.


 

Top Rated Accordions Summary

All of the above accordions are great, there’s no doubt about that. However, as opposed to simply picking one at random, it certainly helps to know just what it is you’re looking for in an accordion and which of the above three models will cater to your needs. For example, if you simply want something that works in all situations, whether you’re playing on stage or teaching your son how to get into the instrument, the first model we covered is your best choice. Despite being slightly small in stature, it still carries with it a great sound that the majority of similar products just can’t match.

If; however, the accordion you plan on buying is going to be used solely by a beginner, the second and third models we covered are likely more suitable, as they’re even smaller in size. Which one you pick might come down to the type of look you’re after in your next model. While the second model comes with a more traditional look, the third sets itself apart from all others through its sleek design that pairs many modern physical features with a more traditional feel. It’s all up to you.

What is an Accordion

Perhaps none of the above seem to have just what you’re looking for? No problem – there are a wide variety of these instruments being sold on the market from which you can choose. However, it helps to know just what to look for in your next purchase. To ensure you come out with the best possible product for your needs, try keeping some of the below factors in mind while shopping. Even if you’ve never played an accordion up until now, finding the perfect model doesn’t have to be a complicated experience.

How long are your fingers?

Unfortunately, even if I knew how long your fingers are, I can’t give you a magic number in terms of which accordion dimensions are more suited toward them. However, it goes without saying that a smaller accordion is more suited toward smaller fingers, while the opposite is true of larger accordions. After looking at a product’s dimensions and deciding that it might just work for you, take a look at what past customers have to say about it. If enough people have used any given model in the past, you’ll likely find that others with short or long fingers have chimed in with a review at some point or another. While any fingers will be compatible with any accordion, it’s always worth searching for something that’s easy to play.

Where does your current skill level lie?

Once again, the answer to this question will determine whether you’re better off with a larger accordion or a smaller one. Generally speaking, the more advanced you are, the bigger you can go. This is due to the fact that smaller accordions’ buttons will be placed close together, as well as the fact that these same accordions will have you moving around less.

Types of Accordions

There are several different types of accordions available at your disposal, each with their own pros and cons. Do you know which type you need?

Diatonic – Diatonic accordions are known for being most suitable when used in casual situations. Not only do they generally come at a more agreeable price, they tend to be easier to use and produce a great, versatile sound.

Chromatic – Chromatic accordions are best suited toward advanced players. While they tend to be more complex, they may increase your abilities if you’ve already mastered the diatonic accordion. This is due to their large amount of buttons. Often, there will be two (or even three) buttons for each and every note, giving you more options in terms of finger positions.

Piano – As its name clearly suggests, the piano accordion is the accordion we’ve grown used to seeing in different forms of media which comes with a set of piano keys on one side. These tend to be large and heavy, possibly more suited toward advanced players, though players of all walks of life may appreciate what they have to offer. If you’ve seen any amount of accordions in your day, the vast majority of them most likely belong to this category.

MECHANICAL / STRUCTURAL

The usual construction of the accordion is of wood laminated with celluloid. The celluloid is totally cosmetic, and whatever nicks and scratches exist are there for good. Examine the accordion casing from all angles. If any cracks are evident through the celluloid into the woodwork, leave this instrument alone. If any warping of the woodwork is evident, leave the instrument alone.

Test all keys and bass buttons for stickiness. Sticking bass buttons are common, but are usually an easy repair. One or two sticking keys on the right hand can usually be sorted out fairly easily, but any more may signify the possibility of tricky problems with the keyboard, e.g. warped woodwork. Avoid any instrument with missing keys or missing key top lamination. Particularly avoid instruments with solid plastic keys which have broken. Missing bass buttons can be replaced provided the mechanism is intact and the rod which held the bass button is still in place and visible in the hole, but if this is questionable, avoid the instrument. Uneven key height (on the piano keys) is common, but is usually a very easy repair.

Couplers which are sticky or ineffectual can generally be sorted out, but avoid instruments with missing or very obviously damaged coupler components. Be a bit more wary though of Hohners with coupler problems as they use plastic parts which are extremely difficult to fix if broken.

ASSESSING THE CONDITION OF THE REEDS AND VALVES

The sound of the accordion is produced by small steel reeds which play a certain pitch when air passes through them. Associated with (almost) every reed is a flap valve of either leather or plastic which is of critical importance to the production of the note. To assess the reeds and valves in the keyboard end, firstly select (if possible) the coupler which gives a single reed sound. Play every note on the keyboard in both pushing and pulling the bellows at low air pressure. Notes which fail to sound often signify a reed jammed by a bit of dust or grit. This is a very easy repair. Notes which fail to sound and have in their place a whoosh of air generally indicate a broken reed, or a fallen out reed plate. – Not a difficult repair. Notes which play sharp momentarily before settling into their pitch, or notes which play accompanied by a hiss of air, or notes which are buzzy or spluttery signify problems with the flap valves. Individually, a valve problem is an easy repair, but if it is prevalent over much of the keyboard (as is often the case) it adds up to a lengthy and expensive repair job.

On the bass end it is usually not possible to sound single reeds, but valve problems are generally most in evidence in the bass notes (as opposed to the chords) and will show up as grumbly, spluttery and buzzy bass notes, with a general lack of depth in the bass sound.

Regarding tuning, an instrument that is shot in the valves will not play very tunefully, but it is possible for an instrument which has no valve problems to be out of tune as well, due to a buildup of rust or dust on the reeds. In this case, obviously fully retuning an instrument is not a minor undertaking. However, it is not as big a job as would be the case if an instrument required full replacement of its valves as well as a full retune. A moldy smelling accordion signifies that it has gotten a bit damp, and may thus have rusty reeds.

GERMAN ACCORDIONS

The principal German makes are Hohner and Weltmeister. Hohner has for years made its reputation on the production of solid mass produced accordions. While always solidly made and reliable, in terms of playing quality (keyboard action, tone, reed response, volume, etc.), Hohners vary from indifferent to exceptional. In fact, the top of the line Hohners were built by the Italian accordion builder Morino. Possibly the best of the mass produced Hohners is the Atlantic which is actually a metal bodied instrument.

Weltmeisters have always been the East German poor cousin to Hohner. That said, their overall quality has been improving for the last 20 years. Weltmeister playing and build quality varies from poor (on the older ones) to very good on present day models. Note that almost all German accordions are tuned to A = 440Hz. (Another less seen make of East German accordion which is well worth avoiding is Royal Standard.)

CHINESE ACCORDIONS

The principal older makes that one comes across are Parrot and Baile. Of the two, Bailes are more solidly built and copy Italian design, and it is possible to find a Baile that is quite respectable in playing quality, though there are plenty of indifferent ones out there as well. All this said, there are touring musicians who have good Bailes and who appreciate the robustness and raw volume these instruments give.

Two newer brands of Chinese accordion are Aidi and Paloma. These are better tuned from the factory than Chinese accordions have been in the past, but that said, build quality is very variable. One might play very nicely, but the one next to it on the shelf could be very ordinary indeed. All Chinese accordions are tuned to A = 440 Hz.

CZECH ACCORDIONS

The main make is Delicia, and while there are occasional reasonable ones about, in no respect can I see the sense in buying one when there are Italian or German accordions available. In every respect they are (almost always) very indifferent accordions.

ACCORDION SETUP AND TUNING

There is a convention sometimes used to denote the voicing of accordions. Where an accordion has very low pitched reeds available for the notes on the keyboard, this is referred to as L. (Often also referred to as a bassoon reed.) If an accordion has very high reeds available to the keyboard, this is referred to as H. (Also referred to as piccolo reeds – 2 octaves higher than bassoon reeds.) The reed(s) pitched in between these two are referred to as M. (And are variously referred to as clarinet or oboe or violin reeds.) So a small accordion with only 2 reeds available per note might be MM or LM. A 3 voice accordion might be LMM or LMH or MMM. Full sized accordions are either LMMH (Double octave tuned) or LMMM (Musette tuned, and an MMM accordion can also be said to be a musette instrument.) Very occasionally one sees an LLM accordion, which has been made specifically for jazz, and also occasionally one sees an LMMMH accordion, which is just too heavy!

COUPLER LABELLING

To determine the voicing configuration of a particular accordion use your ears! There has never been a recognised standard for coupler labelling. For instance, a coupler labelled Violin may refer to 2 reeds or a single reed. A coupler labelled Musette may refer to musette as I have described it (MMM), or it may refer to MMH. Couplers labelled with dots often give a concise picture of how an accordion is set up, but in many instances this labelling is misleading or ambiguous as well.

NUMBER OF BASS BUTTONS

As a general rule, a full sized accordion will have 120 bass buttons, i.e. 6 rows by 20 diagonals. Smaller accordions will generally have less, typically 96, 80, 72 or 48. That said, some quite small accordions can have 120 bass, and some 80 bass instruments can be quite large. The point to note here is that instruments with very few bass buttons (say 3 rows x 12 diagonals) have very limited bass capability and are intended for children or very basic learners. A learner with any aptitude at all would outgrow this arrangement in months if not weeks. My recommendation would be to not buy any instrument with less than 5 rows of bass.

BASS MECHANISMS

Another problem which can occur here is that the leather facing on a bass palette can come unglued and cause similar symptoms. This can require total disassembly of the bass mechanism. (Some 200-ish parts.)

Clearly, when the sound source is a vibrating piece of steel, it must be securely mounted to the instrument. Each reed is riveted to an aluminium plate. (2 reeds per plate) Each plate is attached to wooden blocks by wax. (From 4 to 9 blocks in an instrument with the reed plates arranged in banks – usually a bank on each side of a block.) The blocks are screwed or clipped to the accordion body. Problems and failures can be caused when the wax (officially a combination of beeswax, shellac, linseed oil and rosin) becomes old and brittle. Non-gripping wax can cause reeds to buzz, to play sharp, or to not play at all. In fact, entire reed plates can fall off and rattle around inside the accordion. These symptoms will sound similar to earlier mentioned reed and valve problems, and it is even difficult for me to discriminate between them until the instrument is pulled apart.

BUYING A NON-PLAYABLE INSTRUMENT

I have instruments brought to me which are barely playable or not playable at all, usually because of notes continuously sounding, or because when notes are played, there is a whoosh of air as loud as the note being sought. It is even difficult for me to know how well such an instrument will turn out when repaired, so for the purchaser it must be regarded as a total gamble. The make of the instrument is only a partial indication, as even good makers can turn out a dud, and unknown or less regarded makers can turn out the occasional beauty. Possibly the sweetest and most responsive instrument I have ever seen was a make I had never heard of which came to me barely playing. Other instruments which have looked very promising have in the final analysis turned out fairly indifferent. Take your chances on this one!

For the potential purchaser of a pretty looking antique accordion, the best advice I can give is to compare the feel of the keyboard with that of a modern instrument. If the keyboard feels heavy or rickety or clattery (as it most likely will), the chances of the instrument being viable for regular performance or usage are virtually nil.

Intended Users

Before you buy an accordion, make sure you know what age group the manufacturer has built it for. Our review includes several instruments that are marketed for kids. We’ve included them because, even though they are smaller, adults on a budget can get a good musical experience out of them, too. Similarly, our review includes several instruments that you should not buy for kids. These instruments are meant strictly for adults and teenagers – mostly because of their larger size.

Musicality

When you buy an instrument – particularly one with a budget price – you want to make sure you’ll get a good sound out of it and that it won’t be too hard to play. In this section, we tell you which key signatures each instrument can play (an important consideration when you’re buying an accordion) and what you can expect in terms of tone quality and ease of use.

Durability

In this section, we tell you about issues owners have had with an instrument’s durability and quality. None of our contenders are shoddy products, but sometimes it helps to hear about other user experiences when selecting an instrument.

The accordions on our shortlist span a wide price range. In this section, we give our final analysis of what each product gives you for your money.

Schylling Kids Accordion

The Schylling Kids Accordion is marketed for kids between the ages of 5-8, but adults can get great pleasure out of this instrument as well. (If you’re an adult who is considering buying this instrument, bear in mind that it will fit in the palms of your hands!) Some children under the age of 5 can use the Schylling successfully, but the stiff bellow pleats require a certain strength and coordination that many preschoolers don’t have yet. Some of the owners we spoke to were adults who were interested in playing the accordion but wanted to get a feel for the instrument before spending hundreds of dollars. Other customers we talked to were parents who purchased this as a toy for a youngster. In almost all cases, people who buy the Schylling say they are satisfied with this product in terms of both quality and price.

Regular vs. Portable

Portable harmoniums fold up into a suitcase-like box ½ to 2/3 of their regular height. There is a handle in front so they can be carried with one hand like a suitcase. If you are traveling around a lot with your instrument this is an attractive option, since it’s lot easier to carry a harmonium this way than by the two side handles of a regular harmonium. If you’re not, then it’s just another moving part. In general, you sacrifice no sound by getting a portable.

Regular vs. Scale Change

Scale change harmoniums have a mechanism that allows you to slide the keyboard up to four half steps left or right. So if you are used to always playing in B flat, and the song is in C, you just shift the keyboard up two half steps. This is not a feature you need if you can play easily in different keys, or if you will always be playing in the same key.

On the other hand, some proficient keyboard players have told us they prefer to always play from B flat because of the way their hand sits on the keys in that position (harmonium keys being smaller than piano keys). Keep in mind that what most makers consider their best instrument is a three reed scale change model.

Double Reed vs. Triple Reed

Most harmoniums have two or three sets of reeds per note. See below for how these reeds can be voiced. Double reed instruments can be great, and all you need. A triple reed instrument will give you a fuller sound and more flexibility.

Full Size or Smaller

Most makers make some models that are slightly smaller and lighter than what is considered a normal size instrument. These are usually double reed, non scale-change harmoniums. The Bina 23b is an example of this style. These instruments often suffice for one voice.

HARMONIUM SPECS

Looking at the harmonium from the front there is a row of knobs, usually some larger than others. The large knobs are the stops. They open and close the air flow to the air chambers inside. (There is often some redundancy – a harmonium with 2 air chambers can have 4 stops) If you have a harmonium with 2 sets of reeds, and thus 2 air chambers, you can set your harmonium to play only one set of reeds if you desire some difference of sound texture. This is one reason some people prefer a triple reed harmonium. In reality, though, most people just keep all the stops out all the time.

Inside each harmonium are two or three air chambers. Each air chamber powers a bank or reeds. These banks of reed are usually set in different octaves or timbres. So when you play one note you are getting at least several different octaves sounding.

Bellows

The bellows pump the air into the instrument. There is also an internal bellows which pushes the air up to sound the reeds. Bellows can be 2-fold, 3 fold, or 7-fold. Two and three fold bellows are attached at the bottom. Seven fold bellows can be attached on either side to allow for left or right hand pumping. The number of folds, by itself, does not determine the quality of the instrument. However, most fancy harmoniums have 7-fold bellows. Some people say that the 7-fold bellows allows for more control. Some bellows have a spring, which pushes them open after you have pumped in.

Octave Coupler

This is a feature which adds an octave to the note you are playing. A mechanical key plays the note an octave up (occasionally the octave down) from the one you are playing. This is a nice feature which can add volume to your harmonium. It toggles on and off.

Best To Buy For An Advanced Beginner (Around £1000/€1500)

When it comes to a more advanced concertina for beginners the market is quite limited. Not many makers provide concertinas for players who do not want to spend over €2,000 plus on a concertina so if this is what you are looking for, these are the key elements I recommend looking for:

If it’s for traditional Irish music, of course, like above, I recommend a 30key Anglo C/G concertina with Italian reeds in it and an after sale service. For an advanced beginner looking for a concertina, try to find one made with a 6 fold leather bellows. Why 6 folds? i.e. easier to play and more responsive . Next, is to find out if it has double reeds and if the reed plates are screwed to the reed pan instead of waxed on to a block as w ax tends to kill or mute the sound of the reeds . Finally it comes down to sound, ease of play and how it looks, but as usual these are a matter of personal opinion.

If this is what you are looking for I strongly recommend the brand new Phoenix Concertina for €1,299 as it has all of the above features. It is available from Aug 1st 2017.

Best to Buy For Intermediate Players (£1800/€2000 Plus)

If you feel you are really serious and are going to continue playing for a lifetime, it would be a good idea and a clever investment to buy a makers concertina for example Marcus, AC Norman, or Morse. These are current concertina makers, meaning parts are easily available should an issue arise in the future. These three makers would also be my personal favourite, sound wise and playability wise.

For an advanced player choosing a concertina really is a personal matter and is down to a matter of preference, budget and availability. You may find a concertina that sounds exactly like the sound you were looking for but is slightly more difficult to play, or you may find one that may not be traditionally good looking but is a dream to play. Of course you will probably discover one you can’t afford! As a student progresses they become naturally more aware of the type of concertina that is suitable for them. For example you will hear the difference between concertina reeds and accordion reeds. You would choose accordion reeds for volume and tone or concertina reeds for that distinctive concertina sound. You will choose a concertina for the feel of it i.e. the hold of it or for the buttons i.e. plastic, metal or bone. You will choose a concertina because of its beautiful ascetics i.e. how it looks. Or you may choose one whether it has traditional paper in the folds or whether it has metal ends or wooden ends. The size can be important to some people or the ease of playing i.e. whether the bellows will open fast or slow. And, of course, if it’s comes with a quality protective box (very important).

The Search for the Best Accordion

There are many different types of accordions, so it is important to know what to look for so that you can buy the best instrument for you.

Piano accordions are the most popular style because players love their more robust sound. The stradella system, the most popular system, features 120 bass buttons on the left side and piano keys on the right.

These instruments are considered the easiest to play because there is a one to one correspondence between the keys and the notes. Piano accordions have a maximum of 45 keys on the right hand side.

Some of these accordions have very narrow keys making fingering tricky. Each key is attached to its own pad, so these instruments are usually quieter in terms of instrument noise to play.

Many players find these accordions more comfortable to play. Those players who rely on sheet music usually find piano instruments easier to play. These instruments are particularly loved by jazz musicians.

Chromatic

These accordions feature three to five rows of treble buttons in half-step increments. These instruments offer a wider variety of options for the right hand. Chromatic accordions have a maximum of 64 keys on the right hand side.

Chords have the same fingering, so new players often find these accordions easier to learn. Those players who can spot intervals and patterns in music usually find chromatic accordions easier to play.

It is easier to transpose music on these accordions which may be an important factor if you plan on accompanying a singer. Musette music, most Russian music and classical music is normally played on this style of accordion.

Diatonic Button

In some countries, these accordions are called melodeon accordions. These accordions contain one or more rows of buttons on the right side that play a diatonic scale.

Pushing a single button on the other side causes the accordion to play a corresponding chord which is usually a major triad although it can be a minor triad. These instruments are particularly popular with players who love playing folk music.

Free Bass

Also called bassetti accordions, these instruments are usually used to play the most difficult pieces. Special buttons on the left-hand side of the instrument allow players to play melodies on both sides of the instrument.

This gives the player access to three octaves of notes. These systems can be added to piano or chromatic accordions at a later time.

Electronic

These accordions feature a multiplexer on each key helping to amplify the instrument’s sound. Additionally, players can create different sounds on electronic accordions including organs and synthesizers.

Players who love synthesizers may want to consider a musical interface digital interface (MIDI) accordion as these instruments use buttons to control various synthesizers.

This allows players to create various sounds including bass, chords, treble, solo and acoustic accordion sounds from a single instrument. These instruments allow players to control the accordion’s volume easily.

Number of Buttons

Accordions have different numbers of buttons. The smallest number is usually 12, but these instruments do not give players enough flexibility.

The most common number of buttons is 48 buttons because these instruments offer flexibility along with being small enough to be easily carried. Most players who play 48 button accordions focus on the playing C, G and F chords.

The next larger size is a 72 button accordion. Although these instruments are harder for beginners to master, they offer the greatest flexibility. Most players never need to go beyond a 72 button accordion.

Ninety-six buttons accordions are the first buttons to offer four treble reed sets. Players who choosing this option should consider instruments containing a tone chamber, also called a cassotto, increases the response time and helping the accordion produce a more mellow sound.

Ninety-six button accordions are normally played by players wanting to play classical or Italian music. Accordions can have as many as 185 buttons.

Different accordions have different amounts of reeds. These reeds can be arranged differently.

The number of reeds is expressed as a fraction where the top number represents the number of treble reeds that can be played at the same time with the bottom number expressing the number of bass reeds that can be played at the same time.

Increasing the number of reeds increases the different sounds that players can play. Additionally, increasing the number of reeds adds to the weight of the instrument.

Reed Quality

Different accordions contain different quality of reeds. The lowest quality reeds are called commercial and are made almost entirely by machine. Hand-finished reeds which is the next step up have the reed’s tongue applied by hand.

Tipo A Mano reeds are made of a higher quality steel and use quite a bit of hand work. The best quality reeds are hand made reeds made of duraluminium. They are highly polished and carefully inserted into the instrument using a layer of wax.

The accordion’s grille is used to add decorations to the instrument usually in the form of rhinestones. Most grilles are vented to allow the sound to pass through more easily, although some are solid to mute the instrument’s sound.

Features five switches allowing players to enhance their playing with bassoon, clarinet and tremolo sounds

There are some outstanding accordions available regardless of your age or skill level.

Target audience

You may be writing for existing customers who have come back to your site. They may also be completely new customers who have arrived at the site through a search engine query. What they have in common is that they are searching for information?

Assume the customer knows nothing. What would you tell a friend when they were just starting think about making a considered purchase?

Typical information may include:

Key A/B decisions to be made early in the decision-making process (e.g. for cars it could be manual or automatic, for suitcases it could be hard-shelled or soft-sided)

Main generic characteristics of this product category (e.g for electric toothbrushes, it could be oscillating rotary brushes and sonic vibrating brushes)

Features to look for. (Explaining the benefits, and demonstrate why some are worth paying more for, such as superior benefits, more complex manufacturing).

Functional choices v personal choices (e.g. make it clear when there is a reason to choose one type of product over another and when it is simply down to a matter of personal preference.)

Tone of Voice

It is vital that the Buying Guide appears to be impartial and neutral, so that it is a trusted source of information.

For this reason the tone of voice may be less chatty and more passive than selling copy on other parts of the website.

You should avoid any exhortations to buy. For example, instead of phrases like ‘Enjoy a blissful night’s sleep’, say ‘Many people find that an orthopedic pillow helps them sleep better and wake more refreshed’.

 

 

 

How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the Accordions by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

I can’t tell you which of the above types of accordion is best. It will be up to you to decide which one more suits your interests. However, by keeping in mind everything you’ve learned in the above review and buyer’s guide, you can be sure that picking out the right accordion will be a very easy process. Remember, while it’s important to consider whether or not other musicians enjoy any given accordion, it’s also important to consider whether you’ll enjoy an accordion. Keep in mind that your needs might be dramatically different from the next accordion player.

So, TOP10 of Accordions:

 

 

Questions? Leave a comment below!

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by Don Oliver | Last Updated August 1, 2017



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