Category: Accordion Speak 101

The Language of the Button Box

This was originally published in February 2011, in a slightly different form. Reading the front pages of today’s “fake news” rags, I can still see that our world’s understanding of accordion lingo could fairly be described as a dearth. I hope this piece serves…

Castagnari Nik (G/C) for Sale (SOLD)

UPDATE:  Arrangements for sale have been made! In order to meet my wider musical goals, I’m putting my beloved Castagnari Nik (G/C) up for sale. It’s in perfect condition, comes with original straps, and the Castagnari box. A two row, 8 bass machine, two-reeds…

Abandon All Hope …

Squeeze circles are abuzz over the newest release from Saltarelle. Its configuration is identical to the Elfique (which is great), but provocatively, the new one is called Inferno. And dammit if it doesn’t look very, very cool. The ad copy calls it a 19+2…

Accordion Speak 101: Reeds

Over at Gumshoe Arcana, Monk has written an excellent and brief comprehensive explanation of how the reed blocks in an accordion work.  Very clear!  Check it out.

Accordion Speak 101: Breton Music

I pulled this out of the Patrick Lefebvre post because I thought it would stand better on its own. Apologies if I’m wrong. As always, comments, questions, and corrections are welcome. Bombarde and Biniou Duo:Piercing and Piercing-er Breton accordion music is not something I mentioned…

What the Heck Does THAT Mean? (Accordion Speak 101)

(for the inimitable Tom B.) A friend made a comment a few weeks ago indicating that those who are not Of the Bellows may have difficulty grasping the lingo of the box. “Yeah, yeah,” I thought, “thus is the fate of squeeze-muggles.” Then I…

Melodeon or Accordion or Accordéon or what?

“So what is that you’re playing?” I get that all the time. They’re pointing at my accordion. “Isn’t that supposed to have … like … piano keys or something. Is that a concertina?” Saltarelle Pastourelle III, a magnificently fine buttonaccordion, or melodeon, or accordéon…