Accordions and other Free Reed Instruments
Beverly plays several
types of free reed instruments.
- Hayden Duet
Concertina - A
concertina is generally smaller than an accordion and only has
one reed per note. The one Beverly plays is on the large side
for a concertina, and is a Hayden duet fingering system. It plays
the same note whether you push or pull, and has a full chromatic
range on each side, with the left being somewhat lower than the
right. This particular Hayden has an unusually large range, and
was rebuilt from a vintage Wheatstone McCann duet concertina
by Dana Johnson.
- Piano Accordions
has several piano accordions. Her favorite is a Petosa Stylemaster
from the 1960's.
- Chromatic Button
Beverly plays a Weltmeister B system chromatic button accordion
(commonly abbreviated CBA). There are 2 common chromatic button
layouts, C system and B system. As I understand it, the C system
is popular in Sweden and Western Europe, while the B system is
popular in Norway, Russia, and Eastern Europe.
For a serious dose of Weltmeister chromatic accordions, come
dance to the Neskaya Fork Oakestra. Oakestra member Sam Moffat
plays a Weltmeister C system chromatic, sometimes in tandem with
Beverly's accordions. Free reeds galore!
- Free reed links: