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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:46 am 
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It would be handy in our apartment. or a button accordion that can be played
very quiet when needed. I'm not interested in midi accordions.
Which make should i go for ?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:49 am 
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lixnaw wrote:
It would be handy in our apartment. or a button accordion that can be played
very quiet when needed. I'm not interested in midi accordions.
Which make should i go for ?


No idea on makes, but a decent repairer (like you're seeking in your other current thread) might be able to fit some baffles or dampers into an existing accordion. Probably worth having the conversation with one to look at one of your existing boxes before you go buying a box specifically because it's quiet ...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:34 pm 
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Something like this?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:13 pm 
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lixnaw wrote:
Which make should i go for ?

That's probably the wrong question. :wink:

Don't know what you play now. But a single-reed box - or one where the multiple reed banks can be switched on/off - is going to be (or seem) quieter than than a multi-reed box. A number of makers offer single-reed models, or you can modify an existing box.

But I like sfman's suggestion, and it's even easier than that. Why not start by just taping a towel or cardboard or some other improvised baffle over the grille? Instant box mute! And that might be enough. I do this sometimes on my big Saltarelle box, and it works very well. There's a slight effect on air flow, but not enough to bother me in practice mode.

If it works, you could make it more "permanent" by taping your baffle behind the grille, choosing something that won't interfere with the valves.

Yes, my Roland FR-18 can allow for completely silent practice with headphones. It's an amazing machine, with its own tone generation as well as MIDI. But it's also big and bulky and way overkill for just a practice box.

Good luck!

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Many thanks for the tip!! I'll give it a try :)


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