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Re: Zydeco accordion

The exception to the rule is Cedric Watson who plays a 2 reed hohner.
If you can afford it a Dino had that great zydeco sound.

Re: Zydeco accordion

thanks for everything !

Re: Zydeco accordion

Hi Mathys,

I suggest you contact Rees Wesson


He sells new and used accordeons and plays both Cajun and Zydeco.
He is in Wales /England/ UK

He may be able to help you find what you need.

Do NOT buy Gabbanelli that was intended for the USA (America) low quality high prices.

In Europe there is another Gabbanelli.. Elio Gabbanelli who has nothing to do with the USA Gabbanelli. He makes very fine accordeons but they may be more than your budget.

Contact Rees and tell him that I sent you there if he wonders how you found him.

Queen Ida plays 3 row 2 reed Hohner Corona accordeons.



Here is another interesting site using an inexpensive Hohner for Zydeco


Best of Luck.


Re: Zydeco accordion

Man thank you very much !

Re: Zydeco accordion

Rees is at a music festival this weekend..

I sent him a message about you and he sent one back..
He would be pleased to try to help you .

If you go to his web site or to you tube you can see videos of him playing various accordeons.

Re: Zydeco accordion

You are welcome.


Re: Zydeco accordion

Dan, did you once have a Roland FR-18 Diatonic Triple-Row (Red)? If so, I think I bought yours on EBay a year ago. Very challenging, but lovin' it more & more - especially now that I'm finally getting more & more realistic Zydeco sounds/tone out of it.

I like my Roland FR-18.

I've been gigging with it as my primary triple row for a couple years now. Lot's of good things about them.

Re: Zydeco accordion

Yes I did.
I would never get used to the buttons on the Roland.
I play hohner corona iiir live and a compadre with an external mic. I like the two reed box because I'd play some Calypso stuff on it.
Son of

Re: Zydeco accordion

Yeah, the buttons on the Roland are not the best. I've gotten used to them, but I would prefer something else. The main thing I don't like about them is that the edges are not rounded off, but have a somewhat sharp edge. It makes it harder to slide your fingers across the buttons smoothly and quickly, in the way that I am used to on other accordions.

Someday, I think I will fix that by buying some "normal" buttons and drilling a threaded hole in the center so that they can screw on the way the Roland buttons do.

Re: Zydeco accordion

John Doucet has some aluminum buttons that might work.

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It's disappointing Roland didn't spec it exactly the same as an acoustic set up, the sounds were phenomenal, I struggled with the air intake and the buttons.
To deal with feedback issues,
I ended up having a mic made by a guy in Canada who worked for Shure for 30 years, it's external and I use it in a band where I play country) Americana.
I'll post photos if anyone's interested.

Re: Zydeco accordion

Hi Dan,

I'm interested in photos.. please post them.


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