If you hear of someone who'd like to depart from their Bm (B flat?), Please let me know. Oh yeah, btw, I will settle on a Gabbnelli too
Bravo Maz!...the sonic waves from the bass side of a Bb will make your heart beat faster...worth every note...
My Martin Bb was shipped last Friday, really looking forward to it, will post pics once it arrives. I have an A, so I am used to the low sound, but I think even a small step down to Bb you will enjoy a lot....you can feel the whole accordion just vibrate in your hands, and it seems there is more sustain on the notes when compared to a C or D box.
I think it's a good choice. I have one in A, Bb, C (OK, I have 2 in C) and D, but the Bb gets the most use by far.
And that was before I knew that, according to Beethoven, B-flat stands for faith and hope!
any chance you could link us to some Bb accordion music? Not sure I ever heard any.
I have an extra Bb box.. I may be tempted to sell..
can you post or email some pictures? How much?
Have an interested Brave already.. but if there is a change in mind .. will re-post. Send email to my address above for eventual photos.
If you listen to any zydeco recorded since the early 90's, you will find a bunch that used a Bb accordion. Boozoo, Beau Jocque, Keith Frank, Zydeco Force, Step Rideau, Brian Jack - the list goes on an on. A lot of these guys use other key accordions too, but Bb became more-or-less standard at that time, and continues today.
Some of the Cajun players have used it too. Steve Riley comes to mind. I have heard Reggie Matte use one on recordings too, and I know there are others. It is more rarely used on the Cajun side of things however.
Have you tried singing to a Bb? Or has the person who sings for you? I'd suggest you try it out first. I have a pretty broad range and I can't sing anything when played on a Bb. It's always too high or too low. May I suggest you consider an E? Just a thought.
I have the same problem with Bb.. which for lots of guys is the perfect solution for singing. I too have a broad range..but can handle E, as Sarah suggests..