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hardcorechicano

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ARE THEASE ACCORDIONS ANY GOOD? THEY CLAIM TO BE THE BEST MADE, ARE IS IT JUST A AMERICAN CONSPIRACY? ANYONE EVER HEARD OF ROLAND USA ?

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Roland USA is actually a Digital Piano company. They are very well known for their Fantom X series keyboard workstations. I sell rolands and when it comes to sound quality, no brand beats 'em.


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What about their accordions, how would you rate them on the accordions? They seem to have only chromatic. I read that they were digital. Is that true?


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Yes Roland is #1 in all digital instruments. I havent actually heard them yet but they are supposed to be pretty accurate sounding. The bellows even work. If you pull them harder, the sound will get louder.


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I know Roland is a top dawg of workstations or synthisizers. I have one in my studio. When I saw the accordions it seemed weird to me. When I read they were digital it was hard for me to imagine an electronic accordion. So if its electronic does it have metal reeds like other accordions? Or does it have metal reeds and the switches are electric? These are questions I was asking myself about them just out of curiosity. Thanx for your input.


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i dont know all bout that man, i was just looking for a good accordion, im ganna play chromaticly, but i couldnt figure out what switches i wanted, then some guy on another sight told me to try ROLAND, i kind think its a crazy idea, because why would you want a electronic accordion? they say they are reedless, but if that was the case then why not just get a keyboard right? so basically its just a keyboard that looks like a accordion? please correct me if im wrong, please.....
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To tell you the truth brother, if you want to play a chromatic accordion, play a real accordion. being digital, you'll only be set up to be disappointed. nothing electronic or digital will give the same feel and sound of a real accordion. As much as i like Roland, i would never spend as much as they want for a box that will disappoint me.


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I am actually thinking about getting one now, because I can show an make it sound exactly like a Saxaphone or Trumpet an play Duranguense! haha!! I can also make it sound exactly like a electric guitar so I can play some metal, but this would only be to show off! I just seen one of there new boxes that had thease features, lol, 4 realzz. There are no reeds in the box, so therefore when a electric guitar or saxaphone register is selected, that is all you hear. So I guess I'll be reading sheet music for Mettalica, haha!!

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Hi gino,
I have heard the new roland chromatics demonstrated at the Montmagny accordion festival and they are really awesome.
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I dont know about this year at Namm, But last year someone put a vid on youtube demostrateing a keyboard accordion full size and it sounded exactly like a regular accordion.And he played the sax switch and it sounded like a sax,Im sure a professional player will find a good use for it.Go to youtube and do a search on Roland and listen for your self, Good luck!

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I think this instrument can help us push duranguense out of the way an open new doors....


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I have a Roland FR3s. It has an incredible range of different sounds. Orchestral: trumpet, clarinet, sax, etc. as well as  a ranges of different types of accordion sounds.  It is a reedless accordion, fully electronic. You still have to used the bellows which is much stiffer to used than reed accordions which is my biggest complaint and it can't be used without the bellows. I read somewhere that given time it loosens up. Meanwhile it takes a bit of getting used to. Its not as they claim, to be comparable to reed accordions, it is different.  Many people who have bought them are very pleased, the different choices of sound makes them very versatile and you can change to suit the type music.

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Does anyone know about the roland fr-18 digital diatonic accordion?


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I have personally played the Fr7 and the Fr7x since 2006 and found they are reliable, beautiful to hear, and easy to play. YES - they are not like my reed accordion - but I get much more audience response when I play the Roland.

I also have a Fr18 - and the range of orchestral sounds and the fact that I can change keys and switch from 4 or 5 degrees of wet to 4 or 5 degrees of dry - on the fly - is worth the trade off from by reed diatonic. AND I don't feedback when I walk in front of an speaker! I use a wireless bug (no wires).


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please correct me if im wrong?? so with this roland diatonic, is it like having a box in GCF,EAD & FBE ???
 
im really interested in buying one

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Yes it plays all of the keys in one box.  It looks like the buttons are offset in their appropriate rows (and not flat).........is this hard to get used to?

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HOLA: A TODOS EN EL FORO

YO LES QUIERO DAR MI OPINION SOBRE EL ROLAND FR18

ES EL MEJOR ACCORDEON ELECTRONICO HASTA AHORA

TIENE MUCHAS VENTAJAS COMO SON:

1-TIENE TODOS LOS TONOS
2- TIENE BOTONES MUY BLANDITOS PARA TOCAR
3-MUY BUENA CALIDAD
4-Y ADEMAS TIENE ORQUESTA INTEGRADA
5-MAS TODOS LOS SONIDOS DE UN TECLADO
6- Y LE PUEDES PONER SONIDOS NUEVOS

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heres rory from maquinaria nortena..ive seen him live with a different roland and its sound was great for this type of music.. but it doesnt sound natural..
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Doesn't sound bad. Really can't beat it for live sound, carry around just one accordion. For small get togethers, you can't beat acoustic. Most people probably can't even tell there's a difference except it doesn't sparkle in the light and doesn't have a certain name on it.
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I have an FR-18, and have been able with considerable tweaking to get some nice sounds from it, but it's very different from an acoustic box.

The biggest issue is the air button, it's quite stiff. I've tried three different FR-18s and they are all like this.  Since there are no reeds on the instrument, they simulate airflow with a valve that provides a constant leak rate that you can adjust.

The problem is that the air button (separate from the leak valve) doesn't provide enough additional airflow to allow for a rapid dump or fill of the bellows.  For the style of music I play, I can work around it, but for other styles, I can imagine this would be a real problem.

I like it a lot, but it's taken me a long time to get used to it, and will probably be a few more months before I'd consider using it for a gig.

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There r some guys locally using this type of accordion and I have to admitt it sounds pretty good as good as any roland organ. The accordion still sounds a little digital and its missing the flare you can add with the bellows on an acoustic accordion (imagine that who would have ever thought we would be talking about acoustic accordions?!?!) I like the organs in the box and I like the fact that one accordions does it all I can imagine that it could catch fire. This would keep me from haveing to carry and organ around for gigs. IMO if they can make the accordion sound just a tad more natural and considering the price of hohner and gabby accordions I would honestly buy one of these instead. I can bling it up for under $20 dollars at hobby lobby if that being the case.

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I have this accordion myself. Not only can you play the accordion, but also the violin, trumpet, drums, bass, and many more instruments. It is very nice, and you can also use as a cajun , folk, tejano and other different accordion types.
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Seisiuneer, what do you mean by rapid dump? Do you mean shaking the accordion in an in an out motion while playing? What are the prices for this accordions? Where do most of you bought your accordions?

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Rapid dump is when you get food poisoning or someone slips some laxatives in your drink then the after math is a rapid dump. Ok ok sorry. He means that the air release button doesn't flow enough air and you cant use the bass buttons to allow faster air flow to close or open the bellows...rapidly closing the bellows = rapid dump of air.
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I'm actually thinking of really buying one now because of the music that I have been singing I sing old romantic Spanish music that needs the organ sound. I am going to guess that if the box has a speaker and battery it will be heavier and more expensive than one without ....
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