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Truly informative & fascinating!! Only recently heard of the concertina & wondered if it might be another name for accordian. Thanks for thorough & detailed explanation!!

I cannot even fathom why this writer made no mention Tejano music, of which the button accordion is a HUGE part. Shame.

Confusing definition. Much more simply, a concertina has buttons at the sides, an accordion has keys and/or buttons at the front.

The 120-bass is probably the most common piano accordion. The next most common is probably the 80-bass (5×16). There are also 96-, 72-, 60-, 48- (4×12 and 6×8), 32-, 24- and 12-basses (the last is pretty much a toy). I have once seen a 50-bass (5×10) Titano, which seemed to me a little pointless.

“Concertina buttons are pushed into the instruments, traveling in the same direction as the bellows. Accordion buttons, called “bass,” are pushed perpendicular to the bellows.”

It is difficult to get a real idea of the difference between the two classes of instruments from this description. How about, “Concertinas have buttons at the sides of the instruments, while accordions have keys and/or buttons at the front.” Can you show any examples of an accordion or concertina that fits your baffling description, but doesn’t fit my simple one?

The worst thing is that it is your confusing description that comes up on Google as an answer to the question, “What is the difference between an accordion and a concertina?”

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