Parrot piano accordions
Does anyone have one of these? I’ve been looking for a cheap PA, and have borrowed a 120 bass mid-size ‘proper’ Italian instrument, but it feels too big for me (I play a bare wood Mengascini button box, which weighs about 7kg wet through and just about fits in my pocket. If I’m wearing the special trousers, that is).
A friend pointed me to a junk shop (sorry, Antique Emporium) which turned out to have two PAs. One is a green Parrot (Chinese) brand. It has a very dry sound, although one of the couplers was broken so I couldn’t check out the full range. I much preferred the reeds, though, to the fancy Italian box. Also, it has 48 basses, but in four rows - what would they be? I’d guess bass note, major, minor, major augmented 7th?
The machine was very dusty (I’m guessing 40-50 years old?), and I’d need to check that all the keys worked, but I’m thinking a broken coupler would be a relatively easy thing to fix? The keys were not full size - would they be 3/4 size? And how playable does that make them? I knocked out a basic tune, based on what I play on the piano, so I couldn’t really tell how ‘fast’ it would be once I was familiar with it.
Any advice? Should I take the plunge, or buy a fully guaranteed one from a music shop?