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Lets face it, a beginner can't afford the price of an Italian one,
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This review is from: Scarlatti D/G Melodeon Accordion - Wood (Electronics)
Having been inspired to have a crack at the melodeon I began the long task of researching what to buy. Now as you may have noticed there is no dipping into the melodeon market, you have to jump in two feet first. By that I mean there are no 'cheap' melodeons. Yes, some are cheaper than others, but a quick Amazon search will find the cheapest (none toy) to be around £290. Let's say you decided to have a crack at the guitar you could probably get one for £50 no biggy if you didn't take to it. So £500 for this melodeon you had better be pretty committed.
Anyway if you have got this far and are seriously considering a melodeon, I, from my limited knowledge, do recommend this one as a good place to start. Now I have been fortunate enough to have had a go on a Castagnari and this is by no means in that league but neither was my budget. But I am very pleased I went for this one.
From my research this melodeon is made in China and contains Italian parts and reeds. There are opinions for and against these melodeons I fall firmly in the for camp. Yes it's not as well made (Though still "well made" if you know what I mean) But beginners like myself have to start somewhere and God bless the Chinese for making an instrument like this accessible. Yes you could buy second hand but this review is based on buying a new one.
I had my heart set on this wooden 'Italian' look and although on close inspection you can see where some of the parts do look a little cheap overall it looks stunning! The wood finish is gorgeous and overall it seems very well put together. I think buyers of this melodeon will eventually want to upgrade the strap as this is perhaps the biggest let down as although functional it is REALLY cheap and I can see it breaking in the not too distant future.
The bellows are a little stiff but I am chalking this up to it being brand new and i'm sure they will ease with use.
I think it sounds great all the notes sound well and it is not shrill like some melodeons I have heard. The Bass notes are nice and deep and the chords clear.
Something the description does not tell you but is worth mentioning the chin buttons are ACCIDENTALS not low notes as on some melodeons. This is great as it means that one way or another you have access to a chromatic scale as some tunes contain these notes that are outside the keys of D and G.
Overall if your looking to start playing the melodeon and your budget stretches to £500 this is a great purchase.
Pros: Looks Amazing, Sounds Good, "Affordable", Comes with a Gig Bag
Cons: Strap is a bit cheap, Some parts are of a lower quality
Addendum: The picture shows the inlays on the keys and the bellow locking straps to be red. The one that was delivered to me they were black. Still looks great but worth mentioning