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Keyboard Layouts - 2½ Row Diatonic Accordions (including Club Melodeons)

The 2½ row melodeon has been making quite a comeback in England in recent years - it is by no means a new invention, the "Club Model"; have been around for years although modern keyboard layouts are different from the club. The 2½ row melodeon is unfortunately the most varied in terms of fingering; different manufacturers supply different fingerings from the factory and many players change the reed setup to reflect their own playing styles. I have included a B/C (Irish chromatic) 2½ row layout which makes some fingering on the B/C system easier.


Modern instruments in this category have 12 bass buttons as standard


Club models have 8 basses and a peculiar unisonoric button in the middle of the inside row. The keys listed below are the most common to find Club Models in.

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