I thought I’d open a thread for our new member, Mr Bread Pudding, who’s looking for a melodica with musette tuning.
My Mk I Vibrandoneon originally came with musette tuning. It had 2 reed banks tuned to (nearly) the same pitch. it wasn’t a sound I was keen on, and I ended up taking out a whole set of reeds to provide a single reed sound. Of course the Vibrandoneon is now extinct…
“I have tried making one out of an old accordion, but no luck so far”
This sounds really interesting – it would be great to see some photos of how you went about this. I’m wondering what difficulties you encountered?
My bandonina has octave tuned reeds, not musette/vibrato tuned. However, it is possible to do musette tuning with the same structure. https://www.facebook.com/salmelainstruments/ I added some photos yesterday, and there is a video with the owner of the instrument.
In the first video linked by MM, there is some vibrato because the reeds are still in factory tuning and many of the octaves don’t match. I’m still doing work on the instrument, my customer now wants it a bit shorter. The bass notes require a lot of air, and a decent breathing technique. So, the next version will be 32 notes F-c, easier to handle.