Inside the bandoneon

Last night at a milonga I was chatting to a longtime friend and milonguero who owns a bandoneon. I have never had the opportunity to even hold a bandoneon, though I would love to sit with someone who can play and watch as they showed me how to get the different notes.
I can read music and I learnt the piano for many years. I am told it is amazingly complicated to play, with different notes on each of the two keyboards depending whether the bellows are out or in!
This instrument has always held me in awe. I am fascinated by the sound it makes when it is played by a master and listening to a tango orchestra with bandoneon is almost more exciting for me than dancing! Which is probably one of the things that keeps me involved in tango.
For some reason we started talking about the inside of the bandoneon... have you ever wondered what this amazing instrument looks like inside? So I checked it out on the internet and this is what I found... much more complicated than the inside of a piano!

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Zapping Zeg said…
What an amazing instrument! To look at the inside just reminds me how complex it really is. I recently adopted a Bandoneon and will start lessons next week! I was excited to find this website, as my name is also Angelina and I am a Tanguera, however I live in the USA. :)

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