Elkavox 83 Photos

April 20, 2016

The Elkavox 83 is my second and most preferred instrument for playing anything but classical music.  While the Hohner is my “serious” instrument, the Elka is the “fun” one.  It originally came from the dealer with MIDI installed, however, I don’t think that the standard channels were defined.

Traditionally, one sees CH1 as right hand, CH2 as bass and CH3 as chords.  My Elkavox is set up with CH1 for the right hand, CH2 for the bass and CH4 for the chords.  I am sure that it is settable somewhere, but I believe that the MIDI board is in the tone generator, not the accordion itself.  I say this because the MIDI cable is attached to the tone generator.

Still, the Elka is a beautiful accordion and it is overall of above average quality and sound and though it is after all an analog electrical accordion, it has some of the loveliest sounds that I have heard when compared to other similar accordions.  Of particular note are the lovely organ sounds, a really stunning trumpet and sax and a xylophone effect that is very pleasant.

Below we have a sliding gallery window with 8 photos in the gallery.  Clicking on the left or right side of the picture moves the gallery forward or backward one picture at a time, or backwards in larger numbers by clicking on the dots underneath the window.  One can also go full frame and see larger versions of all photos by clicking in the upper-right part of the frame.  To return back to a small size, click the ESC (or Escape) button.  If it is not there, click on the “X” at the top right of the screen.

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With double Cassotto and hand-made reeds (two very rare options on an “83”), this accordion has an excellent sound and in conjunction with the analog electronics and MIDI make this instrument very capable and versatile.  This is the accordion I used most when recording music, making it more or less my studio accordion (up until I brought in the Roland, of course).  🙂

5:32 PM 4/10/2016