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Accordéons Fratèlibénar

Presentation

The Corbinola accordion, name of its designer Philippe Corbin is a self-playing accordion which works from MIDI files and which has a range of 49 notes (2 octaves for bass and 2 octaves for melody).
One shown here, the first prototype, was based on Marinucci accordion which was first built in 1934.

The first automatic accordion Corbinola
Self-playing accordion on the basis of a Marinucci made in 1934

Contrary to a numerical accordion which as its name indicates it, plays a numerical (or synthesized) sound, Corbinola is an acoustic instrument. We preserve the original reeds to preserve the grain of the instrument, if possible.


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The accordion receives a card SD (as certain numerical cameras) which can contain more than 65.000 pieces in MIDI files. Just select a song and the accordion starts to play. You will be able to create your own musics thanks to a musical editor software or to another MIDI instrument.
However, only the action of the notes is automatic. The music lover (but not inevitably musician) who uses Corbinola does not have to press on the keys of the accordion but must make use of the bellows to feed the reeds. He's therefore still responsible for the expression and will quickly learn to handle the bellows.
The accordion is powered by an internal battery and can play without any connection. A connector of charge located at the back of the melody keyboard makes it possible to connect your Corbinola accordion and charge the battery. It has an autonomy of about 4 or 5 hours in play and it's possible to play with the charge cable connected.

Another self-playing Corbinola accordion
Automatic Corbinola accordion on the basis of a Maugein Frères accordion. It have been possible to preserve the registers and it inherited two MIDI plugs to communicate with other equipments