Bandoneon

The bandoneon (or bandonion, Spanish: bandoneón) is a type of concertina particularly popular in Argentina and Uruguay. It is a typical instrument in most tango ensembles. As with other members of the concertina family, the bandoneon is held between the hands, and by pulling and pushing actions force air through bellows and then routing air through particular reeds as by pressing the instrument's buttons. Bandoneons have a different sound from accordions, because bandoneons do not usually have the register switches that are common on accordions. Nevertheless, the tone of the bandoneon can be changed a great deal using varied bellows pressure and overblowing, thus creating potential for expressive playing and diverse timbres.

Bandoneon
Other instrument
Classification Aerophone
Free reed
Wind
Hornbostel–Sachs classification412.132
(Free-reed aerophone)
DevelopedGermany mid-1800s
Related instruments
Chemnitzer concertina, concertina, harmonica, melodeon, reed organ, yu
Musicians
Ástor Piazzolla, Aníbal Troilo
(play) A bandoneon playing modern tango
Early bandoneon, c. 1905
Alfred Arnold bandoneon, c. 1949

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