In this things-inside-the-box post, I will have to stretch the premise a tiny bit and move to things outside the box. This one is about a shoulder or thumb strap on the accordion and things in between. In between? Yes, apparently such a thing exists. But see for yourself:
I always thought that there are three ways one can hold and play the button accordion:
One shoulder strap
Two shoulder straps
Only thumb strap
Whether the shoulder or thumb strap on the accordion is to be preferred is discussed by many (for example here) but seems to be a matter of personal preference in the end.
With this in mind, take a look at the following
That’s the first time I have ever seen a concertina-like hand strap on an accordion.
For me it feels awful to play and that’s mostly because the fingers are forced in such a weird position. I can imagine someone who is used to placing his hand behind the keyboard, like Mairtin O’Connor, might actually be ok with it…
It would be interesting to know if someone else has come across such a construction before. Or even more so, if someone is actually playing like this?
What do you think?