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Saratovskaya

Saratovskaya garmonika

The Saratovskaya Garmonika (Саратовская Гармоника) is named after the Russian city of Saratov, and is a one-row diatonic button accordion similar to the melodeon, except that it is arranged to have the tonic major on the draw of the bellows, and the dominant on the press. Also, there is an additional centerbass button producing a drone of the dominant tone. The other bass function similarly to those on a melodeon, but they are linked to hammers which ring bells for accompaniment. It has a bright, powerful tone with reeds similar in style to other Russian instruments.

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