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“This is a nice piece of gear. Jon will go out to the circle part of the stage and take the four guys out with him, and seeing how we can't physically strap a keyboard to David I got this Roland FR7X digital accordion in for him.
“At the start of this tour David said he wanted to MIDI his accordion so that he could get access to our sampler system, so I did a little investigation and found out that Roland make this accordion. The FR7X is an orchestral accordion, so it's fully electronic. We can get accordion sounds of it, as well as organ, piano and strings. It sounds amazing, and David mainly uses the accordion when Jon goes out into the circle part of the stage for Saturday Night.
“It costs around $7500. When I got it I had to go through the manual, learn how to program it, then strap it on David to see what he thought of it. The accordion is a good solution for us because it's MIDI-able.
“Roland really helped us out with it because they are very hard pieces to get hold of. Seeing how it's electronic, you don't have to bellow it. Although there are settings if you do want to bellow it, which David does! It's kind of like an expression pedal for him.
“As soon as Roland got us this one at the beginning of the tour, David liked it so much that I called them, thanked them, and then I said, 'Okay, I need another one!'”