Isn't it BEAUTIFUL?!
I'm 5'3" heightwise, and don't weigh very much, so needed something smaller than that big old 120-base monster I had been trying to play. I dropped my requirements to the 72-base (that's the number of "buttons" on the base side, incidentally) and I find it to have been a very good decision. It's much lighter. There are five registers. These are those black buttons on the case in the picture above. They are selectors for tone changes on the piano-keyboard side. I'm fairly clumsy at changing them at the moment, but I'll get better soon!
With the brand new, crisp bellows, it's a challenge for this old lady at the moment. I'm not as smooth as I need to be. But oh, what an exercise machine this is! Practice will re-develop my arm muscles and at the same time will loosen up the bellows. So, I pick it up in the a.m. and the p.m. to...would you believe, PRACTICE! There's that word, again: PRACTICE. My fingers are gradually re-finding the scales on the bass side. What you don't use, you will lose! Takes awhile for them to remember what was routine so long ago! But my progress is rapid and memory is regaining the repertoire of songs I know in my head. So it's also a good mental exercise.
Some of our fondest memories are of camping (for three months) down the east coast of Australia waaaaay back in the 1970's. Whenever we would reach someplace where we wanted to spend a few days, we'd find a spot where we could park (and they were everywhere, along with free outdoor showers, campgrounds, or simply wide spots in the road)...and eventually, after camp was made, I would take out my accordion and begin to play. Gradually people would start to gather 'round. Some would sing, (Waltzing Matilda and Tie Me Kangaroo Down, were overwhelming favorites), some would talk, some would simply sit and listen. I'd play for an hour or so, and by then we'd made many friends.
Music IS international. I took an accordion when we made our way slowly across the U. S., into Mexico, into Canada and it was always welcome. The accordion is a truly wonderful portable instrument with all your music in one box! And I love it!