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Dick Rees

As an accordion player myself, both diatonic and piano, I’ll give you the straight skinny.

If the player wants a DI, he’s got (proper) mic(s) mounted already. If you need to add a mic for the right hand, anything will do, but a Sennheiser 441 is the best. He will know how to “work it”.

You’ll want a separate channel for his instrument in the monitors. A hard split will do.

Do not use any compression on it UNLESS REQUESTED BY THE PLAYER, and certainly not in the monitor. Dynamic playing is absolutely integral to this style and changing the dynamics with compression is a no-no.

Don’t forget: one channel for the mains, one channel for the monitors.