This concluding chapter charts the relationships between all the different communities, regions, and phases of the accordion's life discussed so far, exploring common threads and disjunctions throughout history. It moves the study of the accordion away from the traditional subdiscipline of organology and attempts to say something about the processes through which instruments evolve. Musical instruments entail a great deal of disjunctions between the makers, individuals, institutions, and ideas that shape them at different phases in their history. This chapter offers a perspective on the very breadth of variables involved in all the repertoires, practices, and ideas of accordionists, which enables us to see, among all the variables, continuity and harmony among different sectors of the accordion world.
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