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So what makes a melodeon a melodeon? A melodeon is most definitely a type of accordion, but with a few restrictions. First, a melodeon always has button keys (two or three rows of them), never a piano-style keyboard. In addition, a melodeon is always single-action (see above); pulling the bellows out generates a different note than pushing the bellows in. For all practical purposes, two players—one talking about his melodeon, and the other about his two-or three-row diatonic button-key accordion—will be talking about the very same thing.