All Types Of Chromatic & Diatonic Accordion Repairs:
Like any quality musical instrument, accordions need servicing, re-tuning and maintenance to work properly. Like a harmonica, they have brass reeds which create a sound, or timbre, when air is pushed through them. And unlike a piano, they do not have strings - but they do have keys, pallets and many mechanical parts inside them.
Accordion repairs can be costly. They certainly can take many, many hours of work, as there are often two, three, or four separate reed blocks; tremolo and musette tunings; plus the bass mechanisms and all their reeds. In all, there are hundreds of parts in an accordion. Just one thing going wrong can make it sound pretty bad at times.
So, they are very delicate instruments and they can require a lot of time and work to get going. Especially as there are hundreds for sale online these days and people would love to have them playing again. But there is a lot that can be done, at an affordable price, to improve the sound and playing of your instrument.
So, in sending an accordion in for repair, you must have realistic expectations of :
• the age and condition of the instrument;
• the brand and quality of the instrument as it was made;
• the time it will take to work on the instrument to get it to playing condition.
There are a lot of things I can do in a cost effective way to improve what you've got, before you get into paying big bucks. Cleaning out the dirt and dust, adjusting reeds and valves and straightening pallets etc. can make an instrument play properly and get it going nicely again.
After this, the big cost is tuning the reeds. For this reason, a cap is usually put on repairs and as much as possible is done within this price range. This could be from $150 to $800 depending on the work and parts required. After that, the amount of time and money spent can be like restoring a classic car. You can spend a lot of money getting it fixed. You have to decide a what level and point you want to stop.
As new student accordions range from the $700-$4,000 mark, and professional models go for $5000 to $25,000, and up to $60,000 for a custom hand-made Gola model, the amount of work required will depend on the quality of the instrument and playing level you are at. This can be discussed before hand. If however, you just really like your accordion and want it fixed up nicely, I am am happy to do that for you.
The size of the accordion - a 48 bass or 120 bass for example - will determine costs involved. As will the number of reed blocks in each unit. Diatonic button accordions are smaller, and concertinas are smaller with less reeds again. Each job however is priced on work done and for parts used. If you would like a repair made, please contact Tony Peri for further information.
The advantage of getting a good old accordion fixed up AND properly tuned, is that we can set the tremolo to how you like it (wet, dry or in between; and adjust the tuning to the concert pitch of your choice (A443 to A440 for instance). If you know what you want, I can help you fine tune the setup of you instrument, so it sounds sweet and in the zone that you like.
Genuine Quality Parts
Quality Accordion Accessories & Parts Used At Reedworks
• I have direct access to the Hohner Germany and Castagnari Italia factories for genuine replacement parts for repairs.
• Accessories such as Italian made shoulder straps, cases & gigbags are in stock for your new or used instruments and can be bought seperately from Reedworks.
• Replacement bellows available, made to order.
• Hand made Italian reed blocks available for repairs, upgrades and new layouts.
"By using quality parts when doing repairs, your accordion will sound better and last longer."
- Tony Peri
Hohner, Castagnari & Other Accordions
I service all brands of accordions. But I also have direct access to specific and genuine factory parts for all Hohner accordions. Some parts like grille cloth and valves are generic. Other parts are specific to the maker. I also use high quality parts from Italy as my first choice and preference. As of September, 2020, I now have access directly with the Castagnari factory in Italy, for servicing and repairing for you, their melodeons and accordions in Australia.
When it comes to accordions, German and Italian made instruments are known to be the finest of quality instruments. It's also true that some of the Chinese made accordions are now pretty reasonable, at a good price. The Hohner made accordions from China are excellent value and nicely made. As are some of the Weltmeisters. But not all the other brands are finished off that well and, though new, can need a service sooner than a professional level instrument. But a good service and going over can still bring you good results if that's your budget.
If buying a second hand accordion 'to save money', make sure its been serviced properly first. Otherwise, you need to factor in the cost of tuning and repairs on top of your purchase price.
Sending Your Accordion To Me For Repair
Send instruments in their case, well padded and packed. Include your name, phone, email and address. If there are any specific instructions, tuning preferences or problems, make a note or discuss this with me.
Its best to contact me first to book in a repair and availability. Due to my workload, turnaround time is usually 2-6 weeks. Enquire on repair times, however, as depending on the nature of the repairs I am often working on 2 or 3 instruments at once and some jobs take longer than others.
I am based in Sydney, Australia and service accordions and melodeons from all over Australia.