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    Extra long shoulder straps

    If you like to play your accordion with just one shoulder strap, then you might have noticed that a lot of shoulder straps out there are actually too short. Especially for this style of playing, we have now stocked extra long shoulder straps. This basic model is made in Italy and with 126 cm total length it’s long enough to comfortably rest the accordion on your knee. Check out our shop if you are interested in ordering an extra long shoulder strap.

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    Adjustable bass strap

    We are happy to announce that we started to offer our customers adjustable bass straps. Do you have a button accordion where the bass strap is too tight or uncomfortable? In that case this might be something for you! This ‘Made in Italy’ adjustable bass strap offers great comfort for the left hand due to its padded, soft velvet material. It’s black, made of leather and very durable. With this bass strap you can finally decide how tight the strap should be around your hand. It will definitely improve your comfort in playing the button accordion. It’s easy to fit. First, you need to remove your old one and put…

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    Accordion reeds: old, used or brand new?

    We have all been there, deciding if the old accordion reeds should be tuned one last time or be upgraded to brand new ones. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do. If you are uncertain, open up the accordion and have a look at which state the reeds and valves are in. Sometimes you are lucky and the reeds are still in good condition to be tuned again. Maybe some valves have to be replaced but that is usually a quick fix unless the majority have to be changed. However if you have bought an old Hohner Erica on a flea market and it has never been serviced, or…

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    Accordion tuning | Spot tuning vs. Full tuning

    There is more than one approach to accordion tuning and it’s not always obvious what you sign up for when you have your accordion tuned. That’s why we would like to share a few of our thoughts with you on two common strategies of accordion tuning, namely the so called spot tuning and the full tuning. Let’s begin by discussing what those two terms mean. Accordion tuning A spot tuning is a partial tuning of the accordion. Not all reeds will be tuned but only those reeds that are out of tune. To determine which reeds are out of tune, the tuner will typically use it’s ear but a more…

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    Hohner Marca Registrada 3-voice accordion in D for sale

    We are happy to announce that we just finalized another custom restoration project: A super compact Hohner Marca Registrada 3-voice in the key of D. This one is motivated by all the positive feedback we received for the compact Hohner 3-voice boxes we have worked on in the past. We did not only convert the Marca Registrada from the key C to the key D, but we also added another tremolo row turning it into a full sounding 3-voice box (M+MM-). The inside was completely rebuilt to accommodate the additional reeds. We chose to tune the brand new Super Dural reeds to a nice Paolo-style medium wet tremolo with +-12ct…

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    C#/D/G accordion: Both an English Melodeon and an Irish Box!

    Here’s a cool custom restoration project. Following a customers suggestion, we converted a three row vintage Hohner accordion to the keys of C#/D/G. This unusual accordion tuning has several interesting advantages. First of all it’s two different accordions in the same instrument. An English D/G melodeon and an Irish C#/D box. This unique C#/D/G accordion allows you to switch from a lovely, bass line driven English Morris tune into a lively Irish reel both sounding authentic on their characteristic instrument tunings. Check out Ole’s demo of such a transition. If we were to be sent to a lonely island and we could bring only one box then why not bring…

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    Cajun accordion tunings explained

    A Cajun accordion has a distinct sound that is easily distinguished from other melodeons. While the powerful Cajun playing style is a big component of that sound, it is not the only one. The other bits come from the fact that these accordions are tuned to tunings that closely resemble just intonation. As a direct consequence, playing a chord that involves the third (e.g. E in the key of C) sounds much different when played on a Cajun box. While a standard tuned box with equal temperaments will produce an almost dissonant sound when playing the third and the fifth, i.e. E and G, a Cajun box will sound pure…

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    Custom made left-handed Melodeon

    Left-handed melodeons are not a common sight which is a bit surprising given that approximately 10% of the world’s population are thought to be left-handed (source: Wikipedia). It seems to us that the majority of left-handed players just learned to play the melody with their right hand. Our guess would be that this is at least partially due to the lack of (affordable) left-hand instruments. So here’s a neat little box that we have just turned from right-hand accordion into a left-hand one. First one needs to realize that even though a melodeon seems perfectly symmetric, it’s actually not and here’s why: The air button that allows you to quickly…

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    Hohner Laurel Leaf – Custom Restoration to C#D

    Here’s a wonderful Hohner Laurel Leaf that we have recently rejuvenated. These beautiful instruments were Hohner’s premium models back in the 1930ies. Hohner Laurel Leafs make very nice Irish boxes when properly cleaned and set up. In this case we went the extra mile and serviced and cleaned every single screw of the box down to the last metal parts. Since the old mechanics were corroded and the buttons yellowed, we replaced the mechanics on both treble and bass side. The original corroded reeds were removed and replaced with a set of new Tipo A Mano (TAM) reeds in C#/D. The new reeds were then tuned dry and the thirds…

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