ACCORDION REPAIRS AND TUNING

The Accordion Workshop offers a comprehensive list of repairs including full restoration of vintage accordions.

Repairing accordions is specialised work and a very time consuming process. Fully restoring a vintage accordion can take several days of meticulous full-time work. Please be aware of the time and skill involved in repairing and tuning accordions before purchasing a vintage accordion online, at a garage sale or a market. Each accordion is different and a full quote can only be provided once the accordion has been inspected.

New Italian and German made accordions retail for thousands of dollars. Restoring a vintage accordion can be a much more cost effective option and provide a beautiful sounding and unique instrument for the accordionist.

It can also be a very satisfying experience to restore a family heirloom accordion to playable condition.

AVAILABLE REPAIRS AND PRICE GUIDE

Below are approximate prices for many of the accordion repairs offered at The Accordion Workshop. These prices are subject to change and only represent an estimate.

  • Tuning a piano accordion or five row chromatic accordion (when the accordion is generally out of tune). $300-$400 depending on size.

  • Tuning a piano accordion or five row chromatic accordion that requires valve replacement or resetting: $400-$600 Depending on the age and condition, number of reed blocks, number of bass buttons, etc. (Fluttering and popping sounds are signs that valves require work).

  • Complete overhaul and restoration of a piano/chromatic accordion including: tuning, re-waxing reed blocks, resetting or replacing valves, replacing damaged reeds and any other required repairs.
    12-24 bass $550
    32-48 bass $650
    60-72 bass $750
    96-120 bass $900 ($1000 if the accordion has a tone chamber).

  • Tuning a melodeon/diatonic accordion one, two or three row (when the melodeon is generally out of tune). $200-$250

  • Complete overhaul and restoration of a melodeon/diatonic accordion including: tuning, re-waxing reed blocks, resetting or replacing valves, replacing damaged reeds and any other required repairs. $400

  • Tuning a one row melodeon/diatonic accordion with stops. (Hohner HA-112, HA-113, HA-114 or similar). 2 stops $300, 3 stops $350, 4 stops $400.

  • Tuning or replacing a single reed: $50

  • Re-waxing reed blocks: $80 per block (buzzing or crackling sounds are a sign that wax needs to be replaced).

  • Adding or removing tremolo (wet or dry tuning): $200

  • Bass strap repair/replacement: $100/$150

  • Resetting keyboards when the keys are uneven: $175

  • Replacing a broken key: $120 (depending on part availability).

  • Replacing bellow straps: $60

  • Replacing and resetting pallets (leathers and felts).

    (depending on how many and which side of the accordion): $150 Keyboard side, $250 Bass side.

  • Bass Mechanism Repair: $250 Depending on the severity of the problem. Some bass mechanisms are beyond the point of repair and will need to be inspected before work can be started. Note: Some bass mechanisms are easily repaired in around ten minutes. In such a case the cost is much lower.

  • Register switch/mechanism repair: $120 (depending on the severity of the problem).

  • Repair leaking bellows: $120

  • Cosmetic repairs: Call or email for more information.

  • Re-taping Bellows: Call or email for more information.

  • Melodeon Conversion (for example C/F to D/G): Call or email for more information.

  • Pitch Change. Most Italian made accordions are tuned to A = 442 Hz or A = 443 Hz. Most German and Chinese made accordions are tuned to A = 440 Hz. Accordions will be tuned to their set pitch unless a pitch change is requested. Call or email for more information.

For any other repairs please call or email for advice. The usual turnaround time is one to two weeks for small jobs and up to a month for larger jobs.

All quotes and inspections are free.

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