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ACCORDION REPAIRS AND TUNING​

​The Accordion Workshop offers a comprehensive list of repairs and has an extensive collection of rare and original accordion parts.

Repairing accordions is specialised work and a very time consuming process. Overhauling 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, because if the accordion is in a poor condition the cost of repairing it could be high. Each accordion is different and a full quote can only be provided once the accordion has been inspected.

Brand new Italian or German made accordions sell 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

Prices reflect the amount of time it takes to complete each job. These prices are subject to change and only represent an estimate.

SMALL JOBS

 

  • Stuck key repair: $100

  • Replacing one broken reed: $100 ($25 for each additional reed requiring replacement.)

  • Adding or removing tremolo (wet or dry tuning): $250

  • Bass strap repair/replacement: $120/$175

  • Resetting keyboards when the keys are uneven: $200

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

  • Replacing bellow straps: $100

  • Replacing and resetting pallets (leathers and felts) often the cause of a constant droning. Depending on how many pallets and which side of the accordion: $250 (treble side) $350-$500 (bass side - Depending if the bass mechanism is removable as a whole or if it will have to be disassembled to access the pallets).

  • Bass Mechanism Repair: $100-$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: $175 (depending on the severity of the problem).

  • Repair leaking bellows: $150

  • Stuck button repair: depends on how many buttons are stuck and what the cause is. Sometimes it's just a matter of realigning a button and sometimes it can be an issue with the bass mechanism.

LARGE JOBS

 

  • Tuning a piano accordion or five row chromatic accordion (when the accordion is generally out of tune and does not require work on the valves). $400-$500 depending on size and age.

  • Tuning a piano accordion or five row chromatic accordion that requires valve replacement or resetting: $600-$800 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).

  • Overhaul/restoration of a piano or chromatic accordion including: tuning, re-waxing reed blocks, resetting or replacing valves, replacing damaged reeds and any other required repairs.

12-24 bass $800

32-48 bass $900
60-72 bass $1000
96-120 bass $1200 ($1400 if the accordion has a tone chamber/cassotto setup).

  • Tuning a melodeon/diatonic accordion one, two or three row (when the melodeon is generally out of tune). $250-$300

  • Tuning a melodeon/diatonic accordion that requires valve replacement or resetting. $450

  • Overhaul/restoration of a melodeon/diatonic accordion including: tuning, re-waxing reed blocks, resetting or replacing valves, replacing damaged reeds and any other required repairs. $700

  • Tuning a one row melodeon/diatonic accordion with stops. (Hohner HA-112, HA-113, HA-114 or similar). Call or email for more information.

* Please note that sometimes large jobs can be refused. This is usually for the following reasons: if the accordion is in very poor condition, if an excessive overhaul is required, if the accordion is very old, or if the accordion is poorly manufactured.

OTHER AVAILABLE REPAIRS

  • 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.

Please note that very old accordions are often more difficult to overhaul and quotes for such instruments may be higher than the prices quoted above.

 

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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