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Buying an Accordion
« on: June 19, 2008, 03:34:36 AM »

So, I want to buy an accordion. I just want one. It looks like a fun instrument to learn, and I need more instruments that I can't play that well.

I also want it to be the last accordion I ever buy, given how fucking expensive they are. I was looking at this one, which is a thirty key forty-eight bass. The site says that it will play in all keys, which sounds good to me, because I can play piano music that I already know on it.

However, for ninety dollars more, I can get a thirty key seventy-two bass. Is it worth the extra ninety dollars for the extra twenty-four bass buttons?

Oh, and another question, buying a used accordion on ebay is a bad idea, because of all the little reeds and parts inside that can get old and worn and then be passed off as working and in good condition because it's ebay and people on the internet suck, right?
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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2008, 01:28:49 PM »

If you're wanting an accordion to be the last you'll ever buy (that won't be the case, by the way), then you're not going to want anything less than a 72-bass. If you actually get anywhere near good at the accordion, then you're going to be stupidly limited by anything under that size.

Buy new from a reputable dealer. Accordions are the most fragile instrument I know of. Hard to fix yourself, too.

I currently rock a 72-bass Hohner Bravo III. It was new at about $1700. It's not the best thing in the world (and is currently in need of fixing), but it's probably the minimum a professional would touch. Next up the list on the Hohner line from the Bravo would probably be the Amica.

Do not but a Chinese-made accordion. They sound godawful.

Nice accordions are expensive things. In my experience, if you're looking to buy one and for it to be the last you'll ever buy, you're going to be looking at spending a minimum of $1800.
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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2008, 12:11:47 PM »

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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2008, 05:36:45 PM »

If you're wanting an accordion to be the last you'll ever buy (that won't be the case, by the way), then you're not going to want anything less than a 72-bass. If you actually get anywhere near good at the accordion, then you're going to be stupidly limited by anything under that size.

Buy new from a reputable dealer. Accordions are the most fragile instrument I know of. Hard to fix yourself, too.

I currently rock a 72-bass Hohner Bravo III. It was new at about $1700. It's not the best thing in the world (and is currently in need of fixing), but it's probably the minimum a professional would touch. Next up the list on the Hohner line from the Bravo would probably be the Amica.

Do not but a Chinese-made accordion. They sound godawful.

Nice accordions are expensive things. In my experience, if you're looking to buy one and for it to be the last you'll ever buy, you're going to be looking at spending a minimum of $1800.

Okay. The ones I was looking at are chinese, and I should have realized that I couldn't get something decent for that cheap. I'm looking at hohners now, and I can get a Hohnica 2352 for about $700. The site says that it's perfect for entry-level musicians, too. I think I'll go into town and try it out, and if I like it, buy it. Then if I get any good, I'll buy this one.
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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2008, 12:33:01 PM »

I've been wanting to buy an accordion, also.  I've been doing a tiny bit of research (emphasis on tiny), but am still unsure as to what I should get. I found this one craigslist (though I am leery of buying used): http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/msg/790825317.html

and was wondering if it was okay as a beginner accordion. There is not a lot of information about it listed. I don't want to spend loads of cash (buying a brand new one) on something I'm not sure I'll be capable of learning.  Any advice would be appreciated as I am completely new to the wonderful world of accordions.
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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2008, 01:21:02 PM »

trust ME i know...

get this one..

cost: about 19.00

where to find: Toys r us

notice: the double butter flies (very important)


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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2008, 07:56:33 PM »

^^^ That's about all I can afford.
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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2008, 08:34:05 PM »

^^^ That's about all I can afford.

that's all you NEED to afford.. that thing has 7 keys!!  yikes!
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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2008, 10:42:25 PM »

It's a lot easier to learn how to play on an accordion with only a handful of bass keys (my first one had 32), but they won't last you beyond that initial learning period.  If you can find a decent 120 bass key accordion that you can afford, get that.  It'll be harder to learn, but you won't find yourself limited down the road.  If you want one that you can't afford, get one from Petosa Accordions in Seattle.  They're not only the best in the country (and amongst the best in the world), but they're guaranteed to last longer than you.  Too bad they cost as much as a new car.
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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2008, 10:47:45 PM »


I totally had one of those when I was like five!

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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2008, 11:48:46 PM »

Heh. I remember this thread. I was horribly undermedicated.

Like, two weeks after this I wanted to buy a charango.

Come to think of it, I still want an accordion and a charango. But with medication, I'm sane enough to know that normal people don't go out and drop $800+ on an instrument that they have absolutely no experience with.

The moral of the story: Don't forget your pills, kiddies.
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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2008, 03:58:12 AM »

trust ME i know...

get this one..

cost: about 19.00

where to find: Toys r us

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haha i have one just like that, her name is moira. i play barnabus more though, he was about $10 more, but he has keys! ... and he isnt broken... damn that broken moira...
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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2008, 06:27:16 AM »

you could always make your own!
http://www.madehow.com/Volume-3/Accordion.html
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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2008, 07:43:02 PM »

Heh. I remember this thread. I was horribly undermedicated.

Like, two weeks after this I wanted to buy a charango.

Come to think of it, I still want an accordion and a charango. But with medication, I'm sane enough to know that normal people don't go out and drop $800+ on an instrument that they have absolutely no experience with.

The moral of the story: Don't forget your pills, kiddies.

All I'm seeing is an inverse correlation between medication and accordions... Which tells me medication is a Bad Thing.
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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2008, 07:26:30 AM »

Heh. I remember this thread. I was horribly undermedicated.

Like, two weeks after this I wanted to buy a charango.

Come to think of it, I still want an accordion and a charango. But with medication, I'm sane enough to know that normal people don't go out and drop $800+ on an instrument that they have absolutely no experience with.

The moral of the story: Don't forget your pills, kiddies.

All I'm seeing is an inverse correlation between medication and accordions... Which tells me medication is a Bad Thing.

Yes, but without medication I do really bad things. Like the time I went to wheeling island and lost $5000. Or the several times I've lost my car. Or the time I closed all my bank accounts and hid all my money in a shoebox under my bed. I could go on.

I firmly believe that if it was fifty years ago, I would be institutionalized. Or dead. Modern antipsychotic medication is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Or at least since ECT. The problem is, sometimes I just forget, and after a week or two, I just lose it.
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Re: Buying an Accordion
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2008, 10:04:22 AM »

I concede that those things are worse than no accordions.
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