With a new accordion costing up to several thousand pounds, many of us are likely to buy our accordion secondhand.
Having a budget and sticking to it is important. As is making sure that the accordion you buy suits your learning and playing aspirations.
If possible, buy from an established accordion shop or online retailer and discuss with them what you want from an accordion and what you want to spend.
If you are just beginning to learn to play the accordion, you may want to buy a cheaper, smaller accordion to see how you get on. But bear in mind that you might ‘outgrow’ an accordion with a limited number of keys and basses.
This is why there is a large market in second hand 48 bass and 24 bass accordions.
Try before you buy. If you are just starting to learn to play the accordion, I can lend you an instrument (deposit necessary) until you decide to buy your own instrument.
I often have secondhand accordions for sale on behalf of students who have upgraded to new accordions, so feel free to ask or take a look at a selection of new and second hand accordions here Free the Reed Accordions.
Students often ask me how to choose an accordion. There is no simple answer as it very much depends on the student’s needs and aspirations, but take a look at these general tips, which are based on my experience.
Stick to your budget. Prices for accordions vary a great deal, so have a budget in mind and stick to it. Consider why you are buying an accordion. Clearly, if you want to perform you are likely to want a more sophisticated instrument.