I am often asked about buying an accordion and what to look out for or what to consider when looking for an accordion.
Anyone just starting out with the accordion is sure to be daunted by the wide range of accordions available. be that in terms of size, brand or layout of the keys and buttons. The list below highlights just some of the issues to consider, but ultimately there is no right or wrong answer when buying your own accordion. It is very much a matter of personal taste.
So, here are my top 10 tips to consider when buying an accordion
- BASSES – having 96 or 120 bass buttons will give more flexibility. Fewer might limit your playing in the future
- BUDGET – Stick to your budget. Decide what an accordion is worth to you
- TRY BEFORE YOU BUY – Get a feel for the instrument, check all is working and is there a guarantee on the accordion? Especially if buying second hand
- TRUSTED SELLER – Buy from someone you trust, be that a shop, online retailer or friend – My own online shop (Free the Reed) is available here
- SECONDHAND – Pre-owned accordions can offer great value for money. Many shops and online retailers have a good selection
- BRAND – Bear in mind accordions are made in various countries and in varying quality. Do not assume that a European sounding name on an accordion means that it is made in Europe
- PIANO OR BUTTON – This is very much personal taste, but if you are going for a button accordion, make sure you know which system it uses and if you are going for lessons, can your teacher teach button accordion?
- SYSTEM – There are pros and cons for the different button systems. Make sure your teacher is comfortable teaching the system you choose before buying
- ONLINE AUCTION SITES – Only use these if you know what you are getting or if you fancy a punt on an accordion
- RESELLING – A good quality accordion, that has been well looked after should have a good resell value
What do you think? Let me know if you consider any other key issues when buying an accordion.