Tagged: Accordions

Ethos public relations have helped to design and commission a set of three metallic accordion pin badges finished in copper, nickel and gold plating.

bayan button accordion badges

Button accordion / bayan badges

They were made in England by a long established family run business based in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter.

Modelled on a traditional 3 row bayan button accordion from Tula in Russia, it makes an ideal gift for chromatic accordion, diatonic accordion or bayan players, performers or enthusiasts. In fact they will make a perfect accessory for those interested in any of the multitude of instruments that combine bellows and buttons.

Musicians are often very proud of the instrument they play and until now there haven’t been metallic button accordion badges available to buy, whereas there are plenty of violin, guitar and even piano accordion badges available. I’m very glad to say there are now.

As far as I know these are the only button accordion pin badges available in the UK and are ideal gifts for accordion teachers to give to students. The three different metallic finishes on the badges can even make them suitable as a three tier award system.

These badges have been produced at a time when the button accordion is enjoying something of a revival, amongst classical as well as folk musicians, due to the variety and versatility of these wonderful instruments.

The badges cost £5 each, or a set of all three colours costs £12 (postage and packaging is calculated on the checkout page). Accordion teachers and music shops looking for larger quantities should contact me for prices.

They are available to order online here and or you can contact me to place an order or answer any questions you may have.

Most of the points below are commonsense and apply to most musical instruments or delicate pieces of equipment, but I think they are worth repeating here.

Piano accordion

Keep your accordion clean with a soft cloth

Over the years, I have seen numerous examples of problems with accordions down to some of the issues below.

I have heard of cases where reeds have fallen off an accordion when the wax has melted – yes, even in our usually cool weather.

I have heard of reports of woodworm in a fairly new accordion, thought I have never seen that myself.

But with care an accordion will last you a lifetime, so just pick it up and enjoy playing!

  1. Cleaning – never use strong chemical cleaners. Dry and polish with a soft cloth only.
  2. Case – when not in use for prolonged periods store your accordion in its case. A hard case helps to protect your instrument, but a soft case is lighter to carry.
  3. Keys or buttons – be careful not to knock the keys or buttons, especially when putting the accordion into or taking it out of its case.
  4. Storage – store your accordion in the same position as when you play. This keeps the valves and palettes in their best alignment.
  5. Avoid damp – avoid damp conditions for storage as these can result in warping of the wooden frame and rust on metal parts.
  6. Avoid heat – avoid extremes of temperature, especially be wary of storing your accordion in a hot place, which could soften or melt the wax used to hold the reeds in place.
  7. Avoid shock – accordions are made up of hundreds of individual parts. Although generally robust, avoid sudden sharp knocks which can cause misalignment of the levers, palettes or reeds.
  8. Bellows – Do not allow anyone to pull your accordion open unless a key or button is being depressed at the same time.
  9. Strap – the strap and in particular, buckles can cause damage to the outside of your accordion and its keys. So store your accordion with the straps folded behind the accordion away from the keyboard and bass buttons
  10. Use it! Don’t store your accordion for long periods, take it out of its case, play it and enjoy it!