Alan Sharkis

Registration Date: 30-06-2016
Date of Birth: 23-03-1940 (80 years old)
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Maintenance and fettling Accordion Chat
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(30-06-2020, 04:23 PM)debra Wrote:
(30-06-2020, 02:24 PM)Eddy Yates Wrote: I am a six hour drive from the nearest accordion repair person, so called one I knew in California to see if he’d work on it if I mailed it. He said, no, you’ll have to stop by the shop. That’s a $500 plane ticket during a pandemic and a $200 stay in a possibly infected hotel. Unacceptable. Glad he’s got enough work to turn me down.

Sensible person. I understand your pain, but mailing an accordion is always quite risky. Sometimes there may be no other solution, but maybe there is a repair person closer by that you don't know about yet? I have no idea how to find out. Social media may help?

If only that were true, Paul. There is an accordion repair group on Facebook. I've followed it for several months, and I find that people seeking professional repairers in the US are still referred to repair persons that are a long distance from where they live.  What's the answer -- shrink the United States? (just kidding.)  

Some years ago, I bought an acoustic accordion with midi in it from a dealer who, some time later, stopped taking repair jobs at a time when I needed something done. He referred me to a repair person who was within an hours drive from my home, who then did an excellent job. But that seldom happens, as I've been told.  Because my accordion has midi in it, I also asked if he repaired midi should I ever need something like that done, and he said he didn't. 

I learned more recently, that a man who was a long-time professional accordionist and teacher opened a repair shop even closer to where I live. He also won't touch midi. However, having those repairers so close to me seems to be a function of where I live -- in a suburb of New York City.  Not all people who own accordions live in large population centers, and may have to transport or ship their accordions a long distance to a repair tech as a result.

And, as you said, mailing an accordion is risky.  There are some repairers and dealers with repair shops who have posted videos about how to pack an accordion for shipment. I have no idea how effective these methods are.  They seem to make sense. So does the advice given about how to transport an accordion in your car or how to fly with an accordion. But again, not every accordion owner has seen these videos or has read that advice, so instruments are still being damaged in transit.  Maybe the campaign should center around increasing accordion owners' awareness about how to pack an accordion for shipment or how to transport one.    

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