Geoff de Limousin post_id=62470 time=1535894394 user_id=1371 said:Well John ,
I guess your man is more reasonable, but in fairness I asked my repairer to give me a rough idea , sight unseen, and he quoted me a just in case of difficulties price and said that every reed would have to be taken off the blocks to do the job properly and his price looks like 3 to 4 euros per reed to tune each down to 440.. Im sure there is VAT and a garantee in that quote as well. But yes it is a sizeable chunk of money and I assume many other accordionists just play their aquisitions and plead ignorance regarding the diapason. Of course a good chunk of musette wetness will cover many disparities.
I suppose labour costs are probably dearer in France. The guy who does mine has been a pro player for a long time. Hes an engineer to trade and taught himself to tune and repair all types of boxes, so I suppose hes not a dedicated repairer/tuner, and therefore doesnt charge high prices. Its a struggle here to find anybody at all that is prepared to tackle a French box, but hes done one or two before and made a decent job of mine. We had a little issue when I wanted it tuned americain, as hes had no experience of that. However, all went well. Probably not as precise a job as your local man would have done, but I suppose you get what you pay for. Ill put the brick away!