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Hi everyone,

It’s been about 3 months playing my Titano. The straps were looking pretty sad when I got it, and one finally gave way which I’m not surprised about. Thankfully no damage to the accordion as it didn’t fall anywhere. However now I’m in the market for a couple of straps, in the Toronto area. Can I order anything online from somewhere reputable? Any advice on cost/quality brands or where to look? Value brand will suffice as I usually sit down with it anyways, I’m not putting weight on it. Preferably red. It’s for a Titano “Dandy” lady-size/student 41/120 pictured below. Thanks for any help!

Note: I just saw this cheap brand on Amazon, I know it’s not great but will it do the job for now:

Cheap red straps on Amazon

Those are PU (polyurethane?). Any options for cloth and leather at a reasonable price? These are leather but black, I may have to just stick with black if I can’t find red or it costs too much. Are these any good:

Black leather straps


Thanks again.
 

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I have both of these. The leather Levy's are nicer, but just a thin strip so potentially not as comfortable. And they are very long! I think the fake leather ones are just fine for a smaller accordion. True, they are "fake" but look and work fine for the price. Will they last? We'll find out!

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Thanks for the advice! I found a local supplier of quality straps but obviously at a price. With shipping it will be quite a bit more:

Quality Italy Straps

I guess if I want to cheapen out and get some PU for now it will work but I doubt it will last anywhere close to leather. I know the Levy’s are not padded but if I’m sitting there is probably not much weight on it. My accordion is 16.5 lbs.
 
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I have an ancient Scandalli, four voice, 41/120 PA with a broken strap. It's been broken for decades. When it broke, I made a temporary fix, bridging the gap with a scrap piece of leather and some metal "leather" rivets, meaning to replace the old straps with new asap.
That was 20+ years ago.
Still going strong!😄
"Make haste slowly!"🤣
 
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I have an ancient Scandalli, four voice, 41/120 PA with a broken strap. It's been broken for decades. When it broke, I made a temporary fix, bridging the gap with a scrap piece of leather and some metal "leather" rivets, meaning to replace the old straps with new asap.
That was 20+ years ago.
Still going strong!😄
"Make haste slowly!"🤣
The couple of PAs which I got hold of for my own education into the inner workings of accordions had both been heavily used - the shoulder straps had been repaired many times using old trouser belts and rivets of various kinds. On one of them, the bass strap appeared to have been fashioned from bits of horse harness!
 
Hi everyone,

It’s been about 3 months playing my Titano. The straps were looking pretty sad when I got it, and one finally gave way which I’m not surprised about. Thankfully no damage to the accordion as it didn’t fall anywhere. However now I’m in the market for a couple of straps, in the Toronto area. Can I order anything online from somewhere reputable? Any advice on cost/quality brands or where to look? Value brand will suffice as I usually sit down with it anyways, I’m not putting weight on it. Preferably red. It’s for a Titano “Dandy” lady-size/student 41/120 pictured below. Thanks for any help!

Note: I just saw this cheap brand on Amazon, I know it’s not great but will it do the job for now:

Cheap red straps on Amazon

Those are PU (polyurethane?). Any options for cloth and leather at a reasonable price? These are leather but black, I may have to just stick with black if I can’t find red or it costs too much. Are these any good:

Black leather straps


Thanks again.
Hi Edy, JerryPH is quite correct about the two accordion stores in Toronto and area so you might want to look at those options. Just a thought about those "cheap polyurethane " straps on Amazon. This material has become more popular every year and although it's also not my favourite, they are sold for quality instruments and no one seems to complain. My Roland Fr8x came with exactly those type of straps and when I questioned Keith Anderson of Anderson Accordions, he suggested that I try them because the manufacturer wouldn't ship their instruments with substandard straps. The poly straps are comfortable and quite durable and they serve me very nicely.

You may want to try those straps because there's no sense in over-compensating and purchasing straps that are too large making them too bulky to fit in your case. Life's a balance.
 
Thanks for all the help and advice! I decided to give a repair a chance… found some pretty tough canvas strapping, made two layers and just formed a loop at the end which was the only thing broken. Hopefully will hold ok for now, who knows… it may last so long that something else breaks first!

…Just tried it out, holding pretty well. I threw extra canvas strapping into the case for emergency so I think we are good for a while!
 

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The best deal I've found on straps is Belti on Ebay. They are made in Poland and are good quality leather straps for under $40, with free shipping.
 
How about bass straps for full size accordions (Giulietti)? See lots of back straps on ebay but not bass straps.
 
The best deal I've found on straps is Belti on Ebay. They are made in Poland and are good quality leather straps for under $40, with free shipping.
Poking around the internet for that brand led me to this Marcin Wyrostek signature strap system. Far from cheap, it includes a modular diagonal strap, hip belt, and, most interestingly to me, attachment points for a wireless microphone system. Makes a lot of sense for a professional player to have that somewhere convenient.

 
Poking around the internet for that brand led me to this Marcin Wyrostek signature strap system. Far from cheap, it includes a modular diagonal strap, hip belt, and, most interestingly to me, attachment points for a wireless microphone system. Makes a lot of sense for a professional player to have that somewhere convenient.

Hey, if you want to spend $250 on straps, go for it. Seems like overkill to me. I'm fine with ordinary, decent leather straps and a back strap.
 
Hi everyone,

It’s been about 3 months playing my Titano. The straps were looking pretty sad when I got it, and one finally gave way which I’m not surprised about. Thankfully no damage to the accordion as it didn’t fall anywhere. However now I’m in the market for a couple of straps, in the Toronto area. Can I order anything online from somewhere reputable? Any advice on cost/quality brands or where to look? Value brand will suffice as I usually sit down with it anyways, I’m not putting weight on it. Preferably red. It’s for a Titano “Dandy” lady-size/student 41/120 pictured below. Thanks for any help!

Note: I just saw this cheap brand on Amazon, I know it’s not great but will it do the job for now:

Cheap red straps on Amazon

Those are PU (polyurethane?). Any options for cloth and leather at a reasonable price? These are leather but black, I may have to just stick with black if I can’t find red or it costs too much. Are these any good:

Black leather straps


Thanks again.
For the price you can’t beat NeoTech. They are very comfortable
 
For the price you can’t beat NeoTech. They are very comfortable
I too have NeoTech straps. I like them, but they are a different experience from leather straps. Most of them are made of neoprene rubber and are stretchy. (The exception is the "Pad-It" model that uses memory foam.) They have plenty of adjustable length to accommodate almost any size accordion or person. A word of WARNING, however. As with anything made of neoprene, they have a strong rubbery odor when you take them new out of the package. I had to let them air out for over a month before I could tolerate using them. Once the odor left, I liked them.
 
Have to chime in here. I bought a set of Hohner neoprene straps some time ago (almost 6 years ago) from a retailer, and today when I went to play I couldn't help but notice this...at first I thought the stitching had given way but the neoprene has also separated. Disappointing for sure as they were very comfy. So no, at this point I would not recommend them, as they were also on the expensive side. Granted I have used them a lot, and the last time I played I actually fastened the back strap only to find I'm about as large as I have ever been so there undoubtedly was some strain...

Going to try actual Neotechs now...hopefully they last longer!

EDIT: Neotech are not available direct to Canada, but Long and Mcquade carry them so one is now on order...

2nd EDIT: I also play predominantly standing - therefore more strain on the straps...but still...

3rd EDIT: But I only play an 80 bass about 15lbs heavy
 

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