To buy a second hand accordion
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There are a few important facts that should be considered concerning the purchase of a second hand accordion:
As is known the accordion consists of more than 2000 single pieces. If you plan to buy a second hand accordion there are some points that are to be noticed.
- Does the accordion smell bad because of improperly storage?
- Can you find marks of oxidation on the metal pieces?
- Are the black and white keys scratched or even damaged?
- Are there cracks or breakages on the housing and are pieces missing or burst off?
- Do the keys and the buttons on both the treble and the bass side work well and smooth-running?
- Is the bellow tight? Prove the bellow by pressing it without playing a tone. If it backs down easily and / or if you can hear some kind of whistling the bellow maybe loses air or the valves do not close properly.
- Is it possible to play all tones?
- How old is the instrument? Has it been played and clarified continuously? How has it been stored?
- Has it already been fixed?
- Are all registers on both bass and treble side functioning?
The best way to find out about the exact condition of an accordion is to contact an accordion manufacturer or repairer. Otherwise a pretended bargain can turn out to be an expensive issue or – in the worst case – even irreparable.