Accordion Refurb #1: An interesting proposition

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 12-29-2011 08:14 PM 5520 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A good friend of mine and local Accordion player of note, Tom Pearce, has ask me to collaborate on the refurb/ upgrading of an old instrument

He’s done the initial separation of the parts

He has asked if I can make a new carcass for it. This could be expensive and time consuming in solid wood (the first idea) but looking at it the plywood body is in good condition with some work needed on the plastic coating (green bit). Tommy is after a natural wood finish instead so I’m suggesting veneering the old carcass. I might even be able to get him interested in some veneer patterns (what do you think, Tommy?).

First job though is to block off both ends of the bellows section

and build a carrier for single reads to enable him to clean and re-tune them. I’m excited about this, more to follow

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 08:16 PM

Wow Martyn…I cannot wait to watch this. This will be one interesting project!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 08:20 PM

So you are thinking “outside the box” now

I agree with Jeff——iinteresting project


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#3 posted 12-29-2011 08:35 PM

Btw, I’m just doing the wood related bits on this, Tommy is the musical expert.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 08:59 PM

Looks like a fun challenge!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 12-29-2011 09:00 PM

Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 09:23 PM

Wow! Nice project. I’m anxious to see how it goes, especially the exterior veneer idea. Have an ol’ squeezbox here and may want to consider doing it….depending on what you run into…lol.

-- Jim, Maryland

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#7 posted 12-29-2011 09:36 PM

Martyn, how about some marquetry for those new veneer panels?

Used to play the squeeze box as a kid, and even made some money with it in high school playing at weddings. I remember one day when a European friend said, “I hear that you play the accordion, would you like to try mine?” He then handed me one just like your friend’s, only here in the States we have keys on the right side while in Europe that have buttons!! I just stared back :-)

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#8 posted 12-30-2011 12:22 AM

Wow, I also envision an epic marquetry from our Boxologist in there! Can’t wait to see more of that project!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#9 posted 12-30-2011 01:46 AM

The accordion reads “Galotta”. Drop one T and replace it with another O…

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#10 posted 12-30-2011 04:16 AM

OK, this is a random project. Cool.
Sounds like a nice challenge. I’m making popcorn and watching this one.

My Mom’s cousin was Myron Floren, Laurence Welk’s accordion player. Just thought I would throw that out there.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 12-30-2011 04:23 AM

Very cool, challanging project…I am sure you are up to the challange. Good luck.

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#12 posted 12-30-2011 04:24 AM

Looks pretty involved good luck Martyn.


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#13 posted 12-30-2011 04:35 AM

I’ve been around my fair share of accordians and accordian players…I played clarinet and saxophone in a polka band for over 10 years while in high school and college. In the US we call that type of an accordian a button box. I’m watching with interest Martyn.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#14 posted 12-30-2011 08:40 PM

I’ll follow this with interest.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#15 posted 12-30-2011 10:13 PM

Fascinating. I’m sure it will turn out great. A while back I looked in to helping a friend and came across a cool tuning fixture shown in this video. I was as fascinated with the jig as with the accordian.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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