For many years now I have been carrying out repairs on my own accordions, all that is except for any tuning work. The odd reed ping here, and maybe a valve replacement there, but that’s about it. However, over recent years I have had a few bad experiences with getting tuning work done and so I started to study the whole process with a view to carrying out some tuning work myself.

What immediately became clear, is how much more involved this whole process is, and why it’s so difficult to find a really skilled craftsman that you can be confident will perform a good repair on your instrument. I usually confine myself to using Emilio Allodi in Lewisham for both repairs and buying my accordions, but because he is good, you can usually expect a 12 month waiting list to get any major repair work carried out.

Reed Block

It was because of this long waiting list and the fact that I had been given a reliable recommendation, I made the long journey to Fife, in Scotland to visit John Crawford. I had a Ranco Supervox accordion that needed some fairly extensive refurbishment work, and I discovered that John had in fact spent some time working in the Ranco factory and what’s more, he had a reputation that was second to none and I must say, I was not disappointed!

Anyway, after having made such an epic journey I arrived home with a renewed determination to get my workshop up and running. So it is my intention to expand my workshop activities and over the next few months, I hope to start on a restoration and tuning project. I will attempt record any progress within my blog “Chatter Box” including photographs etc. which I hope will expand my knowledge and promote lots of discussion.


Don’t leave that old Accordion rotting in the loft……
I’m always happy to receive old boxes for parts…….

Please drop me a line……….