Edward Jay's Accordion Know-How

If I know how, I'll show you how.

Foreword

Hi.

Welcome to my blog.

I’ve been playing the accordion for more than 25 years and have spent much time studying all of its fascinating intricacies, and I wanted to create a place to share knowledge of the ins and outs of the accordion with my fellow players. My hope is that this website will give you some insight into the workings of this magnificent instrument, and will give you, the player, the knowledge and hopefully the confidence to tune and calibrate your own instrument to feel and sound better than the day you bought it, and also to give you the ware-with-all to deal with any other technical issue that may arise along the way.

As you probably know, taking an accordion to be tuned is almost always a very time consuming and costly affair. I’ve spent thousands on accordion maintenance throughout the years. And it’s never a quick job (and it’s almost never is convenient to be without ones instrument for that long). Also, there aren’t many repairers out there – they seem to be a dying breed – so it can be very difficult and frustrating experience to even find anyone with the right skills.

So after much frustration over many years, I decided to learn how to fix my accordion myself. So, after a brief apprenticeship with my mentor and good friend Claudio Beltrami, the owner of the famous ‘Beltrami’ accordion factory in Northern Italy, I began taking apart and fixing every accordion and concertina I could lay my hands on.

Learning to understand how my instrument works has been an amazing journey that has taught me so much, and, consequently, I believe has made me a better player. And so I thought it was important to let my fellow accordion players know about some of the “insider” lessons learned, some tips of the trade, and some of the pitfalls to avoid.

I hope that you will find this site instructive, informative, and also interesting. And, if you feel there is something i have not covered, please feel free to contact me personally.

Edward.Jay@mac.com

Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK
(And also Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Important! It’s not impossible that you could permanently damage any number of the delicate parts inside your instrument if you are not very careful. If you do attempt anything described in this blog, please do so at your own risk. And I heartily recommend practicing on an old instrument first!

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3 Responses

  1. Alan Corkett says:

    Thanks for this Eddi, I’ll take your advice!
    Missed you at sidmouth this year!
    Alan

  2. Ed,

    COOL!! I have just put up a site/blog @ http://squeezebox4jazz.com and will add your link to my Accordion Resources Link Category (WordPress too).

    Looking forward to your articles.

    I have both Acoustic Hohner and Roland V-Accordion FR3X!

    Thanks for putting this together!!

    Bill

  3. Alex says:

    Hi, Thankyou for sharing all this great information. Really helpful, and very hard to find anywhere else. Alex

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