© 2010 By Gaines I. " Ike" Milligan ike's accordion email


Accordion Repair and Tuning


Changing the world 1 accordion at a time.

You've got accordian questions? I've got questions about your questions!

Antique and "Vintage" Restored Accordions

For Sale

I have personally resurrected these old accordions, and have thoroughly tested and played each one.

It is possible for you to own one of these extremely rare, often unique instruments. Many hours of work have been done, in order to tune and restore the original hand made reeds condition, check and recondition, or make new bellows, new valve pads, mechanical and keyboard work, etc. on each one.
Some of these accordions were custom made for specific person, and are the only ones in existence. Others are uncommonly rare and may be the only known examples of a restored one of that type.

Need repairs?

My repair service for shipped accordions!

Here are some links to my other 'accordian' webpages:

Article showing types of accordions with pictures. Straps, Parts, Accessories Publications and Music
My Restored Accordions For Sale Tuning Bass Button Problems?
How to fix Your Own Bellows! Accordian Care Tips How to ship and pack accordions *plus* get a repair estimate.

Get New Custom Made Bellows. Straps and Accessories are also available from Ike!!

Ask me anything about accordions.

I can be contacted and I regularly answer accordion questions. accordiondoc@mindspring.com.

I enjoy hearing and answering personally your accordion questions. Occasionally I can tell people how to repair their accordions themselves, but often it is not possible to give a definitive answer without seeing it.

I can fix or replace most parts of all kinds of accordions including keyboard accordians, button boxes, restoration, tuning, repairing shipping damage, new straps, bellows, cases, and accessories. Please e-MAIL "Ike" for free help and advice on your repair questions.

What's this Accordion Worth? (A difficult question I sometimes get)

I can't usually give you a firm opinion as to what an accordion is really worth. Often value can't be determined with much accuracy, but a picture of the accordion can give me an idea whether it is collectible, professional, student, decade of manufacture, etc., To really judge the quality of an accordion, it needs to be played. But I am interested in hearing about any accordion you have; if it interests you it interests me.

Accordions are complicated; a full size professional accordion has at least as many reeds, as a grand piano has strings. Nearly all accordions contain perishable materials. The reeds are usually held in place by a mixture of beeswax and pine rosin. This grips the accordion's reeds tightly in place on the wooden chambers, and is airtight when properly applied. It makes it possible to remove the individual reeds and clean and service them. When an accordion is more than 40 years old, the wax will usually need to be replaced. If you buy an accordion online without trying it out first, you are asking for problems. If you buy it online from a reputable dealer or accordion maker, there should be some sort of guarantee in writing, or at least by reputation.

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Accordion Bellows

The acoustic accordion will be operated by air passing over the reeds. there are reeds in both sides, in the box parts, called the casings. The casing on the right side of the accordion is called the treble casing, and on the left, the bass casing. In between the two casings there will be a bellows made of 4 pieces of pleated cardboard covered with cloth lining, and joined at the corners by leather gussets and with a metal corner pieces. If the bellows starts to leak due to age and wear, it can be temporarily repaired, but the repair may not last, and it is best to have a new bellows made. The cost of custom made bellows is now about $475, but may vary for complexity. The bellows from one accordion will rarely fit anther accordion, so very accurate measurements have to be taken. For some smaller accordions, a standard-sized stock bellows of the sort made in quantities, will be less costly. I can obtain these stock bellows and custom-made bellows of very high quality in various colors to match your accordion, or your outfit, or the decor of your home, garden, or whatever.