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$300 bari? + other stuff

LazySaxman accordions for sale
12-27-2005, 07:48 AM

Hey, I play the tenor in our jazz band at school. Recently I have been interested in getting a bari (curse you, Hornheads!). We have a girl that plays the bari, but, I'm sorry, she's just terrible. No air, can't hear her, outta tune, doesn't know fingerings, etc, etc. I'm thinking of joining in on bari because I'm pretty big and FULL OF HOT AIR! :twisted: accordion gabbanelli for sale for $1500

Is it at all possible to get a bari for ~$250-300 that is in good playing condition and sounds at least somewhat pleasant? Keywork doesn't need to be top notch, I can't play too fast, just needs to work and not sound bad.


I need some people to keep me from buying an accordion or other useless junk. I know it would just be a waste of money, but I have recently wanted to get an accordion :? I know I'll never play it, and probably just have it sitting in my closet.

-AND- (yes, there's more, my apologies) old excelsior accordion

I have a neckstrap with a metal clip that I have been using for tenor. It has almost chewed through the little ring on the sax, :crybaby: and I've just noticed it and changed straps. Would I have to use a metal clip with a bari? The last plastic hooked strap I had snapped when I stood up and bowed after a concert within my first year of playing. I love the metal-hooked strap and would hate to drop a horn, cheap or not, but it would probably kill the bari ring, with all the extra weight, extended playing time and whatnot. Is there any way to fix/undo/prevent this?

What instrument does Jimmy Guiffre play on his recording of "The Swamp People"?

Thanks for any help, and I'm sorry for the extended/mixed bag post.

Jerry K.
12-27-2005, 03:43 PM
Is it at all possible to get a bari for ~$250-300 that is in good playing condition and sounds at least somewhat pleasant? Nope. Expect to spend closer to $1000 for a playable bari, and then we're probably not talking about any beauty queen.

Accordions are really cheap on ebay. Do a search and you'll probably get lots of hits under $100.

12-27-2005, 03:47 PM
As a bari player, I vote for the accordion for you. I'm getting old and it's harder to beat the competition now.

12-28-2005, 04:00 AM
Alright, but would any of the accordions on ebay be any good? Not many people know anything about accordions (including me)

12-28-2005, 07:21 AM
Check with your local pawn shops/music stores/thrift stores etc. Living as you do in ND, I would think you might be able to turn up a fair number of used, working accordions with all the German, Polish, Czech, Scandinavian and Russian Immigrants who settled there ( Lawrence Welk was one).

Jerry K.
12-28-2005, 04:30 PM
Alright, but would any of the accordions on ebay be any good? Not many people know anything about accordions (including me) Can't help you there. All I can suggest is that you go with one as advertised to be in working condition. Of course with ebay there is always a certain amount of risk.

12-28-2005, 11:25 PM
Ok, I asked for someone to keep me form buying an acoordion, but oh well. My mom used to go to the school that I now do, and she says they used to have accordions (~30 years ago) I'm gonna check it out. If I find one < $50 that plays, I'll get it.Also, I asked my band director about using a bari, he says the school has several that aren't in use and I'm welcome to borrow one anytime I like :D Too bad this is my last year at this school :( . But now that I'm not gonna be spending this money I have, I might be able to use it to get a new tenor mpc, mebbe an otto link STM NY. Is the number with a star (i.e. 7*) more open than the ones w/o a star (i.e. 7)? It seems the Vandoren Jumbo Java I have right now is the same as a 7*. Would that mean a 7* would be as loud or would it just be the same tip opening?

12-28-2005, 11:55 PM

There are two types of accordions in the world - the kind you can fix and the kind you can't:
This comes down to the reed box assembly and how its put together - In a more expensive accordion, the reed blocks can be dissasembled and modularly replaced. In a cheaper accordion (say less than $1000 new) attempting to repair or tune a reed that has gone bad is such a labour intensive enterprise that its not worth the cost.

so, watch out. If you buy a used accordion and it was initially the cheap variety - It will only have so much life in it.

BTW accordions used on or near bodies of salt water tend to have shorter lifespands due to salt corrosion of the reeds.

best of luck:)

01-02-2006, 12:19 AM
To borrow an idea from a hilarious joke I once heard here:

Why not just leave your car unlocked with a sign in the window which says: "Need Accordian". You might end up with several to choose from.


i want to buy a accordion at a reasonable price

Question: hey i want to buy a cool used accordion anyone have any if you do please tell me what kind of accordion it is and how much you are asking for it thank you
Answer: It all depends on what you want. Some people here are selling some beautiful Gabbinellis 1500 to 2500 more or less.

Some are selling Hohner Coronas 600 to 800 more or less

If you are looking for an accordion to learn on I am selling a Hohner Panther in excellent shape for 225 with a set of decent straps. I think this is a good deal, IF this is what you are looking for. - See the add in this section "Panther Cheap."

There are also Sofi Maris and other less expensive brands to use for a starting accordion - everyone has their own opinion and pocketbook.

Hope this helps

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Where to buy Used Accordions and Musical Instruments

A lot of people recommended Ebay to buy used accordions. Find What you want on eBay.


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John Gabbanelli, owner of Gabbanelli Accordions, was brought into the trade at an young age, learning and developing the craft under the guidance of his late father. After forty years of experience in the music industry, Gabbanelli Accordions have built a solid reputation for high quality hand made instruments and customer satisfaction. There are a lot of accordion gabbanelli for sale online.


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It is certainly not easy to find all these qualities in a single instrument. marketed under the prestigious name of PIERMARIA, represent solidity, simplicity and reliability ; materials of exceptional quality are used to produce these accordions.


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Advice on Buying Used Squeezeboxes

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These notes about used accordions were collected from the Squeezebox Newsgroup.

  • Cheap used accordion #1 Cheap used accordion #2 Evaluating old accordion #1 Evaluating old accordion #2 Shopping for antiques Used accordion prices #1 Used accordion prices #2 Accordion terms: 6x8, 12x4
  • Accordion terms: 10/6 switches, 4/6 reeds, power master
  • Subj: Re: Old Accordion prices
    Date: Tue, Mar 14, 1995

    The note below got me thinking about the advisability of buying an accordion for "only" $250 or so. While you might get one that was playable and in tune I wouldn't count on it. Generally once an accordion gets to be 25-30 years old or so you can count on major maintenance items. Generally this is about the life span of the wax that holds the reeds in and may dictate a rewaxing job.

    In addition no accordion that is 30 years old is going to be very in tune. Other things that are quite likely to pop up are mold in the accordion, rusty reeds, wornout/damaged bellows, bad reed leathers. All of these things tend to run the cost of that "cheap" accordion up rapidly. You could be looking at anywhere from $300 to $1500 for a renovation project. My advice is that if you decide to buy a cheap accordion you consider the hidden costs and decide up front whether it is of a quality that would warrant any outlay of money. Often if you get a cheap accordion and you can live with its defects and only want it as a knock around accordion or a student instrument you might be able to use it for a while...just don't rely on it for any heavy duty use.

    If you are considering purchasing an old accordion a couple of tests you can do to see if it is facing impending doom are:

  • Check the bellows for leaks. Listen for any rattles when playing...this could be a sign of a reed that has broken free of its wax. Play every note comparing the push stroke sound with the pull stroke sound. If it is out of tune it will be fairly obvious even if you don't have a particularly great ear. Play an octave of each note...for instance low C and the C an octave higher at the same time. They should be in tune to each other. Smell the accordion and its case. If it has a musty smell there is a good chance it has mold, rusty reeds, etc. Rusty reeds are bad and throw the accordion out of tune and make it impossible to retune without a major maintenance job...if it is even possible to resurrect it. Stay away from any accordions that have been used on ocean going boats or stored in very humid climates...rusty reeds and mildew are likely. Accordions that have been played all the time are generally the best deal since they are likely to have been better taken care of.
  • The worse deals are the accordions that "Johnny" played 30 years ago and stuck in the garage when he lost interest.
  • Bob Berta


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    I always buy used accordions. I'd suggest hunting around for something cheap to see if you like it. I never pay more than $250 for an accordion and I play professionally. There are a lot of them in attics and stuff. I agree with the buying used accordions policy.

    Me too. However, the part of the country where you live, and whether you live in an urban or rural area, can have a lot to do with prices. In the DC area, you'd be lucky to find anything *in playing condition* for under $250, although it can be done. Most of the classifieds I see, people around here are asking $300 and up, and most of these need from $200 on up in repairs before they play and sound decent.

    Wendy, HMT

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    Subject: Used accordion evaluation

    For several years I have been looking for another "lady's sized" 120 bass PA. The one I have been using for the last 36 years is a Titano that my parents purchased new for $350.00. In a neighboring town a woman will sell a black UMA lady's accordion that was built in the early 1950's by Archie Pancotti. It has a couple bent keys and has been moved from "hall closet to hall closet" for several decades without being played.

    I have not yet seen it, but she played some scales and chords for me on the telephone and it sounded pretty good. Neither of us knows what a fair price for this box should be. Would someone be willing to give me an estimated FAIR price range, sight unseen? I don't want to cheat her, but I don't want to "get taken" either.

    Sight unseen, it's impossible to accurately judge the VALUE of an accordion, or any instrument, for that matter. Assuming everything works, the keyboard is level, there are no bad reeds, no internal rattles, no bellows leaks or internal leaks, the instrument is not badly out of tune, and there are no signs of mold on either the case, the straps, or the bellows, you should expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $600.

    A really fine collectors piece in excellent playing condition would be at the upper end, an ordinary utilitarian box in pretty good condition would be at the lower end. A 40 year old accordion, no matter how nice, is due for an overhaul at a cost of anywhere from $300 for a minimal "get-by-cheap" job up to as much as $1500 for the deluxe treatment.

    When you purchase an instrument of this age, you are taking a chance on the wax holding up until you have gotten your value out of the accordion. The reed plates could fall out of the wax at any time (or not for years), and then you are faced with the choice of paying for an expensive overhaul, or tossing the instrument and cutting your losses. Even if the reed plates don't actually fall out, as the wax cracks, the sound begins to suffer, and you will have to put up with a lot of annoying buzzes, wheezes, and squeeks from the reeds.

    Therefore you must also factor in the intrinsic non-musical of the instrument before you make your purchase decision. If it is a really pretty decorative piece, even if it falls apart musically, you will still be able to recoup some of your investment from an antique dealer, who can sell it as a mantelpiece sitter. Or, you may be willing to invest in the eventual overhaul of this accordion.

    Perhaps you can make a contingency purchase, with a final commitment one way or the other after you get a chance to play the instrument a little bit. If you can't, I wouldn't offer the seller very much money for it.

    Wendy, HMT

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    Date: Mon, Mar 13, 1995
    Subj: Re: HMTs Wendy . . . and PAs

    "...I'd love to find/own a sort of flashy piano accordion-- bejeweled, be-rhinestoned, whatever. Not too pricy, no need for a lot of reed sets (though musette would be nice). Can you give me any tips on models? where to look? are they all old ones?..."

    Your budget has a lot to do with the answer. Most likely, we are talking about an older box (30 y.o. +) which means while you can probably find one for under a grand, at that age it's likely going to need the reed plates rewaxed soon, a major undertaking, even if it doesn't require anything else. You can squeak by for a couple of years, usually, without having this done, but sooner or later you're going to have to fork over major money for an overhaul.

    If you find a box you adore, it's worth it. I recently had an accordion I paid $400 for completely rewaxed, leathered, tuned, and other stuff, at a cost of $800. Yes, I minded, but I wouldn't have parted with it for twice that. New full size Italian made PA's, bejewelled or not, can easily run you in the $3000 and up range.

    Models? There are hundreds. I like the sound of the old Hohners, but the 96 and 120 bass models are a bit too heavy for me. Hohner also made some nice smaller 2 reed musette tuned boxes: 48 bass, 60 bass and 80 bass are manageable. Some have very nice decoration. One great thing about the old Hohners, from a piano player's viewpoint: the piano keys are full (3/4"); a lot of the "ladies'" accordions, which are smaller and weigh less, have narrow keys, either 5/8" or 9/16", that will drive you crazy if you don't have very small hands.

    How many basses, and what keys? If you are only looking at 120 bass boxes, along with standard keys and lots of decoration, you're talking major weight, even if it's only 3 treble reeds. On the other hand, if you can get by with 80, 72, 60 or 48 basses, you may find the weight more manageable. The keyboards are shorter, and the 2 reed models are quite light.

    Where to look? Put an ad in your local paper. Put a notice on the Squeezebox list. Haunt garage sales, estate sales, rummage sales, antique shops, flea markets. One note about antique shops: they are never selling musical instruments as such, but as "rare and valuable antiques", and they have NO idea what they are worth as musical instruments. You can find complete junk piles with an asking price of $500.

    Wendy, HMT


    Jeff Myers wrote: $1500

    Dear group, [...]
    p.s.--I saw several unplayable but old accordions in antique shops. All of them seemed overpriced to me, but apparently the owners didn't expect to sell them to anyone interested in playing them. One fellow suggested that no one could play these anymore. Rather, people apparently buy them to decorate mantles, etc. It's hard to believe that non-players are driving up the prices of accordions!

    This has been going on for a LONG time, in the DC area, at least. What is really hard to believe is that people will pay hundreds of dollars for a pathetic thing that you or I wouldn't pay $25 for. I have had some lively negotiations with antique shop owners over instrument prices, but I'm rarely able to convince them to lower their prices to a reasonable amount. They know they can sell the instrument for more to a non-player.

    Wendy, HMT

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    Subj: Re: two excelsior grands available
    Date: Fri, Apr 14, 1995
    From: Mike Maddux

    Two excelsior grands available
    One has 10/6 switches and costs $2895
    The other has 10/1 switches and costs $2795

    What are 10/* switches?

    This just means that they both have 10 switches on the right hand and one has 6 switches on the left side while the other has only one switch on the left side. What's the point of one switch? I asked John the same thing - apparently it's a toggle, so it works out being the same as having two switches.

    They are Excelsior symphony grands, American made, circa 1938 (approximately). They have 4/6 reeds and no power master.

    What is a power master?

    A power master is an extra master switch (all of the stops open) that is in the form of a bar on the edge under the keyboardthat you can hit with your wrist. What does the 4/6 imply on the reeds? 4/6 reeds means that there are 4 sets of reeds on the right hand and 6 sets of reeds on the left hand.


    If there are n reeds (on either side), there are 2 to the n possible combinations, except that one of those is all stops shut, which isn't useful, so there are 2 to the n minus 1 meaningful combinations. Thus, with 4 reeds, there COULD be 15 switches. Typically you wouldn't find an accordion having that many switches because some of the combinations would just sound bad, at least to most ears (or at least to the manufacturer's ears). On these Excelsiors there are 10 switches, or ten reed combinations available, or - ten different SOUNDS available. On the left hand there are 6 reeds, and thus 63 meaningful combinations, but obviously a much smaller number are deemed useful. The extra reeds on the left side are intended more for beefing up the sound than for providing variety in sound, as on the right side.


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