The following also applies to button accordions
Repair and tuning
Melodeon repair work and tuning carried out in my workshop:
- Fix notes not sounding properly, or silent keys, or sounding out of tune – free stuck reed tongues, replace valves or reeds or the wax seal, plus necessary tuning.
- Tuning – fixing pitch errors and also the degree of tremolo.
- Altering the layout – ‘declubbing’, removing thirds from the chords etc
- Fit button stop on Hohner melodeon keyboard to prevent buttons from dropping into the keyboard.
- Fix air leaks and various bellows repairs; bellows re-taping or bellows replacement.
Restoration of vintage melodeons
- Returning melodeons to working condition may include a reed overhaul and fixing air leaks and malfunctioning bass and treble buttons.
- Repair of damaged or broken sound box.
- Replace leather/felt pads on pallets.
- A reed overhaul entails removing and cleaning reed plates (with ultrasound), replacement of an damaged reeds, valve replacement, refit, maybe with reed wax, and tuning.
- Tuning analysis and reed tuning.
- Bellows repairs – where bellows tape has been worn through, this can be replaced, though this is a time consuming and therefore relatively expensive job. If the bellows leak, repairs can be made internally or the gasket can be replaced. If new bellows are needed I have them custom made in Slovakia or Italy.
I am happy to talk to you about your melodeon or button accordion – either if you need repair or tuning work, or if you are looking for more general advice on accordions. They are fascinating instruments and it can be very confusing if you are just starting out!