Category: accordion purchase

Castagnari Tommy D/G at the Button Box

A few weeks ago my job took me within stopping distance of Sunderland, MA, so I stopped at the Button Box. It was a great time. I met Margaret of the e-mails and got to sit among the instruments. One stood out among the…

Correspondance with L’Accordéonaire, Part 2

Continuing my correspondence with David Maust (begun in the previous post).__________Hooked!Jan. 26, 2014 Spoiler!  He goes for the Panther! Hi Gary, Thank you for the thoughtful reply! You have given me a lot to think about and I appreciate the invitation to continue the…

Correspondance with L’Accordéonaire, Part 1

Very often I am asked questions along the line of “How can I get started?” or “What sort instrument should a beginner buy?” These are questions that don’t have pat answers, but they can start great conversations. David Maust, a piano accordion player who…

Letter to a Similarly-Aged Accordéonist

Shortly after publishing my piece on shifting to a three-row, I got the following e-mail from Troy Bennett, of Mystery Jig Studios. Hi Gary, The seductive Beltuna A/D/G  Long time, no-see. How’s the new three-row Baffetti treating you? Currently, I’ve got a three-row, three-voice,…

Noël pour l’accordéoniste

Fa la la la la … What does l’Accordéonaire want for Christmas? Je suis content, usually, and I don’t spend a lot of time desiring things, and when I do, I make sure it’s an important thing that will improve my quality of life.  Something…

Andy Cutting Interview Part 2: Gear Talk

Part One is Here.Andy Cutting does NOT have an accordéon collection. Listening to Andy Cutting, one is entranced, of course, by his playing, but one also marvels — perhaps with a modicum of jealousy — at the sound of his instruments. I asked Cutting…

My Giordy Has Gone to a Better Place

This video posted by GbHandlebar makes it clear that selling my Giordy was absolutely the right thing to do. There it is, the dickens, in Handlebar’s hands. Even in this short piece, he gets better sounds out of the little Castagnari than I was ever…

Castagnari Nik Encomium!

Photo by Brigid Chapin. So I got it. Officially. Paid for and everything. Had to sell two other accordions and Fender Telecaster with amp. Worth every cent. Don’t expect an objective review. Rather, expect a panegyric, an encomium, an elaborate laudation. I have brought…

The Last Accordion I’ll Ever Buy? (Waltz)

It’s seeming ever more likely that I’ll be able to take ownership of the Castagnari Nik. Here’s a very simple, fast French waltz. I don’t know the name of it. It was one of the first Massif Central tunes I ever learned, back in…

Two Accordions For Sale — SOLD

UPDATE: The Giordy has been sold to a good home. The Corso has gone back to the Button Box for trade toward the Nik. Thanks, everyone. Breaking from the usual festivities, I’d like to point out that I’m currently selling two accordions in hopes…

The Last Accordion I’ll Ever Buy?

Just received from the Button Box a Castagnari Nik (G/C) “on perusal.” I’ve taken a turn in my eternal quest for “the last accordion I’ll ever buy,” and gone away from the three-row, full-stop big machines. Saw this on the Button Box web site…

Lester Bailey’s Tune-a-Rama

Over on Melodeon.net denizen Lester Bailey has announced that he’s hung his shingle as an accordion repairer and tuner.  Certainly, if you’re near Wendover Bucks (UK) and you find you’ve got a melodeon in a state of disrepair I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Tune-a-Rama. If…