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How to Repair an Accordion


[Right half of the accordion]

Right half of the accordion


[Left half of the accordion]

Left half of the accordion


[Technician checking out three sets of reeds.]

Technician checking out three sets of reeds.


[The sets of reeds are blown to verify the sound.]

The sets of reeds are blown to verify the sound.


[A reed that does not sounds right is extracted.]

A reed that does not sounds right is extracted.


[The device shown in the picture is used for the verification of the sound produced by the reed.]

The device shown in the picture is used for the verification of the sound produced by the reed.


[The reed being cleaned and adjusted.]

The reed being cleaned and adjusted.


[Wax being melted in order to glue the reeds into the wooden rack that support several of them.]

Wax being melted in order to glue the reeds into the wooden rack that support several of them.


By:

Lorenita
2007-06-08

Every Pindin band in Panama knows that a big part of success comes from having a great sound during live performances. This is particularly critical with the main instrument, the accordion. In this article, we will briefly explain the general process of maintenance of the Honner Corona III, currently the most popular accordion model used for Pindin.

The insides of an accordion look like a group of harmonicas. In fact, both instruments follow similar principles. In the harmonica, the sound is produced by the air blown by the player's mouth. This air makes some pieces, known as reeds, to vibrate. In the accordion, the air is released by pressing the accordion buttons.

Sometimes the reeds need to be changed, cleaned or adjusted so they can continue to produce the right sound. Then, a technician is called to fix the accordion according to the steps seeing in the pictures.


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