Best accordion dealer

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alan
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Best accordion dealer

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Martin, Martin, Martin in Victoria. As Ronen has said several times, wonderful, friendly man, gives great advice, just the best person to call with
your questions, of which I had several today and he took the time to explain things to me. As his store is in Canada and the Canadian dollar is
very low compared to the U,S, and the Euro, consider buying an instrument from Martin. He's really the best out there. I think the store is
called Tempo Music but you can find him under Martin accordion Victoria Canada.
Chris N
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In London UK, we have a great accordion shop run by a guy named Emilio Allodi.

He is super-friendly and knowledgeable. He also has a huge stock of new and used accordions that you can try.

I would recommend him to anyone who's looking to buy an accordion. Easy to find on google.
Ronen from Accordion Love
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Post by Ronen from Accordion Love »

Great thread idea :) Thanks for starting it, Alan.
I also have nothing but good things to say about Martin. Always helpful, and a huge variety of accordions at his store.
Here's his store and contact info:
https://www.tempotrend.ca/
alan
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Maybe one day you could do another video with Martin. I know you live far apart but I think that would be interesting.
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annadalvi
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Thank you! How did I not know about this? I shall have to stop by next time I'm in Victoria!
Ronen from Accordion Love
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alan wrote: Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:28 pm Maybe one day you could do another video with Martin. I know you live far apart but I think that would be interesting.
We have a bunch of videos planned, we've just both been so busy. I'm heading to Victoria for an entire week this month, so will try and squeeze in some filming dates with Martin.
Ivo v
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Just in case, if you are a person living in Holland.
A very good dealer is Berend Kok in the Wilp
https://www.accordeonspecialist.nl/
New and old accordions.
Ernest A
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I don't have a lot of experience in purchasing accordions, but I must say that my interactions with Martin were really productive. He sent me dozens of videos of the many accordions he had that matched what I was looking for. I finally bought a Galanti stroller from him which I really love. I was able to see and hear it on the videos as well as benefit from his comments about each of the accordions. The accordion arrived well-packed and ready to play.
Ernie
Nikolai L
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Accordion seller/repair in San Franciso area

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If you are in the SF Bay area (California) there are two good shops.
Smythe's Accordion in Oakland, and the simply titled Accordion Repair Shop San Jose" https://accordionrepairshopsanjose.com/
The second one is actually just a guy who does sales and repair out of the guest cottage in his back yard. However, after having worked with both Valdet in San Jose, and Smythes, I have to say that the guy working out of his house is MUCH better. Smythe's always has a backlog, and will tell you that it'll take one to three months before they can get your accordion back to you (sometimes if they aren't busy and it's a very simple fix, they will do it on the spot). The guy in San Jose will either do it on the spot, or if its more complex, in 2-3 days. He's knowledgeable, friendly, and in general offers great service (he swapped out my case for one that fit my accordion better for no charge, and did some extra work without changing his original quote).

All that being said, Smythe's probably has a better selection of NEW accordions, and will do custom builds.
Leslie
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Doug, the owner of the Button Box in Sunderland, Massachusetts (USA) is outstanding. He took the time to answer my questions, was not patronizing given that I am new to the instrument, and sent me a brand new instrument for a one-week trial for only the cost of shipping. The instrument was extremely well-packaged - they put protective materials inside the case of the instrument so it would not move within the case, taped down the bass buttons using blue painter's tape, and then packed the case in a box surrounded on all sides by three inches of Styrofoam packing peanuts. The box arrived in pristine condition and was clearly labeled fragile and this end up. I was sent a written receipt, showing the cost of shipping and the amount of the instrument, and also a note laying out the terms of the one-week trial. I was also provided with instructions on the care of the instrument.

Prior to this experience, I had dealt with another dealer, not from the US, who despite his stellar reputation, sent a poorly packed instrument that arrived in a box that was in poor condition, containing a hole and parts of it crushed. When I opened the box, there was virtually no protective packing material around the case of the instrument, nor was there protective material put around the accordion inside the case. As a result, the instrument moved both inside its case, and the case moved around in the box during shipping it was not surprising that the instrument was damaged. The bass buttons got shifted so that one note was continually pressed and some others were misaligned so that you could not press them. The dealer tried to talk me through how to fix it, which involved opening up the instrument, something that, as a total newbie having purchased a new instrument, I did not appreciate having to do. After I fixed one thing, another button got stuck. In addition, although I purchased the instrument at full price, after being told it was a floor model in "new condition," when I opened it up, I saw a lot of dust, and also the shoulder straps showed a fair amount of wear (stretched where they loop onto the instrument). Additionally, someone had put decorative decals on about 10 keys that I was never told about. I would have expected that a reputable dealer would clean up the instrument and make sure it was in as new condition upon selling it at full price. This dealer also did not send me a paid receipt, which was surprising and troubling, and was slow to return calls and emails when I indicated I was returning the instrument for a refund, making me fear that the dealer was drawing the exchange out so that I would have to pay full price.

My advice is to buy in person if at all possible. If you are unable, it is good to ask lots of questions and be clear on expectations and terms before you buy. Also, consider buying from The Button Box. They are total professionals.
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