120 bass piano accordions in good condition start around $300, but you might find vintage two-part instruments for around $100; On the other hand, a good brand 120 bass full size, 3/4, 3/5 or 4/5 reeds are slightly more expensive.
With that in mind the best place to sell an accordion of this age would most likely be eBay or similar.
Aside from its value as a playable musical instrument, a vintage accordion is a collectible or antique value.
So – how much is your accordion worth? The short answer is: It’s worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
It may look good on the outside, but unfortunately internal components of an accordion do not age gracefully. Hundreds of reeds are attached with beeswax, which becomes brittle; tiny leather reed valves may curl or fall off. Recovery costs can range from $750 to $1500 or more.
This instrument was invented about 5,000 years ago. It consists of a set of bamboo pipes, a resonance box, a wind chamber and a mouthpiece. It has a shape resembling a phoenix and was introduced to European musicians in 1777. The first accordions were invented in the early nineteenth century.
The real question should be why are these instruments so valuable? Accordions are not usually made on an assembly line. Major brand accordions are carefully handcrafted with hundreds of moving parts.
To clean your accordion, first wipe the entire instrument with a microfiber cloth to remove dust. Then use water and some dish soap on another cloth to clean the exterior of your accordion. Use an ammonia-free cleaner like Windex to add shine.
In general, expect to pay between $500 and $600 for a new entry-level accordion. Factors such as number of buttons/buttons, brand, and finishes can cause prices to vary from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Some custom, professional models cost upwards of $15,000.
If you have an accordion case that smells of mold, simply place the ozone generator inside the case and close it, outdoors of course. Many accordions have been considered worthless if they smell musty. The ozone generator will bring new value and life to these old accordions.
What is an accordion made of? Generally, the outside of the accordion is cellulose over a wooden or metal frame, but other materials are sometimes used. Accordions are available in the traditional wood stains as well as classic black and red, but also come in a rainbow of vibrant hues.
This means accordions will eventually go out of tune and will need to be tuned by a professional. A total of 448 reeds that must play the correct pitch! Proper tuning requires that the reeds be serviced first so that the wax, valve and tongue are properly positioned on each string.
How hard is it to learn the accordion? The accordion is not that difficult to learn. As with any other popular instrument, learning to play the accordion takes time, practice and patience to get used to and soon you will enjoy playing it.
Hohner Accordions BR48R-N 26 Key Piano Accordion
The Hohner BR48R-N is the perfect weight for beginners. It only weighs about 15 pounds, so it won’t strain your arms. This 48-key model is ideal for beginners.
The tone chamber allows the sound produced by the reeds in the chamber to travel a different and longer path than the reeds normally installed, producing a deeper and smoother sound. If there are two reeds in the chamber, one speaks of a double tone chamber.