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Advice on accordion sale please

01 Oct 06 - 06:40 AM (#1847451)
Subject: Advice on accordion sale please
From: Zany Mouse

I know I can rely on excellent advice from you Catters so here goes:

I want to sell my spare accordion and obviously would like to get the best price possible. Is it best to sale on ebay or take it to a dealer do you think?

It is a Bandmaster, 12 bass, keys: 2 octaves plus 2 notes. It is in excellent condition and recently serviced. It comes with a hard case and a soft shoulder case.

Any ideas please?

Thanks,

Rhiannon


01 Oct 06 - 06:45 AM (#1847456)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: catspaw49

Just sell it....Sell them all....GIVE them away.....Just go ahead and take this first step. Then get yourself into a REhab and you too can lead a normal life where you'll learn hundreds and thousands of other tunes besides "Lady of Soain."

I admire you and the courage it takes.....Go the 12 Step program and both you, your neighbors, and the rest of the world, will be better for it!

Spaw


01 Oct 06 - 07:30 AM (#1847473)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: Tim theTwangler

Send it to the Rockhen home for retired accordions
She has a lot of contacts who will be only too happy to "Take care of it" for you.
lOl
oh and dont forget 'twill soon be November!


01 Oct 06 - 08:44 AM (#1847494)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: Skipjack K8

Rhiannon, once your sides have been sown back up, and you're out of intensive care, you could do worse than go to Allodi in Lewisham, innit. You might try eBay first, but put a decent reserve on, and beware bidders with no or little feedback and foreign bidders wanting to pay you three times the reserve.


01 Oct 06 - 08:49 AM (#1847496)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: Rockhen

Oh bless...please send all unwanted and unloved accordions and know they will be given a caring home....er, particularly if you have a nice 72bass going spare as I could do with a new one...
Not got a clue what they are worth, ZM, sorry but will watch this space as I am interested in hearing other's thoughts. Ignore the bonfire jokes...those non-accordion players are just jealous cos they haven't got one! :-)


01 Oct 06 - 08:52 AM (#1847497)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: terrier

Why is everyone so anti accordeon? These inofensive little musical boxes always seem to get a bad press from folkies. Remember, it's the person playing the instrument that makes the noise. The instrument does not suddenly think "I'll play loud and drown everyone else out" or "lets play this in another key so the melodions can't join in".
These beautiful pearloid clad bullworkers are responsible for many a good song or tune:
The 'Bonny Lass of Bon Accordeon' and Jim Reeves sang 'Accordeon to my Heart'.
Even the worst player can open the bellows wide and use it like a wasboard!
Why is a 120 bass accordeon better than a single row melodion?.........All togeather now...


01 Oct 06 - 09:54 AM (#1847519)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: GUEST,eric the red

Accor - harmony

Accordion = an instrument in harmony with the sentiments of an assassin. [ from The Devils Dictionary ]

eric


01 Oct 06 - 11:29 AM (#1847539)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: Zany Mouse

Aww, come on, you guys. I need help!

Rhiannon


01 Oct 06 - 11:34 AM (#1847542)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: Greg B

Try www.craigslist.com

Simpler than EBay, free, and 'the next big thing' as far
as online advert sites are concerned.


01 Oct 06 - 08:36 PM (#1847917)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: HiHo_Silver

I would look up a similar quality accordion and shoot for 30 to 40. Max 50 percent of the new price if your accordion is in good to excellent condition. Unfortunately, musical instruments (unless special vintage) are like used cars and depreciate badly in price even if not used. If I were buying with the idea of reselling would offer 15 to 20 percent of retail. Hope this helps a little.


02 Oct 06 - 06:21 PM (#1848702)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: Aoliandorian

Unfortunately, 12 bass accordions are very limited in scope, even for a beginner and are not very popular. Usually with two X six rows of bass buttons, you only have a fundamental bass and major chord ranging from B to A with C in the middle. No minor chords.
Even the best quality are not worth more than £35 - £50.
Minimum useful would be 48 bass
Hope this helps.
Ignore the stupid comments from those that know no better.


02 Oct 06 - 11:30 PM (#1848933)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: The Fooles Troupe

"Unfortunately, 12 bass accordions are very limited in scope, even for a beginner and are not very popular."

This is sadly true. However I do have a baby 8 bass "Hero" - a generic Chinese box, which I find very useful (but then I've been a muso for over 40 years!), and EXTREMELY portable - fits in an airline hand luggae bag along woith toiletries and undies, even though it only has bass and major for F C G & D.

32 bass boxes are very useful. My 32 Bass Settimo Soprani is my shared favourite (also just fits in an airline carryon bag with fewer changes of undies!) - shared with a miniature 120 bass Noble (which is just too big for the carryon bag!). My only regret is that is is a 4x8 - the 4 rows are bass, major, minor & 7th - but I would readily swap the 7th row for a counterbass row.

48 bass boxes come in 2 types -

an 8x6 - the full 6 rows, but the same limited range of 8 keys - usually Bb F C G D A - intended for 'advanced students' who are learning the 'standard classical method' which concentrates heavily on mastering all six standard rows, and are ready to move on from a smaller box towards a full 120 bass

and a 4x12 - usually the full 12 keys in bass, counter bass, major & minor. I don't know if you can get the style of bass, major, minor and 7th, but the counter bass would normally be more useful, as one CAN manage without the 7th row, for Folk Music.


02 Oct 06 - 11:35 PM (#1848935)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: The Fooles Troupe

"Even the best quality (12 bass) are not worth more than £35 - £50"

Often though many people (including second hand dealers) count on 'collectors' - who often do not play the boxes - wanting the older fewer bassed boxes at ridiculous prices.


03 Oct 06 - 04:16 AM (#1849011)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: Liz the Squeak

***Facetious remark warning... do not read if you have a stick up your patootie***

"These beautiful pearloid clad bullworkers" - such a shame that unlike 90% of Bullworkers bought, they don't stay in the box or get hidden in the loft......

LTS


03 Oct 06 - 08:50 AM (#1849156)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: Skipjack K8

Now that one is funny, Betty! The Accordion Fatwa Committee has exonerated you on grounds of originality and marriage to one of the cognoscenti.


13 Feb 10 - 09:48 PM (#2838596)
Subject: RE: Advice on accordion sale please
From: GUEST,rbdeli

Accordions are one of the greatest instruments ever made.
eBay is a tremendous place to find these jewels.

Below, is a website that sorts accordions by brands and type so it is easier to shop for them - and much more fun.

http://accordionstop.com