REED WORK / TUNING
Reed work including waxing, leathers, and tuning
Repair of metal corners, gussets, and tape
Rebuilding of treble and bass action and mechanisms including free bass
Dan Turpening is a professional accordionist, accordion repair technician, and accordion teacher.
Dan is a certified accordion repair technician who studied under Helmi Harrington in Duluth, MN at her accordion repair school.
Please contact Dan if you are interested in learning accordion, buying one of his refurbished accordions, hiring him for an event, or having your accordion repaired.
ACCORDIONS FOR SALE
I have refurbished all accordions and concertinas listed. All are guaranteed for 2 years and come with quality straps and a hard case.
Enrico Roselli 60 bass LM $1,500
Here is a very sweet sounding and light 60 bass. It has the counter bass, bass, major, minor, and 7th chords, omitting the diminished. It is a quality Italian made accordion I'd say from the 60s.
I've done extensive work on this one to refurbish it. I rebuilt both the treble and bass action. In doing this I cleaned everything, replaced all pad material with new and attachment wax. Then reassembly and adjust. As a result the action is quite nice and very airtight. Getting to the reeds, I replaced all reed leathers with Italian leather, and rewaxed all the reeds. I then tuned the accordion to A442. Octaves tuned dry.
Anglo 2 row GC Regoletta Concertina $400
This is a very nice GC Italian made Anglo Hex Concertina. I replaced all reed wax and reed leathers. I rebuilt the button action with new rubber joints. I then retuned it to A440.
Silvertone 12 Bass MM $625
This is a Silvertone 12 bass Italian made accordion likely from the 60s. Silvertone was the Sears line sold out of their catalogs. These were often made by the Francini company in Italy, as was this instrument. This is a MM accordion. I've done extensive work refurbishing this, including replacing all reed wax and leathers. I rebuilt the bass and treble action with new padding and attachment wax. I replaced the bellows gaskets, and tape as needed. It has a new bass strap. I then retuned it to A442 with the sharp middle set tuned to a light tremolo.
Cajun style Hohner one row key of C $650
Get your Cajun music dreams started! Here is a nice starter Cajun one row. Tuned at A440. It is a LMMH reed arrangement. I replaced the reed wax with new and sorted a few minor issues. Plays really well. Nice action, decent reeds and excellent bellows compression.
Serena 12 bass LM $675
Here is a lovely little Italian 12 bass likely from the 70s in excellent shape both mechanically and cosmetically. It is an LM reed configuration. It has nice action and reeds. It's a small instrument with a big warm sound. I rewaxed all reeds and replaced leathers as needed. I then retuned it. It is at A442.
Olympic 120 bass LM 18 3/8" $1,200
This is an Italian made Olympic accordion. It has an almost full size keyboard of 18 3/8" so it is nice for those with larger hands or those used to wider keys. I rebuilt the treble and bass action. I rewaxed all the reeds and replaced leathers as needed. I then tuned it to A442.
Menghini 2/4 120 bass 15 1/2" $1,300
Here is a lovely little 120 bass Italian made Menghini Midget. It is a 2 reed LM accordion with a 15 1/2" keyboard. This makes it perfect for those with smaller hands or those looking for a very compact instrument. Very nice reeds and nice action. I replaced all the reed wax with new, and leathers as needed. I rebuilt the treble action and rebuilt the bass machine and action, replacing padding and attachment wax with new. I then retuned it to A442.
Planet 72 bass LMM $4,500
Here is a very high end professional quality accordion that has seen very little use. Italian made using very high quality reeds and action. It is a pleasure to play. The work I've done includes a full rewax of all the reeds. The factory synthetic leathers were not aging well, so I replaced them all with new Italian reed leather and proper metal boosters. I then went over the tuning. It's set at A440 with the sharp middle set tuned to 20 cents sharp at the lowest note progressively to 14 cents sharp at the highest.
Garvey two row Irish B/C $1,600
Here is a Garvey 2 row 2 reed Irish B/C accordion. This is a lovely instrument with very smooth action, responsive hand finished Italian reeds, and excellent compression. It is basically new. That said I wasn't happy with the reed wax so I rewaxed all the reeds and fixed some reed leather (mylar) allignment issues while I had the reeds off the blocks. I then went over the tuning. It is at A440 with the sharp middle set tuned to 14 cents sharp at the bottom of the range progressively to 11 cents at the top. This also has the bonus of a MIDI system installed.
Titano Standard LMM $2,300
Here is a very nice Titano Standard. It is a LMM reed configuration with a mid sized 17" keyboard. It features high quality hand finished reeds and the Titano split blocks for long term stability. It has a high quality action and great balance. The work I've done includes rewaxing all reeds and releathering reeds as needed. I took the bass machine apart, cleaned, and reassembled it. I rebuilt the treble action with all new padding and attachment wax. I replaced some bellows tape that had worn. I then went over the tuning and set it at A442. The sharp middle reeds are set to a very pleasing and fairly dry 3 cents sharp. It could be described as a dry swing tuning. The accordion plays beautifully, with responsive balanced reeds and the action is smooth, and quiet and with the dry tuning it would blend well in an ensemble.
Italian 120 bass LMM $1,900
Here is a very nice Italian made accordion from the 60s I'd say. It's a LMM 3 reed with a 17" keyboard. I did extensive work on this. I rebuilt the treble and bass action relining the pallets with new padding. I rewaxed and releathered all the reeds. I bought and installed a custom made bellows from Castelfidardo, Italy. I then retuned the accordion down to A440 with the sharp middle tuned to 18 cents sharp at the bottom end to 14 cents at the top. It has a lovely rich tremolo and being tuned at A440 means it will be in tune with a band if your playing with others.
Baldoni 48 bass MM $2,200
Here is a beautiful looking and playing Baldoni 48 bass Combo 1 model. It is a recently made Italian accordion. Nice action and reeds in a very lightweight package. I disassembled the treble action, cleaned, and leveled the keys. I rewaxed all the reeds and replaced the leathers that needed replacement. I then tuned it to A440 with the sharp middle set at 22 cents sharp at the bottom of the range progressively to 16 cents at the top.
Monterrey 72 bass LMM $3,500
This is a Monterrey 72 bass. It was made by Italo American. It features hand finished reeds, beautiful fast and quiet action on the bass and treble side, and perfect bellows compression. It is in basically new condition. That said, I disassembled and cleaned the treble action and rewaxed all the reeds with fresh wax for longevity. I included a photo of the reeds with new wax on the blocks. The tuning was pretty accurate once reassembled, but I fine tuned it. It is at A440 with the sharp middle set tuned to 22 cents sharp at the bottom of the range progressively to 18 cents at the top.