Accordion Repairs Scotland.
A bit about my background
I started playing the accordion at the age of six, making my first public performance at eleven. In that time I have played many different types of accordion such as Hohner, Scandalli, Guerrini, Borsini, Excelsior, Vignoni and Crucianelli to name just a few.
In 2001 I made my first of many visits to Castelfidardo and was fortunate to be allowed a tour around one of the many accordion factories. It was then that I became interested in the repair and tuning of these versatile and intriguing instruments. I began to learn the art of accordion repair under the guidance of one of Scotland's most respected accordionists and repairers, Archie Duncan. In 2004 I was able to return to Castelfidardo to work in the Suoni factory, manufacturers of Scandalli and Paolo Soprani amongst others. During my time in Italy I learned all the aspects of accordion manufacture and spent time with one of the premier local tuners to many of the factories.
By day I repair and tune accordions and by night I run my own ceilidh band and work as a freelance professional accordionist. I try to visit Castelfidardo at least once a year and In 2008 I was able to spend time with Claudio Sabatini at Musictech learning how to install their microphone products. As well as repairing accordions for my own customers, I also carry out repairs for well known accordion retailers all over Scotland and in England.
My Latest Project
This is a Crucianelli FC45 from the 70's. It started life as an electronic accordion with the coloured tabs. Most of these accordions are 3 voice musette and one of the defining features of the Crucianelli was the quality of the reeds. However, this example was a rare 4 voice with double cassotto chamber and hand made reeds. Unfortunately the previous owner's wife took a hammer to the grille after he left with a younger model. I've completely refurbished the accordion, fitted a new magnetic midi system and retuned it as necessary. To complete the restoration i've had a new grille made and fitted a new cuplar system to suit. Now it's as good and in my opinion, better than most of the new accordions available today. An expensive refurbishment, but well worth every penny.
Tel: 07736 937428