Okay… well… it’s “go time” with the accordion. It will be the only instrument I play in my upcoming Circus show, it features in my plans for most of my following shows, and I need to know for 100% sure that the instrument I practice with is going to work.
I fell in love with the accordion playing the one given to me by my friend, Lisa, but I’ve been playing the heck out of it, and it’s straining a bit under pressure. I had some work done on it, but a new problem has occurred.
Right now, the G reed is stuck open and whenever air is moving through the bellows, it plays that note. Which is fine if I only play songs in the key of G, but that’s not generally going to work. Not that I don’t love the key of G.
So, I’ll look into the cost of fixing that one. If it’s not too expensive to fix, I’m thinking that’ll be my backup, and I’ve been scanning listings for used accordions. In case you’re wondering, accordions are flarkin’ expensive. There’s no $99 full size accordion special at Guitar Center.
But I found one I both like AND can afford, and on Thursday I’m driving waaaay the heck up to Sheboygan Falls, WI to buy the accordion pictured above.
According to the owner (who I googled and spoke to today), the mechanics are solid, it’s just not the prettiest accordion in the world.
Which is fine with me. I need to find my “Trigger” (Willie Nelson’s beat up, falling apart guitar). I need to find the instrument I live with and get to know intimately, and I would actually prefer that it not be so valuable that I’m constantly stressed about it. I use a cheap guitar in my shows, ‘cuz… you know, preschoolers tend to knock that stuff over. Plus, I chuck it in my car, it’s hot, it’s cold, it’s humid, it’s dry… I don’t want to constantly have to worry about my instrument.
So… used Excelsior Accordiana coming my way on Thursday. We’ll see how that goes. The address looks like it’s way out in the country. This is how horror movies begin. Guy driving, alone, way out into the country to meet a stranger offering cheap accordions for sale.
Long drive, but if the instrument is as the owner says it is, it’ll be worth it. Plus, it’s just fun to say “Sheboygan Falls”.