I normally plan the crud out of every move I make, but today I’m heading back down to Italo-American Accordion Company with two accordions… my Scandalli with a stuck bass note, and my Excelsior in need of tech love.
I have no idea what to expect. Neither instrument is super valuable, so I need to get an estimate on repairing them both.
One might be an inexpensive fix, they might both be very expensive. I might get one or both fixed, I might trade one or both in for a workhorse accordion to get me through the next couple years. I might sell them both, take the cash, and go buy an accordion somewhere else. I might find myself driving home with two instruments in need of repair and an empty gas tank.
I have no idea what’s going to happen tomorrow. I just wish it wasn’t an hour’s drive each way.
I need an accordion that’s rock solid, the instrument that’s going to play and play and play with minimal maintenance. I’m looking for the Toyota Camry of accordions. Not the most luxurious, but the most dependable.
I feel vulnerable, but I also feel the need to just power through this stage where I don’t really know what I’m doing, don’t really know the right questions to ask, and could very easily be taken advantage of. These are the sticking points I need to get past. The lumps I must endure.
This is me paying my accordion dues.