Piano Accordion Buying Guide

From time to time, we get email from people looking for advice on buying their first accordion. I try to give them an overview of the instrument, what I found helpful when I was starting out, etc., but it’s difficult to convey all of that information through email.

Recently, though, I found this video guide to buying a piano accordion from the guy who runs Liberty Bellows in Philadelphia. He covers the basics — keyboard sizes, button layouts, numbers of reeds, bellows condition — and how they relate to pricing. Experienced players won’t hear anything new, but if you’re just getting started and want to know what to look for when buying your first accordion (new or used), it’s definitely worth checking out.


  1. pretty good video, but still my best advice for someone wanting to buy a box is to take an experienced player with you if at all possible…. that way, for sure you won’t end up with a tank.

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  3. I would like to know if DEL SOL is a good brand of accordion? THANKS

  4. I have a vintage Lyric Accordian made in Germany. It is in excellent condition and in it’s case. Could you tell me what it is worth. Thanks.

  5. I have a Carmen – Piano Accordion ?with an Kent accordion pick up in a case.
    It has 24 white (Ivory ?) and 17 black keys with 6 rows of buttons
    Model or serial no on back side is 15461
    Made in Italy
    It makes a georgous sound like a church organ.. but it is a bit too heavy for me.. I was saving it to show my grandchildren when they visit me.
    Should I sell it, I would like to know the value.

  6. I have a frontalini accordion model 1018-Yz4235. Can you tell me the year and worth? It’s in case in good condition. Can you help me out? Thanks alot.