How It’s Made: Diatonic Accordions

If you’ve ever wondered how a diatonic accordion is built, this five-minute video from the Science Channel show “How It’s Made” is the perfect introduction. It follows Raynald Ouellet as he builds a one-row diatonic accordion at his workshop, Accordéon Mélodie in Quebec. (In addition to making beautiful accordions, Ouellet is a fantastic player and founder of the annual festival Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon.) From sealing reeds to fashioning bellows, it’s an excellent overview of building a diatonic accordion.


  1. Excellent video. They make it look so easy, but I bet it would take a lot of practice and effort before you started making them right.

  2. That’s awesome! We just played him on our show, and I’m so gonna put this video in the playlist info. Thanks for posting it!