Inside Main Squeeze NYC

As we learned while building our directory, accordion shops — particularly ones that only sell and repair accordions — are few and far between. So we were excited to run across this video promoting Main Squeeze, the colorful accordion shop on New York City’s Lower East Side.

Run by Walter Kuhr, the store offers new/used accordions, repairs and lessons, and is home base for the all-female Main Squeeze Accordion Orchestra. Main Squeeze even has its own line of accordions, most notably the Model 911 — a compact 72 bass accordion made from walnut wood. Seems to a popular model as I’ve seen photos of a few artists using it recently, including John Linnell of They Might Be Giants.


  1. Welcome Back, “Let’s Polka.” You were missed!!

    and…holy crow, are these “Main Squeeze”
    accordions beautiful or *what??*

  2. Thanks Lauralee! We’ll try not to be away for so long again.

    I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen and heard of the Main Squeeze accordions (though I haven’t played one myself yet). I’m curious where they’re built and who’s making them.