CAJUN ACCORDION DISCUSSION GROUP
I have been able to improve Ariettes, but with a great deal of work for minor improvements.
The Ariette would be a deterrent for an aspiring accordionist to continue.
Chinese Hohners are far better. Used older German made Hohner 114 models even better.
Many years ago in a 25 year auto biz career there was a saying..
There is such a thing as a car for free that isn't worth the price.
Anne, I went through all that a few years ago, trying to salvage any possible value from my Ariette. Every time I fixed one leak, another would pop up.
My Ariette now sits on a bookshelf as a reminder of all the money I saved.
Cut your losses - don't waste your time postponing the inevitable.