I have an accordion that I bought in 1997. I also bought the case and a vhs tape of beginner lessons. Right afterward I found out that both of my boys have autism, one profound and nonverbal. I ended up learning silent night for my grandmother but never got farther than that. I have taken really good care of it, it is really a work of art. Mr Miller told me it was made from a knotted cherry tree in his back lot.
I just went through some personal tragedy and my youngest son and I just moved into a house in Dupont Louisiana. It was my moms camp when she was alive and needs a lot of work. It leaks and I’m nervous about the moisture in the air (I do have a dehumidifier) I don’t want it to get messed up.
Someone offered to trade me a 22 handgun for it so I looked up its value. I don’t believe I will make that trade. lol
I also don’t know that I want to get rid of it at all. I kinda want to try lessons again but I’m wondering if I should sell this one and buy a more generic one. It is beautiful and it deserves to be played. So, I am torn. I could really use some advise. I have it in a climate controlled storage facility or I would have pictures for you. I’ll be getting it soon and I’ll take them if you want.
personally, a handmade is better than any generic you can find.
Keep it. Learn to play it. Love it.
Keep it, learn to play.
Guidry... Please define "generic" .
I started with a Hohner due to price. having a handmade is worth the money.
Jennifer, you could probably sell your accordion for $1200 or so, but you would probably not be able to duplicate the quality for the same money in today's market.
Hang on to that accordion. If you enjoy music and spend some time learning to play it, you will find that you can sneak a one or two hour "vacation" every now and then. Music can soothe, drive, and inspire. You have all the ingredients at your disposal.
I am playing with it again. I live across the street from a nursing home and my goal is to learn 2 songs to go in there and play for the patients. (Captive audience and all that) lol
Jennifer - I was sorry to hear about your personal situation. And your current leaky house. This box could be a therapeutic help for you but consider - you need the time. If you cannot see those spaces ahead in your life then pass it on. The cash could help with the house repairs and somebody will continue with the custody of the artwork. It sounds a delightful box and I'm sure there are folk on the forum already interested should you choose to sell.
The little money you might net between the sale of your Miller and buying something like a Regal wouldn't buy lunch for a week. Keep your accordion and see if there is some way you can raise the jingle without selling it.
I have a C and a D Bon Tee Cajun from Larry via a very good friend who sold them to me. Larry's boxes are really good accordions. My D is a screamer and the C has a big fat sound. Both play easily, unlike the ones I bought from Birdman and the Savoy that the Birdman "repaired" for me.
Keep it. You'll be happy in the long run...
Thank you... I’m definitely keeping it. :)
Good news that you're keeping it and better news that you will play for some people. Ironically this good news comes on the day when the horrible news arrives that Larry's shop burned down. You are lucky to own one of his accordions. They are treasures because they are great accordions and they are made by a mighty fine person.