I bought a Sterling, unseen, very similar to that one. Cheap and nasty. I'm suprised they used the same brand on the two very different types. Mine says Sterling Melodeon on the corners and the one piece reed plate looks like it's nailed in.
I wouldn't expect that you'd get any decent playability out of it, or nearly any other of these old accordions that show up on ebay. They really were not particularly well made in the first place, and the passage of time will not have been kind to them.
I have an old accordion like one of those. It looks nice on display, but it will never play again.
I picked up a very old Eagle brand in the key of F for $20. It has two stops, one of which is for show only - doesn't do anything. I agree with David, they make great mantle pieces. A piece of history.
most of what i have seen has been
cheap mass-produced junk, not much
better than toys
at least the one- and two-reed models
they kind of remind me of the current
chinese accordions - they can have
many 'brands' but they all look surprisingly
probably they just used 'sterling' by accident,
not knowing there was a decent
brand of the same name, then quit when
they got sued, or just changed to a new
name the next year anyway so no one
would realize that this year;s junk
was the same aas last year;s junk