CAJUN ACCORDION DISCUSSION GROUP
When I started playing, I never used the stops to lift or carry the box. Then I saw several people do it, and thought it was okay. However, I won't do it again. All it takes is a little sideway pressure to damage the stop mechanism.
I dunno. I think it's fine. My Savoy accordions are built like tanks.
Mais me, I grab em like this chere.