Meine Deutsche Akkordeon Saga

Exhibit A, my vintage Italian Frontalini I had to decide which instruments to bring to Düsseldorf, and which to leave for Summer gigs back in the U.S.; which could travel easily and which I couldn’t part with. Leaving my accordion was a no-brainer. It is delicate and expensive, not good for air travel. And Germany is the land of accordions! I can pick up a nice used one cheap here. ...or CAN I? Once settled in our flat and we finally had internet (another saga), I set to work. Research yielded two shops in Köln, an hour and a half train ride away. But I soon found out small, light accordions like mine (exhibit A) are a comparative rarity. My emails to the proprietors of the two shops (ein H

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