Care for your accordion:
First, break in your new accordion: The reeds will take a few weeks of easy playing to break in. Don't play excessively hard during this period. The bellows will continue to soften over time, as will springs.
1. Always store upright (on its feet) to keep reed valves properly seated.
2. Keep cool. The best advice is: USE YOUR COMMON SENSE !!! Never let your accordion stand in high temperatures or direct sun. A good rule of thumb is - if the heat feels uncomfortable to you, then it is probably uncomfortable for your accordion, too. Reeds are affixed to the wooden reed blocks with 'reed wax' (a special blend of mainly beeswax and rosin plus some other additives to raise the melting point.) Plain beeswax usually has a melting point of about 140 deg. F, but even at much lower temperatures, heat will soften wax, and that is not a good thing for your accordion. As the temperature rises wax begins to 'sweat' then eventually melt, causing very extensive damage. If left in the sun or next to a heater the inside of your accordion will become like an oven, and since there is no airflow when it is not played, the air inside will heat up very quickly, just like the inside of your car on a sunny day, even though it may not be that hot. So, keep away from sunlight, heaters and all hot places because your accordion can very quickly bake inside.
3. Handle gently. Shock can loosen reed plates out of place, esp. when it's warm and the reed wax is soft. DO NOT PICK UP ACCORDION BY THE FINGERBOARD. When picking up by shoulder strap, try to pick it up evenly so you are not pulling on just one side.
4. Keep dry. Reeds like dry air. Moisture can attack your accordion in both hot and cold weather. Air in the summertime can get hot and humid in many places, and outdoor playing can expose your accordion to humidity. In cold weather, it may be dry outside, but if a cold instrument is brought indoors, condensation can form on the reeds, just like your glasses fog up when you come inside from the cold into a warm house. This condensation is very harmful to the reeds. The way to prevent it is to get the reeds up to room temperature as soon as possible, and try to keep get dry air into it. Generally, corrosion accelerates when relative humidity approaches and exceeds 60%. High humidity will also cause wooden components to swell, and that can affect your fingerboard, key valves, reed blocks and soundboards as well.
5. Reeds are made of a steel tongue and aluminum alloy frame. Like all metals, temperature affects them. They expand and contract at different rates from each other, and their stiffness changes also. Give them time to adjust to new conditions by playing gently for a while in its new environment.
6. Call us if you encounter any problem. Whatever you do, never attempt to service your accordion, esp. the reeds. Do not touch reeds and reed valves, as they are very delicate. Reed blocks are positioned carefully and removal can alter the optimum placement and adversely affect sound output. Button position and height is individually adjusted at optimal position. Any alteration can adversely affect reed and keyboard performance, and will void the warranty.
Caution: Please follow above advice carefully. Damage caused by improper handling and/or abuse of accordion is not covered by the warranty.