Contributions, Comments, Questions?

All are very welcome indeed. Please send me an email at

If you find new links, or links that have moved, or links that do not work anymore, please let me know. I try to keep the site as up to date as possible, but sites appear and disappear on a daily basis. So if a link does not work for you, or if you have suggestions on new links or on how we can improve the layout, I would like to hear from you!

I'll even try to answer any questions you have. Well, most of them, and it might take a while. And unfortunately, I don't know everything about accordions.

Two questions come up so often, that I have got pages that answer them as best as I can:

  • I found or inherited this accordion, can you tell me its value? See What's it worth?.
  • Can you teach me how to play the accordion? Get a teacher, if at all possible, or see How to play?.

If you are looking for the address of a shop or a teacher, etc., try the Accordion Yellow Pages. You will probably find one there.


As far as the accordion is concerned, I am strictly an amateur. I started playing rather late, in 1993, when I was 25. In fact I was subscribed to the accordion mailing list even before I started playing. These accordion links pages is really just a bookmark file that got out of hand.

Since October 2010 I live in Genoa, Italy, after some 10 years in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK (birthplace of of Shakespeare!). I work for Ericsson (formerly Marconi), on (ultra-) long-haul optical telecommunications (the physical layer for internet backbones, really). Before that, I was post-doc at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. And before that I did a PhD in Groningen, the Netherlands, in theoretical optics. I learned to play the accordion when I lived there, at the Stedelijke Muziekschool Groningen.

I suffer from the usual problem: I play a bit of everything, but nothing really well. My main interest is folk music: English, Klezmer, balkan, cajun, you name it, as long as there is an accordion involved.

My accordions

A picture of me and my Parrot I currently have 6 accordions:
  • A Hero cajun button accordion, with 2 basses and 7 buttons
  • An 8 bass Golden Cup piano accordion. It is also sold under the name Hero
  • An East-German two-row buttonbox (C/F), similar to the Hohner Pokerwork (Goudbrand in Dutch). I can't really play this one, I focus on the piano accordion instead.
  • A red mother-of-toilet-seat (MOTS) 32 bass Hohner Student piano accordion
  • An 80 bass Parrot piano accordion, see picture
  • A Hohner Morino VI N. That is an accordion with an MIII-manual, i.e. free basses, between the bellows and the normal basses. 185 bass buttons in total. On the right it has 45 keys, and 5 voices (11 registers). So it is pretty heavy!