Where to buy parts (internationally)



Where to buy parts (internationally)

Postby Morne » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:24 pm

This might be helpful for other members who are stuck in the middle of nowhere.
In South Africa there are no known suppliers of accordion parts, like valves and wax and whatever other random bits and pieces. Most guys probably try to reuse whatever they can strip from other accordions. I'm not aware of anyone getting parts internationally - except maybe one guy who started repairing 2 or 3 years back, who I think gets his stuff from Italy. I'll get in touch with him too.

Since I have to pay international shipping in any case, my thought is to get some items (at least wax, leather and plastic valves - other things I'm still checking) for at least a few accordions. Primarily to play around with for practice, so I don't have to be stingy in case I mess things up. In other words, I'm not just looking for 2 valves and a spoonful of wax.

So my question for the forum is, who are the reputable dealers when it comes to shipping parts internationally?

I've heard a lot on here about CGM Musical Services (Charlie Marshall) (UK).
I've also seem some mentions of FRM Enterprises (USA).
On eBay I've found two "big" sellers:

Any others that can be recommended?
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Re: Where to buy parts (internationally)

Postby JIM D. » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:29 pm

For accordions (italian Made) --- http://frment.com/ -- and tell Frank Jim sent you.

For accordions (German Made) try --- http://www.stringsandboxes.de/Accordion ... ther-Parts
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Re: Where to buy parts (internationally)

Postby ButtonsCat » Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:31 pm

stringsandboxes.de also supply parts for Italian made accordions.
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Re: Where to buy parts (internationally)

Postby wout » Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:57 pm

Hello! I have 2 addresses in castelfidardo where You can order big quantities which in Your case might Be worth looking at i can give the addresses if You like :)
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Re: Where to buy parts (internationally)

Postby debra » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:27 pm

wout wrote:Hello! I have 2 addresses in castelfidardo where You can order big quantities which in Your case might Be worth looking at i can give the addresses if You like :)

Please post... I don't know what you mean by "big quantities" but once you start doing some repairs you quickly start needing big quantities of things like valves and all kinds of knobs and other small stuff...
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Re: Where to buy parts (internationally)

Postby wout » Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:07 pm

One is carini dena It's an enormous store You can get everything You need though You have To do it true email because i believe the website isnt functioning. Was like heaven walking around there! Bought 200 euro's worth of supplies :) the other is bompezzo i dont think she has a website but i can pm her email address. Though im Sure bompezzo doesnt speak anything other then italian. She has a workshop where she makes leathers etc. Bought my wax there :)
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Re: Where to buy parts (internationally)

Postby debra » Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:23 pm

wout wrote:One is carini dena It's an enormous store You can get everything You need though You have To do it true email because i believe the website isnt functioning. Was like heaven walking around there! Bought 200 euro's worth of supplies :) the other is bompezzo i dont think she has a website but i can pm her email address. Though im Sure bompezzo doesnt speak anything other then italian. She has a workshop where she makes leathers etc. Bought my wax there :)

Many thanks. We do want to plan a trip to Castelfidardo, to buy supplies and to visit one or more factories. (Bugari is top on our list; we will ask Roberto next time we see him at an event.)
I guess that only buying 200 euro in supplies requires discipline. I don't think I can go there and spend so little...
I don't expect many people can really speak anything but Italian in Castelfidardo. I am learning a bit of Italian because I'm pretty sure I will need it.
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Re: Where to buy parts (internationally)

Postby JerryPH » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:36 pm

In a pinch, carry around an ipad, find an internet connection and get Google Translate going. ;) :)

My idea of a dream vacation also includes going to Castelfidardo, and I have ZERO Italian under my belt... but I hope to find a friend along the way that speaks Italian and at least one of the other several languages that I do speak. Hey, E-Man speaks Italian, I may have to kidnap him on my trip, though, I doubt he would protest too much... lol
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Re: Where to buy parts (internationally)

Postby wout » Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:11 pm

well both discipline and not being able to afford more :( but i came a long way with 200 euro's i bought a few alot (200 i believe) leather valves of various sizes for 30 euro's and 4000 contrapelli + the little circles to connect them with :) but thats only a small part of the total shopping car. And you get a long way with hands a feet as well :)
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Re: Where to buy parts (internationally)

Postby Glenn » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:00 am

Warning: off topic:
I wonder why these "little" suppliers never have a web presence? I'm sure they'd do a far better trade with the extra help the internet can provide. I know that being digitally illiterate can give a certain air of authenticity in artistic circles but I do worry how many generations this can go on for before the industry implodes.


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