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How to Determine the Age of an Accordion

Accordions are played in folk music throughout North America, South America and Europe.
an old accordion image by Tomo Jesenicnik from Fotolia.com

If you own an accordion, then you own a bit of musical history. The accordion was invented in the 1800’s. It grew in popularity during the 1930’s and remains quite popular among accordion enthusiasts. Knowing the age of your accordion gives you some insight into the history of your instrument. In addition, if you’re interested in selling the accordion, then knowing its age is important as well. The age, make, model and the condition of the accordion are considered when determining the monetary value of your accordion.

Write down the accordion’s serial number, brand name, model number and the manufacturer’s name. All this information is located on the accordion.

Take photos of the accordion. Take a photo of the front and the back of the accordion. Two photos are sufficient. Make sure the photos are clear and of good quality.

Locate the manufacturer’s contact information. The accordion manufacturer’s website will include an address, phone number, fax number and an email address.

Contact the manufacturer. Send an email requesting the age of your accordion. Include the serial number, model number and brand name. Attach the photos as a JPEG file. Based on the information you provide, the manufacturer will respond with the date the accordion was manufactured.


If information such as the serial number, model number and brand name are faded, then take the accordion to an appraiser. An appraiser will determine the age as well as the value of the accordion.

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