Accordion Tuner

Keep expensive accordions sounding great.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Accordion Tuners do?

Accordions can be incredibly expensive, and people who play them can do an amazing amount of damage to them in a very short period of time. Accordions that are wet, dropped, or just plain old can have broken internal elements, and sound rusty and out of tune. When this happens, you—the Accordion Tuner—step in to repair the instrument.

High-quality accordion parts are hard to come by, and cheap parts simply sound cheap. Spending hours on the computer trawling for accordion parts may not sound like fun, but it’s one of the best ways for Accordion Tuners to build up a supply of parts to use in repair jobs.

When an accordion owner comes to your shop, you gently take the instrument and inspect it. You may crack it open and take a look inside, and you may sniff the air to determine if it has been exposed to damp or mold. Of course, the owner wants an estimate of how much and how long it’ll take to repair their instrument, and the Accordion Tuner dutifully provides that before beginning work.

When you’re alone with the accordion, you play it to find damaged reeds. Pulling those reeds out then discarding them is step one, and step two is cleaning the instrument thoroughly. Replacing the broken reeds with reeds from your pile, then gluing them in carefully, is the next step. Finally, to make sure the instrument has been properly repaired, you check its sound against a tuning fork.


Should I be an Accordion Tuner?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become an Accordion Tuner

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