110 Accordions Want You! You Want 110 Accordions! (Or at least one or two.)
Back in July of this year Bill Stadnyk died. I’m pretty sure Rowan and I from the Accordion Noir radio show got to meet him and talked about our shared accordion obsessions. Well, his children are following his wishes now and working to find good homes for his 110 Accordions.
Bill was located in British Columbia, Canada (very lucky for us), so if you’re in the area, pay particular attention. His kids have created a Facebook Page called AccordionsPlus with photos of many of the instruments.
Let me just say this is a fairly spectacular collection. Including some rarities like this “curved keyboard” that was hip for a while in the 1940s or so:
Here’s another home-video walking around some of Bill’s collection.
There are also amazing items like this one of a kind piano/button number (who commissioned this thing?) which we featured here once before.
With the variety of prices, I’m sure there is something for everyone. I’m assured by Bill’s daughter that they are in excellent condition as he not only played but did maintenance to keep them in good repair himself. If you’d like to contact the family about any of them, sign on and leave a message on Facebook. (If you’re not on Facebook, good for you. Drop me an email and I’ll hook you up.) His daughter should be bringing some into Vancouver in January if you are able to connect before then.
Let me close with this lovely Guerinni with decor to die for:
PS. I think I may have managed to score one for myself (can’t let you all have everything.) Will this become the “Accordion Noir” we talk about so much? I hope so. Looking forward to seeing/hearing it in January!