Accordion-concertina Repair & Technicians' School
Admission is charged to the accordion museum.
If traveling from a distance, calling in advance is recommended !
( 715-395-2787 [ARTS] )
Harrington ARTS Center - 1401 Belknap Street, Superior, WI 54880 presents...
The Hanni Strahl Concert Hall... "Dedicated to Remembering the Old World in the New"
We proudly acknowledge the patronage of Helen and Theo Miller in this Concert series.
Finding A Treasure (PDF)
The Technician's Masterpiece (PDF)
* Courses & seminars leading to certification are offered periodically... (click here for more info - PDF file)
Accordion-concertina Repair and Techniciansí School
This is the only program in the USA that leads to "Certification" in this specialty profession
"Apprentice" programs available
Curriculum: College-level studies at total-proficiency standard
Certification: "Accordion-Family Instruments Repair Technician Specialist"
Schedules: * Write for Student Handbook and further information
* Month-long seminars individually scheduled
- Nine separate seminars result in certification
- Mon-Thurs: 8:00 AM-4:00 and 7:30-8:30 PM daily hours
- Expert instructors: Helmi Harrington, Ph.D.; Gary Harvell, E.E.
- Guest instructors; Field Trips
- All accordion-family instruments comprehensively taught by era of production, brand of manufacture, performance, theory
- Primary topics: tuning, machine (treble and bass) types, specialized studies, bellows repair, reed qualities, acoustics theory, accordion literature, methods (performance) classes, care and maintenance, shipping, amplification, MIDI
ARTS Repair Shop * Actual shop experience
- Work with real customers: evaluate, appraise, service
- Multiple levels of service: Regular Maintenance, Professional, Museum Quality
Shop Procedures * Useful/necessary tools and machines for your shop
- Employability skills vs. Self-employment attributes
- Shop-logs: time-keeping vs. per-job charges
- Customer relations
- Industry Standards: Era-of-production and Quality Standards
- Quality of Instrument Standards: Beginner, Intermediate, Professional, Fine and World-Class Instruments
Parts Available * Replacement parts from around the world and many eras of accordion
ARTS Files * Procedure sheets and study guides
- Specialty research projects
Lists of Certified Repair Technicians
Community Service * Live-workshop presentations for selected events
Donations are welcome:
Instruments and Parts
E-mail: or firstname.lastname@example.org (emails usually checked weekly)
Phone: (715) 395-ARTS (2787) in Superior, WI
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