SNAIL SHELL ACCORDIONS Ltd.
(Chattanooga/Monteagle/Nashville, TN)

Offering Accordion Repairs, Renovations & Sales

Specific Services:

An accordionist myself (I perform in the duo Cricket & Snail), I started servicing and renovating accordions when I bought an instrument that needed to be tuned. I was pretty disheartened when I discovered there was no one in the Chattanooga/Nashville area doing this; I felt trapped with an instrument that I could not get fixed or fix myself! So my "accordion quest" took yet another turn. In addition to my own research, I received some informal instruction by amateurs who tuned accordions. I saw some helpful things and some things I would I knew weren't so great. I continued my education by working in a repair shop in the Czech Republic during the summer. I learned more here, expanding my skills and increasing my efficiency. While accordion repair can be time-consuming, I try to offer rates that are less than those of well-established shops since I don't rely on this work as my only source of income. Please contact me if you're interested in an estimate.

Please note that I tune reeds *by hand* and typically avoid using a Dremel (electric rotary) tool to tune reeds as the friction from this device can heat reeds up and cause them to lose their temperament and eventually break or become un-tunable. (!) Be cautious of folks who tune with a Dremel as it could be quite harmful to your reeds!

As an accordionist, I know the joy that an well-serviced instrument can bring. I thus work carefully until an instrument begins to play well and sound good. In addition to servicing, I also renovate accordions and sell them at affordable prices. I am well-aware that someone interested in buying an accordion needs to hear & see the instrument in action before they buy it so I always provide a DEMO VIDEO (see below) of each accordion I sell.

James Carlson
Snail Shell Accordions, Ltd.
46 Central Avenue
Monteagle, TN, 37356, USA
I'm about 45 minutes via I-24 from CHATTANOOGA, 1:15 via I-24 from NASHVILLE
Ph#: 865-406-3030
Follow Snail Shell Accordions on FACEBOOK here: https://www.facebook.com/SnailShellAccordions
http://www.alembickmusic.com/snailshellaccordions.html
http://www.alembickmusic.com/cricketandsnail.html
Email: alembickmusic@aol.com

FOR SALE (more details on the Youtube page):


$250/OBO + shipping.


IN-THE-WORKS (accordions not yet ready, but available soon or on request) & PREVIOUSLY SOLD/SERVICED:


1940s Black Uclas, 41/120, LMMH-Musette, 9-treble/3-bass regis. keyboard=18 3/4", case=none, straps=good

There are more videos on my Snail Shell Accordions Youtube Channel.


Learning the trade in the Czech Republic.