Help with Finding Vibrandoneon Reeds
July 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm #2648
I’m new here. Looking forward to ‘meeting’ you all.
I’m having an issue with my vibrandoneon, which I have been unsuccessfully attempting to obtain replacement reeds for from Victoria for close to a year. I haven’t had a response to multiple follow up emails over many months, despite assurances that they were preparing the replacements and they’d “be ready by the end of this [that] week”.
Does anyone here have any information about where else I might be able to obtain replacement reeds for the vibrandoneon, and/or about the specs for the stainless steel used for the reeds? I do have a local accordion tech who can craft the reeds for me, if I obtain the specs/material for him. I tried replacing using accordion reeds, but they rusted pretty quickly, so need to find a solution ASAP.
Thank you for your help!
BinyominJuly 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm #2649
Hello Binyomin, I too had the same problem with my Vibrandoneon, The accordion shop that serviced my Vibrandoneon was able to replace my reeds. Here is the Web site for Binci the reed maker, send them a email and they will respond
Melodica-MeJuly 1, 2014 at 4:36 pm #2650
Oh wow, thank you for the fast response!July 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm #2651
Do you happen to have a direct email address for them? I tried using the form on their site, and when I hit send, I get a “this page doesn’t exist” error message. Not sure if the form is working. Thanks again!July 1, 2014 at 7:06 pm #2652
Binyomin, try email@example.com they just wrote back to me asking which one is needed. I gave them your name as well
Melodica-meJuly 2, 2014 at 11:31 am #2654
Hi Binyomin. Do let us know what the reeds are called for future reference. I haven’t needed to replace any Vibro reeds yet. But I know what you mean about the slow Victoria service!!July 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm #2657
I just heard back from Binci and they don’t make vibrandoneon reeds. Does anyone here know what the specs/material they are made out of is, and where I can order some? I have an accordion tech here in NYC who can craft the reeds for me, if I get him the material.
It is about ten months that I have been trying to get replacement reeds from Victoria for my instrument. The customer support is beyond horrid. I need to find a way, outside of relying on Victoria, to obtain replacement reeds when needed.July 3, 2014 at 4:17 am #2658
That’s strange, the Vibrandoneon uses Binci reeds? I wonder if they just don’t make them anymore since the Vibrandoneon has been discontinued through Victoria. I went to Dave’s Accordion in Atwater CA they replaced one for me and no sound difference in tone or volume. Maybe your accordion repair guy you know in NY can make one for you or replace the tounge portion.
Good luck Binyomin.
Melodica-MeJuly 3, 2014 at 4:19 am #2659
That’s strange, the Vibrandoneon uses Binci reeds? I wonder if they just don’t make them anymore since the Vibrandoneon has been discontinued through Victoria. I went to Dave’s Accordion in Atwater CA they replaced one for me and no sound difference in tone or volume. Maybe your accordion repair guy you know in NY can make one for you or replace the tounge portion using the same reed block.
Good luck Binyomin.
Melodica-MeJuly 3, 2014 at 2:49 pm #2668
Binci’s reply: “Binci fdactory not build reeds for virabandoneon.”
I’ve tried having a local accordion guy replace the reeds. My accordion guy made me one out of whatever accordion reeds are usually made of. There was a very slight tonal difference that became more pronounced/softer in volume over time. When my next reed broke while on tour, and the local accordion guy opened the instrument, we discovered that the replacement reed had rusted and was not in good condition, so it’s clear that I need the same rust-resistant material to craft new reeds. If I had the specs/supplier info, I could get some and have my craftsman make the reeds from that. Unfortunately, Victoria is not being helpful with regard to sharing that information. They tell me I can get the reeds from them, and then don’t respond for months…
Does anyone know what the specs for the reed material are and where I can get it? I believe it is Swedish stainless steel.
Thanks!July 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm #2669
Binyomin, have you spoken to Martin Maurer? He sells and repairs free reed instruments, and speaks good EnglishJuly 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm #2670
Thanks, Troy. I’ll contact him.July 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm #2844
Hi Binyomin, did you have any luck with the Vibradoneon reeds?July 24, 2014 at 12:57 am #2850
Martin Maurer is being helpful. He gave me the contact info for the two companies, Binci and Cagnoni, that made reeds for the instrument. Binci said they don’t make reeds for vibrandoneon, and Cagnoni didn’t respond to several emails.
Martin emailed me just the other day to say that he could obtain a complete replacement set, plus duplicates of the ones I already need, but the price he quoted is pretty steep. I’m working out if I can fund that now. He’s been superb in terms of communication and sharing information. Thanks again for the suggestion.July 24, 2014 at 9:55 am #2851
Maybe buying more sets would bring the price down. I’m interested in buying a couple of complete sets (depending on price of course). What sort of price are you being quoted?
There’s someone else I can ask as well, who regularly orders from accordion manufacturers in Italy. I’ll email him and see if he’d be able to order some sets, and how much that would be. Is there a technical name for these reeds, i.e. material and size?
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