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I bought a cheap 25key hohner piano accordion with hopes of learning to do my own repairs. The accordion is way off on the tunning and upon inspection I saw that most of the L side ( lower octave) reeds are severely rusted on the underside part of the reed. The M side (higher octave) reeds seem fine. Is there anyway to get the rust off? Planing on taking them off the block, taking the valves off and soaking the plates in wd40. Then trying to brush the rust off. Maybe soaking them in alcohol after that to clean them. I know the reeds have been wreakened and will probably break a lot easier and not stay in tune very long. Replacing the reeds would be ideal but not worth it on this old cheap accordion. I am mostly interested in getting some experience in waxing, installing valves, and tuning.

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Wouldn't use with WD-40 it might cause more problems. Just use a small triangle file to remove the surface rust from the reed. I've encountered this rust problem before.
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I will give the triangle file a try first. Thank you.
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Quick update. I took a few reed plates off and soaked them in a product called evapo-rust (all natural) then I scrubbed them with a tooth brush and they cleaned up really well. Now I've got to figure out a way to wax them back in place as the space between each reed plate is very very narrow. The first attempt resulted in me getting wax all over the reeds.
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You have to wax one Reed at a time. Put the first reed in place then wax the sides, while the wax is still warm lay down the next reed and it will seal itself. Then repeat the process one reed at a time, once all reeds are in place wax the top and bottom.
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Man chngon501 I'm going to have to start paying you for all your help. Thanks again. I'll give it a try.
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This is a great learning experience. I ruined an entire set of reeds the first time I tried messing with them. It feels like a labor of love and requires a lot of patience. Now, I send all my boxes to get professionally tuned. But it is good to understand the basics. Every player should get their hands on some reeds at some point.

Props on going through this work!

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Thanks Otono. I haven't had the time to finish this accordion since I bought a really beat up corona 2 for really cheap from another member to fix up and my attention shifted to that. The reeds in that one were 10 times worse than these. I took all the reeds plates out and soaked them to get the rust off. Re valved using 1/4 recording tape, tuned them up, and rewaxed. replaced some treble button springs, and re leveled all the buttons. Replaced the whole bass side mechanism. Sure it took me about a month and I made a bunch of mistakes and it didn't turn out perfectly. However I learned so much and in the process I feel like I rescued this box.
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Wow! Yeah, you're in it deep. Such a great learning experience. Thanks for sharing that and rescuing another box from the junkyard.
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