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Author Topic: Old Diana accordeon, in a distressed condition - worth fixing?  (Read 1308 times)

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Tone Dumb Greg

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Re: Old Diana accordeon, in a distressed condition - worth fixing?
« Reply #20 on: July 07, 2018, 08:03:24 PM »

...Having owned a 70s morris marina I  personally think some vintage instruments and vintage cars etc deserve to be condemned to oblivion with money the better spent on reviving quality iconic items.
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To be fair, Marinas were pretty crap in the 70s. My brother in law reckoned it was the worst car he ever had. Broke down every two minutes.
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Re: Old Diana accordeon, in a distressed condition - worth fixing?
« Reply #21 on: July 08, 2018, 10:55:23 AM »

To be fair, although they had their faults I wouldn't describe the Marina, as Total c**p they inherited a fair proportion of their mechanichal parts from the Morris Minor, which was  a pretty sturdy  and reliable vehicle if well maintained, indeed many of them are still going strong today, I bought and drove Marina for 2 years when I first started driving again after a lapse, did about 3000 miles or more in it often carrying a full band P.A system and two passengers in it (back seat removed !!) with no problems other than regular maintenance.
As far as the Diana Melodeon is concerned, I bought one as a project for about £20 when I first decided to try my own home maintenance and needed something to practice on and it was definitely better than most of the other saxony made boxes I had seen, ....steel reeds, a very sturdy non leaking bellows and  in fairly good cosmetic condition. after a couple of years, I gave it away to a youngster,....basically as a toy, and as far as I.m aware its still around and working after five or six years.


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