I'm taking my accordion on a road trip and I need to leave it in a car while I'm camping outside. Its going to be below freezing at night, 25F.

Its a used vintage accordion that did not cost me much and has a little life left, but it is still very much in tune and I want to keep it this way

Would it cause any issues to leave it in the car inside its case while its below freezing outside for 1 night? Maybe wrapped in some extra blankets


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    I knew someone who left an accordion in the back of his car while shopping. He came back 30 minutes later to find the car window shattered,... and someone had tossed in another accordion. ///I'll let myself out. – Carl Witthoft Feb 22 at 13:47
  • My friend left his guitar on the roof of the car. When he drived away the guitar was shattered. :) – Albrecht Hügli Feb 22 at 16:52
  • Well I don‘t want to be responsible for a frozen accordeon. I‘m going to delete my advice. – Albrecht Hügli Feb 22 at 17:40

No. Not a good idea. The reeds are set in beeswax in general (or maybe a more modern type of wax.) The beeswax can freeze or at least harden and the reeds may become loose. Similarly for being too hot. Accordions are sensitive instruments (as are all musical instruments.)

  • Just a nit: it's basically impossible to damage a brass instrument by heating/freezing/dehumidifying/soaking it. – Carl Witthoft Feb 22 at 13:49

I did this anyway as an experiment. I don't mind having to re-glue some flaps on a $200 used accordion to know about this if I'm ever going to purchase an expensive new one in the future.

The reeds themselves are stamped steel and don't really get affected by this temperature change, the wax is on the leather valves/flaps, which did not fall off. But these don't take part in controlling the pitch of sound.

I didn't notice any change in tuning, seems like these instruments are more durable than I thought

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