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My wife is the original owner of this accordion. It was purchased new by her parents around 1965 or so and has left this house only 1 time. It was only used for practice, never went out on a job. She has an extremely light touch, it has NOT been played to death. As you can see by the pictures the inside is nearly spotless, wax and leathers are excellent throughout, hand made reeds. Compression is very good, the gaskets and bellows hold air very well. The key tops are still bright white and not beat up with fingernail scratches. Yes there are some scratches from being 45 years old but nothing deep or unsightly. The straps are original, the chest pad is recent. Throughout the years this accordion has been on my display shelf here in the studio along with my Pans and Zupans, it was never stored in the case. It has been excercised on a fairly regular basis and plays very well. Aftermarket microphones were installed some years ago by the legendary Idilio Del Coland I will include the stereo mic cable. The case is excellent, all hardware still shiny and fully functional. All things considered, it is in remarkable condition for its age. As for shipping..........it weighs about 28 pounds and will ship with the bass/chord buttons locked down. It will be overboxed with plenty of padding inside the case as well as the overbox. I like to ship sensitive items with FedEx, they haven't destroyed any of my items.............so far. Please do not email me asking what shipping will be to Nome Alaska or to a P.O. box in Siberia. It will probably cost 50 to 100 dollars no matter where it goes with the exception of international. If it gets damaged in shipping it will be YOUR responsibility to submit a claim. I'll help if I can but once it leaves my hands its your baby. Also, please don't ask me to end the sale early or make a deal "under the table", I WON'T, I play by the rules. If you have any negative response you need to pass on this item. So there you have it folks, you know as much about it asI do. I'll be happy to answer any and all questionsabout it you might have. Thanks for looking. P. S. the shipping will be much higher than what is stated in this listing.