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Tempo Trend Music was established by Martin’s father 60 years ago in Victoria. He was a watchmaker by trade and always had a love for accordions. When Martin’s father was working in Sechelt in 1960, he was slowly introduced to the accordions business by a person who was in touch with the Canadian Accordions Institute. This person had a love for accordions and offered Martin's father Vancouver Island as the territory to deal with the Canadian Accordions Institute. So Martin’s father started his accordion business while still working as a watchmaker.
Our Humble Beginning
What started as a business that focused on accordion sales expanded over the years to include teaching accordion lessons. At the time we started, lesson options were for accordions, guitars and drums and were done at our home. There were lots of immigrants at the time from Europe that wanted their kids to learn to play the accordion. So we offered teaching, rental and free use of accordions that often turned into accordion sales.
Coming Back To the accordion
One of the challenges that we faced in the late 60s was that young people wanted to go for guitars lessons rather than accordions. The kids of those people who played accordions in the 60s did not want anything to do with them in the 80s. So they often went for guitar, keyboard and drums lessons instead.
Over time, we are again seeing a lot of people take up the accordion. People who used to play accordion in the 1960s but gave it up for families and careers, are now coming back to it as they are retiring. Whether they liked it or not back then, they now have an appreciation for it and are going back to it. And young kids whose parents didnt play the accordion are asking for them because their parents didnt play it.
We aim to help people with all kinds of musical needs. We are a full end-to-end store making music accessible to everyone. Give us a call to get more information about our musical instruments and music classes.