At Smythe's Accordion Center, the Squeezebox Business Booms 

Smythe's has weathered recession, online competition, and a perception of accordions as coarse-sounding period props. Now it's the only public accordion center in the Bay Area.

Accordions have been ceding cultural cachet since 1957. At least, that's the "generally accepted date," according to Smythe's Accordion Center proprietor Kimric Smythe, that the polyglot squeezebox business started to contract. "Then they became insanely uncool." But accordions' existential crisis is…

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