Why don't we all go to the Frankfurt MusikMesse? It's the closest thing Europe has to NAMM - a big trade show full of geeks and music gear (including many accordions, presumably) which runs from 29 March - 1 April. I'd like to organise some kind of Music Thing reader trip/event, even if it's just some beer and sausages somewhere on the Friday or Saturday night. Please post in the comments if you've ever been to MusikMesse, or Frankfurt for that matter, and have hotel tips/warnings/names of decent restaurants/suggestions of the best day to go.
Here's what I've found so far: Flights from London: Lufthansa - around £70-£100, British Airways - around £90, or KLM - around £130. Get a flight to Frankfurt International, not Frankfurt Haan, which is 90 minutes from the city. Tickets for MusikMesse are €21 per day from here. I'll contact the people and see if I can organise any kind of MT reader discount.
If you're thinking about going to MM and want to join the gang, just drop me a line.