National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Don Krance is a rare craftsman. He builds, repairs, and tunes accordions. He learned
his trade from a master accordion-maker, John Mikus, his wife's uncle, when he moved
to Cleveland in 1952, from Yukon, Pennsylvania.
Don has tuned the accordions of most of the polka accordion maestros, such as Joey
Miskulin, Walter Ostanek, Johnny and Jeff Pecon. He became in deman after tuning
Bob Timko's accordion to what is the genuine Cleveland-Style polka sound.
For 16 years, Don was the leader of a group of accordion players who played each
year at the Colorado Polka Festival. He also lead the Euclid Slovenian Chromatic
Accordion Club for a decade. Don credits accordion builder Tony Vardian with helping
him to hone his skills in accordion craftsmanship, and Don's brother Ernie for his