Kees van Willigen


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Muziekhandel Kees van Willigen

Kees van Willigen opened a music shop in Holland in 1968. As an accordion player he specialized in the instrument and soon gained a world-wide reputation for his product line and customer service. Kees (pronounced Case) witnessed the boom of the accordion in the 1950s and 60s, its decline in the 70s and 80s and it’s resurgence in the 1990s and early 2000s. Even after his son took over as the store’s president, Kees still worked in the store everyday until his passing in 2010. “The accordion is for everyone who enjoys making music” he said proudly during is 2008 interview.