As a guideline to prospective clients, I base my recommendations for various types of accordion on the different standard of playing, and most of all on price and quality. Therefore, I recommend the following models:

 

Studio / Student / Beginners / Advance Players

 

Model: Hohner Bravo II 48 Bass
Keyboard/Bass: 26/48
Treble/Bass Reeds: 2/4
Treble/Bass Registers: 2/-
Weight (kg): 5

Model: Brandoni 68SP
Keyboard/Bass: 34/96
Treble/Bass Reeds: 4/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 11/7
Weight (kg): 9

Model: Hohner Bravo III 96 Bass
Keyboard/Bass: 37/96
Treble/Bass Reeds: 3/4
Treble/Bass Registers: 7/3
Weight (kg): 8.6

Model: Paolo Soprani Mod. 96
Keyboard/Bass: 37/96
Treble/Bass Reeds: 3/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 7/4
Weight (kg): 8.6

Model: Excelsior Mod.1296S
Keyboard/Bass: 37/96
Treble/Bass Reeds: 3/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 7/2
Weight (kg): 9.4

Model: Dino Baffetti Prof I
Keyboard/Bass: 37/96
Treble/Bass Reeds: 3/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 7/2
Weight (kg): 9.5

Model: Brandoni 75
Keyboard/Bass: 37/96
Treble/Bass Reeds: 3/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 5/7
Weight (kg): 9

Model: Borsini Vienna 374
Keyboard/Bass: 37/96
Treble/Bass Reeds: 4/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 11/3
Weight (kg): 9.3

Model: Excelsior Mod.1304BCS
Keyboard/Bass: 37/96
Treble/Bass Reeds: 4/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 11/3
Weight (kg): 10.2

Model: Brandoni 130SP
Keyboard/Bass: 37/120
Treble/Bass Reeds: 4/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 11/7
Weight (kg): 9.8

Model: Dino Baffetti Prof IV
Keyboard/Bass: 41/120
Treble/Bass Reeds: 4/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 11/7
Weight (kg): 11.5

Model: Hohner Bravo III120 Bass
Keyboard/Bass: 41/120
Treble/Bass Reeds: 3/4
Treble/Bass Registers: 7/3
Weight (kg): 9.2

Model: Excelsior Compact Mod. 308
Keyboard/Bass: 41/120
Treble/Bass Reeds: 3/4
Treble/Bass Registers: 7/3
Weight (kg): 9.7

Model: Dino Baffetti Prof II
Keyboard/Bass: 41/120
Treble/Bass Reeds: 3/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 7/2
Weight (kg): 10.2

Model: Paolo Soprani Mod. 120
Keyboard/Bass: 41/120
Treble/Bass Reeds: 3/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 7/4
Weight (kg): 9.9

Model: Brandoni 133SP
Keyboard/Bass: 41/120
Treble/Bass Reeds: 4/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 11+M/7
Weight (kg): 10.4

Model: Borsini Vienna 414RS
Keyboard/Bass: 41/120
Treble/Bass Reeds: 4/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 11+M/7
Weight (kg): 9.9

Model: Victoria A250V
Keyboard/Bass: 41/120
Treble/Bass Reeds: 4/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 11/5
Weight (kg): 10.6

 

Musette

There are so many excellent “musette” accordions, which makes the choice difficult. As stated before, I base my recommendations on the different standard of playing, and most of all on price and quality. Therefore, I recommend the following models:

Model: Fantini SP/4
Keyboard/Bass: 37/96
Treble/Bass Reeds: 4/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 9/3
Weight (kg): 9.4

Model: Fantini PP/7
Keyboard/Bass: 41/120
Treble/Bass Reeds: 4/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 11/7
Weight (kg): 10.5

Model: Dino Baffetti Prof IV
Keyboard/Bass: 41/120
Treble/Bass Reeds: 4/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 11/7
Weight (kg): 11.5

 

Note

These are the types of tremolo that most accordion manufacturers use: Jazz 4 cents, American 8 cents, German 14 cents, Italian 18 cents, French 24 cents. But all of this only matters if you ordering your accordion rather then buying whatever is available. If you are ordering your accordion with a French Musette ask the dealer what he will tune the three middle reeds as? The most common French Musette tuning of the three middle reeds is:

Low – A=436
Middle – A=440
High – A=441.5

 

Accordion Tuning by Michelle Tapire

Accordions sound different from one another as a result of tuning the remaining set of the middle octave reeds. The reeds are tuned in order to have a beat note or a tremolo effect, which is also referred to as wetness, the basis of accordion tuning type. It is not easy to tune an accordion. It requires talent, practice, time and effort. The first way to master accordion tuning is to know the different types of accordion tuning. There are basically four accordion tuning types: French Musette, Slovenian style, German style and Italian style.

 

French Musette

Compared to other accordion tuning types, French Musette accordion tuning has the greatest amount of wetness. Its tuning has set #3 of the reeds tuned flat and set #2 tuned sharp, resulting in non-suppressed-carrier of amplitude or a single tremolo applied to each note instead of a blend of different tremolos.

Slovenian-Style

Slovenian-style accordion tuning typically has a dry sound. However, this type varies a lot depending on the tuning of the third musette set. Most tuners tune the accordion sharp, but there are others who tune them flat. Flat tuning is said to be better since it helps keep the accordion from creating an out-of-tune sound.

German-Style

German-style accordion tuning is half as wet as the full French Musette tuning. This type is also referred to as Continental tuning or Polka tuning.

Scottish Musette

Instead of using three reeds per note, Scottish Musette accordion tuning uses only two reeds, one with a higher note and one with a lower note. This combination of high and low notes creates a beautiful and rich tone, making it the most common type of accordion tuning.

 

Jazz Models

Model: * Excelsior “ Van Damme “ AVD4
Keyboard/Bass: 44/120 F – C
Treble/Bass Reeds: 4/5
Treble/Bass Registers: 11/6
Weight (kg): 12.7

 

Model: ** Victoria Model Signature “Richard Galliano”
Keyboard/Bass: 44/120
Treble/Bass Reeds: 3/4
Treble/Bass Registers: 7/7
Weight (kg): 10.2

 

* Non-Standard Model – On request only. Tone Chamber / Double Bassoon.
** Tone Chamber / 16 + 8 + 8

 

Professional Models

In this category once you introduce the “ Cassotto “ ( Tone Chamber ) – different types of “ Hand Made Reeds “ and other technical specifications the price structure goes into a different level. You can contact me and we can discuss your requirements. If I mention a few Brands it will trigger off memories and quality sound instruments……Morino – Art Van Damme – AC Continental – Super VI – 940 to mention a few…

Well, we can all dream, look up these manufactures in my website, these models are still made with the same passion, quality and tradition…contact me and maybe we can make your dreams come true. All the basic characteristics of the instrument are explained in the following diagrams. Although this changes from manufacturer to manufacturer, it would give the same result:

 

OR simply: Model 990 “New Soul”

  • Keys: 41
  • Keyboard Size: Standard
  • Bass Buttons: 120
  • Treble Set of Reeds: 4
  • Bass Set of Reeds: 5
  • Treble Registers: 13 + 7
  • Bass Registers: 6
  • Cassotto : 2
  • Weight: 11.4 Kg
  • Size: 470 X 200 X 435

 

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