Bugari piano accordion with midi (now sold). Professional Bugari accordion, cassotto chamber, 37 key, 120 bass. Scottish tuned, three voice musette plus octave reed (LMMM), 11 treble couplers plus master palm coupler, 5 voice bass with 5 couplers. This instrument is unusual in that it has 37 keys but 120 bass. The 37 keys make it just that bit more compact than 41 keys.
Accordion stradella bass machine, five year guarantee in 1935…and it still works. Picture taken inside a Boselli 41/120 piano accordion.
Hohner Atlantic III piano accordion. Three voice (low reed, and two medium reeds) with 9 couplers (4 are repeats), mute switch, 3 couplers on the 5 voice bass side.
This is a lovely instrument – the 1960s Atlantics were fitted with composite pads (a sandwich of leather and foam attached to the keys and which form an air seal until you operate a key e.g. sound a note), and over time the foam in the pad disintegrates. All the pads on the bass and treble were replaced. The internal condition is good with no valve noise, and the instrument is in tune and sounds great. See the video below.
I thought I’d show you a few pictures of this lovely old accordion (which is sadly NOT for sale), shipped from the US. Scandalli makes beautiful accordions. They sound marvellous and have a light action. In particular the bass is as light as a feather to play and has perfect response.
Did some maintenance to the reeds on this lovely old Sonola accordion yesterday. The grille looks like it comes off a Buick. The build quality is superb, but oh my, it is heavy – I didn’t actually weigh it but it is at least 13kg. You want to be sitting down to play it. The new owner was very pleased with it – as I would be too.