Scandalli PA from 1942

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.

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Sonola PA

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.

Hohner Carena IIIM 41/120 … (demo video)

A decent mid range Hohner Carena IIIM piano accordion, full size, with the lovely Hohner sound. I refurbished the bass end (clean up, revalve, rewax, tune) after which it sounded marvellous, with a deep honking bass when all five reed sets were called into service. On the right hand it is a three voice instrument (LMM), with five registers to mix and match the sound. I sorted out the various issues with loose valves and reeds and tuned up.  The buyer wanted me to service their eBay acquired PA but when I showed them this instrument they changed their minds. That is the problem with buying accordions from eBay. You are never quite sure what you going to get unless it is supplied by an instrument vendor or repairer.

And here is a video of the restored PA: