EXCELSIOLA Model 711
Professional Compact Size Accordion
is such a
pleasure to find one these accordions from the best years of
Excelsior, especially in such a good condition. This is a compact size
instrument, perfect for strolling. It has been made with the same
attention to detail and to the same quality standards as the
full size Symphony Grand model. All internal metal parts are anodized
to prevent rust. The bass and tenor reeds are the same double-riveted
hand-made reeds you will find the the top of the line Magnante model.
The overall reed response and tonal richness will rival any
professional new accordion. The tone modulator is very efficient and
gives warmth to the tone when closed. You will not miss a tone chamber
and at the same time don't need to carry the extra weight it adds.
I acquired this instrument from Alex and Bell after the store closed.
Alex had done a lot of work, most importantly, rewaxing all reeds and
replacing the grill cloth. I continued the restoration by fine tuning
the reeds, overhauling the keyboard and thoroughly cleaning the
interior. Finally, I polished the body and this Excelsiola is ready for
the most demanding strolling professional. Below is a summary of the
- Made in Italy
hand-finished treble reeds
- The large bass
reeds (bass and tenor sets) are double-riveted and hand-made.
- 3 treble sets
of reeds - LMH - dry
- 5 sets
of bass reeds
- 41 keys, 17.5"
with walnut base, smooth key tops, and excellent action (just serviced)
- 7 treble switches - Bassoon, Melodeon, Organ, Master, Clarinet, Oboe, and Piccolo
accordion of this size
and quality can only be made on a special order today and will cost
$4500-5000. This particular instrument has been serviced at the Accordion Gallery and is ready for decades of
trouble-free performance. It is priced right at a fraction of its
replacement value today. All it needs is a new home and a proud owner.
Call me to hear it. Even better, visit the Accordion Gallery
and try it yourself.
- Palm Master switch
- Tone Modulator controlled by a slide under the treble switches - open it for a brighter tone or close it for tone chamber effect.
- 120 bass
with 3 switches - the chrome plating has minor wear but is overall clean and
- 17-fold bellows with deep folds and plenty of volume
- Original leather bellows gaskets in very good condition
- Excellent compression and playability
- Bellows protector
- Good soft leather padded shoulder
- Amplified with Volume/Tone potentiometers for treble and bass
- The bass strap was replaced at some point and shows
some wear from storing the accordion on its bass feet; still feels
- Solid hard-shell case with internal padding and a cover for keyboard protection from the straps buckles
- Perfectly balanced, air efficient accordion - 22 lb
The rest of the story in pictures...
I overhauled the keyboard in September of 2017. Cleaned the key bed and all valves...
... optimized the action one key at a time ...
... and leveled the keys.
You can see that all internal metal components have been treated against corrosion.
The interior is clean. The original reed leathers are excellent. The reeds are truly impressive - see the
close-up pictures below. There is one microphone under the grill and another one mounted on the reed blocks
(shown in the photograph below).
The next two photographs show a close view of the bassoon reeds.
Next, let's take a look at the bass reed blocks and reeds...
Call 973-770-6877 with any questions.