Classic PETOSA AM 1100 Accordion -
The Flagship Model!
This is a classic Petosa AM
1100 accordion, sold new in 1997 and still in pristine condition.
AM 1100 model features
the best hand-made reeds available with
double tone chamber and low-A bass configuration. This is a concert
instrument with 12 treble and 10 (!) bass switches. It remains the
flagship model of Petosa Accordions in Seattle.
- 4 treble sets
of reeds - LMMH
- Tuned to 440 Hz with concert tuning
- 5 sets of bass
Chamber made of solid Mahogany (LM1)
- 41 keys,
19-1/4" keyboard - American walnut keys, white
key tops with smooth edges, excellent response
- 11 treble
switches: Bassoon (L), Bandoneon (LM1),
Organ (M1H), Accordion
Clarinet (M1), Oboe
(M1H), Flute (M2),
and Piccolo (H)
- Palm Master
- 120 bass -
noise free bass machine - 10 bass
registers - low
A reed configuration
- Stereo Amplified - 4+2 microphones, 1/4" pick-up, Tone/Volume controls for treble and bass
Modulator - doubles the number of treble sounds and provides additional
warmth, typical for the American made Excelsiors from the 1950s
- Additional set of Petosa hand-made musette tuned M2M3 reeds with a mahogany box for storage - in 5 minutes the
instrument can be transformed to a full musette accordion featuring
Italian and French musette. These out-of-chamber M2M3 reed blocks will replace the M2H blocks in the accordion.
- Three (3) grills
- 1 amplified with built-in Tone Modulator, 1 concert grill (amplified,
but without modulator), and a folk grill with eagle design (amplified, no modulator)
- Mahogany boxes for storage of the grills and reed blocks not in use
- Large volume,
air tight 18-fold bellows
- 28 lb
- Excellent Petosa straps and case included
The profile of the palm
master switch is very smart and helps avoid interference
with the performers right
leg while the instrument is played in seated position.
Here is the complete
accessories package - the interchangeable musette reeds in a
This instrument is one of the best you can find, both acoustically and cosmetically. The
tone is clear, yet rich and strong with lots of
power, deep bassoon and clarinet, and strong piccolo. The acoustic
balance between treble and bass is excellent. The bellows has 18
folds and lots of volume. The compression in excellent. With the
additional reeds you can play a huge variety of music and always enjoy
an authentic sound - jazz, classical, ethnic, Italian, French, polka -
you have just the right type of tuning. The two sets of reeds will give
you 21 distinct sounds. When you use the Tone Modulator you can have 42 different treble sounds!
You can use the the concert reeds and the classic black grill in a jazz
club and the same evening you could play with the musette reeds and the
"eagle" grill in a French restaurant. This is like having two different
accordion, both of them the best in their class. This is fantastic!
grandchildren will still admire the craftsmanship and the tonal
personality of the AM 1100. Yes, I am confident there is
for the accordion. The time of prejudice is
gone. You can tell by the accordion music featured in many movies and
recent TV commercials for American Express and BMW. Even the popular TV
show "The price is right" featured an accordion recently, a Petosa
accordion. I hope you enjoy
the pictures below and
would be glad to hear from you if you've already experienced the charm
of this accordion or would like to know more about it.
and the amplified grills without tone modulator, also stored in a custom
made mahogany boxes.
There are 4 treble
microphones for uniform gain across the keyboard range.
The amplification can be
used in Mono or Stereo modes with independent Volume and Tone
controls for treble and bass channels.
The entire accordion is like new. This instrument was built to last for generations of musicians. The interior is as nicely
finished as the exterior. All parts have been carefully selected and are in excellent condition - the keyboard valves,
the reed leathers, the wax, all mechanical assemblies... The reeds are fabulous and the response is truly impressive.
can use the the concert reeds and the classic black grill in a jazz
club and the same evening
you could play with the musette reeds and the
"eagle" grill in a French restaurant.