STRADAVOX Cassotto Compact Model Accordion

We are pleased to present a beautifully designed and built compact size professional accordion. This instrument looks classy, feels great, and projects a rich harmonious tone. It has been serviced at the Accordion Gallery and is offered with our comprehensive one-year warranty. You will receive a clean accordion with excellent mechanics and compression, responsive reeds, and new straps and backpad to make handling of this ergonomically optimized instrument even more pleasant.
I think this is a late 1950's or early 1960's model. The mechanical and acoustic condition of the instrument is very good to excellent. However, there are some cosmetic imperfections I would like to disclose. The key tops have yellowed similar to Excelsior and Sonola accordions made in the same time period. The effect can't be seen on a sunny day or with flash photography. Therefore, I have included several indoor pictures without a flash to show the yellow tint on the key tops. The D1 and A2 key tops have cracks that have been repaired by a previous owner (not a great job on D1) and G2 key tops has a minor surface scratch. I have included a close-up photo of that area of the keyboard. I have a complete set of new ivory finished key tops that I can include with the accordion in the case the new owner would decide to have all key tops replaced.

The accordion is in very good condition and has that mature rich sound you would expect from one of the best made instruments from the "Golden Age". Solid aged mahogany has been used for the body of the accordion, the tone chamber, and the reed blocks, similar to the top models Zero Sette made accordions like Zero Sette B30 and Petosa AM1100. In addition, this Stradavox has several custom features that I have seen on other high end instrument. I have several Stradavox catalogs from that 1950-60;s and can't find this particular model. I believe it was custom ordered for someone who had extensive experience with accordions design and service. 
Please, read my comments between the photographs for interesting design details.

After more than 3 decades dominated by full size accordions with 19.25" keyboard length, recently the industry has recognized the need for ergonomically optimized compact models. There has been growing demand for these lighter weight accordions. However, it has been a challenge to reduce the footprint and weight of the instrument without compromising the tonal quality. Some of you have probably purchased or tried a compact accordion advertised as light-weight only to discover the air efficiency and tonal quality have been severely diminished... This compact model Stradavox Cassotto accordion is comparable to some of the best new compact professional models like the Siwa & Figli Super Cobra and Beltuna Prestige IV C. If you have been looking for a full 4-reed sound from a compact size tone chamber accordion this instrument is worth your attention. Call 973-770-6877 with any questions.








The above picture was taken outdoors. The photograph below was taken indoors without flash to show the yellow tint on the key tops.



The D1 and A2 key tops have cracks that have been repaired by a previous owner (not a great job on D1) and
G2 key tops has a minor surface scratch. The picture below shows a close-up view of that area of the keyboard.







The photograph below was taken indoors without flash to show the yellow tint on the key tops.









The accordion comes with new straps and backpad.











Mahogany body and tone chamber, inner bellows gaskets, special alignment features for the reed blocks...



All treble  reed blocks  have support in the middle. In addition, the outer chambered reed block (shown next to the
accordion in the above picture)
has a small cylindrical hole that is aligned with a metal pin mounted to the accordion body.
This way, the reed block can fit perfectly each time it it pulled out and back inside the accordion. The 1950-60's Scandalli
Super VI accordions have similar features. Maintaining a consistent positioning and pressure on the reed blocks is very
important for the tuning of the instrument and goes a long way in holding the pitch after the tuning.






All reeds are original and have held their factory voicing and tuning remarkably well.
The reed leathers and wax are in excellent condition.

















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