ROYAL Cassotto Concert Accordion
Back in 2004 I
present some of the very best accordions I have ever played. There
are many nice instruments that can keep us satisfied and inspired.
However, once you come across an exceptional quality accordion you know
it from the first chord you play! We all deserve to find our ultimate
accordion, the accordion we will never part with. Fortunately, we have
different preferences and this makes the accordion world as exciting
and colorful it is. I have found MY sacred accordion and I know how
great it feels to be able to hear that dream sound each time you play.
I am sure someone will soon feel the same way about the accordion I am
presenting to you now.
This is a very special TITANO
Cassotto accordion, the crown jewel of Titano's "SUPER
MODELS" line. This is one of the best Titano accordion I've had and one
of the best accordions I've played. The sound is warm, yet
powerful. From the deep resonant bassoon to the heart melting clarinet
and crisp piccolo all the reeds bring joy and happiness to the
performer and the listeners. The bass is in perfect balance to the
treble. For those of you have have been fortunate to play the
1950's American made Bell and the original Scandalli Super VI from the
can tell you this is the "clarinet" sound and the bass punch that
became the fingerprint of these legendary accordions. I
have played many Titano
accordions and while they are all
very nice instruments this one is truly EXCEPTIONAL - fabulous reeds
response, dynamic range and overtones, excellent mechanics, perfect
Based on the early serial number, the design of the tone chamber, and
the spectacular and rare CATRARO reeds (producing the Richard Galliano
sound) I believe this particular accordion was made in the 1950's. See
below for more comments about some special design features.
in Italy in the 1950s, Serial Number 2853 (Royal model number 34 !)
- Spectacular hand-made CATRARO reeds
- Double Tone Chamber
tuned at the Accordion Gallery
- 41 keys, 19.25"
- 11 treble switches: Harmonium (LMH), Oboe (MH), Bassoon (L),
Clarinet (M), Organ (LH), Master (LMMH),
Musette (MMH), Bandoneon
(LM), Piccolo (H), Violin
(MM), and Accordion (LMM)
- Palm master switch
- 5 sets of bass
- 120 bass with 7 switches
- Very clean bellow with deep folds for large volume,
- Titano patented bellows protector
- New comfortable shoulder straps
- Very good hard shell case
has been serviced at the Accordion Gallery and is offered
with one year warranty. The instrument looks great. It is clean, with
excellent mechanics and compression. Most importantly, the tonal
quality is truly impressive. This is one of the most air efficient
accordions I have seen. You can play the instrument very soft or
very loud and it will respond instantly. You are welcome to visit the
Accordion Gallery and treat yourself with a memorable performance with
this fascinating accordion.
Let's take a look inside
keyboard was serviced in October 2018. I replaced the felt in the key
bed, cleaned, and leveled the keys and
the action. All original valves are in excellent
key tops have some yellow ting, typical for the 1950's models.
The key tops are smooth and the keyboard action is excellent.
The interior is
beautifully finished. The tone chamber is made of single piece aged
The accordion has matured nicely and
grown to its full potential.
The harmonic richness is truly impressive.
The accordion features
spectacular hand-made CATRARO reeds. These are the reeds in Richard
and if you have listened to him perform you know the magnificent tonal
quality and dynamic range of these reeds.
The number on the internal components
is 34. I have serviced about a dozen of these models over the
last 20 years.
There are not many of them made. I believe this number is for the
models while the 2853 number on the back
of the accordion is a general serial number running across all Titano
models. It is reasonable to assume that in a
good year the company would make few hundred accordions of all models
but only 20-24 Royal models.
The reed blocks are
identical to the reed blocks found in the 1950's Scandalli Super VI.
Even more interestingly, the
mounting of the bass blocks is the same and only found in these two
models - Scandalli Super VI and Titano Royal.
I have no doubts there has been some collaboration between the
The 34 internal serial number, the solid mahogany tone chamber, and
the CATRARO reeds confirm
this instrument was made in the 1950's.