Cassotto Concert Accordion
Back in 2004 I promised to 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
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 1950s I 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 balance.
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 (Cassotto)
- Concert tuned at the Accordion
- 41 keys, 19.25" keyboard
- 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, excellent
- Titano patented bellows protector
- New comfortable shoulder straps
- Very good hard shell case
- 26 lb
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
Let's take a look inside the
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 condition.
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 mahogany.
The accordion has matured nicely and
grown to its full potential. The harmonic richness is truly
The accordion features spectacular
hand-made CATRARO reeds. These are the reeds in Richard Galliano's
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
There are not many of them made. I believe this number is for the
Royal 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
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.