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 full size professional accordion was custom built and can't be found in the Bell catalogs from the 1950-60s. Bell accordions were built in NYC until 1955-56. After that Aldo Mencaccini moved the production to Italy and only dealt with companies he would respect, companies with proven quality record that would adhere to his strict specifications. Some of these companies are Scandalli (the 25xx series), Sonola (the Symphony, Galaxie, and Starlet models), Borsini (the Super Star models), Bugari (a limited edition built in 1999-2000).
Based on the internal architecture of this
instrument I think it was built in Italy in the late 1950s. What makes it
"custom-built" are several important differences compared to the
"standard" 2520C models. The 25xx Bell accordions were built by Scandalli
and the top of the line 2520C had plastic keyboard and single tone
chamber. Please, note that this
particular accordion has the wooden (American walnut) keyboard and
Double Tone Chamber. This would place it just before the Symphony model
was released. It is possible this particular 2520C was built by Sonola,
the same company that made the Symphony models. A great advantage of
this particular accordion is the light weight of 25.5 lb. (In the
Symphony models the tone chamber was redesigned and the body became
thicker resulting in 27-28 lb weight. This was a trend in the 1960s to
achieve "darker" tone desired by jazz musicians.). The tone chamber design
is very similar to the chamber in Dominic Cortese's Bell 4518.
The accordion is very clean and practically without body scratches.
Several keys have tiny hairline subsurface cracks - see the picture below.
They are barely visible and can't be felt. The key tops remain smooth to the touch.
A new bellows protector will be included (mounted).
explore the interior of this fine instrument...
The high quality wooden tone modulator is shown in closed (above) and open (below) position.
The close-up photograph below shows the excellent quality treble valves made of natural white felt and leather.
interior of the instrument is pristine. All metal parts are
Valves, reeds, wax, leathers - all in excellent condition.
The reeds have never been touched by power tools.