BELL Double Tone Chamber Concert Accordion
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 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. This
particular accordion was made by Sonola with wooden (American walnut)
keyboard and double tone chamber. This would place it just before the
Symphony model was released. A great advantage of this particular
accordion is the light weight of 26 lb. The tone chamber design is
very similar to the chamber in Dominic Cortese's Bell 4518.
- Made in Italy by Sonola as a lighter version of Dominic Cortese's Bell
- 4 treble sets of reeds - LM1M2H
- Concert tuned
- 5 sets of bass reeds
- Double Tone Chamber (LM1)
- Tone Modulator - creates
a beautiful sonority with ever warmer tone when closed
- 41 keys, 19" keyboard -
American walnut keys with ivory-finished key tops, excellent keyboard
- 12 treble switches (2 of them are for the tone modulator): Open,
Bassoon (L), Accordion (LM1M2), Bandoneon
(LM1), Harmonium (LM1H), Organ (LH), Musette
(M1M2H), Violin (M1M2),
Oboe (M2), Clarinet (M1), Piccolo (H), and
- Palm Master (LMMH)
- 22 different treble reed sounds with the modulator open and closed
- 120 bass, precise and silent mechanics
- Low-A bass reed configuration
(usually the Bell accordions from the 1950-60s had low-C bass)
- 5 bass registers
- Large volume air tight, clean bellows with mahogany frame and
internal gaskets - "Bellows are deep fold type for greater air
capacity - precision fitting throughout avoids air loss."
- Excellent new shoulder straps and bass strap
- Original pristine metal mesh bellows straps (rare to find in such
excellent condition on these vintage models)
- Bellows protector
- 26 lb
- Very good hard case with internal padding
- Serviced at the Accordion Gallery and offered with a full year
is a link to a shared Dropbox folder with sound
I suggest you listen with headphones:
Bell is a legendary instrument with increasing value. It plays easy
and rewards you and your audience with rich beautiful tone. You will
recognize immediately the tremendous power and impressive tonal
color from the Golden Age. This
accordion will be a family treasure for the true accordion lover.
Call 973-770-6877 with any questions.
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performance of the Bell will match or surpass your expectations.