is one of the last SEM acoustic accordions, custom made in 2009 with
original 1960's Scandalli concert reeds, the reeds you would fine in the
1960's Scandalli Super VI accordions. The accordion was made for a
collector and a friend of mine. I was fortunate to acquire it in 2014.
The accordion was barely played. I enjoyed it for a few years and in May
of 2018 performed a complete reeds voicing and tuning. Meanwhile, I
purchased interchangeable musette reed blocks. This accordion is from my
personal collection. I have been increasingly busy with accordion
restoration work and had not played this particular instrument for
almost a year. Last week I took it from the shelf and enjoyed it a lot.
The tuning holds perfect. It really need to be played regularly,
therefore the opportunity for someone else to love it and play it.
In 2003 SEM was acquired by Menghini. Prior to that Menghini had acquired the Scandalli and Paolo Soprani brands and changed the name of the combined company to Suoni. A few years later there was a restructuring and Paolo Soprani became again independent while Suoni changed the name of the new company to Scadnalli. In 2009 when this particular SEM accordion was built it was identical to the Scandalli Super VI models made at the same time. Since the Scandalli Super VI could sell for higher price because of the brand recognition it didn't make sense to sell acoustic SEM accordions and it was decided to keep the SEM brand only for reedless instruments. This is how this particular SEM (practically a 2009 Scandalli Super VI except for the cosmetic switches and grill design) remained one of the last acoustic models with reeds. While SEM was still an independent entity they produced high quality instruments for other companies like Iorio, Concerto, Imperial, Pietro, etc.
accordion I am presenting here features
sets of hand made original 1960s Scandalli concert reeds, the same
reeds used exclusively in the Super VI models. The accordion is made of
mahogany and has a single piece mahogany tone chamber. All reed valves
are made of genuine leather. The metal parts throughout (even the
internal brackets) have been gold plated. The mechanics is flawless.
The accordion is in tune, set to 441 Hz with only a few cents added to
the out-of-chamber clarinet reeds for a lovely violin sound. The reeds
play easy and deliver a rich and full tone. Included is a matching
quality hard case with
internal padding and protective cover for the keyboard. This
is another special instrument we are happy to offer with the
exclusive Accordion Gallery warranty.