BELL 4511 - Scandalli Super VI - 1960s Original
The BEST Accordion

Dear Accordion Friends,

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.

In my opinion the Scandalli Super VI from the 1950-60s remains the best accordion ever made. It combines the ultimate precision in mechanics (still not surpassed) with the most responsive reeds producing the perfect blend of treble and bass sounds. The tonal power, the rich harmonics, the warm clarinet sound, the deep chest-vibrating bassoon, the clear piccolo, the magic violin - all the reed combinations have their distinct charm! I will not spend much time describing the Super VI. To people who know accordions the pictures will tell the complete story.

Why am I talking about Scandalli Super VI while presenting a BELL 4511? Here is your answer: This particular instrument is one of only a few Super VI models Scandalli made for Aldo Mencaccini. Aldo is the founder of BELL accordions and a legendary accordion master-technician. He was on the original design team for the Super VI. (His American made Bell 4516 was used as a prototype for the early Scandalli Super VI models, often referred to as 2S and 4S models because of the grill ornaments at the time.) He was so impressed by the Scandalli factory and team the company put together for the development of the Super VI line that he had his Bell 25xx series accordions made by Scandalli. In addition, Scandalli released several Super VI models as BELL 4511. The only difference was the use of Bell treble switches caps and grill design. The actual switch mechanism is the same Scandalli used on the Super VI. So are all other components. See the pictures below for this amazing and little known collaboration between two of the best accordion manufacturers.

This instrument has been serviced by the Accordion Gallery and is in excellent condition, a dream for any accordionist. The tone is live and strong, vibrant, eager to flow out of the instrument and captivate the audience. It is such a pleasure to play well voiced and tuned accordion! Once you experience the magical power of the Super VI you are hooked for life...  

The N-series Scandalli Super VI and Settimio Soprani Artist VI (the same accordion) were made in the mid-1960's.

The picture below shows a close-up view of the valve decoupling shift located next to the air valve button. Normally, this
feature is only available on converter-bass accordions. As far as I know Scandalli Super VI, Settimio Soprani Artist VI,
and Bell  4511 (all these are the same instrument with a different name) are the only accordions with Stradella only bass
machine that offer this feature. Sliding the shift allows the performer to play only the lowest two octaves bass reeds
(Bass and Tenor) in the bass and counter-bass buttons while still having the opportunity to use the remaining 3 sets of reeds
(Contralto, Alto, and Tenor) for the chord buttons. You may have seen some Bell 4518 and Sano Stereo 50 accordions that
would have 1 or 2 bass switches that would produce a deep low sounds but there would be no sound on the chords. Having
a valve decoupling shift  solves the problems of the "missing chords".

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