SUPERMAESTRO CENTENNIAL Model Concert Accordion
Dear Accordion Friends,
This is a gorgeous accordion in
excellent condition. It is extremely difficult to find one of these
classic Dallape instruments from 1976, the legendary Centennial
Series. People tend to keep these accordions and pass them on within
the family or a close circle of friends. You may have heard someone
asking about the special "Aluminum grill" or "Chromed bass switches"
models. This particular instrument is a masterpiece and a very
important part of Amleto Dallape's legacy. The interior is
generously polished. The serial number is proudly engraved or
stamped on the back of the accordion, each reed block, the tone
chamber, bellows frame, and many metal parts. The tone is powerful
with both intensity and overtones. Even though the accordion looks
brand new it plays without any effort. The compression is
There are 120 bass buttons for Stradella
mode. The additional 7 bass buttons are used in Free-bass (Melody bass).
This accordion features C-system
free-bass accessed by the top 3 switches (L, LM, and M). There are
52 single notes ranging from E to g3. Using the switches to change octaves
one can cover a full range of 64 single notes!
- Serial Number 11 8, made in Italy in 1976s - a Centennial Model
- Fabulous hand-made MAGNATERA reeds
- 4 treble sets of reeds - LM1M2H - from deep rich bassoon to
- Concert Tuned to 442 Hz
- Double tone chamber (L-M1)
- 41 keys, 19-3/8" keyboard - walnut keys
with white key tops
- 15 different
switches: Harmonium (LM1H), Bassoon (L), Flute (M1H), Bandonion
(LM1), Clarinet (M1), Accordion (LM1M2), Violin (M1M2), Master
Flute' (M2H), Bandonion'
(LM2), Oboe (M2), and Harmonium' (LM2H).
- Palm Master (LM1M2H)
- 127 bass with 7 bass registers - clean and shiny chrome plating,
smooth noise free operation
The lower 3 bass switches and the long
master bar are used in Stradella mode. The tonal depth and power of this
accordion will remind you of a Russian bayan.
- Low-E bass reed configuration
- Clean, air tight black bellows
- Excellent compression
- ~30 lb.
- Excellent comfortable bass strap
- New shoulder straps
- New luxury Velvet bellows
- New case with wheels
and lots of padding (the best quality coming today from Italy)
Here is a link to a video demo of the
same model with extended keyboard (45 keys) courtesy of Péter Móger:
The accordion is in excellent condition. It is truly an amazing
instrument. If ordered today it would cost more than $16000. If you can
appreciate its versatility and tonal quality, range, and power I invite
you to visit the Accordion Gallery for a memorable experience. This
accordion will make you sound better and will only cost you a fraction of
the cost of a similar new accordion.
accordion will come with a brand new Velvet padded luxury bellows
protector (not shown in the pictures).
Five of the white keys have minor
surface wear, the most visible being A2 and D2. The surface feels
smooth. These are
hair-line cracks in the finish and can't be felt or even seen unless you
take a very close look and a good day-light.
The photograph below was taken without a flash to give you the best
possible idea of the keyboard condition.
The photographs below show some stages
of the accordion service.
There are some interior details that could be worth more than
my entire verbal description.
The keyboard has been cleaned and
adjusted for optimal performance. You are going to love the action and
Please, notice the solid-wood chamber in the picture below.
The instrument has been professionally
tuned at the Accordion Gallery.
files and scratches were used in the classic Italian tradition.
All reeds have been carefully voiced and fine-tined inside the
accordion. The effect is a pure acoustic delight.
The bass section of this accordion can
make any modern Italian manufacturer envious!
The double-riveted hand-made MAGNATERA
reeds are the best choice for this accordion.
All reeds respond instantly down to the low E!
I believe in technology. For example, the modern machine-made
reeds are better than the 1960s machine-made reeds.
However, I have enough experience to know that when it comes to the high
end hand-made reeds
there is so much art
involved in the reed making process that with all the advancements we've
made in the last few decades we can only
hope to match the performance of the legendary reeds from the recent
past (Magnatera, Catraro, Casali, Guidobaldi...).