(Piermaria Model 502D) Cassotto Accordion
an interesting reborn accordion. It was built in Italy by SEM (possibly for Iorio) and was their top of the
line 502D double tone chamber model with fantastic hand-made reeds and
genuine leather valves. The instrument had MIDI and the grill was
covered by the tabs found in the H-series MIDI models. A friend of mine
who knows the quality of the acoustic accordion and didn't care for the
MIDI sent the instrument to an accordion factory and requested the
electronics removed and new grill and switches to be made. He happens to
love Guerrini, therefore the design. The treble switches were properly
selected to match the Guerrini President reed combinations. While this
is not a Guerrini accordion it sure looks beautiful with the new "face"
and has the perfect tonal character and tuning to match its new name. I
have personally voiced and tuned this accordion in August-September 2020
and can promise you a fabulous response, tonal depth and richness to
impress. The accordion has been professionally buffed and looks new.
There are several new key tops than look a little whiter than the rest,
a very subtle difference that is not easy to spot. I have taken some
pictures without flash to show the keyboard. The action is excellent.
The compression is like on a new instrument.
- Made in Italy by SEM, Model 502D
- Excellent Hand Made Reeds with
genuine leather valves
- 4 sets of treble reeds LM1M2H
- Concert tuned with a the few cents
Balkan "secret" tuning to make the Violin switch sing, also enhancing
the Accordion, Musette, and Master switches. There is no tremolo, you
can't count beats but will certainly know the sound is special. You've
heard it on the best Sonola and Excelsior accordions as well. Not easy
to implement but fabulous to experience.
TONE CHAMBER (CASSOTTO) - Bassoon (L) and Clarinet (M1)
- 41 keys, 19.25 " keyboard
- smooth fast action, several key tops replaced (see pictures
- 11 treble switches - Bassoon, Accordion, Bandoneon,
Harmonium, Organ, Musette, Violin, Oboe, Clarinet, Sopran, and Piccolo
- Palm Master switch (LMMH) - doesn't repeat above the keyboard,
therefore 12 different treble sounds
- 5 sets of bass reeds, low A reed
- 120 bass - very smooth and silent action
- 7 bass registers
- Deep-fold bellows - plenty volume - clean - excellent compression
- New Italian shoulder straps, leather with Velour padding, back straps
- New bass strap
- Backpad for bellows protection
- Hard-shell case with internal padding
- 28 lb
- Offered with the Accordion Gallery full
973-770-6877 with any questions. I am certain you will love this
accordion. An expert voicing and tuning is absolutely important in
order to reveal the full potential of the instrument. You will enjoy
the feel of a new accordion (clean, absolutely air-tight, great
action) combined with the tonal richness of well played and tunned
hand-made reeds in a resonant beautifully aged mahogany body. The
brass tone chamber cover adds that "bite" the Guerrini fans love.
The next series of
photographs show the interior of the accordion. You can see the high
quality materials and craftsmanship.
Some classic features typical for
top of the line instruments are the well varnished mahogany body,
oversized tone chamber,
hand made reeds with genuine leather
valves, internal bellows gaskets...
The accordion interior is pristine.
hand-made reeds, beautifully finished reed blocks
The reeds have
been waxed and nailed in place - this is the time proven method of
the old masters.
with any questions.