Converter Concert Accordion
This is the top of the line TITANO Emperor
Converter Cassotto accordion, the crown jewel of Titano's "SUPER MODELS"
line. This instrument was custom built in Italy by PIGINI (https://www.pigini.com/en/) with Quint Free-bass converter. It
is the quint free-bass equivalent to the current PIGINI Converter 55/P
45 De Luxe. (Instead of the 55 bass range E1 to A#5 (C-system) you have
48 bass range from C2 to B5 (Quint system). I guess the technical name
should be "PIGINI Converter 48/P 45 De Lixe".) The accordion was
designed and built for concert artists and features extended E-C keyboard
range, double tone chamber, and Quint Free Bass (4 octaves of single bass
notes) in addition to the Stradella preset bass-chords system. From the
deep resonant bassoon to the heart melting clarinet and crisp piccolo all
the reeds bring joy and happiness to the performer and the listeners. You,
the musician, will love the
fabulous reed response, dynamic range and overtones, excellent mechanics,
perfect balance. The air efficiency of the reeds is impressive.
in Italy by PIGINI, Serial Number 98224
quality hand-made reeds
- Double Tone Chamber
(Cassotto) - L and M1 reeds
- 4 sets of treble reeds
- 45 keys E-C professional keyboard; 21.5" keyboard length
(corresponding to 18.4" based on 41 keys)
- 15 treble switches (all possible reed
combinations): Bassoon (L), Bandoneon (LM1), Sax (LM2),
Accordion (LMM), Harmonium (LM1H), Harmonium 2 (LM2H),
Organ (LH), Master (LMMH), Violin (MM), Clarinet (M1), Sopran
(M2), Musette (MMH), Oboe (M1H), Flute (M2H),and
- Palm master switch
- 7 sets of bass reeds (5 for Stradella and
4 for free-bass; 2 reed sets are used in both modes)
- 120 bass
- 7 bass switches in Stradella mode (preset
bass and chords) - see in the pictures area for detailed reed
- Converter bass switch - the long bar under
the bass switches
- 3 switches for Quint Free Bass (single
notes) - think of them as L, LM, and M (more details with the
- 17-fold bellows - very clean, deep folds
for large volume, excellent compression
- Titano-patented bellows protector
- Very comfortable 3" wide
Italian shoulder and bass straps
- Hard shell with wheels and internal
cover for keyboard protection
- 30 lb.
- Serviced at the Accordion Gallery
and offered with a full year warranty
The accordion is like new. Many
Italian accordion manufacturers use the first two digits in the serial
number for the year of manufacturing. Therefore, it is likely that the
instrument was built in 1998. PIGINI is well respected accordion
manufacturer and could be contacted for proper dating of the instrument.
Serviced at the Accordion Gallery and offered with a full year
Below are two videos to give you an
idea of the tonal character and quality of this model.
Passos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRqq8T2rUr0
Mauro Canton - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=002e4PELMSY
Call 973-770-6877 with any questions or to
schedule your visit to the Accordion Gallery where you can try this
long bar under the bass switches toggles between Stradella system and
Quint Free-bass system.
use the following abbreviations in order to describe the reed
configuration for each bass switch:
Bass reeds, C2 tot B2 range
Tenor reeds C3 to B3 range
Contralto reeds, F#3 to F4 range
Alto reeds, C4 to B4 range
Soprano reeds, C5 to B5 range
Stradella system you have 7 bass switches (from right to left in the
your chin (top) down with the accordion in playing position):
BTCA, TA, BTCAS, BTC, TC, and BTAS
Quint Free-bass (right to left in the above picture): L, LM, and M
the L switch you can play single bass notes in the range C2 to B4.
the M switch you have access to single bass notes in the range C3 to
way you can cover 4 full octaves from C2 to B5.
switch allows you to play 2 reeds (octave) per note. Think of it as a
master switch in free-bass mode.
take a look inside the bass side of this masterpiece...