Is it Sonola or something completely different?

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Is it Sonola or something completely different?

Post by Sarah » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:10 pm

Could you tell me what's the brand of this accordion?

It has "Sonola" caption and also Sonola's logo at bass switch,
but I have never seen Sonola with this type of grill
and this type of treble switches.


What do you think about this accordion?
Is it Sonola or something completely different?

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For me, the grill reminds Bell accordions.
For example, look at this one:

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Re: Is it Sonola or something completely different?

Post by JIM D. » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:31 pm

Yes, an early 40's Sonola.
Looks in great shape for the age.
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Re: Is it Sonola or something completely different?

Post by Sarah » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:35 pm

So, the grill and treble switches are original? And it's 100% Sonola?
Do you have any other photos of this model?

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Re: Is it Sonola or something completely different?

Post by JIM D. » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:45 pm

Many Italian firms in the day used that grill design.
Sonola gradually improved in their shift and grill design in the late 40's.to the 50's
The final result in the 60's was --
https://www.google.com/search?q=Sonola+ ... otDAfDHYtM:
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Re: Is it Sonola or something completely different?

Post by Sarah » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:03 pm

At the similar price as the Sonola I can have this Crucianelli
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Which one is better choice? (I have no way of checking them personally)

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Re: Is it Sonola or something completely different?

Post by JIM D. » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:23 am

That Curcianelli (PANcordion ) is a newer box and of superior build.
Also should be a 4/5 reed Semi Pro Model.
They were built like tank's and worth rebuilding for many future owners.
These PAN's were used for more than 50+ years by accordionist's such as the late Myron Floren and Lawrence Welk and used today by recording artist's like Joey Miskulin as here --

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Re: Is it Sonola or something completely different?

Post by debra » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:29 am

Sarah wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:03 pm
At the similar price as the Sonola I can have this Crucianelli
...
Which one is better choice? (I have no way of checking them personally)
That crucianelli has a cover design that blocks a lot of the sound.
It's fine for playing by yourself at home, but for a performance it lacks volume and when playing with other accordion players in a band or orchestra it's even more obvious you lack volume.
Other than that these old Crucianelli's are pretty good instruments. (My first and second accordions were Crucianelli and in our orchestra 40 years ago almost everyone played Crucianelli.
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