• Modern Accordian

    From gurkmanjohn@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sun Feb 11 13:04:19 2018
    Hi, I have a full size Modern Accordion. How do I find the Manufacturer name? Is there a spot to look for it?

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  • From Ike Milligan@21:1/5 to gurkmanjohn@gmail.com on Mon Feb 12 09:57:12 2018
    On 2/11/2018 4:04 PM, gurkmanjohn@gmail.com wrote:
    Hi, I have a full size Modern Accordion. How do I find the Manufacturer name? Is there a spot to look for it?

    Usually there is no way to find that out except by talking to someone
    who knows the history of accordion manufacture, and then the answer
    might not be definitive. There were never more than a very few factories
    which made accordions to be re-branded.

    If you post a link to a picture, this would be interesting. You say it
    is "full size" but that means different things to different people, and
    as far as guessing without a picture, maybe other readers might
    pontificate at length, which I would find slightly amusing.

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  • From gurkmanjohn@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Mon Feb 12 15:27:36 2018
    I am not sure how to attach a photo to this forum.

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  • From gurkmanjohn@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Mon Feb 12 19:06:11 2018
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  • From Ike Milligan@21:1/5 to gurkmanjohn@gmail.com on Tue Feb 13 12:12:00 2018
    On 2/12/2018 10:06 PM, gurkmanjohn@gmail.com wrote:
    IMG_0261.JPG

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    You can't attach a photo to this forum. You would have to host the
    photo elsewhere and post a link to it.

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  • From gurkmanjohn@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Tue Feb 13 12:55:12 2018
    Hi Ike, I sent you an email.

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  • From Ike Milligan@21:1/5 to gurkmanjohn@gmail.com on Thu Feb 15 01:00:38 2018
    On 2/13/2018 3:55 PM, gurkmanjohn@gmail.com wrote:
    Hi Ike, I sent you an email.

    I got an email with the pictures. Owner said it was commissioned by
    somebody in Michigan to have Modern line made by Borsini. I think from
    what I remember about accordions from Michigan, that must be a successor
    to the Michigan tradition of accordions such as General, And Zoppi.

    The Detroit area had a fine accordion making culture.

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  • From DoN. Nichols@21:1/5 to gurkmanjohn@gmail.com on Fri Mar 9 03:03:15 2018
    On 2018-02-12, gurkmanjohn@gmail.com <gurkmanjohn@gmail.com> wrote:
    I am not sure how to attach a photo to this forum.

    You should not. It is a usenet newsgroup which is not for
    binaries, and even if you manage, there are news servers which would
    discard it automatically.

    Instead, get some web place to put the images, and just post the
    URL to get to the images.

    Squeeze On,
    DoN.

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  • From apadula123@gmail.com@21:1/5 to gurkm...@gmail.com on Sun May 6 04:43:21 2018
    On Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 4:04:21 PM UTC-5, gurkm...@gmail.com wrote:
    Hi, I have a full size Modern Accordion. How do I find the Manufacturer name? Is there a spot to look for it?

    Modern accordions were made by Borsini who in no longer in buisnes

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  • From apadula123@gmail.com@21:1/5 to gurkm...@gmail.com on Sun May 6 04:46:53 2018
    On Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 4:04:21 PM UTC-5, gurkm...@gmail.com wrote:
    Hi, I have a full size Modern Accordion. How do I find the Manufacturer name? Is there a spot to look for it?

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  • From gurkmanjohn@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Fri Mar 8 16:46:01 2019
    Thank you!

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  • From gurkmanjohn@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Fri Mar 8 16:45:06 2019
    Thank you for the information.

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  • From Len Killick@21:1/5 to All on Sat Mar 9 22:52:35 2019
    Am Sonntag, 6. Mai 2018 13:43:22 UTC+2 schrieb apadu...@gmail.com:
    On Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 4:04:21 PM UTC-5, gurkm...@gmail.com wrote:
    Hi, I have a full size Modern Accordion. How do I find the Manufacturer name? Is there a spot to look for it?

    Modern accordions were made by Borsini who in no longer in buisnes

    Borsini are still in business in Italy, maybe the USA connection has stopped. http://www.borsiniaccordions.it/?lng=en

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  • From Excelsior960@21:1/5 to All on Thu Mar 21 07:54:31 2019
    ps: i did the research because i ended up with an
    interesting General, which i found was identical
    to a Tonaveri Ranger.

    The Ranger was a lighter weight, high end tone chamber stroller model

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  • From Excelsior960@21:1/5 to Ike on Thu Mar 21 07:49:08 2019
    On Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 1:00:37 AM UTC-5, Ike wrote:
    that must be a successor
    to the Michigan tradition of accordions such as General, And Zoppi.

    The Detroit area had a fine accordion making culture.

    hi Ike,

    some research i did showed General to be specifically linked
    to an export company in Italy that was set up specifically
    to serve up General (and a few other names) as Private Brands
    with principally Morbidioni, and also Minerva plus perhaps
    a few more smaller regional factories behind the scenes or as
    subcontractors during periods of high demand.
    (including CEMEX for a brief oeriod)

    GENERALFISA CASTELFIDARDO brand/marketing group active 1952 - 1975

    so this was not unlike other cabals like Federfisa, though it appears
    they enjoyed a longer period of success

    Tonaveri and Spano were also built by Morbidoni.
    other brands produced: Lo Duca, La Prima, Dega, Morbidoni, Lesmann organ acc. Alberto Morbidoni active 1946 - 1999 apprenticeded with Settimo Soprani
    The Dega Srl company (their incorporated company name)
    was still active in accordion at the moment
    Alberto Morbidoni passed away in December 1999, aged 85 years.

    there is some brand confusion as Aldo Morbidoni settled in the USA
    prior to WW2, eventually importing accordions (mostly from Moreschi)
    under the Diamond brand name.. i believe in the NorthWest primarily, and which the Diamond Name was still in use as a rather well respected
    Tuner/repairman still had a business in Seattle (who's name i can't
    recall at the moment) that had inherited the Diamond USA line

    Moreschi, founded in 1910
    Giuseppe Moreschi & Figli in Castelfidardo was in operation between
    1932 and 1976.. their subsidiary marketing arm was
    Alpha Music Castelfidardo (active 1978 - 1998) which owned the
    Elena Soprani and Moreschi Brands.
    Pasco Italia Castelfidardo acquired the brands @ 1996

    the "E. Soprani" name was always a construct to suck
    off the fame of Paolo and Settimo, and you may recall they were
    the first "brand" to bring the Korean and then Chinese
    accordions into Italy, hanging E. Soprani on them, and also
    marking them as "made in Italy"

    and then finally, the last of the family tree:

    Menghini and Morbidoni used identical badges - i believe when
    Alberto passed away, the company closed and sold it's assets to Menghini Morbidoni "Duke" and menghini "Master" are identical models
    menghini was in Recanati until it took over the Morbidoni factory in CastleFi which now houses SEM Suoni Menghini Scandalli Paolo Soprani

    one final note: Arnaldo Mengascini and Elio Baldoni, founded Beltuna 1982

    ciao

    Ventura

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  • From Ike Milligan@21:1/5 to All on Fri Mar 22 19:47:21 2019
    On 3/21/2019 10:54 AM, Excelsior960 wrote:
    ps: i did the research because i ended up with an
    interesting General, which i found was identical
    to a Tonaveri Ranger.

    The Ranger was a lighter weight, high end tone chamber stroller model

    Phil, I have always found General Accordions to be at least above
    average, and I had one looking pre-war era that I fixed up and used for
    a while. Don't remember what became of it.
    Generalfisa was a later incarnation of General, and I think it was also
    high quality.

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  • From Alan Polivka@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jul 3 09:05:44 2019
    Paulo Brandoni was the owner or manager of General Accordion Co., in Italy for some time. He'd spend a lot of time at the International Accordion Museum in Castelfidardo. He was old when I met him there about 10 or more years ago, so I don't know if he'
    s still around. His son-in-law has the Bompezzo accordion company.

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