Fratelli Soprani?
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Hi, not long ago I bought a nice “Soprani Fratelli” (or the other way around) C system accordion. Can anyone give me some information about this brand and if possible of this particular model? I really struggle to find some information online. I would imagine it has a connection with any of the Soprani family, but the logo or emblem suggests different to me. It’s a lovely accordion. Thanks in advance.


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(06-09-2019, 10:46 PM)Rogercr27 Wrote: Hi, not long ago I bought a nice “Soprani Fratelli” (or the other way around) C system accordion. Can anyone give me some information about this brand and if possible of this particular model? I really struggle to find some information online. I would imagine it has a connection with any of the Soprani family, but the logo or emblem suggests different to me. It’s a lovely accordion. Thanks in advance.

Hi,

Your accordion is of a type that was supplied to Sweden, and possibly elsewhere. Accordions of the same make were also made for the French market, although to a different general specification (smaller treble buttons, and stepped bass rows).

The ones supplied to France sometimes had "Piermaria Paris" on the casing as well as the Fratelli Soprani name, so there is a bit of an anomaly there, as well as possible connections to Crucianelli. Piermaria had an accordion assembly and repair workshop in Rue de Charenton in Paris for a while, but it doesn't look like your accordion had any connection to those premises.  

At least three makers named Soprani were involved in accordion manufacture. They were Settimio, Pasquale, and Paolo Soprani, who all made instruments and badged them under their individual names. It is possible that two or more of them teamed up as Fratelli Soprani at some stage but I'm not entirely sure. 

In any event you surely have a quality accordion, which looks to be a two treble voice, with bassoon and flute reeds, usually known as LM. Scandinavian accordion music doesn't usually call for musette tuning, so you have what looks like a fairly typical Swedish or perhaps Danish CBA accordion, possibly geared towards classical music study.
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Hello, thanks for the information. Indeed I bought mine from a swedish website called Tradera (equivalent to eBay). There are a lot of chromatic accordions in Sweden, only C systems though. Its a very nice accordion and in great condition.
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(07-09-2019, 11:05 AM)Rogercr27 Wrote: Hello, thanks for the information. Indeed I bought mine from a swedish website called Tradera (equivalent to eBay). There are a lot of chromatic accordions in Sweden, only C systems though. Its a very nice accordion and in great condition.

The way it usually is in Scandinavia is Iceland PA, Norway B system CBA, Sweden and Denmark PA and C system CBA. Finland use C system CBA, but have their own version of it with C in the third row. 

In southern Norway near the Swedish border you'll find Norwegian players using both B and C system. 

Hagstrom made a lot of C system CBAs with flat polished metal treble keyboards for the Swedish market and they look a bit weird at first. 

I was aware of Tradera but have never used it. Looks like you got a good deal.
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