What kind of accordion is this?
#1
Hello everyone! My dad recently discovered this accordion in a house he just bought, and I wanted to know what kind it is. I tried to search on google but no results came upSad

On the front there’s a little crown and the brand name which looks like “niAMOnn.” On the back there’s a little emblem that says “Made in Italy BY ....” The name is kinda difficult to make out, I’m guessing it says Jam Ferri or something. Finally the accordion came in a square, black suitcase, and the inside is lined with red velvet.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to help! I greatly appreciate it!


Attached File(s) Thumbnail(s)
           
Reply
#2
(23-02-2020, 08:03 PM)Liloshmelo Wrote: Hello everyone! My dad recently discovered this accordion in a house he just bought, and I wanted to know what kind it is. I tried to search on google but no results came upSad

On the front there’s a little crown and the brand name which looks like “niAMOnn.” On the back there’s a little emblem that says “Made in Italy BY ....” The name is kinda difficult to make out, I’m guessing it says Jam Ferri or something. Finally the accordion came in a square, black suitcase, and the inside is lined with red velvet.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to help! I greatly appreciate it!

Hi,


Accordion logo says "Diamond" and would probably have been manufactured in Italy by Moreschi Brothers on behalf of Aldo Morbidoni, who sold them in the western USA under the Diamond brand name, in the earlier part of the 20th century. Info available here: - http://accordionlinks.com/manufacturer.html

Scroll down until you find "Diamond".

Sorry I can't help you further, but there are a few US accordion dealers on the forum who should be able to assist. I'm based in the UK where the brand name is unknown. 

The condition of the accordion will affect it's value, which I couldn't hazard a guess at. It looks to be in reasonable condition, but as they say, looks aren't everything.
Reply
#3
Wow, thank you so much for your help, maugein96. Thanks to your imput, I was able to figure out that the name on the back is actually Sam Ferry, not Jam Ferri. Sadly, I haven't found my exact accordion online, so I have no clue what its worth is, but I'm glad to have at least a little information! Have a great day.
Reply
#4
(24-02-2020, 08:19 AM)Liloshmelo Wrote: Wow, thank you so much for your help, maugein96. Thanks to your imput, I was able to figure out that the name on the back is actually Sam Ferry, not Jam Ferri. Sadly, I haven't found my exact accordion online, so I have no clue what its worth is, but I'm glad to have at least a little information! Have a great day.

No problem. I had a look on the internet and saw a handful of old Ebay listings advertising accordions like yours as Sam Ferri/Morbidoni, but sadly the listings were old and have been taken down.

A lot of Morbidoni accordions similar to the one in your pics ended up in Brazil, and you might have more joy if you look for "Morbidoni" to find the model, as the accordion is in fact a Morbidoni badged as a "Diamond". 

A good player can get sounds like these out of a top of the range Morbidoni:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4asPKU-B7k

That accordion will be older than either of us (I'm 67), and you just won't get anything like it these days. 

At a rough guess "Sam Ferri" may have been the alias of a department of Morbidoni in Castelfidardo, Italy, but the accordion makers there have formed countless cooperatives with each other over the years and unless you are a real accordion buff you'd have a hell of a job working it all out. 

I play French made accordions so don't know a lot about Italian makers. 

Good luck!
Reply
#5
If you were able to post a short video of you playing some notes on it that would help assess its value. It looks gorgeous though
www.mudchutney.co.uk - folky music related clothing
Here's a link to the accordion themed clothing page: We have loads of Melodeon stuff too if you're a puller:pusher!)
https://www.mudchutney.co.uk/accordions

Reply
#6
Lots of Italian accordions were made for U.S. distributors under a variety of names. Many are of excellent quality but because they do not bear a "brand name" their commercial value is not the same. Lots of full-size accordions can be found online and elsewhere, for comparison.
======================================
Playing diatonic and chromatic B-system, acoustic and Roland
Too many instruments to list  Big Grin
Reply


Forum Jump: