As Jerry said I do indeed have quite some experience with the Bugari Artist Cassotto, having played a 285/ARS PA, 289/ARS/C5 PA, a 505/ARS, a 540/ARS/C and my wife a 508/ARS/C, and I know many more of them. I have always preferred the sound of Bugari Artist Cassotto over most other brands. The one European brand that may sound even a tiny bit better is Beltuna, but they are really expensive. The only more or less affordable accordion I found that I like even better than Bugaris is AKKO (russian).colinm said:Anyone got any experience of the bugari artist double cassotto, how does it compare to a super vi or borsini etc
OK, that makes sense. The current model number is then probably the 288/ARS (41/120, 4 reed). You can compare it to whats on http://www.bugariarmando.com/ .colinm said:Paul,
Thanks for the help, i got the number wrong, trying to work between old post and new post. All i really know from photos is artist cassotto 41/120. Possibly made in 1986, marlacchi stamped on one reed. Price 3250 euro.
The instrument was shown here before. It looks like it is in good condition (but looks alone dont say everything). The price is reasonable, for a local buyer. It is what these instruments go for. That said I see no reason to get it from so far away unless you are in a hurry. Similar instrument should at some point become available at a similar price closer to home. You just have to be patient. For me to have an instrument shipped from far away it needs to be a very very good deal. I have only done that once, knowing that I could fix minor issues myself and tune the instrument to my liking. I got an instrument that was essentially new (and a very recent model) for less than 1/3 of the normal (discounted) retail price (not the msrp which would be still at least 25% higher).colinm said:...
Well its possible but would probably cost me £600 and take 2 days, so i do not think it is worth it I would probably have little more than an hour to evaluate the instrument and would have wasted £600
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