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Chinese Manufactured Accordion Model List

Ventura

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the software our Sysop has chosen for this site is impressive,
but i do not know its capabilities

on Discord channels and other similar interfaces, a discussion
can have a "Tagged" or "Pinned" item that stays at the top
(like the actual list of verboten accordion names)
while the discussion can range widely beneath

which is good because the more info you have the better, and
many of us DO like to know why as well as what
 

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The following is a list of accordion models/makers thought to originate in China.
This is not an attempt to qualify the good or bad - just inform of the country of manufacture.
How you use the info. will be down to your own interpretation and research - and possibly the input from the members on the board.
The list has been gathered from previous posts by the members; often from memory so there is room for error.

Corrections/enhancements/additions welcomed.

Ill edit it to include info from later following posts or from the discussion here: http://www.accordionists.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1526&hilit=pearl+river .

And a big THANKS to JimD who provided much of the info. Much appreciated JIm. :tup: :tup:


Aidi
Aliante
Aileen
Baidi
Baile (or sometimes listed as Balie, or Bailie)
Baronelli (Barronelli?)
Bellini http://www.accordionists.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=1584&start=100
Belmont
Black Diamond
Bonetti
Brandelli
Canarino
Cantibile (18/09/15)
Cavalier
Chanson
Cipelino/Cipalino
Cotati
Del Sol
DLuca
E. Soprani (Circus model range) but Italian manufactured models still being sold. (April 2018)
Elane
Estrella (18/09/15)
Excalibur (most models)
Fenix/Michael/Veneza (not Venezia which is Italian)
Fever
Firotti (old models are east German but new models are likely Chinese using the now defunct brand name; see page 10)
First Act
Firston
Gallini Pic added page 11; 09/12/16
Gararda (M. Gararda - seen listed on eBay Australia Feb 2016)
Giovanni (There are older Italian Giovanni accordions. Chinese I have seen have the typical Parrot like, 70s Scandalli like, register switches).
Golden Cup
Golden Lion
Goldstar
Heimond
Hohner (German, but some models, recent and lower end, inc Nova & Bravo, are produced in China, Ed)
Honica / Hohnica - see post 07 Aug 15
Hsinghai
J.Meister
Jessy
Jinbao
Jixing
KGD
M. Gararda - seen listed on eBay Australia Feb 2016
Meister, J (J.Meister)
Michael/Fenix/Veneza (not Venezia which is Italian)
Mirage
Morelli /Mirelli
OEM
Padova
Paganini
Parrot
Pearl River
Peredie
Primo
Rizatti
Revel
Rossetti
Rossini
Scarlatti (some models, maybe all)
Serenelli (was a quality Castelfidardo maker from the 30s until 1963; recent branded product is likely Chinese - Page 11, post 01 June)
Sila (Pic posted Sat Feb 27, 2016)
Skyline
SofiaMari
Sonantti (see link added 16 Nov 2016, page 11)
Sonata
Songlin
Sonor
Soprani (see post 16Sept15)
Startone
Starwave
Stella (not to be confused with Weltmeister Stella which is German manufacture, see pic in thread, July 9 2014)
Stephanelli
Stewart
Studio http://www.accordionists.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=1584&start=100
Sunrise
Talents
Tombo (think Japanese but believe mostly made in China), also seen as Tombo Soprano.
Tslents
Veneza/Michael/Fenix (not Venezia which is Italian)
Yingjie
Yuewie
Two more potential brands for the list. The names are very cryptic, quite unpronounceable really:

“WYKDL” and “M-zutx”

I encountered both on Amazon. Some models of these brands do not even seem particularly inexpensive really. So I don’t know if they are slightly better than typical or if the purveyors of this stuff are just getting a bit bolder.
 
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Some of those WYKDL accordions look like a decent spec:


But it's got the wrong description and it's 5k ukp.
It has got sheepskin bellows though.

Supplied from (business address)
  • xixianxinqufengdongxincheng
  • sanqiaojiedaobanshichuxiaolicun89hao
  • xian
  • shanxi
  • 710086
  • CN
 

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Some of those WYKDL accordions look like a decent spec:


But it's got the wrong description and it's 5k ukp.
It has got sheepskin bellows though.

Supplied from (business address)
  • xixianxinqufengdongxincheng
  • sanqiaojiedaobanshichuxiaolicun89hao
  • xian
  • shanxi
  • 710086
  • CN
It also has some very special features that I have never seen before like 7 built-in “keyboard tuners,” “3 rows of bass springs” and “3 bass mutators.” I would like to know whether the keyboard tuners use a scratcher or a grinder, but even seeing one of the mutant basses in action might be worth £5k!
 
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'WYKDL' and “M-zutx” added... (Doubt if they'd be confused with Italian instruments... :))
Castellani warning added.
 

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I was contacted by a Chinese student in our local university. She bought a very high quality accordion from me. She was a fine player of classical music. In visiting further with her, I learned that her teacher in China was a very accomplished classical accordionist. I asked her about the quality of accordions available in China. She said that the finest accordions made in China are kept in China for the best players and not generally shipped out of the country. She went on to say that many of the best Chinese accordionists prefer what she called the "pure" sounds of dry tuned reeds. She was not aware that any of China's best accordions were even available for export. I was very impressed with her playing ability and accordion knowledge. Several years later, she wanted me to buy the accordion back, for she had completed her advanced degree and could not return with an accordion. I found a buyer. Then a year later, this scenario was repeated with another fine Chinese accordionist who confirmed that China is making very high level accordions for the conservatory level players and that with the high demand, the finest Chinese accordions stay there.
 

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As long as the unknowing and uninformed buyers keep purchasing the inferior and overpriced junk they offer and export today
it's extremely doubtful that a quality Chinese accordion will be offered and exported in the near future. The manufacturers and
dealers of the Chinese junk currently offered today are making a fine profit selling them and practice the rule of thumb --
"If it ain't broken don't fix it". And of course if they did offer a fine product for export it would only demean the junk they
offer today.
 

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Yang Yi is probably one of Asia's best known accordionists, and he is most heavily government sponsored and recognized as a political asset. You can bet that anything he plays may look like the "off the shelf" accordions, but they are known to be modified to the extreme and the costs associated are equal to or beyond the highest costing accordions on the market today. Of course, they would never let him play anything German or Italian just because of political pride.
 

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