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Excelsior symphony model and excelsiola

nagant27

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Have a quick question about excelsiors. On American made symphony models I saw one that looks identical to other symphony models but says excelsiola on the back where it normally says symphony. Anyone ever come across this ever? Inside and out looks identical. Excelsior across front like normal. Reeds as well look same. Is it anything special?
 

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I had one of these myself. In the late 50's Pro models of Excelsior & Excelsiola used the same body build and were identical
except for the badge name & reed quality. At the time Excelsior gradually switched production to Italy. There were many US made parts
leftover and were used to assemble the last of US production.
 

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Thanks Jim, I knew you would know. That’s what I was wondering.
This particular accordion is real nice and sounds very “warm”. Especially with the sordina closed. To my ears these older excelsiors have bassoon reeds that really sound amazing. Even with no chamber they sound full and round. The sordina actually makes a huge difference, not like just a mute under the grill.
Inside and out excelsiors like these were impeccably made.
 

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I enjoy playing a lot of different accordions, but I do find my self always comparing others to my excelsiors. The symphony grand that you referred to is indeed awesone, as well as the ac chambered models, and excelsiolas 730, 740. There’s a reason so many people played them and still play them. Think about the great players historicallylike Van Damme, Magnante- They could have played any brand, but they chose excelsior.
 

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