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Hello,

and excuse me for my poor english. :-D

My name is Gianfranco and I write from Italy. I am 59 yo and I begun to study accordion (stradella, "bassi standard") when I was 25, but after few years I stopped studies and I sold my instrument, a very cheap Paolo Soprani with a really bad sound.

In 2018 I returned to my old love. I purchased from a friend a Navini "organtone" that I still have, then in Castelfidardo a personalized Victoria A470V (stradella) but I am fond of classical music so I changed it with a Bugari 289-ars-c4 with "minor thirds" free basses ("terze minori").

I study with a conservatory teacher but I don't have much time so my progress is very slow. I hope I'll have more time in the future and, who knows, be able to follow conservatory studies. :)

That's all. ;-)

Hello again! :-D
 

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Hi Gianfranco and welcome to the forum. It's a great place to be, for information, advice and to listen to what others are playing or enjoying.

Good luck with your studies too.

Cheers

David
 

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Welcome Gianfranco! You made an excellent choice of instrument to get serious with the accordion. Around here it seems that this is the most popular convertor (piano) accordion. I do a bit of repair for friends from different orchestras and ensembles, and certainly among them the 289/ARS/C4 is top dog! And it's also a joy to work on.
 

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Welcome Gianfranco! You made an excellent choice of instrument to get serious with the accordion. Around here it seems that this is the most popular convertor (piano) accordion. I do a bit of repair for friends from different orchestras and ensembles, and certainly among them the 289/ARS/C4 is top dog! And it's also a joy to work on.

Hallo and thanks again! :-D

I think you ar right, Paul: Victoria and Bugari (and Pigini, too, expecially for chromatic instruments) are very good products. My Victoria was really complete, with 12ma and a lot of registers in left and right hand, Cagnoni reeds and a very nice voice, but without free basses and it was too big and heavy for me. I asked Victoria to modify the instrument for free basses but there were too much difficulties so I selled the instrument (it is in Austria now, as I know) and took my new Bugari. I am very happy, it is smaller and light and it sounds very good. I prefer it to Victoria one. In Castelfidardo I had the impression of high professionality but unfortunately (for COVID ) I could not visit all the factory. I have to learn the new left keyboard and it is not so easy but I am making some progress, this winter I hope I have time to study enough with my teacher.

Thank you again. :)
 

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Benvenuto Gianfranco! Best of luck learning the free bass, you can do it!
 

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