• If you haven't done so already, please add a location to your profile. This helps when people are trying to assist you, suggest resources, etc. Thanks

My Scandalli is being despatched

Beemer

Member
Joined
Dec 24, 2021
Messages
84
Reaction score
71
Location
South Lanarkshire, Scotland
After a six month wait I have just had an email from Scandalli in Castelfidardo that my Air IIIT 37/120 LMMM is being despatched tomorrow. Every day that passed since 7th Dec has increased my longing to get my hands on this instrument. I could have bought the same model, but with blue sparkle and Mano reeds off the shelf but that would have increased the price by £500 to £7000. Apart from the extra money I don't think the blue celluloid with sparkle is appropriate for me an accordion beginner! All I need now is a transport or customs strike to kibosh my forthcoming pleasure!
 

Beemer

Member
Joined
Dec 24, 2021
Messages
84
Reaction score
71
Location
South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Five years ago when I was 70, I had a spine operation that removed some bone to relieve disc pressure on my spinal cord. It was a long recovery and I never would have considered buying an accordion but the pain is now gone from my mind and so I bought one that is only 9.8kg. Interestingly, someone in Ayrshire is currently selling an accordion stand. I might have considered buying it, but that it would remind me of the time I had to use two walking sticks for support.
So now at my 75 years, I have the full ten books of the Palmer-Hughes PA course. The books even the higher level ones are deceptive as I already play piano at ABRSM grade five, but no doubt I will be brought down to Earth quite soon :eek:
 

Beemer

Member
Joined
Dec 24, 2021
Messages
84
Reaction score
71
Location
South Lanarkshire, Scotland
My new Scandalli Air IIIT 37/120 LMMM is finally with me. As a gesture to compensate for the five month wait Scandalli also supplied me with a robust Cordura soft back-pack case in addition to the standard hard case. The Air III is 9.8kg and I find that weight very acceptable. The tipo a mano reeds are custom 15-0-15 cents, which is what I wanted. I bought the accordion from Accordionsdirect.com who are the Scandalli UK sole distributors. I have no commercial links to this company but mention them just to say that I have had great friendly service. They are also the manufacturers and installers of MidiRig accordion midi systems.
 

Attachments

  • DSC_1939-2.jpg
    DSC_1939-2.jpg
    69.5 KB · Views: 24
  • DSC_1940-2.jpg
    DSC_1940-2.jpg
    89.6 KB · Views: 24
  • DSC_1941-2.jpg
    DSC_1941-2.jpg
    77.9 KB · Views: 24

debra

Been here for ages!
Technical Adviser
Site Supporter
Joined
Jul 16, 2014
Messages
4,417
Reaction score
1,600
Location
Eindhoven, the Nnetherlannds
Congrats! It's a beauty. Not sure why you would want a 37/120 because when you need just 37 keys you normally get 96 bass buttons which is more than enough. Could have saved just a bit extra on the weight. I guess the 15-0-15 will work well in Scotland. Sounds too wet for my taste (I prefer 8-0-8, but am fine with 10-0-10 and 12-0-12 is my absolute max.
 

Beemer

Member
Joined
Dec 24, 2021
Messages
84
Reaction score
71
Location
South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Congrats! It's a beauty. Not sure why you would want a 37/120 because when you need just 37 keys you normally get 96 bass buttons which is more than enough. Could have saved just a bit extra on the weight. I guess the 15-0-15 will work well in Scotland. Sounds too wet for my taste (I prefer 8-0-8, but am fine with 10-0-10 and 12-0-12 is my absolute max.
Paul,
The Air III is not available in 37/96. Their other models that are, are full size (weight is an issue for me at my 75 years) and do not have cassotto. The Air 1 and II do have 37/96 but lower class reeds. I'm sure you are aware that some Scots accordionists and perhaps also Irish play 25-0-25 cents. Now that is too wide for my ears!
 

debra

Been here for ages!
Technical Adviser
Site Supporter
Joined
Jul 16, 2014
Messages
4,417
Reaction score
1,600
Location
Eindhoven, the Nnetherlannds
Paul,
The Air III is not available in 37/96. Their other models that are, are full size (weight is an issue for me at my 75 years) and do not have cassotto. The Air 1 and II do have 37/96 but lower class reeds. I'm sure you are aware that some Scots accordionists and perhaps also Irish play 25-0-25 cents. Now that is too wide for my ears!
Good to know about that (un)availability. I know some Scots try to beat the Amsterdam tuning by having even more tremolo... But typically such accordions offer only M, MM that's 0 and tremolo and MMM, and not the MM that's the - and + reeds. I have seen this called "musette vivace" (on an Excelsior for instance). With -25 and 25 that's not tremolo, it is just "really badly out of tune". I think I can tolerate the 15-0-15 but probably not the MM with -15 and +15 (without the 0 playing as well). But yeah, Scottish (and Amsterdam) tuning is very very wet.
 

Walker

Accordionist
Joined
Dec 19, 2021
Messages
463
Reaction score
980
Location
Highlands of Scotland
Back in the olden days French musette used to be a very strong tuning at times. Seems Scotland, Northern Italy and Amsterdam are the last strongholds of the 'full' musette. I quite like +/-18 cent musette, but others with more traditional tastes will find this too mild in my neck of the woods.
 

Similar threads

Top