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Well I finally picked up an accordion that I have been after for a while. I know we've posted about it before, but I figured Id share my excitement with everyone. Its a sonola Ernie Felice mode, ss4.l And the sound is sweet! I have to agree its one of the nicest sounding accordions Ive heard, and it is light as a feather to boot. It was an ebay buy so iwas a little nervous, but the price was right and I was able to pick it up in person so I pulled the trigger. Great condition, all original and nice chrome even. I couldn't be happier!!
 

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Great.. hope you have many happy hours with your new accordion.


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Lovely instrument, well done you, Nagant.
How many is that now...? :?
 

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O,K. How about a pic'.
As you know, I'd love to work on this if you need.
 

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Ok. I will take a picture tonight and post. Looks real nice and plays nice The keyboards on these older sonolas are so smooth.
I hate to say, but I seem to have quite a few accordions now. It's like they multiply. Each one has their own sound and character. I picked up a shelving unit a few weeks back to organize things, and it filled right up!
Yes Jim I will give you a call on a couple of projects. We can get a day planned in the future again. I always enjoy visiting, and you do great work. This one doesn't need much though!
 

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Congrats!

I've always thought those Ernie Felice Sonolas sounded great and have thought about getting one myself one day. Seems like you got yourself a good one!
 

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Thanks jeff! Yeah I've always heard good about felice sonolas, and Ill tell you the accordion does not disappoint. What I never realized is just how light it is. I can stand no problem, and its so easy to control. I think the reeds are very responsive, so you can really play with different dynamics, and a super "singing" tone quality. As I have posted I have "a few" accordions(probably too many) and right now all I have been playing is this. Its gonna feel real strange when I pick a full 4 reed accordion again.
 

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here are some pix I took last night with the sonola on the couch. Its really a great instrument. I will take some inside ones when I get inside it.

Anyone know the years these were made?
 

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JIM D.

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Sonola Felice 3, & 5 & 6 shift models (2 or 3 reed) all with 2 sets in tone chamber, were made in the early 60s thru 1973 when the Brand was acquired by Guerrini.
You have the 2 reed (LM ) Ernie had the 3 reed (LMH) but only using L or M at one time in tone chamber. (The reason for making a 3 shift model.) He uses the M set here ---
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Ernie Felice.... Wonderful... a hero of mine alongside Leon Sash..... and the Sonola is the holy grail of Jazz PA's i'm led to believe...lucky man
 

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I recently picked one of these up and… I have a hard time putting it down!
 

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