OuijaBoard post_id=62492 time=1535929675 user_id=1746 said:I forgot the Excelsior 673, did know about that because it is on the Castiglione pages in the US. Is it here at this forum that I read some time past that Excelsior is now owned and overseen by Pigini? Perhaps one could order the 673 with HF/TAM. I agree that price looks low for Italian-made. Ive seen it priced significantly higher elsewhere, but that was a few years ago. Maybe theres been a restructuring at Excelsior that brought some outsourcing . . .
Ive seen some adverts that declare that Pigini and Excelsior are now part of the same company. I think youd need to read the Italian music press daily in an effort to keep up with the latest merges and closures. It was only after I posted the photo of the Excelsior I saw a PA box for sale in the UK that was advertised as Made by Delicia in the Czech Republic for Excelsior, and I had to go back in and amend the post to include that. I dont actually know where they are made, but thought Id better mention that it may not be Italy.
I know almost nothing at all about the accordion industry, other than the fact that there is a dire need to cut the cost of production, and I wouldnt be surprised if a lot of component parts are shared between makers from wherever they can get their hands on them.
The confusion as to who makes what is not a new concept, and badge engineering has been taking place for a very long time. Some top of the range Crucianellis were made by Piermaria, but in those days they had the honesty to tell us that, by putting little logos and/or stickers on the accordions.
I think most reputable dealers will tell you where their instruments for sale are made these days, but there will always be those little lies by omission that we all have to look out for. I bought a little Hohner Nova brand new from the US, and I saw a You Tube clip of a US accordion fair where the stallholder professed that they were made in Germany. Now, I happened to know they are made in China, but ordered one anyway. Sure enough it came complete with German language quality control tags which inferred it had either been made, or subjected to a quality control check in Trossingen. Somehow I doubt that happens, but again I dont know.
One or two bass buttons keep falling off. Fortunately they are of the screw in mushroom type and the odd cross threaded button seems not to be a cause for concern, so long as it happens after the buyer starts playing it. The rear of the bellows is starting to wear and I hardly ever play it.
Inside, youll see a very flimsy looking bass mechanism, and you need semaphore to tell the treble reeds when you want them to play, as there is a built in delay between the time you press the treble buttons and when the reeds actually sound. Nice and light to carry around, but you need the strength of Hercules in your right hand fingers to get it all to work (and good eyesight to find those little black bass button heads when they fall off). In case youre wondering, I dont recommend the Hohner Novas built for the French market, based on my own experience, and theyre not exactly cheap either. The sound isnt too bad when all the reeds are working as they should, and Im sure another member took issue with me over my opinions of them some time ago.