wirralaccordion pid=69981 dateline=1582017052 said:
Geoff de Limousin pid=69982 dateline=1582017799 said:Hmmm, yes nice tone BUT how much is due to the electrical modification of the sound ? When I watched the video the following offering from youtube was a Libertybellows advert for the same model of Castagnari. The tone comparison was striking. I think most of us would produce a tone more like the Libertybellows video.
I have tried a new Magica and would very much like to own one.
losthobos pid=69974 dateline=1581966166 said:
jozz pid=69989 dateline=1582025448 said:
Geoff de Limousin said:A quick browse through the accordion dealers in France , seaking the price of the Castagnari Magica 3, suggests a new price of anything between €6525 and €7470 (sales tax inc.)....!
All four of my accordions together never cost that much. Last time I bought a new accordion was about 1985, and it was a dog of a Cavagnolo "Bal Musette" model. Cost me £1665 way back then, and was the biggest waste of money ever. Outstanding reeds, but the rest was a typical Friday afternoon job. I vowed never to buy new again after that one.
Looks like Castagnari are capitalising on the relative popularity of these instruments. They do look and sound great, but I'd rather buy five or six clapped out old Crosios for that money. If you've ever heard my playing you'd know why!
John said:my own playing is probably in the clapped out Crosio bracket too, but as an instrument maker by profession I need to support the hypothesis that a new instrument will make you a better player..... ... even if I don't believe it. ( My current stable includes the 1931 Cooperativa Armoniche three voice musette with Basson, ditto a 1949 and 1951 Buzzi Frères, a 122 year old Concertina and a second one seven years short of the century... .)
So far I have baulked at spending that much on any instrument even though I expect my customers to do so.