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Hallo to all friends of the diatonic accordion. Mr. Glenn Allessi guided me to this website. Our mutual interest in the accordion led to quite a few eMails back and forth.
I am in the process of putting together a detailed history of the diatonic accordion. By no means it is complete, but nevertheless I invite you to a visit: http://www.peterunbehauen.de/p/05peterunbehauen.html
Maybe you can supply me with suggestions, photos, corrections etc. Peter

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Howdy -

 

Are all you scholars out there aware of the Center for the Study of Free-reed Instruments at the City University of New York Graduate Center?  I found out about it when I was doing some work on non-music matters at City College a few years back.  They might be a good resource for tracking down history.  Here's their website:

 

http://web.gc.cuny.edu/freereed/

 

 

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Jacinto -

 

No, the only U.S. makers I've heard about are the Cajuns.  I do know that Larry Miller of Bon-Tee accordions teaches accordion maintenance and repair at the Augusta Heritage Center summer workshops in Elkins, West Virginia, but that's the only "school" I've heard about.  I'm sure you could learn a lot from him.

 

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Fuuny you all should bring this up.  I found this link a while back and stmbled upon it again this morning.  Looks like a 6-9 month course....and moving to Wisconsin. 

 

http://repairschool.accordionworld.org/

 

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My little history of the accordion is growing, this time I´ve got a page on Austrian style accordions ready.
http://www.peterunbehauen.de/p/05austria.html

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very nice
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I found this nice little story on the accordeon in Italy on the Soprani website.

"This is one of those stories destined to not only change the life of one man, but also of one town, one country. What happened in 1863 seems to be a legend, but was in fact a reality, important enough to start an industry that would become famous all over the world: the accordion industry.

An Austrian pilgrim returning home from a visit to the Loreto sanctuary asked for hospitality for the night at a farmhouse near Castelfidardo. After having been refreshed, he sat down near the fireside and started to play a strange "box". This was the house of Antonio and Lucia Soprani and their sons.

One son, Paolo, was interested in this musical box which was in fact a copy of the "accordeon" patented in 1829 by Mr. Demian of Vienna. Many different stories tell of how Paolo obtained this box: some say that the prilgrim gifted to him to thank the family for the hospitality; some say that Paolo bought it; some say that during the night, the young Paolo woke up to study all the secrets of the box.

The important thing is that, from this little box and Paolos intelligence, after a few years the accordion industry would be born in Castelfidardo. In 1864 Paolo opened a little workshop inside his home, with the help of his brothers; after some years, he moved to a bigger house, engaging some workers. The first "armoniche" produced were sold in fairs and markets of nearby towns. In Loreto there were always a lot of pilgrims, religious visitors and dealers. Paolo went there to exhibit his accordion and he also became a good player. In 1872 he moved to the centre of Castelfidardo and opened a factory in the Piazza Garibaldi.

His instruments had immediate success, especially in the country where the farmers danced to popular songs. Quickly the popularity grew and requests came from other european countries like France. At the end of the 19th century the "armonica" started to be exported to other continents, for example the USA, where a lot of Italian people had emigrated and the sound of the "armonica" eased their homesickness. To supply the increasing number of orders he needed to find a bigger place and more workers, to organise the phases of production in a better way and create a commercial office. For this reason Paolo with his sons Luigi and Achille opened a new factory in Castelfidardo where about 400 people worked.

In 1900 the company had a big success in a fair in Paris; Paolo became a member of the academy of inventors of Bruxelles and Paris and met the President of France. He continued to work in his factory until he was 70 years old, when his two sons took over. He died in his house on 20th February 1918, when he was 73 years old."

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intresting information
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