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johnpaulcampos

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Does anyone out there own a new two tone compact Gabbanelli?  

How is the volume of the accordion? 

What is the weight comparable to?  Gabb claims its lighter than the 350 Model. 

What is your overall rating of this accordion?  1-5 5 being the best and 1 the worst. 

Anyone who has any input would be greatly appreciated.  Debating between a 5 Switch 400R or a compact two tone Gabb.  


ElTucan

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Hey John,
I recently purchased a two-tone compact Gabbanelli and I'm happy with it..  From my experience the two tones (reg or compact) do not sound as loud as the Reg 3 and 5 switch accordions.  I imagine it has to do with the reed block set up???.. Get yourself a good mic and you won't know the difference... It's nice to be able to play in two keys without having to switch accordions.  That was one of the selling points for me.  The other was the weight.  They are significantly lighter than the regular sized accordions.  I'm not sure what the exact weight is but very noticeable.   

The button action on the new Gabbanelli's is very soft and comfortable.  My accordion came with hand made reeds but after only a few months of use, some of the reeds are already sounding a bit flat.  I've always questioned the quality of the reeds in Gabbanelli's.  Overall the accordion is well made and it's been a good instrument for me.  I rate it a 4.
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johnpaulcampos

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Awesome feedback. I really appreciate your honesty comments. I have worried about buying a new Gabb because of the reeds blowing out quickly and the mechanism being wacked. I really like Gabb accordions but may pass them and buy a Hohner Compact 5 Switch.
johnpaulcampos

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Gabb claims they have tipo a mano reeds but they are factory made. $700 for tipo a mano reeds doesn't sound like the right price. Cagnoni tip a mano reeds cost $1100. Those are truly tipo a mano. $700 for similar reeds close to tipo a mano. Whem I called Gabb they said they were true hand made. Their not. Only for the artist they sell them with those.
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Don't confuse 'tipo a mano' and 'a mano'. They are two different types of reeds.  A mano is truly hand made while 'tipo a mano' has similar characteristics but not entirely handmade (i think)..
Here's a link you might find helpful.

http://www.vociarmoniche.it/prodotto.php?p=4
johnpaulcampos

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Actually your right. When I called Gabb they said true hand made reeds is what they sell for $700. Which they can't prove and why so many people are having issues with Gabb reeds.
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Is a compact 2 tone louder than a regular 2 tone?
johnpaulcampos

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Apparently is about the same volume just smaller box.  Lighter than a 350 model Gabb.  I have seen a lot of people wanting to get rid of their two tone boxes and want to trade me for both of my older accordions.  They are not loud and not clear and heavy.  This accordion is not for me and am thankful for everyones insights.  Good luck!
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