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 #1 

Score this accordion brand (1- 5, five being excellent) and give us your opinion as well.

 

(1) Quality

(2) Sound

(3) Design

(4) Price

(5) Customer service provided

 

Anote esta marca de fábrica del acordión (1- 5, cinco es excelente) y dénos su opinión también.

 

(1) calidad

(2) sonido

(3) diseño

(4) Precio

(5) Servicio al cliente


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Jr_Salinas2k5

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 #2 
I give these accordions a 5 all around.

I love em, the sound is nice and full.
The design in my opinion is EXCELLENT, I love the keyboard.

Just a great accordion for any kind of music. Whether it be Conjunto or Norteño its perfect. The Price is a good thing too, your getting a good deal with these boxes.

Jr

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 #3 

I've never played one but i would love too, does anyone know where i can get one? I'm in Tucson, Az I have't seen them around here.

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 #4 

k onda compitas . i hav try da CantaBella so many times ,n i love da sound , n da actions r so00o0oo0 way better dan my Hohner....i need to work more on my Hohner to make da same sound action on da CantaBella,but y try harder if da CantaBella take less work to make dem better sound to come out of.....well i just think is da buttons dat r so smooth n da reed close up quicker den da Hohner does ... plus da buttons of CantaBella r wider n flat den da Hohner buttons,dats enough 4 my clumsy fingers to stop hytin da wrong buttons....jaja

 

i give CantaBella Score a top 5 to all catagory ,besides da desing .i give a 3 1/2 on da desing ,cuz i dont really like da bottom of da accordion being so0o0o squear on da coners ,i like how Gabbanelli accordion hav all da coners curve up .........it looks better like dat.......but any ways i like da CantaBella ,even if is not curve in da coners...................



 #5 
I tried a Cantabella at a store in Oakland....they sound good and the button action on it is pretty good. I hear that it has a lot of attention to detail under the hood.

 However i wouldnt buy one because the design looks tacky to me, i mean the color scheme on them is terrible and the little dragons on them are wakala, not to mention the grill screen that looks like is made out of a cotton tshirt, this is just my opinion as a consumer if i was Cantabella i would keep the box but work on the easthetics.

I did like the fact that it was very light for a 5 switch box

Quality.  3
Sound.  4
Design.  -3
Price.   4
Customer Service. Cant rate(Dont own one.)
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 #6 

I have played Cantabella a multitude of times and can honestly say i don't get tired of playing them. Personally I don't own one, but I base my opinion on what I think about them this far.

 

4 - Quality is very nice, I like how the 5 switch is lighter than others, the button actions smooth and the hammer is excellent.

 

4 - Sound is nice. I think that the sound is better than a hohner when it comes to norteño music, but compared to a professional accordion I have heard some a tad better.

 

4 - Design is good, I like the grill design. I think the grill design is way better than some other top line professional accordions in the market. The buttom part of the accordion tho is a little too square for my taste. The decals and inlay designs could be better tho. I personally like how they utilize color gradients in this accordions, something you don't see in all the others.

 

4  - Price is reasonable for an accordion like this, and sometimes they can give you a better price.

 

Customer Service - I can't rate this one cause I don't own one.

 

I give it an all out 4 on the Cantabella!

 

 


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 #7 

ey EAZY .in wat store did u went to in Oakland???wen u try out da CantaBella, we may went to da same store but we dont know it.....

da one i go to,is in downtown Oakland.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ElOaklandero



 #8 
I think is called Smythe's Accordions. I bought a Bajo Sexto from them,( like i dont have enough on my plate with the accordion huh?)  They had a blue cantabella and a 31 button orange one.

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Hey Ez! Que pasa Amigo! Wow, you got a bajo? I have never been to that store in Oakland. What brand bajo do they have? Man, once I get a little breathing room from school and work, lets get together and make some noise...que dices? Say hi to your daughter for me. She should be ready to switch over to a button accordion and teach us a few things by now!

Well, I sort of strayed a little from the subject. But to make this a valid post and on topic, let me say that I don't own a Cantabella and barely know a little of the accordions I do own. I did see and played on that was on display at one of the music stores in San Antonio. I didn't care too much for the way it looked that I would not be compelled to buy one. Perhaps, if my playing skills were far more advanced, I could make a better evaluation of the different type of accordions. Right now, I can play pretty beginner like with any brand!

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EY EAZY!!!!!! dats da accordion store i go too ....n yea he hav a blue CantaBella of 34 buttons wit a 5 swicth ,n a orange wit 31 buttons.....oh dats hella koo , do u live close to Oakland?

by friend Kimric Smythe ,be hookin me up wit prices ,like tunes ups , videos , n plus i can play da accordions as long as i want .....doesnt dat CantaBella (da BLUE one) hav a sweet sound out of it? n da actions r hella smooth?

 

well dats koo ,hope some day we could jam togetter ..like ConjuntoFan said.....

by da way ,ConjuntoFan ,da bajosexto dat Smythe hav 4 sale , is da JIMENEZ made bajosexto......n da price is really barato..........................

 

 

 

 

hope to here from u guys

 

 

 

later...

 

 

ElOaklandero



 #11 
Orales Oaklandero. He had some lonestar bajos and one made in China como guinda, no mire El Jimenez maybe he had sold it already. I live in Vallejo dude cuando quieras caerle hit me up and we can get a mini jam session going im trying to learn Bajo maybe not as much to play real good as much as i want it to be able to Jam with other raza that plays accordion tambien. I get together with a local band twice a week and let me jam a couple of songs when they practice, it helps a lot to jam with other people because it helps you to work on timing.

Sale pues Oaklandero ahi te wacho.
ezniebla@pacbell.net

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 #12 

yup compita EAZY...dats da problem i hav in timing,i can do da song's wit no problems at all, !! BUT !!  wen i need to put in some adornos i just lose on da timing...my fingers aint da fast enough , not yet.....i can do some singles adornos n some doudle adornos as well , but wen i put more adornos in a single , i just cant press all da buttons rite .for example...

in a polka i could do some adornito pero muy sencillas , y en una valsiada i need to time on da adornos more compared to da polkitas.....is just dat my fingers aint fast enough yet...but in time ,i hope i does......jaja 

 

by da way compita ......y dont u come to Oakland , i got some compitas dat hav a tololoche, n da guitarra n a other dude k puede tocar la tarolas........wut do u say.....if some day i do go to jam wit chu compita, can u give me ur home address so i can see on MAPQUEST how far is da journey from here at oakland???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iight compita ,hope to hear from u soon



 #13 
pos taria bien juntarnos un dia pa hacer ruido, here or Vallejo or in Oakland i dont care its only like 30 minutes away.  Hit me up 707-319-5638.......

Ahi te wacho.

DiatonicDude

Registered: 08/30/05
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 #14 

Im sorry to differ from the rest of the guys, but i think the cantabellas are nat at all great. i own a hohner and a gabannelli. i love my hohner when it comes to polkas, chotizes, redovas and huapangos and my 5 swith gabba for any song. the reason i don't like the cantabellas that much is beacause it doesn't feel smooth enough. in my opinion it's just a cheap, as in sucky, version of the gabannelli. also the accordion is too big, bigger than a gabannelli which is already big. the sound is alright, i guess, but lets see how long it lasts.                                          

                                                                            

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 #15 

i give it a 5 all the way around , i like the sound , price, customer service from Hermes Music , I gotta agree the design is a little tacky but away from that It's a Good Accordion.

 

Hans

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I've owned a catabella (3 swicht) for about 5 months; this is my opinion so far.

 

(5) Quality; 1 year warranty; no problems so far.

(4.5) Sound; I wish it was louder because I don't use a mic when I play.

(4) Design; mmmh, I think they can do better.

(5) Price; I think I've got a good deal on it.

(4.5) Customer service provided during purchase was very good.

 

I love it; the only reason that I could sell/trade it in the future would be to get a 34 button box.

 

 

 


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rayado

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hey guys! ke dice la raza!

I just bought a beautiful Cantabella...2-tone... i think its perfect.. i give it a 5 all the way..the disgn is kinda wierd..but i like it.. i've been researching about the Cantabellas before.. and i've heard that its the same quality as the Gabbanelli's...the same people make them..its just like a Gabbanelli but with a different name,,,,Cantabella.....

thats what i've heard...


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 #18 

 

Calidad - 4

 

Sonido - 4

 

Diseño - 2

 

Precio - 3

 

Servicio al Cliente - 3 

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EN UN FUTURO NO MUY LEJANO MUCHOS ESTAREMOS HABLANDO DE LA MARCA CANTABELLA. ES MUY PROPIO PARA JUGAR POR MUCHO TIEMPO... POR SU COMODIDAD Y SU FORMA.

 

POSEO UNO DE 3 CAMBIOS Y REALMENTE ES SATISFACTORIO PERO OJO; TU TIENES QUE PONER MUCHO CARIÑO Y CUIDARLO BIEN, SOBRE TODO DE EL SOL Y DE LA HUMEDAD. NO BASTA QUE ESTE EN EL ESTUCHE, PORQUE SON DE MALA CALIDAD, MEJOR FABRICA UNO DE MADERA Y BORRA O PELUCHE POR DENTRO, ASI SERA DEL COLOR FAVORITO Y SE LUCIRA BIEN.

 

(4) CALIDAD.

                  

     CREO POR CONVICCION PROPIA QUE NO SUPERA A DINO O A GABBA

 

(5) SONIDO.

 

      ES EXELENTE Y SI LO JUEGAS MÁS, SUENA MEJOR.

 

(4) DISEÑO.

 

      COMO YA DIJE ES MUY COMODO........ MAS LA APARIENCIA Y EL

      TRABAJO PARA QUE LUZCA ELEGANTE PODRIA SER MEJOR.

 

(4) PRECIO.

 

      LES DOY UN CUATRO PORQUE EN SEGUIDA SE LES VA A SUBIR LA

      MARCA A LA CABEZA Y SUBIRAN EL PRECIO Y NO EXACTAMENTE A

      FAVOR DEL CONSUMIDOR. EL PROBLEMA SERA DE ELLOS PORQUE

      ENTONCES BAJARAN LAS VENTAS.

 

(4) SERVICIO AL CLIENTE.

 

      ES MUY LENTO...... SOBRE TODO ACA EN MEXICO Y NO LES IMPORTAS,

      NO TIENEN MUCHOS MODELOS Y SOLO LOS TIENEN EN DOS TONOS

      SOL Y FA........ NO HAY CATALOGOS DE COLORES, NI TE DAN LLAVERO

      ES MAS AHI SI QUE LES DOY UN CERO. 

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                             "·$%&/() SALUDOS DESDE TOLUCA !"·$%&/()

 

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ay.. rayado.. i thought ramon ayala made the cantabella accordions.. that's why he had like a whole promotional thing for them.. i have to say that cantabella gets a 5 all around.. i just got a 5 switch 34 button black/white and i have to say i am not disappointed in it .. and it the price was a lot cheaper than the 5 switch gabbanelli .. and i personally think that cantabella is better quality.. than the gabby .. (just my opinion) sure the design is different but that's what makes it better.. i am tired of the same thing you know

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Hello I recently purchased a cantabella accordion in MI MAYOR one of the first one's that came out and it is a model 101 type no switches.  I have to  really say that it sounds very good  and it cost me $1,250 from then Hermes music in brownsville ,texas  and the buttons are the same as the gabbanelli easy to play OVERALL I GIVE IT A 5 worth buying:  design 4 because mine is not customize and playing action very ggod WORTH BUYING ....

GOD BLESS YOU

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quien hace estos acordeones???

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Las Cantabellas estan echas por una compania en Italia que se llama Polverini.  Y si, Ramon Ayala tiene parte en esa compania.

Aqui esta la informacion sacado de accordionlinks.com

  • Cantabello (in Spanish) is a brand of conjunto accordions, owned by Ramón Ayala. Apparently they are made by Polverini.

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    I own a 5 switch Cantabella. Sounds louder than a Gabbanelli. I have played it next to a few different Gabbanellis and it holds up. 5 all around except for the dragon design 4.


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    Go with what you like bro. If Gabbanelli just feels right...... go with it. If Cantabella just feels right...... go with it. Or if you want both..... by them both.


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     #26 

           Don't jump on the Cantabella bandwagon until you've tried one for yourself. I know allot of people think they're good accordions because Ramon Ayala plays them and cause he has some part in the company. But from MY experience the action on the buttons were very stiff and the quality of the reeds were poor... yeah they'll sound "O.K." at first but I couldn't rely on the accordion to perform well every time. I owned one for a month and a half and broke four reeds then i traded her in for a Hohner Corona III. I lost money on that deal but that is how upset i was with those accordions. I own 15 accordions that are all in working condition and three that are "fixer-uppers" so i like to believe that i can tell good ones from bad ones.

    ......... But then again it's all preference. Any accordion can be perfect for you with a little tweaking and fine tuning. Don't pick an accordion if YOU have to get used to it. It should just feel right the first time.

     

    "Different strokes for different folks"

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    I completely understand your frustration, but I believe you may have gotten a bad box. I have owned a Cantabella for over 1 year and have not had any problem with it at all. My friend has 3 Gabbanellis. Within the first 3 months they had to be tuned a total 4 times for all three of them. He never talked bad about Gabbanelli. Simply because he saw it in a different way. Sometimes you get good quality things and every now and then you get something defective. Even with the best name brands out there. It happens. Thats not to say all Gabbanellis are bad. Maybe you could have traded for another Cantabella and been happy. You never know...It may have been worth a shot. My tuner compared my reeds to the ones on the other boxes including Gabbanelli. His conclusion: The reeds are very good. I played my Cantabella nex to my friends Gabbanelli and my accordion drounded out his accordion. Mine was almost twice as loud. As far as the button stiffness. On my 5 switch they are smooth. I had a no switch model and they were slightly stiff. But that succer was louder than my Hohner. So the two Cantabellas I have are a little different from each other.


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    I understand that there are good boxes and bad boxes. I try all my accordions before I buy them. The action of the buttons weren't my main concern cause I can adjust them myself. The thing that disappointed me were the reeds breaking after a little over a month. I'm not that aggressive of an accordion player to break reeds like that. I have some "Baldoni" accordions and my oldest one is almost 6 years old and I broke my first reed on that one in November of 2006. Now that's quality.

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    I agree about that. But like I said sometimes you get a good one and sometimes you dont. You obviously have had a good Baldoni. What I mentioned earlier about my friends Gabbs. Well he bought an old Corona II made in China about 10 years ago for $150 and did not tune for about 2 years. So it just goes to show that....you never know. I have had all kinds of expierences with name brands and new name brands. But then I will be writing for a while. So I will just cut it short. Saludos.


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    how true. how true

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    COMO ESTAN TODOS AQUI PRESENTANDOME EN EL FORO DESDE GEORGIA BUENO EN MI OPINION ACABO DE COMPRAR UN CANTABELLA 3 SWITCH EN FA CREO EN CALIDAD 5 EN Y EN TODO LO DEMAS UN 4 SUENA MUY BIEN FUERTE Y CLARO LOS BOTONES SUAVECITOS CREO QUE DE UN GABBANELLI Y UN CANTABELLA ESTAN PAREJOS LOS DOS LA UNICA DIFERENCIA SERIA QUIEN LO TOQUE NO CREN BEUNO ESA ES MI OPINION
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    I don't own a Cantabella so I can't rate the service.  As far everything else, it depends.  Sorry I gotta be real technical, but some Cantabellas are awesome and some just don't cut it.  I know more or less that it has to do with who built it or something because certain Cantabellas weren't all made by the same manufacturer.  If I'm not mistaken Cantabella first started with the manufacturer being Polverini but when the Euro vs. USD dropped and Polverini asked for the contract to be ammended and not lose money, Cantabella refused since a contract is a contract.  So I think that's why Polverini stopped making them.  Nevertheless, Cantabella was already compromised in distributing to it's authorized dealers so I don't know who makes them now; but they're not nearly as good as Polverini's Cantabella.  A friend of mine has a nice one and it's pretty much as good or even better than a Gabbanelli as a matter of fact.  His Cantabella would be a 5 on everything.  I wouldn't doubt Polverini had made his.



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    antonio creo que lo que tu dices es toda la razon y lo que dices siempre lo he pensado ejemplo yo tengo un gabbanelli un dia cale un cantabella y mi gabbanelli era un niño acomparacion del cantabella un diseño mas omenos sin dragones y la firma de ramon paso mas del año despues y compre mi cantabella ya no tenia la firma de ramon era mas grande y dragones fui a donde cale el cantabella y los que tenia ya eran de dragones y le pregunte a este gallo que si alguien mas los estaba haciendo dijo que no que era el mismo pero siempre tuve esa duda  por otra parte te digo que los nuevos cantabellas tampoco son tan malones un 5 registros por menos de 2000 me atrevo a decir que es el mejor acordion en el mercado por ese precio isacc brillingtton lo calo y cuando se lo estaba colgando me dijo estos acordeones no sirven y cuando se avento una rola en el dijo a  cabrito este acordeon se oye bien y concordo conmigo que por el precio no hay mas

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    Yo unicamente he tocado estas acordeones en guitar center de Laredo, y no me gustaron. El sonido clarinet es similar al de una weltmeister. El diseño no llama la atención, y el faltan detalles de pedrería. En mi opinion los precios esstaban elevados.

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    (3) SONIDO.
      
    (2) DISEÑO.
      
    (3) PRECIO.
      
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    willruiz

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    i bought that blue canta from smythes it sounds very good i have always used gabbys but the last one i got didnt sound too good i dont know just buy what you like at the end of the day its not the accordion its the man that plays it


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     #36 

    yo tengo una cantabella en el tono de fa y una corona II en el tono de mi las dos se oyen bien pero la cantabella se oye mas llena con los cambios te da a escojer!!!!! ne la cambio por nada! arriba toda la musica!!!!!!


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    hello everybody ,  like I said previously I own a cantabella model 101 no switches and I have to say they are good probably,  design not that good but ok and well gabbanellis have been more time around and this brand is just starting.  You have to give more time. thank you and GOD BLESS YOU ALL


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