Iorio Syntara accordion/accorgan



Iorio Syntara accordion/accorgan

Postby Mike K » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:22 am

Does anyone have any experience with the Iorio Syntara accordion/accorgan? there is one for sale about 100 miles away from me. Wondering if it is worth the ride to take a look at it.
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Re: Iorio Syntara accordion/accorgan

Postby JIM D. » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:00 am

Not a good choice unless it's free. The old electronics in these units are past their lifetime and the parts to repair them are obsolete.
I have a "H" series Iorio here in the shop that works but, I won't sell it as I can't guarantee it.
It's free for pickup for now but shortly I'll strip the accordion for reeds and send the rest to the landfill.
The box you speak of here is a Farfisa syntaccordion with a different badge and most all of them have spent their lifetime with now cooked electronic's and have been dumped.
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Re: Iorio Syntara accordion/accorgan

Postby AccordionUprising » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:24 am

"A Brief, Comprehensive History of the Cordovox and Other Electronic Accordions," by Fabio Giotta has many pages of info on the old Accordion organs. Trying to even figure out which model you're looking at seems like a project. Getting the once cutting-edge electronics to function is a significant undertaking indeed.

http://caffetrieste.com/Abrief.pdf
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Re: Iorio Syntara accordion/accorgan

Postby Mike K » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:25 pm

Okay, sounds like a good thing to stay away from.....Thanks. Save myself a ride and possibly a poor investment.
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Re: Iorio Syntara accordion/accorgan

Postby Zevy » Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:30 pm

Mike K wrote:Does anyone have any experience with the Iorio Syntara accordion/accorgan? there is one for sale about 100 miles away from me. Wondering if it is worth the ride to take a look at it.


At the risk of replying differently from what our senior colleague Jim D. said, I will tell you about my experience. I played an Iorio Syntara for many years. If this is the same model, it is a SEM accordion (LMMM) that had electronics added by Elka (remember them?). I don't think this had anything to do with Farfisa. Of course, as Jim said, the electronics are obsolete, but if the midi still works you have yourself a midi accordion. I used to midi out just the bass. You can see me playing it (a long time ago, when I still had hair...) here: Learn to Play Klezmer Sample.
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Re: Iorio Syntara accordion/accorgan

Postby Giovanni » Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:21 am

Thank you for the very interesting PDF regarding the story of the Cordovox and other electronic type accordions .it's a keeper for reference !!
In 1966 I saved all my summer season gig money to purchase the Farfisa Transicord , I later owned the Transicord deluxe , Transivox , and then the farfisa synthaccordion (farfisa UK) actually replaced my instrument free of charge 3 times !!!.....due to technical problems !!! after that I played the synthaccordion for many years and it was very reliable , I then purchased an Elkavox 83 and gigged with it for many years and had a lot of fun times !!
in the Early 1970's I met and became very good friends with a cabaret artist and world travelled musician and entertainer billed as Mr Cordovox ..... Valentino !!! he had a special cordovox custom built and modified to his own specification , model CG7 quadrophonic sound , special custom built CL 20 leslie speaker cabinet . you would need to see his cabaret act , he virtually made it talk !!!so to speak ! the sound was awesome . I actually had the opportunity many times to play this special instrument ...and will never forget the feeling and experience .
Regarding the cost of the cordovox in the Uk ....in the late 60's and early 70's the cordovox cost more than the average house ........yes it is true !!! so perhaps in the story that CMI recruited top management only with MBA's with no business /music experience only interested in big profits !!explains why the cordovox was so expensive in the Uk and out of the practical price range of many potential cordovox customers !!....myself included !!
You may ask what I'm currently using .....I'm playing a special lightweightl Piermaria 41 keys and 120 bass acoustic/midi accordion with the musictech midi ,with midi wireless receiver and data transmitter unit allowing me complete freedom to walk around whilst performing and not attached to any lead /firing cable .
I was lucky to have specially module custom made for me ,which is Yamaha psr3000 keyboard ......minus the keys / internal speakers removed and fits in a special gig box with my midi receiver and head band mic receiver unit , all very compact and easy to carry !! just need to plug into mains outlet and plug in external pa speaker/speakers ......
so that's my electronic accordion journey !!! I'm sure I'm not alone on this one !!!
On a trip to San Francisco a few years ago I visited Caffe Trieste !!! it was very interesting lots of photos on the wall you could sense the wonderful times !!! I visited during the week and there was no music !!! on my visit . I liked also seeing pictures of that beautiful city "Trieste "........the place of my birth !!!.........regards to you all Giovanni
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