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Re: Hello from Warwickshire

Postby wiltshire.moonraker » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:18 am

Thanks Jim D, That is interesting and ties in with Soulsaver's suggestion that it's from the 1920s-1930s.

Hi JerryPH, I found http://www.pietroaccordions.com too. http://www.accordionlinks.com/ suggest "Pietro from Castelfidardo specialises in piano accordions for the US market: it seems to be the own brand of Music Magic from Clifton, New Jersey." although as been pointed out they list the manufacturers as PIETRO Accordions s.r.l. 60022 Castelfidardo, ITALIA. I'll try to contact them and find out how old the company is.

Thank you both for the information :)

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Re: Hello from Warwickshire

Postby wiltshire.moonraker » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:20 pm

JerryPH wrote:According to this link, Pietros are Italian made. If in the USA or if you have a good long distance calling plan, you could contact them for info about your accordion.

http://www.pietroaccordions.com

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Hi Jerry, I emailed pietroaccordions.com

Hello, I have recently bought a vintage accordion with the name Pietro on it and wondered if you could tell from the attached photos if it has any connection with the instruments you sell? Many thanks for taking the time to read this. Best Regards Chris

and their reply made clear it is not one of theirs!

No, it is not. The one you have states that it is made in Germany. Music Magic USA, LLC

JIM D. wrote:The accordion you have is most likely made in Germany and the Pietro name is not the maker but the model.
Pietro Deiro introduced an accordion in 1920 in the US with a piano keyboard and after that PA's became a US standard and started what we call today as "The Golden Age of The Accordion". US, German, and Italian makers began producing PA's and some of their first PA accordions carried the model name "Pietro".


Hi Jim, Thanks for that information, that would make perfect sense.

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Re: Hello from Warwickshire

Postby JIM D. » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:44 pm

You'r very welcome !
And Musically Yours; JIM
Owner,Operator "THE FISARMONICA SHOP" Chicopee, MA USA
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Re: Hello from Warwickshire

Postby JerryPH » Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:05 am

Gotta love the internet, a quick answer like that would not have been possible without a long distance call or two. :)
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Re: Hello from Warwickshire

Postby Stephen Hawkins » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:21 am

Hi Chris, and welcome to the forum.

You have already received some good advice, but I would like to offer you a few observations of my own.

I began by purchasing a second hand 12 Bass Galotta, which suited my needs at the time. I then went on to buy a second hand 72 Bass Chanson, as I felt that I needed a few more keys to play with.

One old bloke I know plays a grotty little 8 Bass instrument, of unknown origin, which he plays very well indeed. A friend of mine from the Folk Club also plays a little 8 Bass, which he carries around in an old knapsack. When he drags this thing out of the knapsack, it looks like a battered old biscuit tin. Still, he knocks out many a good (if simple) tune on this old tub.

I suppose what I am saying is that you needn't necessarily go out and buy a shiny new instrument, and that what and where you want to play should guide your decisions. I only play in Folk Clubs, though I don't only play folk music. Hearing and playing along with other instruments and very good friends is my ideal, and we have a great deal of fun doing it.

Please consider joining a local Folk Club. I'm sure you will find that the other members will be supportive and generous with their applause, and will appreciate any effort you make to contribute to the evening's entertainment. You may not feel confident enough to play on your first visit (I wasn't) but any trepidation will very soon evaporate as you become part of the group.

I hope some of what I have written helps.

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Re: Hello from Warwickshire

Postby wiltshire.moonraker » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:32 am

Thank you for your welcome & encouragement, Stephen.

I have enjoyed getting my Pietro back to a 'playable' condition only calling on professional help to replace two reed plates and can now concentrate on improving my playing!

I only aspire to play for my own enjoyment but will try to check out some of the local Folk Clubs as you suggest although, from their websites, most seem to concentrate on gigs by established performers but as you say it may give the opportunity to meet other musicians.

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Re: Hello from Warwickshire

Postby Stephen Hawkins » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:21 am

Hi Chris,

Most of the Folk Clubs around here are of the "play around" type, with very few bringing in professional guest artists for gigs. I know of at least six clubs within a twenty minute drive of my home, and have played at most of them.

There are, of course, Accordion Clubs in many regions of our country, but I am not terribly interested in joining an organisation with such a narrow outlook. No offence intended to those who are members of such clubs, but I enjoy listening to music being played on a wide variety of instruments. We have one guy who plays a Dulcimer and, despite its limitations, I absolutely love it.

If you can find a nice little "play around" Folk Club, I'm prepared to bet that you would love it. Please let me know how you get on.

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Re: Hello from Warwickshire

Postby Richard_Whit » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:45 pm

I have two pietro piano accordions, both German made. One is a 24 bass, the other is 60 bass. I personally prefer the 24, with e0 treble keys. Jhst right for carrying around and pkaying morris and trad tunes. It also has sentimental value as it belonged tk my father. Hopefully I will find someone tk refurb it without being tlld to forget it and bug a new one!
Well done for stickinv wjtn it.
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Re: Hello from Warwickshire

Postby wiltshire.moonraker » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:49 am

Hi Richard & Welcome!
I have found it difficult to find any definitive information on my Pietro.
Thanks for looking at my blog where you have no doubt seen that there is a repairer in Cheltenham.
I lived in Gloucestershire for over thirty years!
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