Does Anyone Know What Model This Is? - Strativari

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Does Anyone Know What Model This Is? - Strativari

Post by katiepantsstl » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:24 pm

Hello Everyone!

I found this accordion cleaning out my grandfather's basement. The brand is Stradivari, but there was nothing on the exterior indicating a model number. Is anyone here able to shed some light on what this could be?

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Re: Does Anyone Know What Model This Is? - Strativari

Post by JIM D. » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:45 pm

This one is a early to late 1940's Italian import.
You might not find a model # on it, as the name "Strativari" was a badge used on imported accordions made by various Italian factories from the early 40's to the late 60's.
I've worked on many Strativari branded accordions for some 40 years now and found from student, to semi-pro models were of fine quality for their time.
The 3/4 reed box in your Pic's look's great for it's age and if you don't mind a waterfall keyboard, it's worth a refurbish.
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Re: Does Anyone Know What Model This Is? - Strativari

Post by JIM D. » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:54 pm

This one is a early to late 1940's Italian import.
You might not find a model # on it, as the name "Strativari" was a badge used on imported accordions made by various Italian factories from the early 40's to the late 60's. (Not a copyrighted name)
I've worked on many Strativari branded accordions for some 40 years now and found from student, to semi-pro models were of fine quality for their time and had quality machine made reeds and of fine woods in construction.
The 3/4 reed box in your Pic's look's great for it's age and if you don't mind a waterfall keyboard, it's worth a refurbish.
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Re: Does Anyone Know What Model This Is? - Strativari

Post by katiepantsstl » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:47 pm

Thank you very much Jim!

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Re: Does Anyone Know What Model This Is? - Strativari

Post by WaldoW » Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:49 am

Jim D.
What exactly are "waterfall" keys. I've heard the term, and even read an explanation about it, but still don't get it. Perhaps a sketch?
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Most PA's have keys where the top layer extends a bit further and the rest of the key is recessed a bit. I think waterfall keys refers to keys that do not have a recessed base but the surface of the key simply "drops down" at the end.
The "waterfall" keys are in fact a good technical design because it is unlikely that something (like the straps) will catch behind the extending bit and bend the key mechanism. I have had to bend back keys on numerous accordions because of such accidents. The waterfall keys may look a bit less appealing, but they are definitely safer.
The beloved Hohner Morino IV M has waterfall keys. The later N and S have "normal" keys.

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Re: Does Anyone Know What Model This Is? - Strativari

Post by Soulsaver » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:19 am

Waterfall keys 'pictured' here, http://www.dairiki.org/HammondWiki/WaterfallKeys
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Re: Does Anyone Know What Model This Is? - Strativari

Post by WaldoW » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:12 am

Thanks for the link, Soulsaver. Picture worth 1000 words.
Waldo

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