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have you guys ever saw a Giulietti MiDI ?

Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:50 am
by Wences
I'm dealing with a person to buy a Giulietti 127mf but this one has a particular MIDI wire. Anyone knows sonethings about it? She said that was her father accordion and it was made in 1969...but sorry my lack of knowledge...there were MiDI wire at accordiona at that time?

Re: have you guys ever saw a Giulietti MiDI ?

Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:18 am
by JerryPH
MIDI only was created in the early 80's and one of the first accordions to even have MIDI was the Elka and that was in 1983. So if it is there, and your accordion is a late 69's accordion, it had to have been added later. To directly answer your question, MIDI did not exist in the 60's or 70's.

From the private info section of my blog:
A short history of MIDI

In June 1981, Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi proposed the idea of a method to standardize communication between digital instruments. Over the next two years, this standard was discussed and modified by representatives of companies such as Roland, Yamaha, Korg, Kawai, Oberheim, and Sequential Circuits and it was renamed Musical Instrument Digital Interface or MIDI. Dave Smith was another person that contributed greatly to MIDI’s development.

MIDI’s development was announced to the public by Robert Moog, in the October 1982 edition of Keyboard magazine and by the January 1983 Winter NAMM (or National Association of Music Merchants)Show. MIDI was demonstrated via connection between a Prophet 600 analog synthesizer and a Roland JP-6 keyboard synth. The MIDI Specification was published in August 1983 and implementation of MIDI within accordions followed very quickly.

Since the MIDI standard was unveiled by Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith, both later received Technical Grammy Awards in 2013 for their key roles in the development of MIDI.

Unfortunately, on the 1st of April, 2017, Ikutaro Kakehashi passed away. No one knows how this will affect the Roland V-Accordions, but hopefully, Roland will continue to make his dream a continuing reality.

Re: have you guys ever saw a Giulietti MiDI ?

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:06 am
by Wences
Thank you so much, JerryPH, I will try to find how to post the photos of the accordion here, so it will be nice to hear from you about specifically this one.