Crafts enterprise family repository of a wealth of knowledge handed down and refined over the years, from generation to generation. It is born after the war by the intuition of the brothers Alfredo and Gino who for more than twenty years had taken away the ropes in the glorious Factory “Paolo Soprani”. Tonino Alessandrini, today, continues the work of his predecessors with unaltered craftsmanship, thanks to an innate musical sensitivity perfected through years of Conservatory.
The result of all experience is an accordion of high quality, attention to detail and appreciated by connoisseurs who do not simply look good, but also require high-level musical performance.
A Company history that was born immediately after the war. Where does this passion for the accordion coming from?
The beginning was not for passion, my father and my uncle undertook the task after having learned his trade at the main companies of the accordion at the time, in the postwar years, where it was easy to find work in the sector of the accordion being the main and only industrial activity of Castelfidardo in those days. For me I do not know if you have the passion or whatever, but I came natural because I grew up among the accordion as a child I lived this reality and now it has also become a passion.
As we know, the process to construct an accordion is long and complex. What are the steps?
The process is very long and complex: it starts from woodwork, with the construction of boxes and soniere; after there is the outer jacket with celluloid (for models aesthetics classic) or lacquer (which today allows to create a multitude of colors and shades). Then there is the work of the mechanical parts with the assembly of the keyboard, the keys are also prepared by hand, there is the mounting of elaborate mechanical inside the case of the low, the construction of the bellows, the work on the items which are first tuned, impellate (this work was previously done with skin that now, because of the poor quality of the tanning has been replaced by ventilli plastic) and are then mounted on soniere, usually with hot beeswax, and finally, the tuner goes to perfect the final shade. Once assembled all the various parts of the accordion, you have to double check that the instrument is properly closed to tinned, because even a small air leak can affect the sound quality.
What types and models of accordion and organ is the best selling? It’s “easier” sell in Italy or abroad?
In this particular time, due to the poor economic conditions of Italy, it is certainly much easier to sell abroad. As for the models most requested, it depends on the type of music played in the country where you sell. On request we produce any type of accordion, from diatonic accordion to classical conservatory accordion, we are currently working on a lot of the latter instrument category.
Is there a particular construction technique of Alessandrini accordion that differs from the instruments of other companies? What is your strong point?
Each processing step is important for a good result, we have always paid special attention to working soniera. We prefer milled soniera, because we think has better quality of sound.
In Order to improve more and more an instrument, how important is the direct relationship with the performers?
The relationship with the performers is essential, we must listen to them in order to meet their needs, but we must also know how to advise them to try to give the best possible service.
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