Nice old Titano piano accordion. This is a small model with 12 basses. It weighs only 8 pounds so delightful to hold and play compared to standard size piano accordions weighing in at 15 or 20 or more pounds. This was made in Italy. It is in excellent condition overall. The white pearloid covered wood case is in very good shape with slight wear and no missing trim pieces. Often there are cracks or pieces or decorations missing. The original bellows are excellent and show almost no signs of wear on the tape from use where the instrument rests on your knee. I have just replaced the bellows gaskets.
It has 15 white keys, 10 black keys for two octaves and 12 bass buttons. The reed plates are aluminum made in Italy. It has steel reeds. The original leather one way valves were all removed and replaced with modern plastic one way valves for long trouble free life. All reedplates were removed, cleaned, coarse tuned in a fixture then rewaxed onto the reed blocks. Final tuning occurs in situ with the reedblocks inside the case.
As the photos show, the plastic grill is in good shape with no breaks. The front grill cloth is intact. The rear screen is original and has one hole where curious fingers punched through. The keyboard is intact with no cracks or missing pieces and keys are level. The bass strap looks okay and must be original, both bellows straps are metal and have ‘keeper’ snaps. It has shoulder strap brackets. No shoulder straps are included but are available in the misc. category.
Most of these older accordions are found with numerous notes out of tune, wheezing or not sounding at all. This was just fully tuned. There are 160 reeds in this instrument and every single one has been tuned. The treble reeds were tuned with a tremolo beat frequency of approximately 2 Hz at the low notes gradually rising to about 7 Hz at the high notes, for a sweet tremolo. The bass and chords were tuned ‘flat’.