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« on: December 28, 2018, 02:15:56 PM »

I just inherited what I believe to be an Organetti from Abruzzo, Italy made in the 1800’s
My Papa played it, but has long passed.
Sorry to ask on this forum, but was originally told it was a melodeon.
Only 14 buttons
Row of 9, 3 above that, 2 on right side
In great condition and isee you tube videos of players, but would love instructions.
I’m in Clearwater, Florida
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Re: Organetti
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2018, 02:53:19 PM »

What you have is an Organetto (organetti is plural). “Organetto” is a generic Italian name for a small button accordion (as “melodeon” in English). They come in several configurations, 1-, 2- and 3-rows of treble buttons and 2 or more bass buttons (the 2 buttons on yours are on the left when the instrument is held the right way up).
See for additional information. In Italian, but Google Translate would help if necessary.

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Re: Organetti
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2018, 03:05:24 PM »

This has been bugging me for a while. I've looked, but not yet found an answer.
The organetto is usely described as a type of small diatonic accordion. This implies is is similar to, but different from, a "melodeon". Please can someone explain how it differs, or link me to an explanation?
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Re: Organetti
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2018, 03:20:55 PM »

The Dine Baffetti Organetto which I had, had 9 + 4 buttons on the treble end. It was in C but the next octave up to my C melodeons. The 4 helpers, as I recall, were mainly reversals. It had 4 buttons on the bass end, but none of them were what I'd describe as real basses. 2 were chords, but the same chords made up of different notes, I think.
Nice sound and nice to play, but a bit strange.
Although I can carry on messing with melodeons, the ongoing attention of the Ministry of Truth and the Thought Police will (no doubt) eventually teach me to really love Big Brother!

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Re: Organetti
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2018, 08:19:02 PM »


You have an organetto.

For instructions, visit

On that site you'll find a link to an online store,

I recommend the following book:

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