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Re: History of Saltarelle?
« Reply #160 on: October 09, 2018, 03:16:38 PM »

It's not a problem for me (I cannot speak for others).  Thanks for sharing the catalogue, Felix !

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Re: History of Saltarelle?
« Reply #161 on: July 27, 2019, 01:48:46 AM »

Thanks for the info, triskel.  I'm buying a secondhand Awen and the excellent players in both videos on YT - Martin Quinn and the very talented fellow on staff at Liberty Bellows - remarked on how great they were to play, and it's good to have an idea of the provenance of what I'm buying, too. I like the somewhat darker tone these boxes have, too.  It at least it comes across as a bit darker than the norm to me, anyway, especially compared to Castagnari's trademark bright crisp sound.  This makes me think Saltarelle are noting the success Manfrini are having emulating the Old Greys and offering something along the same lines, but that's just my hunch, I don't hear boxes in person too often.

I watched the tail end of the Liberty Bellows video about 20 times to suss out that these boxes have "McComiskey" basses, too. SALTAWE238BCCW - Saltarelle Awen B-C LMM 23 8 $2799 - YouTube

Saltarelle Awen BC - YouTube

The model I decided on is the Saltarelle Awen, which according to their website, looks to be a new model.  I wonder if Dino Baffetti or Mengascini made it.

To my eyes, used to dealing with Italian accordion makers, and the modifications they make for different customers, in different markets (as long as you buy enough of them like it!) that Saltarelle Awen looks the same as Baffetti's Art. 85 LCGB lusso model, only made in 23-key/flat-keyboard format (for the Irish market), along with some different trim and fretwork.
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