I haven't got a clue about accordions but here's what I've found out in the last 10 minutes....
This is a 2 Row button accordion, with 23 treble buttons and 8 Bass/Chord buttons
All buttons work and it sounds great to me, there are a few minor scuffs and a few small dinks in the metal grills.the long leather strap looks original but one of the ends has been replaced at some point. The short strap also looks as though it's been replaced.
The metal work appears to be all intact but could do with a polish or re-chrome
The bellows are in good condition with no damage or holes visible.
It is a lovely plain gloss black with chrome trim
It comes in an old slightly bruised case
I'm guessing it's 1960's or earlier but don't really know (it's been dry stored in my loft for 21 years !!)
It weighs 9lbs (4kgs)
It is approx 12 x 12 x 7 inches (31 x 32 x 18 cm)
It was 'Made in Italy' and has a metal badge attached saying -'Nielsen exclusive tuner repairer to Tollefsen'
Nils Nielson was regarded by many as being “the only one to tune a box”, Nielson was a former employee of the now defunct Paolo Soprani Company and was exclusive tuner to the world leading accordionist Toralf Tollefson. It is said that there was nothing Nils didn’t know about the accordion
Toralf Tollefsen (1914-94) was one of the most revered accordionists of his era, especially in the UK, where he lived for many years. Tollefsen performed in British variety theatres and on BBC radio in the 1930s, and in the late 1940s also performed as a classical soloist. He was a prolific recording artiste, and his records and arrangements were regarded as the benchmark of progress for a generation of aspiring accordionists
In the 1950s Tollefsen pioneered the use of the free bass accordion, and with Swedish accordionist Nils Nielsen, ran ‘Accordion Central’, an accordion retail and repairs business in London. In 1961 Tollefsen returned to Norway, scaled down his concert appearances, and concentrated on teaching, arranging and composing.
Who knows, Nielsen & Tollefsen may even have even played this fine instrument themselves (no evidence of this I'm afraid)
ONLY 99p starting price and NO Reserve so pick up a BARGAIN
Payment options - Paypal for delivery or Cash on Collection from Birmingham
International Bidders - please ask for a revised delivery price
Check out my feedback and buy with confidence
Posted with eBay MobileHi All I've been asked to confirm the keys this plays, as stated I'm no expert so I've spoken to someone who is (I know you're watching so - Thanks)
Using a tuning programme over the phone he suggested this was probably a D/D sharp, implying it leans towards Irish Music, this backs up a relative who thought it was used for Irish music. As this was done over the phone I would like to state that I can't guarantee the accuracy, however the expert was quite confident about it.
I have also opened the access panels at each end to see if there were any details written inside, unfortunately there wasn't, however the good news is that the insides and reeds looked in great condition, just a slight build up of dust as could be expected. I've now taken pictures of the insides however eBay won't let me add them, so if anybody wants the pictures drop me a line and I'll email them to you. Whilst dismantling I did notice that one of the very small cover screws is missing so this will need replacing. PLEASE NOTE - I took the greatest of care and did not touch the reeds or any other internal parts.
Many ThanksHoward Hi All
I think I've now sent out pictures to everyone that has requested them, if you want pictures of the inside or haven't received all 14 pictures please get in touch. PLEASE NOTE I will need your email address in your message as the pictures won't go through the ebay system