Holy Cow! I didn't know Excelsior made Cajun boxes. I have an Excelsior 120 bass piano box....Weird! Can I see a picture?
i have a excelsior acadia also...i too think its a great med range box...i'd like to see some pics of yours also....might have mine modded alil.
Hi to all who responded!
Here is where you can go to see and hear this box:
Kind of looks and sounds like an Ariette to me.
I agree looks and sounds very arriettish to me. No picture of the keyboard where it attaches to the faceplate or I could tell for sure. Probably not worth anywhere near $700.
If it is an Excelsior, it is not an Ariette, but definitely a mid-range box, like a Gabbanelli Cajun King. The reed quality and action of the Excelsior are better than the Ariette or any Hohner one-row, for that matter.
However, like the Gabb, it feels like an Italian box. For better or worse, you get what you pay for!
Not that its easy to hear from the recording, but it sounded like many boxes I've tried where the reeds are all standing on edge, rather than having two banks glued down.
Less volume, tinnier sound.
But, like I said, a recording is not a good way to assess that.
I think you are right about the reeds standing up; the Gabbs are constructed that way, too.
well i am no accordion expert...but i do own an Excelsior Acadia...which to my knowledge is the only single row "cajun" accordion that excelsior makes....and having said that..this accordion doesnt look nothing like mine...if it did at one time, then it has been modded completely and i dont even think you could call it a excelsior anymore...also my acadia does not sound like that..it has no tinny sound at all.
here is a pic of my acadia
and here is a pic of the same excelsior acadia that accordion-o-rama sells for $1000(i price checked it last week)
oops..i broke the link to my accordion....heres one that works....
Anyone who pays $1000 to Accordion-o-rama, please contact me, I have a nice bridge I'd like to sell ya! Nice 'n cheap!
lol yea they went up a $100 since last year