130 voice

This antique instrument belongs to Ricardo Roucau, a professional magician and tango fan living in Miami.

He wrote:

A stamp inside reads:

Alfred Band
Fabrik v. Bandonions
Verlag v. Musikalien f. Bandonion
LAGER
aller Musik-Instrumente
Cataloge und Preiscorante gratis
CREFELD

Unfortunately, there is no date inside and I believe it was made before 1890.

The height of the shown instrument is 21 cm, depth 24 cm and (with closed bellow) 53 cm wide. The bass consists of 25 keys, the treble has 29 keys (bisonor) corresponding to the 130 voice layout.

Inside the bass cover and on one treble reed plate there is an inscription saying 108 octav which means that the 108 voice instrument has all its 108 voices with double reed, octave tuning.

The instrument was bought by the actual owner in an antiques shop in North Miami in 1986 being originally from Wisconsin, a State with a certain bandoneon tradition inside the USA.

If somebody knows more details, please send a mail to the owner with carbon copy to me.

The type of bandoneon preferred for tango consists of two reed registers tuned exactly one octave apart. The resulting sound should be totaly dry. Oposed to the dry tuning, it is also popular to shift the pitch of one register by an amount of up to 10 cent. The result is a more or less pronounced tremolo sound like that of an accordion (in German: Schwebeton). If more registers are available, it is possible to mute entire ranks in order to modify the timbre by acting register switches.