Beltrami Professional La Petite

£ 4,600 inc. VAT

RANGE : Trad

SYSTEM : French-Buttons

PRODUCER: Beltrami

MODEL : La Petite

TREBLE KEYS/BASS KEYS (/FREE BASS KEYS) : 43/96

SET OF REEDS TREBLE/BASS : 3/5

REGISTERS TREBLE/BASS: 5/3

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DESCRIPTION

Aptly named La Petite (The Little One), this instrument launches a new series of accordions categorised as “Trad” and is born out of a need for small instruments but with a great performance.
The first thing that strikes one about this instrument are its wonderful aesthetics due to its wooden finish which, available in a variety veneers, befits the traditional music ambient where practically all instruments played have a wooden finish. Secondly, the instrument weighs in at only 8.6 kg and being only cm. 35x20x40 is small despite everything contained within its meagre dimensions.
Its right-hand manual has a range of 43 notes (two semitone more than a standard piano accordion!) with a five row stepped button-board. Its 3 sets of reeds range from G below middle C to A# three octaves above with its 2 sets of middle (8 foot) reeds. The third set of reeds is pitched an octave below (16’).
Naturally this range can be moveable to suit the customer’s needs. 5 registers allow the player to have all the available combinations of sounds obtainable from its 3 sets of reeds. The register levers are situated behind the button-board leaving the grill completely without any sound obstructions.
The 96 basses are equipped with 5 sets of reeds where the reed blocks are arranged in an L formation. This maximises the amount of air moved thus giving a particularly ready sound packed with projection power. This is a feature normally reserved for instruments of larger dimensions. Three different timbres are available from the three registers.
The reeds are strictly hand-made and are pinned to the reed-blocks which are made of alder wood. This method was chosen because it produces a very incisive sound which has presence even in open air situations with no amplification, an environment where often traditional music is played. The reed blocks are mounted in a particularly accurate way optimising the integrity of the reed blocks by using fewer screws and pins. A fine layer of cork acts as a securing gasket between the reed and the reed block. However if the customer prefers the reeds can be affixed to the reed block by means of wax which will giver a slightly warmer sound.
Tuning can vary according to the customer’s needs from the sweetest ‘swing’ to the most strident musette tremolo and all the varying shades in between. Of course, the director Claudio Beltrami is always at hand will be happy to help the customer with tuning decisions.
La Petite is indeed a beautiful instrument, with an excellent sound, constructed with near-maniacal care and boasts the kind of technical solutions that will make it a point of reference in the accordion market.

 

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