Information on Fratelli Rossi Accordions

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Information on Fratelli Rossi Accordions
The value of an old accordion depends more on its condition than its manufacturer. (an old accordion image by Tomo Jesenicnik from

Through the years, hundreds of manufacturers have made accordions. Some accordions have keys like a small piano; others have one, two or three rows of buttons. Fratelli-Rossi was an Italian accordion manufacturer in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Fratelli-Rossi made accordions with one, two or three rows of buttons. This type of accordion is sometimes called a melodeon. It plays two notes for each button: one note when the bellows compress and a different note when the bellows expand.

Information on Fratelli Rossi Accordions
The bellows of an accordion resemble pleats, giving us the term "accordion folds." (accordéon image by davidphotos from


Not much is known about the history of the Fratelli-Rossi accordion company. "Fratelli" means "brothers" in Italian, indicating that a group of brothers named "Rossi" most likely ran the company. Other accordion makers, such as Fratelli Crosio and Fratelli Soprani, were indeed founded by the Crosio and Soprani brothers, respectively. The only surviving reference to Fratelli-Rossi accordions is in a 1930 sales catalogue of musical instruments.


Fratelli-Rossi accordions were most likely made in Castelfidardo, where most Italian accordions were made at the time and continue to be made today. Castelfidardo is a town near Ancona, but is further inland from the Adriatic Sea.

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