B R U N
O A L L O D I
Allodi Accordions is a well established family business that has endured some 60 years. It started with Bruno, Emilio's father, who opened an accordion sales and repair shop in Mountgrove Road, North London with his wife Rina (pictured right, aged 19) and their then only son, Claudio; Emilio followed later, born here in London. The two brothers, Claudio and Emilio, were talented and passionate about music even as small children. Claudio became a professional accordionist and Emilio, although also a championship standard accordionist (and pianist) up until the age of 18, played bass guitar professionally until he opened his branch of the business in South London in 1978.
Rina & Bruno 1943
picture left, shows Bruno with his two young sons at their North
London home in the days before he had achieved his ambition of an
accordion business of his own. The two larger
instruments you see played by Bruno and Claudio pictured left were made in the kitchen of that
home. Upon opening his shop in North London, it quickly went from strength
to strength. This was in no small part due to the support
he had from his wife Rina. Arriving in England a year or so after
Bruno with savings of just £5 between them and unable to speak a word of
English, she quickly made herself the hub of the
family and business plan. No task was too big or too small; all this
besides running the home and bringing up their two boys. Her day frequently involved cleaning and re-valving reeds along with other essential skills involved in the
maintenance of the accordion. She possessed a fine creative talent
all her own, not only
in ideas pertaining to the accordion; aged around 70 she discovered an
ability for watercolour
painting, and we have a treasure trove of her work hung around the family
home! Sadly, we lost Rina Wednesday December 17, 2003. Rina
had been very ill for some time and died shortly before her 84th birthday on
Christmas Eve 2003. She is sadly missed by us all.
fond memory from the Mountgrove Road shop days is that of a visit from the
great Mexican player Flaco
the BBC in 1984, pictured right with Bruno and Claudio.
Claudio recalls "he was one of the friendliest men I have ever met
and I was stunned at his incredible technique." Click on
instruments you see with Umberto were made especially for him by SuperSalas in
Stradella, Northern Italy. The Bass system he used was a Belgian system with three extra rows of free
bass allowing four octaves of single notes, and the one pictured on the
right had extra reed blocks for those free bass reeds.
and his brother studied music, specifically the
accordion with Ubaldo Ferrari, a composer, conductor and famous band
leader throughout Italy. They professionally entertained the troops throughout much of
Italy during war time. As young men they would cycle up into the Northern mountains
and play for the villagers at their "festas" (open air dances).
A wooden dance floor would be laid down and the people danced all night under the
stars to the popular tunes of the time. The picture left shows Bruno, ever with accordion, with some of his
army regiment and friends in the 1940s. Since
that journey from Parma, Italy to
England in 1951, Bruno has spent his life working with the accordion.
professional playing career ended while in Italy due to illness where Rina
lovingly nursed him back to eventual good health. Having
obtained his shop in Mountgrove Road, North London for his own
accordion business as a result of his hard work, Bruno's talent was quickly apparent with him becoming
known as the "maestro" and
"craftsman"of the accordion, not just in London, but anywhere.
years have passed since Emilio first opened his own shop in Lewisham,
South London in 1981, and it has since changed a great deal.
However, the Allodi tradition has and continues to be maintained. Bruno's youngest son has perfected his skills. His craftsmanship, experience, honesty and integrity are
much sought after and renowned in the accordion
world. Indeed, he is frequently visited by enthusiasts from other
countries, as well as contributing to TV and radio programmes when expert information is
needed. In addition to his commitment to the largest stock of new and secondhand
instruments anywhere in the United Kingdom, the shop provides
an on-site repair facility, and the bulk of Emilio's time is spent restoring customers'
much loved pieces. This
can be a good and bad thing, as with a never ending workload, the queue
for overhauls and repair work becomes longer and longer and any days off are
usually spent at the workbench!
RINA & BRUNO HIT THE HEADLINES!
Love Each Other"
grande dolore che annunciamo che il nostro caro Bruno, padre di Claudio
ed Emilio e fondatore
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